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Information for Staff: New to the Library

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Welcome to Bradford College Library.

This section of the guide is intended for new staff users of the library and offers information on navigating the library, the role of the Academic Liaison Librarians, and some of our key resources.

Using the Library

You just need your Bradford College staff card when visiting the Library which is located on the 2nd Floor of the David Hockney building.

Find material using our online library catalogue by typing words from the title, author or keywords. Books are shelved by Dewey - the classmark will be displayed on the library catalogue. To access e-books you will need to log in using your College username and password.

You will need your College ID card to borrow material using our self-service borrowing machines. On your first visit, please come directly to the library information desk where we will set you up with a library record and a PIN.  You can borrow up to 20 loans for the standard loan period of 2 weeks.  Loans will renew automatically for up to six months from the date of the original loan. 

Easily access your library account online or on one of our terminals to check your current loans, renew items, and reserve items which are currently unavailable.  All library messages are sent to your Bradford College email, including due dates.

Here to help
All members of teaching staff have a dedicated librarian to support you and your students. Click here to find your librarian and their contact details. You can also call in person at the Library Information Desk, call us during opening times on 01274 433112 or alternatively email us at

Online Resources

As a member of staff at Bradford College you have access to a wide range of electronic resources, from databases which can help you find information relating to your teaching or research, through the full text of journals and books online.

Most of our electronic resources are available off campus. You will need your college username and password to access them.

If you need help using any of our electronic resources then please Contact your Librarian.

Library subject guides

You can find more about Library support for your subject area by viewing our Library Subject Guides.  These include information on key books and ebooks, journals and databases for your subject, plus links to study skills resources. 

Study Skills

As well as providing course specific materials, we have a large collection of study skills books and resources.  Click here to view our Study Skills pages, or contact your Academic Liaison librarian for more information on how we can support study skills in your class. 

Your Academic Liaison Librarian

Your Academic Liaison Librarian is your point of contact with the library.  We support learning and teaching by ensuring that:

  • Library resources are relevant, current and accessible.  Contact us to find out what is available to support your subject, and to request new books, journals and databases.  When requesting items, it is useful if you include as much bibliographic information as possible, the course that the item is for, and how many students you expect on your course. Please let us have any reading lists as soon as possible.  
  • Library resources are accessible off-campus. We aim to buy e-Books where possible, and the majority of our journals are now available online. We can also create online reading lists linked to the library catalogue so students can seamlessly view the availability of books or access e-Books. 
  • Students are supported in developing academic and study skills.  Contact us to arrange inductions for new students, or in-depth research or study skills sessions.
  • Resources are available to support blended learning.  Contact us to find out how we can embed resources into your Moodle courses to meet COLA standards or blended learning. 
  • The Library is accessible to all students.  Contact us if your students need additional support in using the library. 
  • The Library contributes to departmental aims.  Invite us to your course, school or faculty committees and include us in curriculum planning.