Collections and Resources

Our collections consist of both physical and electronic resources provided to support your learning and research. These include books, e-books, journals, DVDs, curriculum resources and more.

All our students can access our electronic resources and make use of the collections at any of our libraries at Canterbury, Medway and Salomons. You can either visit the libraries or items can be transferred to pick up from your home library.View our subject guides to find the best resources for your subject areas.

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If you need help with using LibrarySearch, searching databases, and using other online resources, your Learning and Research Librarian can help.

If you would like to book a one-to-one tutorial on a particular subject, book an appointment with a member of your Faculty team via Blackboard. For all other queries please contact the team via email


Here are the available resources:

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. 

E-books are electronic versions of books that can be read online or downloaded to your device. We often purchase e-books in addition to the copies that can be found on the library shelves. E-books can be accessed from home and can usually be used by many people at the same time. These titles are accessible via online readers or can often be downloaded as pdf files. All our e-books are accessible through LibrarySearch

Journals (also known as periodicals or serials) are specialist publications that are published at regular intervals, this could be as frequently as weekly but could be monthly or yearly. They are a valuable resource for your studies because they contain the most up-to-date information and current research for your subject. They can also focus on subjects that are too specialised for books.

Over 800 printed journal titles can be found in our library collections. They are discoverable through LibrarySearch or our printed listing. Most of our journal titles, however, are only available online. Through LibrarySearch, you have access to thousands of different journal titles, far more than we have space for on our shelves. You can easily make use of them from home but we have support materials if you do have any trouble.

The Library has an extensive collection of online UK (national and local), and international newspapers both present and historical. You can find our newspaper collection through LibrarySearch or use our online holdings guide to find a relevant title and the database it’s held on.

Current issues of print newspapers are held near the Library point on the ground floor of Augustine House. Back issues for the current and previous month are kept with the journals in the second-floor silent zone.

Databases describes a range of resources found in our collection that cover a variety of formats and cover all relevant subjects.

They collect primary sources; archives; maps; data sets; subject specific journal packages; information and news from industries and trades; local, national, international and historic newspapers; audio, images and videos (from clips to full films and performances).

The databases can be used for primary research sources, background information, latest thinking, detailed theory, standard reference, study skills, abstracting and indexes.

Many of the databases are linked to LibrarySearch, but they can all be accessed using the Find Database A-Z. Each comes with a brief summary and where appropriate, a PDF guide is available.

Note, some databases are only available within campus buildings. These are clearly marked in LibrarySearch.

If you are looking for inspiration on style and format of student dissertations, we have a collection available at the Augustine House library. You can see what we have available using LibrarySearch.

The collection is only accessible to Library Staff but we will be happy to retrieve the items for you, just ask at the library point. All the items in this collection are 24 hour loans. 

Curriculum Resources is a special collection of teaching resources for education students to borrow, shelved at the end of Floor 2 in Augustine House with CR before the classmark. It contains children’s fiction and non-fiction books and other materials to help with lesson planning and to use whilst working with children in the classroom (mainly at primary level).

Users can borrow up to 20 Curriculum Resource items from the library in addition to their usual borrowing allowance.

There are a number of special collections and archives in Augustine House. They are a work-in-progress but are available to view as reference research materials. Here are some of the collections and archives available:

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

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?

BoB is Learning on Screen’s on demand TV and radio service for education. With BoB you can record and watch programmes from over 65 free-to-air channels and search the extensive archive by title or keyword. You can create clips or compile your favourite shows into playlists and share them with others.

You can 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 are using a University PC you will be automatically signed into Bob. If you are using your own computer, you will need to sign in using your University username and password.

If you have difficulties logging into BoB, please contact the i-zone.



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