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The Library

Library & Information Services
Our recently redeveloped Library

In 2013 we completed Phase II of our Library development.

The facilities and the resources we offer are designed to make study and learning easy.

The University Library offers you a welcoming and flexible space for group and individual study. The Library has four floors and contains 150,000 volumes with over 1000 reader places. 

There is online access to over 50,000 electronic journals in all subject areas and all journals, e-books and other key online information resources can be accessed from anywhere.

Our online library SmartSearch discovery tool tells you what is in the Library, enables you to check the recommended reading for your course, and lets you reserve and renew books. You can issue and return books yourself by using our self-service machines. Multiple copies of titles on reading lists are available in the Library and copies of core texts can also be found in the short loan collection. 

With PC labs, laptops, wireless internet access, photocopiers, printers, group and silent study areas, the Library is an ideal place to study.  The entire ground floor is a modern social learning space with a cafe and vending area. This is our major group study area with a range of seating. Specialist equipment for students with additional needs is also available on the ground floor.  The emphasis is on accessibility and user-friendliness.   

Opening hours

The Library is open 7 days a week (24 hours a day, 6 days a week, at key revision and examination periods throughout the year).  The Library is also open during University holidays except for those days when the University is closed.

Help and support

As a new student you will be given an induction to the library to ensure you are aware of all the facilities and services available to you.  Our experienced library staff are on hand to help and online support is available through the ‘Library Matters’ virtual learning module.  

Recognised for excellent customer service

Our library has been granted the government Customer Service Excellence ® Standard.  You can therefore expect a service that is customer focused with friendly, knowledgeable and professional staff.  Any issues and concerns you may have during your study at the University will be responded to promptly and effectively.  We look forward to welcoming all students to the University Library and will value your feedback.   

Accessing facilities at other libraries

Postgraduate Aston students, part-timers and distance learners are able to use other academic libraries within the UK via a scheme called SCONUL Access.  This reciprocal scheme and inter-library loans allow our students to access books and journals at other University libraries and vice-versa.  

Library website: www.aston.ac.uk/library

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