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Our libraries are vibrant, supportive learning spaces.

The libraries are newly refurbished with state of the art technology to help you succeed with your studies. We have a substantial collection of learning resources to support your studies including books, a wealth of magazines and fiction. Our 24/7 library of online databases, journals and ebooks means that you can study at home or anywhere in the world (as well as on campus) at a time to suit you.

Everyone has different study styles and we have group study areas, quiet study spaces and independent study zones in order to meet your needs.

Our skilled and supportive staff can guide and assist you whether you need help finding a book, printing a document or navigating your way through the online library.

Facilities include:

  • Over 40,000 books, eResources and audio-visual resources
  • PC and WiFi access
  • iPads available for loan
  • Printing and photocopying facilities
  • 126 journal subscriptions and access to eJournals
  • Inter-library loans access to help and support
  • A dedicated Uni Hub
  • Stationery shop
Library Help Sessions

Students will be able to find help within the Library for a wide range of matters. Help and assistance can be offered on an individual basis or to groups. See below for the current Help Sessions on offer.

1-2-1 Help Sessions

Do you struggle with using a computer? Need help using ebooks, or finding online journal articles? Do you feel that you would benefit from some one-to-one help?

Book in for a session with us by emailing Michelle Johnson on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Sue Stanworth on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 01744623256.

Research Workshops

The following workshops are aimed at HE students but can be adapted to suit all levels of study.

Tutors can book workshops for their groups via the Library Management Team. Students who wish to participate in one or more of these sessions on an individual basis, please use the contact details for the 1-2-1 Help Sessions that are stated above.

  • College and/or Partner University Resources
    Session introduces students to the St Helens College Library resources, the appropriate Partner University Library resources and other sources of information
    PCs required

    1 hour
    (Can be held as a refresher session and will be adapted depending on level on study)

  • Advanced Searching
    Session will introduce students to advanced searching techniques, in particular Boolean Search Operators. Students will learn how to apply these techniques to various online resources
    PCs required

    1 hour
    (Suitable for Access to HE and HE level of study)

  • Identifying Reliable Resources/Evaluating Sources
    Session will provide students with the skills needed to successfully evaluate different resources, whether academic or otherwise. There is a particular focus on websites for this session but skills are transferable
    PCs required

    1 hour
    (Suitable for Access to HE and HE level of study)

  • Time Management and Organisation
    Session will allow students to assess their own time management, identify strategies to improve their time management and encourage discussions around solutions to common organisational problems
    Classroom based

    1 hour
    (Can be adapted to suit all levels of study)