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

We understand 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’ – our Library induction programme.


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 Library re-start 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 or join the Library’s Online Lounge 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!

Update: 19/4/22 - Please note that Library Online Lounge (LOL) mentioned in this video is no longer active.

Welcome to the Library. This video will tell you about how the Library can support you in your studies here at Warwick. You may think that the Library is just a building that sits at the centre of campus, however the support and resources we offer are not just limited to the Library building.

We have a wealth of resources and services which can be accessed both online and in person to help you throughout your programme. Look at our website for the most up-to-date information and for access to all of our services and support.

When you first encounter the Library it can feel overwhelming. You'll be expected to locate resources for seminars, lab reports, essays or projects and to work independently a lot of the time, but don't worry this short induction will hopefully reassure you that help and support are always on hand and that you will quickly acquire the skills you need.

After this induction if you ever need a refresher check out our Get Started web pages. This is where we've gathered all the most important information you will need to start as a new student here at Warwick.

The Library has a rich and extensive collection of resources. We have over 1.1 million ebooks and over 1 million printed books in stock. As a UG you can borrow 15 books at a time and most are lent for two weeks and as a taught PG you can borrow 20 books at a time, usually for 8 weeks.

You will find that many of our resources are available online you can access them 24/7 anywhere with an internet connection using the university username and password. You can search for a specific topic, author or book and you can refine your results to only show ebooks or e-resources. If you want more information on how to find and use Library resources, take our short Get Started online course available via the Library Get Started web pages.

You will most likely have a reading list for your modules which will tell you about the essential and recommended readings that you will need for your lectures and seminars. Your essential reading should be available online you can access reading lists directly through the links, or via the Library home page or from your Moodle page.

If you're having trouble finding the resources you need for your studies or have any other questions don’t worry there is lots of help and support available. Your question might be answered on Get Started FAQ located on the Get Started web pages, or if not no matter how big or small your question just email library at warwick dot ac dot uk.

When the Library is open you can also ask at our help desk. Staff are friendly and very happy to help. Check our website to find out when we're open.

For the most up-to-date information and how to find out about other topics like accessible technologies and other forms of support we have available visit our website.

If you need support with your studies, each department has an Academic Support Librarian. Academic Support Librarians are subject specialists who can help you find information and resources for your projects, along with offering advice on referencing and plagiarism queries. You can contact us by email or phone and arrange a one-to-one consultation.

We have a number of study spaces located across campus, most can be found in the Library but there are additional study spaces in our learning grids with dedicated spaces for independent study. There are different study spaces to suit your needs and preferences, some are silent, individual spaces, while others are noisier more bustling areas. All the latest information about our study spaces and how to access them can be found here.

You might also want to check out our new Library Online Lounge (Update: 19/4/22 - Please note that Library Online Lounge (LOL) is no longer active). This is a virtual space where students can engage with each other and the Library. We will be holding virtual events within this online Library space during welcome week and the rest of the academic year, including our popular study happy well-being events. Alongside scheduled events it will offer the availability to connect with students in an informal setting and includes resources to support you while you study.

To keep up to date with Library news and find out about events and opportunities join our lively social media accounts on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Follow us to keep up to date and share your views and experiences with us.

We hope this has been helpful and wish you all the very best with your studies. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us in any of the ways we've mentioned, at any time if you have any further questions.

Familiarise yourself with the Library through our online Get Started with the Library 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. You’ll find a Library treasure hunt, information about reading lists and more.

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