Making the most of your Library – info tip

Students working together on a laptopYou don’t need to visit the Library to discover the range of resources we provide!

  • Need to know how to find things in the Library?
  • Unsure how to search for books and journals on Enterprise?
  • Need to find books on your subject which aren’t on your reading lists?

Try LibLearn!

LibLearn is an online course that you can do when you have time and at your own pace. It is available 24/7 via Blackboard, the University’s online learning system. Divided into three sections, LibLearn includes documents to read, and quizzes to test yourself on how much you’ve learnt and to provide more tips.

New to the University?

Then LibLearn One is for you. It will help you to:

  • find your way around the Library
  • search for books on your reading lists on Enterprise
  • locate books in the Library

Been at the University for a while or doing a Masters or PhD?

LibLearn Two and LibLearn Three will help you to:

  • find and access journals in the Library
  • find material on a subject using Enterprise and Summon
  • find academically reliable material on the web
  • evaluate what you find
  • understand the principles of copyright and referencing
  • develop effective search strategies
  • search databases for information, particularly journal articles

How do you access LibLearn?

  1. Go to Blackboard
  2. Log on by following the instructions on the Blackboard login page
  3. Click on the Enrolments tab at the top of the screen
  4. Scroll down the screen to the Course Search box; type in LibLearn and click on Go
  5. Click on the ‘arrows’ (options menu) next to the course ID
  6. Click on the enrol button
  7. Click on the submit button on the Self Enrolment screen and OK at the bottom of the next screen

You will now be taken to the course pages. Next time you log on to Blackboard the course will be listed in your Courses box in the Enrolments tab.

Or watch one of our videos!

If you were unable to come to one of our ‘Finding your way’ workshops for new students, or just want to find out more about the Library and what we do, then check out our series of introductory videos.

Some of the videos currently available are:

Library staff…happy to help!

Although there is a wealth of information and help on our website, Library staff are here to help you, so please ask if you have any questions. You can always contact your subject liaison librarian for guidance on locating resources in your subject.

This is one of a series of tips to help save you time and effort finding or using information

This tip was written by Learning Support Co-ordinator Sally Smith and Library Web Manager Jackie Skinner.

New student? Make the most of your Library – info tip

Students studying in the URS Building

Group study space in the URS Building


We are here to support your studies, providing you with access to information – online, multimedia or printed – and the skills to make the most of it.

For a general intro…

Learning how to use the Library

A large academic library can be confusing and hard to find your way around. This year Library services are also operating from two buildings: study space and services are located in the URS Building, whilst printed materials are still available to borrow from the adjacent Library building.

Come to a ‘Finding your way in the Library’ session

Our interactive sessions run throughout Welcome Week and Week 1. Discover how to find books in the Library and borrow them, and have a tour of the services and facilities in the URS Building. Each session lasts around one hour, but could save you a lot more time in the long run!

To find out more and book your place see – Finding your way workshops.

Students outside the URS Building

The URS Building

Explore your Library & the URS Building in Welcome Week

We are open through Welcome Week, so why not explore before all the other students return? Between 09:00 and 17:00 you can:

  • Collect a self-guided Library tour leaflet to follow – stop off at whatever is relevant to you.
  • Visit the Library to find resources for your subject – pick up a guide to your subject there and pick-up a freebie from one of our information suppliers.
  • Pop in to the URS Building next door to discover your favourite study areas on the 2nd Floor (we’ve got silent, quiet and group spaces) and the largest PC facility in the University on the Ground Floor (along with IT help from the Service Desk).
  • Also meet Study Advice and Maths Support on the Ground Floor of the URS Building and pick up a free planner to organise your new University life!

Visit us in the Marquee

On Tuesday 19 September, Library staff and the Study Advice Team will be in the Marquee for ‘Academic success and module selection day’. Please pop in and have a chat with us about how we can support your studies.

Explore our online help

We’ve got lots of resources on our website to support your studies and develop your skills.

  • Try one of our LibLearn Tutorials to find out how to use the Library, search the catalogue, and more. Available 24/7 on Blackboard, the University’s online learning system.
  • Watch our videos – these cover a variety of topics ranging from placing holds on books, to doing your literature search.
  • Take a look at your subject guide, to discover key resources relevant to your studies.
  • Develop your study skills by exploring the wide range of guides and videos provided by our in-house Study Advice Team.

Our friendly subject liaison librariansGet individual help

Your friendly subject liaison librarian will be happy to give you individual help with any subject-related enquiries, or questions about the Library. You might also see yours as part of a Library session organised by your Department.

For one-to-one help with study skills contact the Study Advice Team.

Prepare yourself for life at University

Have you completed the Study Smart online course? This short course has been designed to help you make a smooth transition to University learning. It covers academic integrity, communicating at University and being an independent learner. Why not find time in Welcome Week to complete the course if you haven’t already done so?

