What you need to know about the libraries

Think it’s all about books? There’s so much more!

  • Adsetts and Collegiate libraries are open 24/7/365 – remember to bring your SHUcard for access
Tip – that includes weekends and Christmas Day!
  • there’s no need to buy water – we’ve got free water fountains on each floor in Adsetts near the toilets, as well as chilled water next to the vending machines behind the café area on level 4. At Collegiate free water is available near vending machines on the ground floor
Tip – bring your water bottle to keep yourself hydrated while you’re studying
  • you can also access free hot water in both libraries. In Adsetts it’s near the vending machines behind the café area on level 4. In Collegiate you can find it in the café area on the ground floor
Tip – bring your mug and a enjoy a hot drink whenever you like
  • Microwaves! Available in Adsetts behind the café area on level 4 near the vending machines and in Collegiate library it’s near the vending machines
Tip – don’t get hungry, bring your food and heat it up for free
  • others don’t like the mess and smell of your hot food, no matter how good it seems to you!
Tip – if you bring hot food into the libraries please eat it in the café areas and help us keep everyone happy!
  • don’t get stuck looking for resources, try the subject guides and RLO’s (Reading Lists Online) on the Library Gateway
Tip – use these online resources wherever and whenever you want to study. Remember to login for full access


  • items renew automatically each week ​unless it’s requested by someone else
  • if you return items within 5 days of the due date there’s no charge (5 days includes weekends). However if you return items on the 6th day, you pay charges for days 1-5 as well
  • you’ll receive email and text reminders that books haven’t renewed
Tip – check My Library Account to manage your loans and avoid any library charges
Study spaces


  • there are a variety of study areas, quiet, silent, individual, reading, PC, no PC, power enabled
Tip – choose an area to suit your study needs that day
  • peak library times are 11am to 5pm at Adsetts and 11am to 4pm at Collegiate.
Tip – if you prefer a quieter or less busy environment study off peak between 4/5pm to 11am
The libraries are just one of the places you can study
  • Faculty buildings, cafes and social areas all have study spaces
Tip – have a look round and find your favourite spot – you can also borrow a laptop