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The Library: Commuter Students

Welcome to Leeds Beckett Library

This page provides information for students who are commuting, living locally or living at home, to help you make the most of the support and services available from Library and Student Services. We recognise that being a commuter student brings advantages and challenges. Below are some tips to help you use your time effectively.

On campus:

Study in the Library – we have lots of study spaces including student meeting rooms bookable for group work or individually if you need to attend an online teaching session

If you bring your own device there are USB and power sockets throughout the Library. Some desks have docks for connecting a laptop to an external monitor, mouse and keyboard, and some of these also have dual monitors. Or you can borrow a laptop to use on campus for up to 8 hours. You can also install Microsoft Office 365 free of charge.

Bring a packed lunch - you can have cold food and hot or cold drinks anywhere in the Library (no hot food allowed). Water fountains, coffee and vending machines are also available and you can take a break to use the food courts which have microwaves for you to use.

On the go:

Check your student email to keep up to date with University communications

Access and personalise your reading lists via MyBeckett. You can set reading intentions for each title and add or update notes.

You can easily access thousands of online resources via our Discover search tool. Your subject guide recommends specific resources for your course.

Listen to a journal article or eBook

Access a wide range of news resources on your mobile device

Watch a video - you could check out the Library & Student Services YouTube channel, watch a lecture recording or a video relevant to your course - we subscribe to various educational film and video databases.

Develop your academic skills - book onto a Skills for Learning workshop or access Skills for Learning resources

Listen to a podcast such as our Skills for Learning podcast to help you develop your academic skills, or Beckett Talks which shares voices from across our University community.


Looking after your wellbeing is important, particularly when you have a busy schedule. Student Wellbeing provide information on wellbeing resources, tools and support available to Leeds Beckett students, including events - some of which can also be a great way of meeting new friends. There is also information on wellbeing apps, which offer resources and therapeutic techniques in the palm of your hand to help with issues such as anxiety, stress, low mood and trouble sleeping.


Further support

Our dedicated web pages for international students, distance learners or people who may benefit from library disability support also tell you more about the support available to you.

If you need to book an appointment with the Library Academic Support team or the Library Disability Support team, you can request dates and times which fit around your lectures and attendance on campus.


Library and Student IT Advice is available 24/7 to help you use University systems, software and Library resources; access your email, modules, and timetables; sign up to Wi-Fisave your work and be digitally secure.


  • Books can be borrowed from Headingley Library and Sheila Silver Library at City Campus
  • You can reserve books from either library to collect at the other one. Short of time when you're on campus? You can reserve the titles you require in advance and wait for the email to let you know they are ready to collect from the ground floor. 
  • Want to return a Library book before you’re next on campus? You can return books by post

Links to University and other information