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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’.

Library self-guided tour

Collect a tour map from the Library Welcome Point, visit the locations listed or scan the QR codes for helpful videos.

Alternatively, view our online map from the comfort of home.

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


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.

Staff at the Welcome Point and Helpdesk on floor 1 can help with any enquiries and you can contact your Academic Support Librarian for one to one help.

After 9.30pm, our online chat service ‘Ask a Librarian’ is available.

Your University ID card is also your Library card – you’ll need this to enter Library spaces, and to borrow books.

Log into your My Library Account to keep track of the books you have borrowed and view your reading history.

You have access to books, academic journals and articles in both print and online formats.

Access online resourses using your Warwick username and password or access your reading list material.

We have over 1 million printed books. Explore the collection using Library Search.

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

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

We offer a variety of study spaces to suit you.

We have group and individual study zones, Learning Grids elsewhere on campus, and dedicated spaces for postgraduates and Medical and Life Sciences Students.

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.

OurResearch and Academic Support Librarians are here to help you research and reference your assignments. We run sessions that are embedded into your timetable or you can arrange a 1-1 session for individual help and support.

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.

You could also go through our Get Started course at a pace which suits you and find out how to get started using the Library.

The Library offers a selection of events designed to help you Library community meet peers, and make the most of what the Library has to offer.

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

Quick guide video

As an alternative to the full tour, check out our video guide of all the essential Library spots.

Our Library is open 24 hours, and it is the perfect place to socialise, relax and study.

All you need to enter is your University ID card, but if for some reason that doesn't work, you’ll find the Welcome Point right by the entrance, where staff are ready to help you with any queries.

Need to find a book? Well, you can do so by using our Library Search or on our website or you could use our computer catalogue.

They will give you a classmark, which will direct you to where the book is located inside the building.

You can also order books ahead of your visit using our Click and Collect service, and once you're here, you can collect the books from the Click and Collect collection point.

We have five floors in our Library filled with lots of books and a variety of study and relaxation spaces.

Relax in our Library Coffee bar or our Breathing Space, collaborate in the Co-Creation Space and study lounges, or if you prefer a bit of peace, work in our quiet zones or designated silent study rooms.

There's also bookable accessible study rooms and sensory study rooms and a dedicated assistive technology area.

If you need to take a phone call, please use one of our phone booths.

Printers, photocopiers and scanners are also on hand and the IT Services helpdesk is also located within the main Library.

When it's time to go and if you want to take a book or five away with you, our self-issue machines are really easy to use.

Scan your ID card and the book and away you go.

Returning books is even easier.

Just place it on the conveyor belt and the machine will handle the rest.

If you need help with anything Library related, our helpdesk team are ready to help you.

If you need more advice on your subject area, then you can have one-to-one sessions with our Research and Academic Support Librarians.

If you want to know more, the Library offers in-person tours as well as self-guided tours with top tips and useful videos.


What's on

Follow us 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.

FAQs & jargon buster

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

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.

Online induction 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.