How to Properly Utilise the Library
Hello everyone! The Library is a key part of everybody’s university experience, and without them, we would not be able to do the necessary research for our modules, essays or dissertations. Indeed, to some, the Library becomes a second home! So here are a few tips in order to best utilise the library and the services it has to offer.
– The Library is open 24 hours
The library is open 24 hours and staffed services are available from 8:30 am to 9:30 pm so you can go at whatever time suits you. Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, the library will be available whenever you need it so there is no excuse not to go!
– Don’t forget about E-resources
When browsing the library search, there are many versions of texts that exist online and can be accessed easily without having to make a trip to the library, so make use of these. To access them, simply follow the links and they will usually take you straight to the Warwick Web Sign-on or the Library Login screens where you will need to enter your Warwick username and password before viewing the document.
– When you search for a book using the library, have a look at the ones next to it on the shelf
This applies both when you are using the search function online (a list of the books next to the one you’ve searched appears at the bottom of the webpage) and when you’re picking up a book from the library shelves in person. The library is organised so that books are categorised together, and sometimes there will be useful books next to those that you have already planned to take out, but perhaps didn’t appear during your searches online, so always have a quick look!
– Find a study space that suits you
A lot of people enjoy having a study space in which they can work alone and really concentrate on their research. The library offers study spaces to suit everyone – from the 1st and 2nd floor that are casual, lively, and optimal for group work, to the higher floors which are for quiet study. Silent study is also available in 2 rooms of the 2nd floor extension, if you need to have no distractions whatsoever.
– Don’t be intimidated by Oversize or Store
The concept of using the scary mechanically moving shelves in Oversize or having to request books from Store can be a learning curve for those new to the process, but it is very simple and useful once you’re used to using them. The more obscure, large and rare books are often kept in these areas and the information they have can sometimes be crucial to your research, so don’t be afraid!
– You can order documents from other libraries if the material is not available at Warwick
I didn’t even know you could do this until recently, and I’m a third year! If you really need a specific piece of text but Warwick Library doesn’t supply it, you can put in a request to obtain it through other libraries. If you’re an undergraduate student, you must have your supervisor or tutor’s authorisation before submitting a Document Supply form. Books are generally supplied on loan, while copies of journal articles or book chapters are provided for you to keep.
– Postal Loans are available
If you absolutely cannot get to the Library but desperately need to take a book out, you may want to take advantage of the postal loans service. You can request Standard Loan books as long as they have no hold requests on them, but please be aware that there is a charge for this service.
Thanks for reading! Kristie