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29 March 2018

How the Library can help you

April is ‘Stress Awareness Month’ so each week there will be something to help you #StudyWell while managing stress and improving your wellbeing.

This week we’re going to look at the ways the library is able to help you:

Library Help Desk

– Your first place to ask if you need help while you’re in the library. If we can’t help you, we’ll know who can!

A photo of a student talking to a member of staff at the Library Help Desk

Frequently Asked Questions

– Find the answers to your library and IT queries in our frequently asked questions:

Phone / Email / Online Chat

– If you’re studying at home, we’re still here to help you:

Longer opening hours

– We’re open even longer during the exam and hand-in periods.  Our Cambridge and Chelmsford libraries will be open 24/7 from Saturday 21st April until Friday 25th May.

A photo of a student walking through the Library's entrance gates

Study space

– Find a space to study – there are computers, desks, rooms and pods. Find the right study zone for you – group study zone, quiet zone and the silent zone. You can also book a space to study here:

Text a Talker

– Tell us about noise! We offer a text-a-talker service at our Cambridge and Chelmsford libraries. If you are being disturbed by noise on a quiet or silent floor, you can contact us by text so that we can address the problem: For Cambridge use 0784 716 8896 For Chelmsford use 0750 725 5468

Book a Librarian

- Need help with your research? Our ‘Book A Librarian’ service is here to help you. Book a 30 minute appointment here:

A photo of a Subject Librarian talking to a student during a one-to-one appointment

Online Harvard Referencing Guide

– Need some help with your referencing? Our Harvard referencing style is a little different to others so make sure you use our guide to get it right:

24/7 access to electronic resources

– You can access online journals, databases and e-books day or night. Find what you need by searching our library catalogue:

Subject Guides

– Struggling to find the right sources for your essay? Look at your subject guide to see what your Subject Librarian recommends:

Past exam papers

- Use the library to search for past papers and give your exam revision a boost:

IT Drop-ins / Book an IT Adviser

- Ask our IT Support Advisers about any IT issues or queries you may have:

Print / Scan / Copy

- Printers are located in various areas of the University Library or PC open access areas and can be used for printing, scanning and copying:

Borrow a laptop

- No laptop, or left it at home? Want a choice of where to study? Laptops can be borrowed from Chelmsford and Cambridge libraries for up to 3 hours, and can be used anywhere on campus.

A photo of a student borrowing a laptop from the laptop loan cabinet


– It's important to take breaks when you're studying hard so when you need to relax why not take some time to catch up on some TV and films via BoB:

Topics: IT Help Library help Library resources Study tips Wellbeing