Library Facilities
 

Help and Support Photocopying / Printing / Scanning
Computers Bookable Spaces in the Library
Loanable Laptops Equipment for additional needs
Study areas DVD / Video / CD playing facilities
Microfilm and fiche reader / printers  

 

Help and Support

There are three service desks in the Library building, two for the Library Service and one for Student Support:

  • Library Service Desk on Level 1
    This is our main help point - ask here for support with using the Library, including questions about your Library loans and your Library account.
    Email us at: library@newman.ac.uk or telephone on 0121-476 1181 ext. 1208

  • Library Enquiry Desk on Level 2
    This is our help point for support with your studies - finding resources to support your needs, help with referencing, general reference queries etc. Ask in the Liaison Office (CH211) if the desk is unstaffed.
    Email us at: library-enquiries@newman.ac.uk or telephone on 0121-476 1181 ext. 1413

  • Student Support Services' Reception Desk on Level 2 (over the Bridge)
    Ask here for information about the wide range of services available from Student Support, and to make appointments with the Student Support team, including help with essay-writing, dyslexia support and disability support
    Email Student Support at: ssg@newman.ac.uk

Photocopying / Printing / Scanning

  • You can photocopy, print and scan at the Print Stations on Level 1 and Level 2.

  • These services are paid for by an account linked to your IT Services network account.

  • You can add money to your account using the charging machine located on the lower level of the Atrium in the St. Chad building, which accepts coins, credit and debit cards. You can also add money to your account at the IT Support Desk or charging machine in the Hub (Barberi Building).

  • Help Guides explaining how to use the Print Stations are available on the IT Services help pages on Sharepoint.

  • The Poster Printer (A0), is located next to the IT Support Desk in the Hub (Barberi Building).

  • Photocopying and printing is managed by IT Services. They can be contacted by telephone on 0121 476 1181 Ext 2293 or by email at support@newman.ac.uk.

Computers

  • Some computers are solely used to access the Library catalogue. You can find these on all three levels of the Library.

  • For all other computers, you will need your IT Services username and password to log on.

  • Computers are available on all three levels of the Library, but the largest number are located on Level 2. If you're unable to find a computer, you may be able to borrow one of our loanable laptops

  • Computers in the Library Training Room on Level 2 are freely available for use when the room is not booked for training.

  • The whole of the Library is a Wi-Fi zone. Newman staff and students can connect laptops, tablets, iPhones and other wireless devices to the WiFi system. Ask for a password at either of the Library's help desks on Level 1 or Level 2. Guests and visitors can connect to the University's Guest Wi-Fi.

Loanable laptops

  • We have 24 laptops for students to borrow during library opening hours.

  • The loanable laptops are easy to borrow and return using a self-service system. They are located on Level 1 of the Library, past the Journal collection.

  • You need to use your Newman ID card to borrow and return a laptop. Laptops are issued for 4 hours or until library closing time, whichever is soonest. They cannot be renewed or reserved.

  • Laptops are free to borrow, but you will be fined if they are returned late. Check our Borrowing Information page for more details.

  • Our loanable laptops are Wi-Fi enabled, and the whole of the Library is a Wi-Fi zone. Ask for a password at either of the Library's help desks on Level 1 or Level 2.

Bookable Spaces in the Library: Pods, Presentation Booths and Meeting Room

  • Two Groupwork Pods are available - one on Level 0 and one on Level 1 - to allow you to work in groups.

  • Two Presentation Booths are available on Level 1 to allow you to practice group presentations.

  • An additional groupwork space is often available - the Library Meeting Room on Level 2 - when this is not in use for Library staff meetings and training.

  • The Pods, Meeting Room and Presentation Booths can all be booked for up to two hours, this can be done at the Service Desk on Level 1, by phone or by email.

Study areas

The Library offers various styles of study area with varying degrees of formality.

In all study areas you are expected to behave in an appropriate manner. This means:

  • Recognising that the Library is primarily a place for study

  • If you are waiting for a session in one of the teaching rooms, or are leaving a teaching room at the end of a session, please remember that other students are trying to work, and keep your conversations at an appropriate level for a library or a quiet study zone

  • Treating others with respect and consideration

  • Treating staff with respect and following their instructions when asked

  • You may eat and drink - but no hot food (hot food is food that was served hot, whether it is hot or cold at the time of consumption)

  • Clearing away all mess and litter to appropriate bins and recycling containers

  • Not leaving your belongings unattended

Within the Library there are three types of study area, each with different characteristics.

Learning Zones - These areas are designed for people who want to work together in more informal settings. In a Learning Zone you are still expected to behave appropriately for a study area, and not to disturb others.
Where are the Learning Zones?

  • Level 1

  • The Bridge on Level 2

Quiet Study Zones - These areas are designed for people who want to work quietly - either individually or in small groups. We don't expect you to be silent here, low level conversations are acceptable.
Where are the Quiet Study Zones?

  • Level 0

  • Level 2

Silent Study Zone - This area is designed for people who want to work in silence, so no conversations are allowed. Be particularly aware of your technology- make sure there is no sound from headphones, all keyboard sounds are turned off, and your phone is operating in silent mode
If you are eating, be aware of noisy foods or packaging
Where are the Silent Study Zones?

  • Level 2 (beyond the Local History Collection)

  • The Library Training Room on Level 2 - when not in use for training

Microfilm and microfiche reader / printers

A microfilm and fiche reader / printer is located on Level 2 next to the Local History Collection which can be used to read both microfilm and microfiche.

DVD and CD players

The following facilities are available:

  • DVDs can be played in the Presentation Booths on Level 1 and in the Library Meeting Room (CH207). Selected computers in the Student Support Centre on Level 2 can also play DVDs.

  • CDs can be played in the Presentation Booths on Level 1 and in the Library Meeting Room (CH207). Selected computers in the Student Support Centre on Level 2 can also play CDs.

Please borrow or buy headphones from the Service Desk on Level 1 to use any of these facilities.