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New students: welcome to the Library

4 September 2023

For those who are joining us on campus for the first time, a very warm welcome! 

This page will help you get started with using the Library space, accessing your essential reading, and finding academic and study skills help.

Watch our Library induction video then read on to find out how to make the most of all the support available to you.

Make sure to grab your digital freebies at the bottom of the page, including a digital planner to help you keep your studies on track!

We're looking forward to seeing you in the Library soon.


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Using the Library

The Philip Robinson Library, Walton Library (our Medical Library), Law Library and Marjorie Robinson Library Rooms offer a range of spaces, resources and services to help you succeed in your studies. 

We offer a mix of silent, quiet and collaborative learning spaces, with spaces to study alone or in groups. Group rooms, booths, and some silent study spaces can be pre-booked. 

Finding resources

Finding and borrowing books  

Finding books is simple using Library SearchOnce you’ve located the books you need on the shelf, you will find self-issue kiosks on all floors to enable you to borrow books easily. If you need assistance in locating books or are uncertain about using self-issue, staff at the Library Help Desk will be happy to help.

You can borrow books for as long as you need them unless someone else reserves them. We will tell you when you need to return them.

If a book you need is already on loan you can request it via Library Search and we will arrange to get a copy to you as soon as possible. 

Returning books

Returning books is easy using our self-return kiosks located across campus:

  • Philip Robinson Library – kiosks available on Level 2
  • Law Library - kiosk available beside the Library Help Desk
  • Walton Library – kiosk available opposite the Library Help Desk
  • Marjorie Robinson Library Rooms - return kiosk located inside the building on the ground floor
  • Dame Margaret Barbour Building - return kiosk located on the ground floor

 Or drop them in the book return slots outside the Philip Robinson Library, Law Library or Walton Library.

Finding information for your studies 

The Library also gives you access to cutting-edge research in your subject alongside a range of specialist information types such as market research, images, statistics and newspapers. Our electronic resources are accessible wherever you are in the world, and all available from the Library website. We also hold a range of unique and distinctive collections in Special Collections and Archives. 

Academic and study skills support

The Library is home to the teams who will help you develop the academic and study skills you need to succeed in your studies. Whether you choose to join us for one of our Your Skills sessions, enrol on one of our Canvas courses, or book a one-to-one with with the Academic Skills Team or Library Liaison Team, we can help you prepare for your academic work.

The Academic Skills Kit website also provides advice on developing your academic skills at every stage of your degree. We've gathered key resources from the website that can help you in your first few weeks at university in the New at Newcastle Collection

You can contact us with any library queries 24/7 via Library Help.

Digital Freebies

Join us in the Philip Robinson and Walton Libraries during Welcome Week, Monday 18 - Friday 22 September, to try your luck at our Spin and Win game! You'll have the chance to win exclusive prizes ranging from study essentials like pens, notebooks and reusable mugs to tote bags and vouchers. You'll have the chance to chat to our friendly staff and pick up a free wall planner too.

You can also download some lovely digital freebies below.

Last updated on 04 September 13:00