Skip to main content
Chat now
Sgwrsiwch nawr

English and Creative Writing: Getting Started

Library Description

The Hugh Owen Library is the main University Library and the centre of administration for Information Services. Based on Penglais campus [map], it provides a space to study, whether you wish to study quietly on your own or with others. A range of facilities are provided both to help you with your studies and for quiet relaxation.

Library Floor Plans & Opening Hours

Opening Hours

Hugh Owen Library 

Term time: 24/7

Library and IT support is available between 8.30am -10.00pm (Self-service/reference use: 10.00pm-8.30am)

Vacation: 8.30am-5.30pm Monday - Friday

Further opening times are available here. 

Physical Sciences Library 

The library will be staffed during term-time between 2pm-5pm, Monday to Thursday and 2pm-4.30pm on Friday.

The library is unstaffed outside of these times but access remains to the library books and journals, library spaces, computers and the printer/photocopier/scanner dependent on Physical Science building opening/closing hours.

Further opening times available here.

Borrowing from the Library

All University staff and students can borrow up to 40 books at any one time.

You can borrow most books for one week and these will be automatically renewed for you each week until someone else needs the book and requests it, or after 6 months.

You will only be fined if you do not bring the book back when it is recalled by another user, or if you do not return the book to the library after 6 months.

Shelf Locations

The main collection of printed material e.g. books, journals, reference and quick reference for students of English and Creative Writing can be found in the Hugh Owen Library on Level F (top floor):

P Philology/Linguistics/Language in general
PE English language/History of English
PN Literature in general inc: Critical Theory & Literary Forms (e.g. Poetry), also Creative Writing
PR English Literature
PS American Literature
Z Printed bibliographies inc: English and American Literature/Drama/Fiction

Find also the Effective Study Collection next to the Information Desk on Level F.

Library Catalogue

Primo is the Aberystwyth University library catalogue. In Primo you can search for books, articles, theses and other materials in the library collection of printed and electronic resources. To get the best results from Primo, you will need to sign in. 

Your reading list

A module reading list is usually a list of books and other information resources compiled by the module co-ordinator to support your study of a module.

You can find the reading list for a module you are studying in Blackboard.

  • Log in, visit the module and click the Aspire Reading List link in the left menu

You can see your list in the Aspire system where there are additional features:

  • Click on the title of the Aspire list in Blackboard OR visit Aspire and search for the module code 

Find out more about your Aspire Reading Lists.

If you are choosing modules for next year, or you are a prospective student, visit the AU modules pages and on any module page...

  • click View in Aspire to see a reading list for a current module

  • click View an example list in Aspire to see an example list for a module being taught in the future

How to Find a Book From Your Reading List