The Library is the main study environment at Loughborough College and provides students with access to books and resources required for all courses offered. The Library also provides access to specialist software and laptops which students are able to borrow for use within the Library.
In addition, the Discovery search engine allows students to access a vast range of electronic resources and e-books both in college and from home, ensuring that students are always able to access the resources that they need.
The Library offers the RFID self-service system which is a teaching tool to ensure that students moving on to Higher Education are confident in accessing resources in a university library environment.
Please ask a member of staff who will be very happy to help you find any book, use a computer or assist with any other enquiries you may have.
The Library offers study skills support to all learners at Loughborough College.
This supports learners with:
- Understanding assignments.
- Structuring and planning essays.
- Understanding academic writing expectations.
- Preparation for exam.
- Presentation skills.
- Time management and organising workload.
- Understanding and preventing plagiarism in work.
- Harvard referencing.
Support is offered either in whole class tutorials (arranged by the tutor) or on a 1:1 basis as a one-off or as frequently as you wish. Written study skills support is also offered through the library website at: library.loucoll.ac.uk/study-skills
Software and PCs
There are four computers in the library for students to use which are available on a first come first serve basis. They have specialist software on that is course-specific such as the Adobe Creative Suite, Solid Works and CAD. Please let the library staff know if there is specific software you need for your course that is not on the computers and they will speak with IT.
There are also laptops available that students can borrow, however, they must remain in the library.
Silent Study Room
Some students like to work in a quiet space and we provide a room for those who prefer this. This is the only space in the college to access completely silent independent working, so we ask that all learners and staff respect this rule for the benefit of those around them.
If you are interested in using the silent study room speak with a member of the library staff.
Higher Education Study Room
HE Students have their own study room on the second floor of the library. This pleasant room was renovated in 2019 and has 12 bookable computers, some group study tables and a space for students to plug in their own laptops and devices. We recognise that HE students need to work hard to complete their programmes, and we want to make sure that their study environment is quiet and peaceful.
Library Opening Times
Monday and Friday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Tuesday to Thursday: 8.30am – 6.30pm (or hours to fit with reception open times)
Out of term hours:
Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
To find out about Accessible Ebooks available in the Library head over to the accessibility page on the Helpdesk.
Please see the College Library FAQ page for further help, information, and guidance on accessing the library’s online resources, or contact the library by going to the Contact the Library Helpdesk page, and a member of the library staff will get back to you as soon as possible.