Bookshelves in Hallward Library

February 14, 2022, by Emma

Eight reasons to love your libraries

This Valentine’s Day we wanted to share just a few of the reasons to love your university libraries.

From our help and support services to our eight libraries and extensive print and online collections.

1. Here to help

We love our books and buildings, but did you know that we also offer a wide range of help and support services?

From help with using our libraries and finding resources to support with developing your study skills, our friendly and knowledgeable library staff are here to help.

We also offer an Enhanced Library Support service for disabled students and students with a learning difficulty or long-term health condition. The service provides access to alternative formats, dedicated study spaces and more.

Postgraduate researcher? Our Research Support Team provide dedicated support for queries related to planning, publishing, sharing and preserving your research.

Member of staff in a lecture theatre with BBC iPlayer on the screen behind

2. Watch TV, Film and Theatre

Watch TV and film with Box of Broadcasts

Record recently aired television and radio programmes, create playlists and access an extensive archive of shows.

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Theatre productions

Did you know you can watch productions from the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and more through our libraries? Here’s some of our favourites:

  • Drama Online – Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen and a wealth of NT Live productions
  • Digital Theatre+ – Productions from Eclipse Theatre, RSC, Donmar Warehouse and more


Books on the Leisure Reading Collection shelves in George Green Library

3. Take time out with Libraries

Our libraries are home to more than academic books and journals, you can also access our leisure reading collection and games zones. Perfect for when you want to take a break from your studies, or you’re looking for some escapism.

  • You’ll find a wide range of puzzles, crafts and games in our libraries at certain times of the year. Solve a puzzle, build with lego or challenge a friend to a game of Cobra Paw or Bananagrams. Look out for the Games Zones posters.
  • Hallward Library is home to a wide selection of fiction titles that can be borrowed by anyone. You can find our fiction collection on level four of Hallward Library or on NUsearch.
  • Our leisure reading collections are available to browse at George Green, Greenfield Medical and James Cameron-Gifford Libraries.
  • Prefer to read online? Many of our fiction and leisure reading titles are available online. Browse the collection or look out for the ‘Available online’ button on NUsearch.

George Green Library

4. Study in any of our eight libraries

As a student at the University of Nottingham you have access to our eight libraries. Each is home to a range of study spaces and IT facilities but here’s a little guide to what else you’ll find in each building:

Business Library – Business, commerce, economics and finance resources and study spaces with a view over the lake

Denis Arnold Music Library – Our library in the Department of Music is a hidden treasure. It may be small, but the library is great for individual focused study. Studying music or play an instrument? Check out our wide range of Music resources including recordings, sheet music and DVDs.

Djanogly Learning Resource Centre – Inside this striking building situated on the lake at Jubilee Campus, you’ll find our education and computer science resources. Looking for study space? Make sure to grab one with a view across the lake.

George Green Library – Our newest library, George Green is popular with all students thanks to its spacious layout, large number of study spaces, leisure reading collection and café. Inside the library, you’ll also find our science, engineering and architecture resources.

Greenfield Medical Library – Situated within the Medical Schools, inside the library you’ll find resources to support students studying Medicine and Health Sciences subjects as well as our leisure reading collection. The café just outside is perfect for study breaks.

Hallward Library – Located at the heart of University Park Campus, Hallward is home to a huge selection of books and journals for students studying arts, humanities, law and social sciences courses. You’ll also find a café for study breaks, comfortable seating in our reading rooms and a screening room.

James Cameron-Gifford Library – Inside our library on Sutton Bonington campus you’ll find subject resources for Biosciences and Veterinary Medicine and Science as well as our leisure reading collection.

Manuscripts and Special Collections – Our reading room at King’s Meadow Campus is a hidden gem. Just a short hopper bus ride away from University Park and Jubilee Campus, it is a haven of quiet and scholarly study. View items from our extensive archives and special collections or just use the space for silent study. Booking is required.

Three students studying together in george green library cafe

5. Spaces to study with friends

Take a break from solo study and try studying with a friend. Whether you’re studying the same course or not, it can be really useful to have someone to talk through ideas with and keep you motivated.

You can book group study rooms in our libraries, use our drop-in spaces or just grab a table and coffee in our library cafés. Take a break together by checking out the games and crafts in our library games zones.

Prefer to study online? Join our Student Academic Skills team for Study With Us, our weekly virtual study session. Just log on with some reading or writing to focus on and the team will help you break your work down into manageable chunks. In the breaks, grab a drink, stretch your legs or chat to other students across the university.

Shelf of books

6. More Books – explore beyond our collections

We know that sometimes you may need to access a resource that we don’t already have in our collections. When this happens, we can try to borrow the title from another library or you can also suggest that we purchase a copy.

  • Interlibrary loans – borrow items from other University libraries
  • Suggest a book – let us know what books are missing from our collections
  • More copies – let us know if we need to buy more copies of a resource

University of Nottingham Museum

7. Journey through history with our University Museum

University of Nottingham Museum features regular high-profile exhibitions on a wide range of subjects, often curated by academics and students at the university.

  • Our current exhibition, ‘Cultures of Cloth in Medieval East Midlands,’ explores sheep farming and cloth-making in medieval settlements, uncovering the tools, techniques and cultural context of clothing and furnishings in the display of wealth and power.
  • Upcoming, ‘Ancient Iraq: New Discoveries,’ a British Museum touring exhibition, that marks the first new Iraq field research to go on tour. The exhibition seeks to navigate the complex and rich cultural legacy of Iraq through key archaeological finds that highlight the need to protect Iraq’s cultural history amidst decades of conflict.

Djanogly Learning Resource Centre in snow

8. Study with a view

Make the most of studying on our beautiful campuses by choosing a space with a view.

We particularly love the views from Djanogly Learning Resource Centre and Business Library on Jubilee Campus.

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