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Get Started

The Library is at the heart of campus, and will be a central part of your University experience.

There is a lot of information to take in when you first use the Library, so to make things easier, we have compiled the essential information you need to ‘Get Started’.

Self-guided tour

You can complete a self-guided tour in person, or from the comfort of home.

  • In person: Collect a tour map from the Welcome Point, and scan the QR code for a video/audio guide to accompany whilst you visit the locations listed
  • Online: Take a look at the map* then watch the full tour video

*If you would like accessible assistance to read this PDF map, please contact us at library at warwick dot ac dot uk.


Take a look at some of the questions we often get asked by students.

As a Warwick student, you are automatically given a Library account.

  • Your University ID card is also your Library card – you’ll need this to enter Library spaces, and to borrow books.
  • There is wifi throughout our spaces – use your Warwick username and password to sign on to ‘hotspot secure.’

Log into your My Library Account via the tab on the Library homepage.

  • Use it to keep track of your loans, view your reading history and see when loans are due back
  • You can also renew loans online from the comfort of your room


We are here to help!

Email library at warwick dot ac dot uk with your enquiries or take a look at practical information for further information. After 9.30pm, our online chat service ‘Ask a Librarian’ is available.

There are also staff on hand around our spaces outside of these hours. After 9.30pm, our online chat service ‘Ask a Librarian’ is available.

We aim to make our spaces and collections accessible to all!

We offer assistive technology, accessible and sensory study rooms, and can arrange individually tailored induction tours for anyone wishing to discuss support for specific needs.

As a Library member, you have access to thousands of academic journal and articles.

We have an ever increasingly collection of e-books, including the books listed on your reading lists.

Access them from anywhere with an internet connection using your Warwick username and password.

We also have over 1 million printed books located in the main Library for you to use. Sometimes we have access to both the online and print versions, so you can chose which version to read. You can explore the collection using ‘Library Search.’

Finding print books in the Library can be confusing to start with. Once you know which books you want to read find, write down the classmark. You’ll need this to navigate the shelves. Don’t worry if you need to ask for help – most people do! Just ask a member of staff – we love to help!

Did you know there is a subject specialist librarian for your department?

They provide expert advice to help with your assignments, training and workshops, and you can even arrange a 1-1 session with them for individual help and support.

The Library offers a packed calendar of social and wellbeing events designed to help you Study Happy PAT dogs, cultural celebrations, and peer to peer learning opportunities are all included for free.

Check out the What’s On Calendar and get involved.

When you first start using the library you might find some unfamiliar words and phrases – our handy guide will help you make sense of it all.

A range of free online courses to help you make the most of your Library is available. Some are subject specific, while some are more general.

Try our course on Researching for Assignments, which is designed to introduce you to university research skills. You could also go through our Get Started Moodle at a pace which suits you and find out how to get started using the Library.

We offer a variety of study spaces to suit you. As well as the main Library, there are the Learning Grids in University House, Rootes building and Leamington Town Hall. The Postgrad Hub is for postgraduates, and the BioMed Grid for Medical and Life Sciences students.

You will find multifunctional printers throughout our spaces where you can print, photocopy and scan documents.

Top up your printer credits online to print or copy. Scanning is free!

Get Started short course

For a more detailed induction to the Library, you can complete our online course. Designed to help new students of all levels, you can progress through the stages from the comfort of home, at a pace that suits you.

Keep up to date

Follow the Library on Social media.
Instagram @WarwickLibrary

Library blogs

Study Blog : The Study Blog connects you with information, support and the Warwick community. It’s about your study experience, the highs and lows, with posts offering tips on how to best navigate your studies.

PhDLife Blog : Sharing PhD experiences across the University of Warwick and beyond.

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