You’ll find lots of digital and print resources in the library. From e-books, online journals and video streaming platforms to research material, digital newspapers, print books and more, there’s plenty to support your studies. 

Scan and deliver service

Although browsing books is not currently possible, we can help you access reference only collections, such as our print journals. With our new scan and deliver service you can order scans of journal articles and book chapters from the Augustine House print collection (where copyright rules allow).

LibrarySearch is our digital discovery tool enabling you to search for items in the library.

If you need advice searching databases or other online resources, your Faculty Learning and Research Librarian can help. You can book a one-to-one tutorial on a particular subject with them via Blackboard or email with your queries. And don't forget to view our subject guides to find the best resources for your subject area(s). 


Resources available to you include:

There are thousands of e-books for you to read or download at home or on campus. Just go to LibrarySearch to find what you’re looking for. See our guide on accessing e-books using LibrarySearch.

If we don’t have what you need to complete your assignments or research you can suggest an e-book up to the value of £150 that will support your studies. We will consider all suggestions, bearing in mind their suitability for our collections as well as any budget constraints that may be in place. It is worth noting that prices for educational user licences for e-books are usually more expensive than the prices you’ll find listed for commercial e-books such as an Amazon Kindle e-book.

Complete this form to send us your suggestion. We will respond to your request within 5 working days. We will let you know if the e-book is available to add to our collection, and update you on how long it will be before you can read it. E-books that are available should usually be accessible through LibrarySearch within three weeks or your request

OverDrive is an online e-book and audiobook platform that works a bit differently from our other e-resources. Books available on OverDrive must be taken out on loan to be used, much like physical books from the library, but your OverDrive account is separate from your main library account. All OverDrive books can be borrowed for seven days, and don't count towards your main borrowing allowance.

Browse and borrow from our OverDrive collection here.

Find out more about OverDrive here.

For up-to-date, specialist information and detailed research articles, make good use of journals (also known as periodicals or serials).

Most journal articles are available online via LibrarySearch or specialist databases. Learn more in our journal guides: Finding journal articles on a topic


Whether you’re interested in today’s news or something long gone, you’ll find an extensive online newspaper collection in LibrarySearch, Search databases such as British Newspapers 1600-1950, the Financial Times and LexisLibrary.

Find out more about the online newspaper collection guide here

For digital streaming and video platforms, look no further. We subscribe to Box of Broadcasts (BoB), British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFC), Learning on Demand, Kanopy and Digital Theatre Plus so you don’t have to.

With BoB you can record and watch programmes from over 65 free-to-air channels. Just search the extensive archive by title or keyword and you can create clips or compile your favourite shows into playlists and share them with others.

To Access Box of Broadcasts from the website: Click “Sign in” and enter Canterbury Christ Church University in the “Where are you from?” box. If you’re using your own device, you’ll need to sign in using your university username and password. If you’re using a university PC you’ll be automatically signed into BoB.

BUFVC, Kanopy and Digital Theatre Plus are available via the Find Databases A-Z menu on Library Search.

Databases are great for primary research, background information, latest thinking, detailed theory, standard reference, study skills, and literature searching, and we have plenty to help with your studies.

You can access resources such as archives; maps; data sets; subject-specific journal packages; information and news from industries and trades; online newspapers; audio, images and videos (from clips to full films and performances).

Many of the databases are linked to  LibrarySearch, but they can all be accessed using the Find Database A-Z menu. Each comes with a brief summary and some have a PDF guide too. LibrarySearch will tell you where on campus you can access different databases.

The Research Space Repository contains research produced by Canterbury Christ Church University researchers, including over 9,000 journal articles, conference papers, videos, PhD theses and more. It’s fully searchable and provides full-text access where permitted, and full citation details where restrictions apply. Why not take a look at your lecturers’ research and be inspired?

You can also read theses produced by students at other UK universities via the British Library’s EThOS service.

All our books are shelved in a numerical and alphabetical sequence to make them easy for you to find. You can look up where the item is located using LibrarySearch or the dedicated library catalogues in our libraries. An introduction to using LibrarySearch is available or you can see our top tips. We have guides available to help you find the books you need and staff are on hand to help. 

If your studies relate to teaching, you can access curriculum resources such as My Maths, Teachers TV and Teaching Times through LibrarySearch.

There’s also a special collection of teaching resources including puppets, posters, story sacks and maths games at the end of the second floor in Augustine House with CR before the classmark. We also have a selection of children’s fiction, non-fiction books and materials to help with lesson planning or to use while you’re working with children in the classroom (mainly at primary level).

You can borrow up to 20 curriculum resource items from the library in addition to your usual borrowing allowance.

There are a number of special collections and archives in Augustine House that are available to view as reference research materials, including:

Ask a member of staff or contact the library for more details and to access the items in the archive.

I appreciate all of the great new e-books that the Library are giving us access to. I think it's a really great service and incredibly helpful in the current situation.

Vanessa TannerMA in Social Work
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