Library and Learning Resources

We want our campus libraries to provide you with the resources and modern research tools you need to succeed in your studies and over the last year we have invested an additional £200K to do just that. 

We have invested in new print and electronic resources

  • Over the last year we have invested an additional £200K to do just that. We purchased 9,351 books and 816 journals both print and online, along with 62 databases. There are now 131 databases (at last count) on LibrarySearch.
  • The University has now made available an additional £200,000 investment for this year to purchase latest editions of current stock, new academic books, e-books and multimedia, alongside modern research resources.
  • We have made the process of requesting items from other CCCU library sites and Drill Hall Library a lot easier so that now you have access to a wider range of resources at the click of a button.

We have also improved how you borrow resources to make it easier than ever before:

  • Working in partnership with the University of Kent and Greenwich University, we launched a new Library Management System. We are now able to provide you with library access within hours of registration.
  • We have increased the number of books you can borrow.
  • We have increased the number of reservations you can make at any one time.
  • We have reduced the number of 24 hour loan items so now more books are on the longer loan periods.
  • Your loan items will now be automatically renewed – unless it has been reserved by someone else.
  • There are no more fines unless your loan has been requested by someone else or is a high demand 24 hour loan item.
  • For essential resources, whenever possible, we are purchasing electronic copies so to ensure as many users can access them at the same time.
  • We now actively monitor the list of reservations so high demand items are flagged up to us. We can then purchase more copies.  

 And we have improved the Library environment:

  • The library has created designated zones at Augustine House so that you can study in a way that suits your studying style, and caters to your needs, without disrupting others.
  • We have introduced a Noisy Neighbour Service to make it easier for you to report any disruptions to your studies.
  • We have introduced “Stressless” activities to support your wellbeing during key exam and assignment times.
  • We have improved the wayfinding signage in Augustine House so that it is now easier to orientate yourselves and find what you need.
  • We continue to work in partnership with Student Union and Facilities to offer 24/7 opening in Augustine House. We have increased the number of weeks AH is open 24/7 in 2017-2018.
  • In collaboration with Facilities, we have installed an electric hot water urn on the cafe' Atrium coffee pod so that you can access free hot water out of hours
  • In collaboration with IT, we have now installed a monitor in Augustine House that shows PC availability on each floor of the library
  • With the move of the Salomons Centre to Tunbridge Wells, the library has now been relocated into a larger and brighter space with PCs, sofas and study booths. I-Borrows have also been introduced.

We continue to enhance the learning support we offer:

  • Skills4Study is a new resource now available free to all students. Whether you are looking for tips on how to improve your writing skills or guidance on referencing, these interactive online modules make it easy for you to get to grips with a range of essential study skills.
  • The Academic Learning Development Team have made available on the Academic Skills pages here and via the Study Support tab on Blackboard lots of resources to improve your study skills. 
  • We have trialled an online library induction programme for new undergraduate students in the Business School. Through some interactive activities, these students learnt how to find and use the right resources and became more confidence in using the physical and online library

To continually improve our service we respond to your comments in the student surveys, we have feedback boxes at our service points and white boards for your suggestions. 

Contact us

  • Tel:  01843 609888 (Broadstairs)
  • Tel:  01227 922222 (Canterbury)
  • Tel:  01634 894444 (Medway)
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Last edited: 20/12/2017 12:51:00