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Key to the Library - Library Team Blog

by University of Liverpool Library on 2022-11-07T14:22:00+00:00 | 0 Comments

Our libraries are here to support your learning throughout your time at the University. To help you make the most of your time here, we’ve spoken to the library team to find out what they think are the best things about our libraries and the services you should definitely ‘check out’... 

Eat, Sleep, Library, Repeat: Open 24/7 during term time 

Prefer a late-night study session? Trying to commit to a new morning routine? Deadline rapidly approaching? Rejoice! All our libraries are open 24 hours a day. While the Help Desks are staffed for certain hours (check the library homepage for the specific times), during term time, you can enter the library at any time of day – or night. Remember you need your University ID or the QR code found in the My Liverpool app to enter the libraries.  

Library Search: Our library catalogue at your fingertips 

Did you know you can search our entire catalogue on your own device? Using Library Search, you can browse our collections, place requests on items and view your library account. View the books you need by module through Reading Lists, which also links to the catalogue, making it even easier to find the resources you need! Top Tip: you can request resources we do not currently hold at the Library using Get It For Me. We’ll either buy a copy of the desired text or supply you with a copy from another library, free of charge. 

Need subject-based support? See your Liaison Librarian 

Studying at university can feel overwhelming. Don’t fear: the team of Liaison Librarians are here to support you during your studies and help you achieve academic success. Subjects have their own designated Liaison Librarian: you can find out yours on the Academic Liaison webpage. They can help with referencing, learning to think critically, finding the materials you need, and more. Book an appointment with a Liaison Librarian via their booking page. 

Be ‘in the know’ with KnowHow 

Improve your study skills with KnowHow. Available through the Library, access a range of free workshops, webinars and online tutorials. Topics include critical thinking, essay writing and Academic English classes. View the full list of events and how to book on the KnowHow webpage!  

Reading is for leisure, not just for studying 

If you want a break from your academic reading, take a look at the Leisure and Wellbeing collections. You can use Overdrive, or download the Libby app, to borrow eBooks and audiobooks on your own devices. Titles are categorised into a range of themes and topics: such as Black History Month, prize-wining fiction, and Neurodiversity awareness. These are accessible for free using your MWS university login details. On campus? Head to the foyer of Harold Cohen or the Ground floor of the Sydney Jones Library and browse our Leisure Reading Collection for classics, contemporary fiction, as well as seasonal/themed displays. 

BoB & Kanopy: Free films and on-demand TV 

You can access TV, radio programmes and films for free using your University login details.  

Say hello to BoB. On Box of Broadcasts you can watch and record programmes from 60+ channels and access their archive of over 2 million broadcasts! BoB is also a great tool for your academic work – you can create playlists, save clips and use their citation tool for easy referencing.  

Another good platform is Kanopy. Perfect for film lovers, Kanopy has an extensive selection of classic and indie films, as well as thought-provoking documentaries. Ideal for a movie-night with your housemates, or a study break between lectures.  

Contact your Library team anytime, anywhere 

The Customer Service team are here to help during staffed hours with any queries related to the Library. Remember help is always available online – 24 hours a day! Contacting the Library online is simple via online chat and can be accessed on the Library website homepage. Top Tip: Online Chat can also be used in the library. This prevents leaving your belongings unattended to go to the Help Desk – especially handy when you are on the top floor!  

These tips from our Library Team will help you to make the most out of your University/Library account! You can also view Library FAQs and email us We hope to see you in the libraries soon!

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