Our multi-award-winning Library Service is one of the best in the country.
We have four libraries, with one million print books and six million e-books between them.
We have everything you need for self-study. You can use one of our 500 PCs, borrow a laptop or an e-reader, book study rooms for group work, and more.
We've won multiple awards for our excellent customer service and have helpful staff, and 92% of our students are satisfied with the library resources and services (National Student Survey 2017).
Our librariesOur libraries
The University Library Service is made up of:
- the main Philip Robinson Library, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week in term time
- the Marjorie Robinson Library Rooms, with over 580 study spaces
- the Walton Medical Library
- the Law Library
Some academic Schools also hold specialised book collections relevant to their subject area.
Facilities and resourcesFacilities and resources
Some of the highlights of our library collections and resources include:
- one million print books
- six million e-books
- wireless networking available in each library
- laptop and e-book reader loan scheme for use in the library
- 500 computers
- special collections of rare and historic books, manuscripts, maps and illustrations
Facilities and services
- bookable group study rooms
- in-house print and binding services
- digital learning spaces for group study
- an internet café, the Learning Lounge, in the Robinson Library
Award-winning customer serviceAward-winning customer service
Our University Library Service has a reputation as one of the best in the country. We have been awarded five government Charter Marks and two prestigious Customer Service Excellence awards for the quality of our services.
An introduction to using the Library Service will form part of your welcome to the University.
Year-round, help is never far away with faculty liaison librarians, desk services and roving help on hand to provide further support.
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).
- staffed Help Desks in main computer clusters
- telephone and email helpline for further assistance
- network connection clinics
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).
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
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.
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.
Check out the 'Facilities and support' section of your chosen degree to find out more about the specialist facilities for your subject area at Newcastle University. There is just a selection of further information below.
You can tour our facilities online and via GoogleMaps.
Science and engineering labsScience and engineering labs
Our science labs are some of the highest spec in the country, and our chemistry and biomedical science labs have recently undergone major refurbishment.
Earthquake-resistance testing tables, specialist boat-testing tanks, and industry-standard IT equipment are just some of the resources available to engineering students.
Medical facilitiesMedical facilities
Our medical and dental students are taught clinical skills in our dedicated, state-of-the-art Clinical Skills suites and anatomy in our specialist anatomy lab. You'll be supported by Foundation Year 2 doctor demonstrators.
New Urban Sciences BuildingNew Urban Sciences Building
Our new £58 Urban Science Building offers a cyber physical systems laboratory and decision theatre, home to our School of Computing.
We have two University farms, providing hands-on experience for our agriculture, agri-business management, animal science and biology students.
Nafferton Farm, which is 12 miles west of Newcastle, is home to the internationally recognised Nafferton Ecological Farming Group and a unique farm-scale comparison of organic vs conventional crop and dairy production systems.
Cockle Park Farm, 18 miles north of Newcastle, is the centre for agri-technology development for Newcastle University and is part of the Centre for Crop Health and Protection
Marine lab and vesselMarine lab and vessel
Students studying marine sciences or marine technology benefit from our Research Vessel and high-tech marine research lab on the coast at Cullercoats.
New Learning and Teaching CentreNew Learning and Teaching Centre
Opening in 2019, this space will offer state-of-the-art study spaces.
Music students have access to purpose-built music studios and rehearsal spaces accessible 24/7.
Fine Art students have access to purpose-built studios, exhibition spaces and fully staffed workshops.
Architecture and Planning students have access to design studios, model-making workshops and high-tech facilities.
Media students have access to media studios with rehearsal space and recording and editing equipment.
Campus museum and galleryCampus museum and gallery
Students from archaeology, history, classics and biology can work with the collections at the award-winning University-led Great North Museum on campus.
Our on-campus Hatton art gallery hosts Fine Art student exhibitions and is a great place to get inspiration from our regular calendar of exhibitions.
The great outdoorsThe great outdoors
Our proximity to the coast and countryside provides a wealth of outdoor learning opportunities that you wouldn’t normally get from a city university.
Geographers, architects, biologists, environmentalists and historians can all enjoy unique learning experiences in our inspiring region.