Library services

  • Personal guidance

    Our skills@cumbria service offers individual appointments to help you find the best library resources for your assignments.

  • Extensive resources

    If all our print books and ebooks were laid top-to-tail, they would be longer than Hadrian's Wall. (Hadrian’s wall = 84 miles)

  • 24-hour support

    You'll have access to the real-time personalised Ask a Librarian service between 5pm and 9am during the week and round the clock at weekends and bank holidays.

Supporting your learning with access to thousands of books, 340,000 ebooks, 25,000 journals and electronic resource collections. Our libraries provide a complete range of services and support to enhance your academic and study skills.

The Barn Library

Nestled in the heart of our Ambleside campus, The Barn Library has all the resources and facilities you need for a productive day of study.

The library resources have a particular emphasis on outdoor studies, forestry, conservation, and business and leadership.

  • Extended opening hours during term time and assessment periods
  • Access to over 210,000 books, 340,000 ebooks and 25,000 journals from across our network of libraries
  • Additional material including a range of maps, both on paper or online, climbing guides and sailing charts
  • Subject-specific advice to help you find the ideal library resources for your course
  • Flexible learning spaces
  • Individual, group and online skills support
  • Laptops and a range of media equipment to borrow
  • WiFi access

Opening hours

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Brampton Road Library

The library at Brampton Road is a light, bright area specialising in resources in the arts subject areas. There is a large collection of journals for use in the library. It is a wireless environment with a mix of group study areas and silent study space. 

  • Access to over 210,000 books, 340,000 ebooks and 25,000 journals from across our network of libraries
  • Subject-specific advice to help you find the ideal library resources for your course
  • Flexible learning spaces
  • Individual, group and online skills support
  • Laptops to borrow
  • WiFi access

Opening hours

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Fusehill Street Library

Located on the top floor of the Skiddaw Building, the main library at our Fusehill Street campus has a particular emphasis on health, education, science and the social sciences, including a law library and a large teaching practice collection.

  • Extended opening hours during term time and assessment periods
  • Access to over 210,000 books, 340,000 ebooks and 25,000 journals from across our network of libraries
  • Subject-specific advice to help you find the ideal library resources for your course
  • Individual, group and online skills support
  • Laptops and a range of media equipment to borrow
  • WiFi access

Opening hours

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Learning Gateway

In addition to our library, we have some fantastic study space in the Learning Gateway. 

  • 24-hour access during term time
  • Bookable study rooms
  • Flexible learning spaces
  • Comfortable group study booths

Harold Bridges Library

Located next to The Keep, one of the historic buildings on our Lancaster campus, our newly refurbished Harold Bridges library has all the resources and facilities you need for a productive day of study. 

The library has a diverse collection of over 160,000 items covering Education, Health and Sport, including a large teaching practice collection.

  • Extended opening hours during term time and assessment periods
  • Access to over 210,000 books, 340,000 ebooks and 25,000 journals from across our network of libraries
  • A collection of items for students on teaching courses to use in their placements 
  • Subject-specific advice to help you find the ideal library resources for your course
  • Flexible learning spaces
  • Individual, group and online skills support
  • Laptops and a range of media equipment to borrow
  • WiFi access

Opening hours

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London Library

Our London library features resources from a range of subject areas, including education, business, health and policing.

If you're a teacher training student, you can also access the Tower Hamlets Schools Library Service which has an extensive collection of materials to support your teaching practice.

  • Access to over 210,000 books, 340,000 ebooks and 25,000 journals from across our network of libraries
  • Subject-specific advice to help you find the ideal library resources for your course
  • Flexible learning spaces
  • Individual, group and online skills support
  • Laptops and a range of media equipment to borrow
  • WiFi access

Opening hours

Access to other libraries

Barrow-in-Furness

The University Centre at Furness has teaching and flexible study space as well as a core collection of textbooks, and can be used by university students in the Furness area.


Sconul Access

We belong to the Sconul Access scheme which enables staff and students to join (and in some cases borrow from) other academic libraries. You can use libraries from the North West Academic Libraries (NoWAL) consortium for reference.


London Reader Pass

If you are studying at our London campus (or living/working in London), you can register for a Reader Pass to use the Reading Rooms in the British Library at St. Pancras.

Visitors

We are extremely proud of our library services, and don't believe they should only be restricted to student use. Visitors can use the libraries at all our main campuses for reference and personal study.

Eduroam

All of our libraries provide access to the Eduroam wireless network which allows students, researchers and staff from participating institutions to obtain internet connectivity when visiting other participating institutions, as long as you have completed the Eduroam sign-up process at your home institution. 

Sconul Access

If you are a student or member of staff at a Sconul Access member university, you may be able to join our library free of charge. You will not have access to networked computers. ‘Walk-in’ access to a subset of our electronic resources is available. Please check the Sconul website for details of the scheme.

Library Membership

If you have been a University of Cumbria student, the annual cost of library membership is £35. Please email library@cumbria.ac.uk for more details.

Even if you haven’t been a Cumbria student, you can join the library as a fee-paying borrower. Annual membership is £50.

You will not have access to networked computers. ‘Walk-in’ access to a subset of our electronic resources is available.