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Library & IT guide for new students: Using our libraries


The following guide will take you through the essential information you need for using our Library and IT services. Complete the short quiz at the end to check you're up to speed!

IT and Library Desk support

The IT and Library enquiry desk is available on level D of The Hugh Owen Library. Help is also available by telephone, email and online chat.   

Further information available on the webpage: 

Our Libraries

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.

The Physical Sciences Library is also located on the main Penglais Campus and houses the Computer Science, Maths and Physics collections, as well as plenty of study spaces.

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Borrowing from the Library

The number of items you can borrow will depend on your borrower category. More information on how many items you can borrow. 

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 the book reaches its maximum 12 months loan period.

Study Space

Looking for a study space?

 Study Spaces are available in the Hugh Owen Library and Physical Sciences Library, and at locations across the University campus:

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Library Floor Plans & Opening Hours

Hugh Owen Library 

See our Library floor plans here.

Physical Sciences Library

Physical Sciences Library Floor Plan

Opening Hours


The main Hugh Owen Library is open 24 hours 7 days a week during term time

Further information is available on the Hugh Owen opening times webpage. 



The library is located on the 4th floor of the Physical Sciences building. 

Further information is available on the Physical Sciences opening times webpage. 

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