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The Library: New Students

Welcome to Leeds Beckett Library

We're here to support you in your studies and help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in your course and beyond. You can take a look at some of our spaces via the University's virtual campus tours and use our Visit Us page to see floor plans and accessibility information before you come into the Library.

Before you join us you can take our LBU Study Ready module which provides practical advice on becoming an independent learner. Then, when you've enrolled as a student there are a range of academic skills modules available to you explaining more about what it's like to study at University. International students are enrolled on our International Students' Academic Introduction module in MyBeckett.

You can also attend workshops and use web resources on topics such as critical thinking, maths and referencing or join peer supported study groups to continue to develop your academic skills.

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-Fi; save your work and be digitally secure. There is information on buying a device before you start University and when you’re enrolled you can access a free Microsoft 365 subscription.

Thousands of electronic books, journals, databases, newspapers and multimedia resources are easily accessible via our Discover search tool so you can find the information you need for your assignments.

Your reading lists are available alongside your modules in MyBeckett and you can also view online guides created by our Academic Librarians, listing key resources for your subject.

Books can be borrowed from Headingley Library and Sheila Silver Library at City Campus.

Both libraries provide spaces for silent and group study as well as bookable Student Meeting Rooms. We'll also support you to study and work collaboratively online.

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