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Library facilities

As a student at St Mary’s University you will have access to a wide range of Library, IT and Learning Technology services to help you get ahead in your studies.

Our Library Resources

St Mary’s provide access to over 120,000 books, nearly 4,500 e-books and more than 41,000 e-journals, all easily searchable using our Summon Library Search tool.  Our online library resources can be accessed from any location with an internet connection, allowing you to study where and when it suits you. 

Our printed library resources can be borrowed using our easy to use self-service machines, and our specialist staff are always on hand to assist you with locating the resources you need for your studies.

The Main Campus Library

The Main Campus Library is an integrated study and IT facility for St Mary's students. The building provides a range of individual and group study spaces, open access PCs and a one-stop Information Desk with advice from professional staff. The Library also houses the University's printed library resources as described above. 

The Library is open seven days a week during term-time. A fully-staffed service is available until 9pm on weekdays. Open Access PC facilities are available either in the main Library building or the i-Learn Café on a 24 hour basis.

The Naylor Library

The Naylor Library opened in September 2015 and approximately ten minutes’ walk from the Main Campus. This library contains library resources for Education students, along with approximately 270 study spaces catering for both group and individual work. 

The building also includes numerous open access PCs and Macs, 48 borrowable laptops, thirteen bookable group study rooms, training spaces and an on-site café serving a range of refreshments.

A fully staffed service is available from 8.15am until 9pm on weekdays during term-time. Please note that you must have your Student ID card with you to enter the building. Visitors must first email library@stmarys.ac.uk to arrange a visit.

Study Support

At St Mary's you'll be supported by our professional and friendly Library Services team who can offer expert advice on using our services. Our specialist Academic Liaison Librarians offer bookable one-to-one sessions in the Library to help you get to grips with resources in your subject. 

You also have access to a team of Learning Development Lecturers, who can offer help with many aspects of studying, including essay writing, exam techniques and time management. Learning Development Lecturers aim to provide you with the skills and resources you need to enjoy your studies, overcome any difficulties and make the most of your time at University.

Flexible Study Space

Our IT facilities are open 24/7 and the libraries have silent areas for focused study as well as study lounges and bookable group study rooms. All study areas have Wi-Fi coverage, many study spaces have at-seat power, and we offer free self-service laptop loans for students to use in the library buildings and across campus. In addition we also provide numerous open access desktop computers for students to use on-demand.

Online Study

Through the St Mary's online learning system, MyModules, you have opportunities to engage with your module resources online, reflect and share your experiences. You will also have access to an e-portfolio tool, Mahara, allowing you to record your learning and skills in a structured way.

Support for Students with Additional Needs

We want to ensure that all students can make the best possible use of our Library Services resources. Services we can offer to students with additional needs include a book collection service and provision for nominated helpers to borrow on students' behalf. We also have an Assistive Technology Suite for those registered with our Wellbeing Services.

Meeting the Library and Learning Technology Team

If you’re planning a trip to the campus or attending one of our open days, please come in and see us – we look forward to meeting you.