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What's new and tips to get ahead this academic year

11 September 2023

The Philip Robinson Library, Walton Library, Law Library and Marjorie Robinson Library Rooms are ready to welcome you back!

Read on to discover what’s changed over the summer and what you need to know to get ahead this new academic year.

New and improved spaces

*New* Academic Skills Hub. Situated on Level 2 of the Philip Robinson Library, the new Academic Skills Hub offers space for one to one appointments and larger group workshops with the Academic Skills Team.

*Coming in October* new collaborative study space, Third Floor Marjorie Robinson Library Rooms. Whether you’re working in a large or small group, want to study with friends or individually in a non-silent space, the newly refurbished Third Floor of the Marjorie Robinson Library Rooms offers you the study space options you need.

Improved Collaborative Learning Hub (formerly the Barn Cluster). Located near to the Academic Skills Hub on Level 2 of the Philip Robinson Library this space is our new IT-rich collaborative learning space, offering space for up to 40 people with multiple presenter screens and high-spec visualisers.

*New* a further two Group Study Rooms at the Walton Library. We’ve created two new group study rooms to enable you to practice group presentations or work together on a group project.


Check library opening hours and book a study space

Changes to our physical stock 

Psychology stock has moved from the Philip Robinson Library to the Walton Library. With easy access from the Dame Margaret Barbour building, you can head straight to the library to pick up your books after lectures.

The Academic Skills Collection, located on Level 2 of the Philip Robinson Library is where you’ll find the Study Skills and Academic Practice books formerly located on Level 3.

Be Well@ NCL has moved to Level 2 of the Philip Robinson Library. Our collection of books to help you understand and manage your mental health and wellbeing has moved from Level 3.

Student Text Collection has changed to Short Loan. You’re now able to borrow Short Loan collection (formerly Student Texts Collection) items for more than 1 day. Items will be due back at 4pm on the second day of the loan.

Start the year on the right note

Use Library Search to find the resources you need, and remember you can reserve items that are already out on loan. We’ll let you know when they’re ready for you to collect.

Check out our Your Skills programme and book your place at one of our workshops. Sessions cover all aspects of academic and study skills, they're open to all students and run throughout the year. Don't miss our 'Step it up' workshops, designed to help you get off to a good start in the next stage of your degree.

Bookmark the Academic Skills Kit. Our online collection of academic skills resources that you can access anytime, anywhere.

Explore guidance and resources on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and your learning. Visit the Academic Skills Kit to find information and tools to help you responsibly and openly engage with Artificial Intelligence in your studies, including updated advice on maintaining good academic practice and academic integrity. Look out for our critical evaluation check list for generative AI sources, guidance on citing information gathered from generative AI, and our AI resource guide that highlights some usful AI tools for learning.

Upgrade your EndNote. We've upgraded to EndNote 21. The new version includes some handy features including tags to help you organise your references more easily and data restoration, which allows you to recover your library from the cloud. EndNote 21 will be available on all campus PCs. To update to EndNote 21 on your personal device, please submit a request via the NUIT Service System. New to EndNote? Enrol on our Teach Yourself EndNote course.

Remember to bring your University smartcard. You need your physical smartcard to enter any of the library buildings, and to borrow books. Lost yours over the summer? Staff at the Library Help Desks will be happy to make you a replacement.

24/7 Help and support

Library Help is available whenever you need it for any library queries you might have. Email us, chat online 24/7 or speak to a member of the team in person – we’re always happy to help.

Digital Freebies

With designs inspired by our Special Collections and Archives, download some digital freebies to use on your phone or PC, and our handy digital planner will help keep your study goals on track. 

Last updated 11 September 2023