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.

Did you know? If you need help with using LibrarySearch, searching databases, and using other online resources, your Subject Librarian can help.

Click here to get in touch with your Subject Librarian.


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. See our Finding and Reading e-books guide for help. Videos on downloading  and printing  e-books are also available.

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.

Hundreds of printed journal titles can be found in our library collections but most of our journal titles 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.

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. Ask a member of staff for more details and watch this space for further details. Keep an eye on our social media too.

CReaTE is a repository containing research produced by Canterbury Christ Church University researchers. These are mainly by University staff and it also contains most of the doctoral theses produced by CCCU researchers since 2015, as well as many Masters by Research theses. Other material in CReaTE includes over 10,500 journal articles, conference papers, videos, sound recordings and more.

CReaTE provides full text access where permitted, and full citation details where restrictions apply, and it’s fully searchable using the Advanced Search function (and can also be searched via LibrarySearch ). 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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Last edited: 31/07/2019 11:05:00