Study facilities and skills support
Whatever you're learning, we provide a range of services and resources to help you develop the skills you need to succeed.
Space to think
There are extensive Library resources and study spaces across campus, with flexible booking options for single and group study, both formal and informal.
Our central Campus West Library provides a range of places to work, research and study. There are contemporary spaces and flexible furniture in the Morrell and Fairhurst buildings, and a more traditional silent atmosphere in the Burton building. Students can also make use of PCs, Macs, laptop loans and the Library Cafe.
As well as the central Library, there are dedicated study spaces in the Piazza Building on Campus East and specialist libraries at King's Manor and the York Minster Library in York city centre.
You’ll have access to more than a million books in print and a large range of electronic resources that you can use from anywhere in the world. There are hundreds of thousands of ebooks and online journals, as well as statistics, reports and data available to you.
Each Department has online guides and an Academic Liaison Librarian who can support you with specialist queries and advise the most relevant resources for your subject. We also offer guides and workshops to help you with traditional academic skills like researching information, and those less traditional like coding or creating interactive media.
The Library is my favourite place to study on campus. There are zones for all types of studying – from Silent to Quiet to Studious Buzz. You can also book study rooms for yourself or a group, which is great when you have a big chunk of studying to do.
Lily, MChem Chemistry
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Connect on campus
We offer a range of IT services and support to keep you connected on campus:
- free wifi across campus and the city
- access to your files and apps off campus
- nearly 1,000 open-access networked Mac, Windows and Linux computers in more than 20 locations across campus
- recordings of timetabled lectures through our Replay service
- access to our virtual learning environment (VLE) - where you can access course materials and communicate with other students and staff
Develop new skills
Our extensive learning and skills resources will help you study effectively at the same time as strengthening your employability.
In community groups and workshops, join students from other degrees to improve your understanding of others and your ability as a transcultural communicator.
Academic study skills
Join colleagues, advisors and tutors to discuss and improve your academic writing, presentations and language in the Writing Centre.
Learn how to follow good academic practice in your reading and writing, and how to avoid plagiarism.
Discuss and develop your maths and statistics skills at the Maths Skills Centre to supplement your department’s support and maximise your success.
Improve your digital skills and get the most out of our software packages with our Skills Guides. Or drop into our Digital Wednesdays training sessions.
Step outside your degree programme and expand your knowledge with elective and language modules. These are a great way to broaden your academic horizons and boost your employability
You can learn a new language or polish existing skills through our Languages for All programme. Improve your career prospects, prepare for an international placement, or simply learn for fun (additional costs may apply).
We offer workshops throughout the year that can help you build resilience and manage your wellbeing. Workshop titles include: 'Overcoming feelings of worry and stress'; 'Pushing through perfectionism'; 'Pushing through procrastination'; and 'Secrets to successful sleep'.