Facilities & Resources

Facilities and Resources


Our multi-award-winning Library Service is one of the best in the country.

We have four libraries, providing access to over one million print books and two million e-books.

We have everything you need for studying alone and in groups. You can use one of our desktop computers, borrow a laptop, book study rooms for group work and more.

We've won multiple awards for our excellent customer service and 91% of our students are satisfied with the library resources and services (National Student Survey 2018).

A student using the library facilities

Computers & Wi-Fi

We’ve invested heavily in providing outstanding facilities and IT to support your learning.

We provide a wide range of IT services to support your learning, including:

  • computer rooms across campus with over 3,000 networked computers – many accessible 24/7
  • free Wi-Fi widely available across campus
  • mobile apps to help you find the nearest available PC, view your timetable and access services
  • free installation of Office 365 Professional Plus on your PC, Mac or mobile device
  • mobile laptop clinics for students who need help connecting to WiFi and the University network
  • web hosting service for publishing your own web pages and blogs
  • accessible equipment such as height adjustable desks, large monitors and posture aids
  • laptop loan scheme for use within the Library

When you register at Newcastle you will receive a login, e-mail account and filestore on the University's IT network.

Support and guidance

You will receive plenty of support and guidance on how to make the most of our IT facilities from the IT Service (NUIT).

We provide: 

  • staffed Help Desks in main computer clusters
  • telephone and email helpline for further assistance
  • network connection clinics
Student working on a computer

Online Learning

Your educational experience will be supported and enhanced by technology.

All students have access to their own Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Blackboard, which gives:

  • 24/7 access to reading lists and course handouts
  • online discussions with tutors and fellow students
  • access to ReCap, our lecture and event-recording service

We publish audio and visual material from lectures online through ReCap to:

  • allow you to review material after your lecture
  • give you a better understanding of complex topics
  • help with your revision
  • help people with dyslexia and for non-native English speakers

ReCap is available in all large lecture rooms (70+ seats).

Students using computer facilities

Study Support

All students have access to our Writing Development Centre, Maths-Aid drop-in Centre and Language Resource Centre.

Writing Development Centre

The Writing Development Centre in the Robinson Library provides academic writing tuition and support for students from any discipline. The service includes:

  • lectures and workshops on topics such as writing a dissertation proposal and using sources in your writing without plagiarism
  • one-to-one sessions with a writing tutor
  • online resources on academic writing


The Maths-Aid drop-in Centre, run by the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics, provides free maths and stats help for students from any subject area. The service includes:

  • one-to-one help with a tutor
  • help with statistics problems
  • advice on graduate numerical skills, such as aptitude tests

Language learning

All students have free access to our award-winning Language Resource Centre. We provide self-study materials in over 150 languages, from Arabic to Zulu, including over 3,000 international films.

We run taster and improvement sessions and you can partner with a native speaker in your chosen language for language learning on an exchange basis.

You can also take advantage of our University-wide Language Programme which offers free classes in 10 languages.

If English is not your first language, you may find that you need some additional support with your English language skills. INTO Newcastle University offers pre-sessional English courses over the summer before starting your degree as well as free in-sessional English classes alongside your academic studies.

Students working on a group project

Subject-specific facilities

We have high-specification specialist facilities for students in specific subject areas, such as laboratories, studios and a sea-going vessel.

Don't forget our proximity to the coast and countryside of Northern England, for unrivalled outdoor learning opportunities.

Find out more about the specialist facilities for your subject area on School pages. There is just a selection of further information below.

You can tour our facilities online and via GoogleMaps.