For more information…

For extra guidance see Information for new Library users on our website.

This is one of a series of tips to help save you time and effort finding or using information

This tip was written by Learning Support Co-ordinator Sally Smith and Library Web Manager Jackie Skinner.

‘Finding your way’ workshops continue this week

Library workshopNot sure how to use the Library? Don’t panic! There are still places available on our one-hour ‘Finding your way’ workshops. They will continue to run during Week 1 of Term (26 September – 30 September).

Workshops cover:

  • searching the Enterprise Library catalogue to find books on your reading lists
  • interpreting your catalogue search results, so you know where to find the item you need
  • going to the shelves to find a book
  • borrowing and returning books
  • plus other tips on making the most of your Library

Take the opportunity to find your way to the books you need before your reading starts to pile up!

Book your place via the ‘Library course bookings’ link, located in the ‘Actions’ tab on the RISISweb Portal.

Sally Smith, Learning Support Co-ordinator

‘Explore your Library’ and win a selfie prize!

studentsongroundfloorNew to Reading? Why not explore your new University Library this Welcome Week – before all the other students return?! Between 09:00 and 17:00 you can:

  • Collect a self-guided Library tour leaflet to follow – stop off at whatever is relevant to you.
  • Visit ‘your’ subject floor to find resources for your subject – pick up a guide to your subject there; discover your favourite study areas (we’ve silent, quiet and group spaces); and pick-up a freebie from one of our information suppliers.
  • Tweet a Library selfie to @UniRdg_Library with the hashtag #UoRLib to tell us what you think. The best three will win a goodie bag prize.
  • Meet Study Advice and Maths Support on the 1st Floor – pick up a free planner to organise your new university life!
  • Use RISIS to book aFinding your way in the Library’ workshop in Welcome Week or Week 1 to learn how to use the catalogue to locate your books in this large library.

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator

Library prize winners welcome!

Four students holding envelopes sitting or standing with Librarian

Head of Academic Liaison, Helen Hathaway presented vouchers to winners of Library Welcome Week competitions.

“You’re welcome,” we told students who took part in Library Welcome Week competitions and won Amazon voucher prizes.

Our ‘borrow a book’ prize draw was open to new students learning to borrow during the latter part of Welcome Week. Winners were:

  • Kia Lin Chuar, undergraduate (pictured, second from left): £50
  • Ana Almeida, taught postgraduate: £25
  • Michelle Yee, undergraduate: £15

Our Library quiz for new students required participants to add up the number of certain features around the Library and on its website. Three winners drawn from among correct entries submitted were:

  • Kundai Munetsi, undergraduate (pictured, far right): £50
  • Faye Thomsit-Ireland, research postgraduate (pictured, centre): £25
  • Adam Woollett, undergraduate (pictured, second from right): £15

Kundai told us, “Taking part in the quiz helped me learn about the Library and feel comfortable with it.”

Other ways to learn about the Library

If you missed Welcome or Enhancement Week training you can still learn to get the best out of your University Library though our information for new users page, Library videosMaking the most of your Library guide, Liblearn tutorials on Blackboard or with the help of your own subject’s liaison librarian.

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator

Welcome to our new international students

International students at the University of ReadingYou will probably have lots of questions at the moment about your new life at the University of Reading and how you can make the most of your time here. We at the Library are here to help support you in your studies and provide you with access to all the information you need to succeed in your course. For a brief introduction to our facilities and services watch our welcome video.

Studying in the UK may involve different skills to those you used in your home country and we have plenty of suggestions that can help your transition to this new way of learning. You can always get in touch with the Study Advice team or your subject liaison librarian if you have more questions.

Understanding university study in the UK

The University Study Advisers have developed a set of webpages to help those moving up to higher education in the UK to understand what is expected, through exercises and tips. There is also a series of study guides and video tutorials to help you develop the skills you will need for study success, including dedicated advice on assessment by examination in UK Higher Education.

Other useful guides include UKCISA’s study tips and the Prepare for Success website (University of Southampton).

There is also general information for International students at the University, including links to advice on visas, accommodation and budgeting.

Developing effective practices for UK study

There are various books in the Library written for students on developing your study skills. Many can be found on the 4th Floor with classification numbers beginning 378. Why not have a look on the shelves to see what is available? Or search the online Library catalogue, Enterprise for “study skills”. Alternatively, you can download a free ebook, Help Yourself to a Better Degree, written by the University Study Advisers specially for Reading students.

To make the most of the Library, check out the following guides:


Good luck and we hope you enjoy your time at the University of Reading.

Charlie Carpenter, ISLC Liaison Librarian/Support Coordinator (international students), and Rosie Higman, Trainee Liaison Librarian