Information for academic staff

This guide outlines the main services available to you and your students from the Library.

Your main contact within the Library is your Academic Liaison Librarian (ALL). They can help you to ensure that the Library holds the resources and offers the services you need in support of your teaching and research. ALLs attend departmental meetings such as Board of Studies, and provide digital skills training and 1:1 support to students. Please speak to your ALL if you have any queries about any of the information on this page.

Additional specialist support for staff and postgraduate research students is provided by the Library's Research Support Team.

Library locations

The main University Library is located on Campus West; it is open 24 hours a day, 362 days a year. There is also a library at King’s Manor and University staff and students may borrow from the York Minster Library.

A book delivery service operates between the University Library, King's Manor Library and the Minster Library for the convenience of staff and students.

Coming soon: Piazza Learning Centre on Campus East!

Reading lists

Staff on taught modules can submit their required reading to the Library using the Reading Lists system, which is embedded in Yorkshare (VLE). Reading Lists allow you to create structured lists of items which can be easily accessed by your students. You can also request high demand items to be transferred to our Key Texts collections and for print items to be digitised in accordance with copyright law. The Library will also try to purchase any items added to lists which we do not have in our collections.

Staff are encouraged to create the list yourselves; however if you'd like the Library to create the list for you, please fill in our online submission form. The Library offers training on creating and maintaining Reading Lists for all members of staff. Find out more:

E-resources Guide

The Library's e-resources can be accessed on and off campus from the E-resources Guide; with options to select e-resources by subject or by category (e.g. e-journal collections). If you are off campus you will be asked to log in using your University username and password.

Examples of prominent/interesting resources:

IT support

We work with IT Services to offer a variety of IT training to support both students and staff, including training for Research Computing.

You should also be aware of your IT security. If you are ever in any doubt about the legitimacy of an email or other online content, contact IT Services: itsupport@york.ac.uk.

Borrowing from the Library

Find books and journals using the online catalogue, YorSearch.

Most of our books are flexible loans, meaning that the length of the loan changes based on demand. To access an item on loan to someone you will need to request it. Staff benefit from having a longer length of time to return a requested item.

Supporting high demand reading

We offer a number of solutions to provide items to students which we anticipate will be in high demand, such as ebooks and ejournals, digitising chapters and articles and our Key Texts Collections. Find out how we can support items in demand, or speak to your Academic Liaison Librarian.

Suggest new resources

If you would like to suggestion an item for the Library to purchase, please fill in our Purchase suggestion form. If you would like the Library to purchase an item for a module you are teaching on, please add the item to the appropriate reading list.

If you would like the Library to subscribe or organise a trial to a journal or database not currently available in our collection, please speak to your Academic Liaison Librarian.

Digital literacy support

Digital literacy refers to the ability to find, manage and create information in a digital environment. We can provide tailored training and advice within your modules and programmes to help students achieve these skills. Contact your Academic Liaison Librarian to discuss the possibilities, or explore our Skills Guides for a range of materials which you can re-use in your teaching.

Supporting your students

We provide a range of services and support to help your students develop their skills and make the most from the Library. These include our Subject Guides which offer tailored advice and relevant resources for students in a particular department.

For individual support and guidance, students can book a 1:1 appointment with their Academic Liaison Librarian to discuss their research.

We also offer a 24/7 chat service to support students who are less easily able to visit our Help Desk in person.