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Library and computer facilities for students are provided at both Newton Park and Sion Hill campuses.
Each campus has a library with stock that reflects the courses that are taught there. So, students studying at Bath School of Art and Design can select from a wealth of books whose subjects include painting, photography, fashion, graphic design and much, much more. There are also up-to-date journals and collections of exhibition catalogues, slides and DVDs.
At Newton Park there is a range of material covering subjects as varied as Education, Music, Geography, Psychology and English, among many others. Not only will you find books, journals and DVDs but also lots of CDs and resources for Education students to use in schools.
As well as continuing to provide traditional library materials we have also invested heavily in electronic resources such as electronic journals, electronic books and online services to help you access high quality information that is particularly appropriate for university-level work.
The libraries are divided into separate areas for different kinds of study. If you want to work in peace you can choose one of the many "amber zones" where we ask people to talk quietly and refrain from using mobile phones. If you really need to concentrate you can work in a "red zone" where we ask people not to talk or even use personal audio equipment that might disturb others.
However, there will be times when you need to work with others on group projects or you might like to eat a snack. Green zones have been set aside where you can talk, use mobile phones, eat and drink.
Both libraries have direct computer access to the library catalogue where you can check the availability of the books and journals that you need. Items can be reserved and reference copies of books in heavy demand are also provided. You will find photocopiers, scanners and laser printers for the production of your own work. There are self-issue machines where you can issue your own books.
Professionally qualified librarians run sessions that teach you how to find and use information. Learning how to search the Internet effectively and how to evaluate websites can not only help you to produce good quality work but save you time as well. We also offer one-to-one tutorials, an electronic enquiry service and advice as and when you need it.
Library Users With Disabilities
At each library there are named staff who have particular responsibility for services to library users with disabilities. Our approach is to meet students on an individual basis to agree how best to meet their library and information needs.
Getting More Information
Information about library services is provided to all new students at induction.
There are several hundred networked computers for student use. Many of these are in open access rooms which are available during daytime, evenings and at weekends. You can use these computers for word-processing, spreadsheets, database work, email and access to the Internet. Specialised computer facilities are also provided within some subject areas such as Music and Art & Design. We have both PCs and Apple Macintosh computers as well as wireless connections for laptops.
Laser printing can be simply requested from networked printers. Black and white laser printers are available in all computer rooms and several also have colour laser printers. All new students are given an initial free allocation of printing.
Student Open Access Computing (SOAC) support is available in the Open Access areas throughout the day and early evening. We also produce user- friendly online help pages that cover all aspects of IT at the university.
- E-mail and Internet access;
- Over 600 computer workstations;
- All students have their own E-mail accounts.
Feedback on Library and Information Services is always welcome. Students are represented on the Library User Group and there are suggestion boards in both libraries where replies to comments are posted. You also get opportunities to contribute to surveys which include sections on learning resources.
E-mail and Internet access. Over 700 computer workstations. All students have their own e-mail accounts.
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