National Lockdown - January 2021: Following the Prime Minister's announcement of a National Lockdown, Newman Library remains open. However, you should only travel to campus to use the Library if you are unable to study effectively at home, and you must adhere to all the safety regulations that we have put in place. You MUST NOT work with anyone else in the Library: all Click & Study bookings are for individual study spaces, even if you are from the same household or social bubble.
Newman University Library is open if you have a pre-booked appointment for:
· Click and Visit - browse the shelves, issue and return books, print (using your own device), use the photocopier, borrow a laptop, ask us a question
· Click and Study – book an individual study space to work at (automatically includes Click and Visit to allow you to use facilities within the library)
You can also come into the Library if you have a timetabled class in CH004, CH116 or CH212. You do not need to book for this, but you must go directly to the room, and leave immediately when your class has finished
Please see our Visitors and Alumni pages for information about our current services for visitors and external members.
Please DO NOT travel to visit the Library without an appointment - you will not be able to use the Library for study, or to use any of the physical services located there.
We want to let you know that we're still working hard to help and support you - so please ask us for help when you need it!
Contacts and Help
If you need help, you can firstly try searching our FAQs on Just Ask and if you don't find an answer, you can
From September 2020, we moved to revised policies for the new academic year to build in flexibility for the current uncertain times.
What is the current situation?
We have now returned to our normal loan periods.
Whilst the National Lockdown is in place, we have withdrawn the option to place reservations for items on loan to other people..
Laptops are available in the Library: students can borrow them to use on campus for 4 hours.
Book returns box
We now have a secure box outside the Library where you can return your books without an appointment. If you want to return the books yourself in the Library using the self-service kiosks, you need to make a Click and Visit booking.
What is new?
Automatic renewal of loans
Shortly before your loans are due to be returned, we’ll try and automatically renew them for you – to save you having to remember to do it! We’ll then send you an email to let you know what items have or haven’t been renewed. If someone has reserved an item you’ve got on loan, we won’t be able to renew it and you’ll need to return it to the library on or before the existing due date.
We will now only charge fines for loans that we couldn’t renew automatically, usually because someone has reserved them. These will become overdue if you don’t return them. Because these books have been reserved, we’ve also increased our fine rates on overdue items.
You can find more details of all these changes on our Borrowing Information webpage.
Sadly, we have had to stop processing SCONUL Access applications as the SCONUL Access scheme is currently suspended nationally.
E-books – search the library catalogue using the ‘Newman Catalogue’ drop-down option. On the search results page, limit your search to just e-books by clicking on ‘Internet’ under the Library Location section on the search results page. This short video tutorial shows you how to search for ebooks
You will need to logon using OpenAthens to access e-resources – visit our OpenAthens webpage to find out more, or to watch a short video tutorial which shows you how to do this.
Our referencing page is your complete guide to referencing, which explains everything you need to know to correctly reference in-text and create your bibliography, including examples of most source types.
with referencing queries or advice about finding and using library resources
search our thousands of e-books, millions of online journal articles and all our other e-resources
if you’re having problems or not sure how to access our e-resources
answer questions about your loans, fines, renewals and anything else you need to know…
buy new books and make them available to you as quickly as possible
source scans for your lecturers to add to Moodle
check that you can access our e-resources
make inter-library loan requests (if available from the British Library) for items we don’t own
answer your questions about inter-library loans you currently have on loan
accept eligible research outputs for deposit from staff researchers
answer staff researcher queries about depositing research in the repository at firstname.lastname@example.org
let you know if e-resources or Library systems aren’t working and work with our suppliers to get them back up and running as soon as we can