How do I join the library?
When you collect your University Card (UniCard) after registration, you’re automatically given access to the library service. Your UniCard is also your library card and it will allow you to borrow from any of the Universities libraries.
Which library do I use?
The Library has several sites in Exeter and Cornwall, some of which specialise in particular subjects. Have a look at About our Libraries to find information about each one.
What passwords do I need?
To use some library services, you will need to prove that you are a registered student here. You need your UniCard to borrow books. To access online services, you need your IT Services account username and password (the ones you use to access your university email account). This is also occasionally called your Campus ID.
You will need the IT Services username and password to:
- View your library record & renew your books
- Reserve books that are on loan to other people
- Access the Electronic Library (databases and electronic journals collections)
- Link directly to electronic journals from the catalogue
What are the rules of the Library?
In order to be effective study areas, the libraries need to enforce some rules and regulations. The Forum Library has group study and multimedia areas where talking is permitted, as well as areas for silent study. Food may not be consumed anywhere within the Forum Library, whether hot food, cold food or snacks, and drinks are only permitted if they are in a plastic bottle or in a container with a lid. Smoking is not allowed in any public buildings and we ask that you only use your mobile phone in designated areas – please keep it switched off in other parts of the libraries.
There are notices in the other libraries reminding you of what is and isn’t allowed – please read them!
Can you explain the words you use in the Library?
We have created a jargon list to help you understand some of the words we use in the library. If you can’t find the word on this list, then ask a member of staff to help you. The American Library Association has made a list of commonly used library terms with translations into Chinese, Korean, Japanese, French and Spanish.
Can I photocopy books and journals?
You can photocopy from books and journals, but there are legal limits to how much you are allowed to copy: one chapter or 5% of a book; no more than one article from an issue of a journal or conference proceedings; one report from a set of published law reports. Remember that the same limits apply to online material, so you are only entitled to save or print one article from an issue of an ejournal for example.
Who can I ask for help?
Each College or subject has a Subject Librarian who specialises in information resources for that subject. You can find out who this is by using the Getting Help section of this website. Most librarians are based in the Forum Library at Exeter or the Learning Resources Centre on the Cornwall Campus, though some also visit the branch libraries. If you want help in finding resources for your subject contact them to arrange an appointment.
For general help, ask at the Library Desk in each branch, telephone your branch or email the Library: firstname.lastname@example.org