Use the library catalogue to check what we have in stock, whether it is available or on loan, or available as an e-Book, and to reserve items.
Books relating to Early Years are mainly in the left hand area of the library as you come up the stairs.
These include books on Childhood, Child development, Psychology, Social Policy, Safeguarding, Law and some Education. Social research methods are also here. In the right hand area are books relating to health and nutrition, and parenting. There is also the magazine Nursery World in the journals area, and Study Skills books for help with academic writing, reading and note-taking, and PDP. You can use the library catalogue to find the exact location of your books.
Some books are shelved in Hockney Stack. If you see that your books are at this location, find a member of library staff who will collect the book for you. This is because we are unable to shelve all the library books upstairs in the main library.
Reference books cannot be taken out of the Library. These are shelved with the lending books, so look out for the Reference sticker on the spine.
If we don't have the book you need on the shelf, check the library catalogue. If it is out, you can usually reserve it so that when it is returned, it is kept for you to collect. Please note that we will let you know when your book has been put aside for you by emailing your college email account. You may find that the book is in the Hockney Stack. If this is the case, just ask a member of library staff and we will collect it for you. If we don't have the book or journal article at all, we may be able to request it for you from another library. Click on the tab for Inter-Library loans to get more information.
We have a growing number of electronic books available. E-books can be accessed 24/7 from outside College.
Find the book you need by using the Library Catalogue. You may also see links to eBooks in this Moodle course - click on the title of your topic to see a selected reading list. You may also find links to eBooks on your course pages, or other library pages.
Just enter your usual College (Moodle) login when asked for a password.
You can print from eBooks but only a limited amount of pages. This is to comply with copyright law.
Please get in touch if you have any difficulties in using eBooks.
If you have a keyword or topic you would like to find e-books on, it can be useful to search our two main e-book collections. Click on the link, and then follow the instructions for each online collection.