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Burton Library & the Borthwick Institute
Silent Reading room
Borthwick Reading Room
Humanities Reading Room
The Library Cafe
PCs, plus comfy seating
Academic Liaison office
The Help Desk
& Book Return
Group Study Area
Lots of books
Contains all the journals
: it's open all the time. You'll need your library card to get in after 10pm and before 8am.
You always need your student card to borrow:
Undergrads can borrow 20 items in total, Postgrads can borrow 50. This includes books, CDs, DVDs etc.
You can keep books on Ordinary Loan for as long as you like without being fined - unless someone else requests them, in which case you'll get an email asking you to bring them back, and you'll be fined if you don't. The idea is that no one should ever get fined - just keep checking your emails!
Using Yorsearch, the Library search tool...
Once you're at http://yorsearch.york.ac.uk just type something into the search box to get started.
Finding electronic resources...
Booking key texts...
Your lecturers will have put the really important books from your reading lists into Key Texts. These are available for 4hr loans only, and can't be renewed - but you can book them in advance to ensure you get a turn.
The library spends literally millions of pounds on electronic resources - e-books, e-journals, and databases - so you can get them for free. This is often stuff that Google cannot find, so make the most of it!
The majority of e-Resources can be accessed from any PC, once you've logged in with your IT username and password.
You can start off in the usual way, by searching from http://yorsearch.york.ac.uk
Click the 'view electronic resource' link
SFX is the link between the catalogue and the journal websites. Check the date ranges, and click 'Go' on the one that matches the article you need.
On the publisher's website, click Full Text
The PDF of the article will open, and you can usually save or print.
In the Harry Fairhurst you can use your mobile, but in the rest of the library you can't.
You can have bottled water anywhere in the Library, and other food and drink in the Fairhurst and Morrell - but not in the Burton.
Hot food is out everywhere, so no pizza deliveries to the library, please...
56 seater PC room.
There's also 2 conference / teaching rooms upstairs.
There's also a Postgraduate Study Area on this floor.
Welcome to the library.
The library contains all kinds of resources to help you throughout your degree. A good place to start is the library homepage - check out the quick links down the right hand side. The URL is http://www.york.ac.uk/library
Opens 9-5, Monday to Friday.
You can get phone support by calling (01904 32) 3838
Bookable study rooms
e-Learning Development Team
Go to https://vle.york.ac.uk/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp to access the Virtual Learning Environment (or VLE). Once you've logged in with your IT username and password, you can go to the Library tab to access various tutorials that you may find helpful, including: Welcome to the Library, Using YorSearch Library Catalogue, Using the Classic Library Catalogue, Understanding and using Journals and Evaluating Websites.
At York we have both a Special Collections department and an Archives department, containing lots of interesting old (and sometimes new) materials. They're both accessed via the Borthwick Institute.
The majority of the books you'll need are kept on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors of the Morrell Library. Signs on each floor tell you where each subject collection is housed.
The Humanities Reading Room contains useful reference books, and the whole of the Burton Library is dedicated to silent study.
Map drawn by Matthew Herring
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We provide a free minibus service to the
British Library Document Supply Centre (BLDSC)
Reading Room at Boston Spa for research students,
staff and undergraduates.
There is one trip per week on alternate Wednesdays
and Fridays throughout the year, term and vacation. The pickup point is the car park in front of the Information Centre at 9:30am, and it leaves the Reading Room at 4:15pm.
You can book a seat online through the Library Catalogue. Search for Minibus, login and select the date/s you want to go from the list available.
Use the British Library online catalogue to check if BLDSC holds what you want to read. We recommend that you request items in advance (up to a maximum of 16). Advance request forms are available from Lending Services, Help & Information you'll need to post them to the Reading Room, at least six days in advance.
More info here: http://www.york.ac.uk/library/libraries/britishlibrary/
If we don't have what you need, it may be worth trying to get hold of it via Interlending. This is when we order materialsfor you from another library - either the whole book or copies of articles / chapters, via Secure Electronic Delivery.
Each request (that we manage to get for you) costs £2 - it's worth noting that it costs us around 5 times that, so we're keeping the costs to you as low as possible.
You can make your request via the My Library Account section of the catalogue.
More details at:
If you need help using the Library you can ask a member of staff at the Help Desk in the Morrell Library, or you can e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For IT support please ask a member of staff at the IT Support Office on the first floor of the Harry Fairhurst or you can email:
You can follow the library on twitter @UoYLibrary,
and find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/UoYLibrary
York's digital repository, known as YODL, is available at
https://dlib.york.ac.uk/yodl/app/home/index - it contains digitised multimedia.
Audio Visual Collection
(DVDs, CDs, TVs etc)
(Scores, Music books & journals)
Email your Academic Liaison Librarian
to make a 1-to-1 appointment
(Ground floor, serving refreshments including Costa Coffee, open from 8:30am - 8pm, Monday to Friday, & 10-3pm at weekends)
In the lobby of the Ground Floor you can get help during full service hours, and take out and return books any time of the day or night.
Compact Store rooms 1 and 2 contain all the hard copies of our journals. Wherever possible we subscribe to e-journals, so you can access them any time of day from wherever you have internet access. We have thousands of them via Yorsearch, the Library Search Tool, and thousands more in the databases available the E-resources guide, at http://subjectguides.york.ac.uk/e-resources
Finding what you need
The Library search tool (
) can be accessed from any PC, at home or on campus, or from mobile devices. There are catalogue PCs dotted around the library which are just for searching.
Yorsearch locates books, journals and other resources in the library.
Yorsearch finds out if items are available or on loan.
Yorsearch links to electronic resources.
Yorsearch allows you to access “My Library Account”
The University of York
A virtual tour
Using the thing client PCs: >>
Using the collaborative
Using the self-issue machine
to take out DVDs and CDs: >>
Taking out and returning books
Using the moving shelves in the Compact Stores
the Borthwick: >>
Get video help with IT, via: http://bit.ly/ITplaylist
The Library website is at www.york.ac.uk/library
Our YouTube Channel is at http://youtube.com/YorkInformation
Find resources for your subject at http://subjectguides.york.ac.uk/subjectguides
Find out more about Flexible Loans at http://www.york.ac.uk/library/services/flexible-loans/
More info on full-service hours and 24hr opening: http://www.york.ac.uk/library/services/opening-hours/service-information/
There are silent and quiet study areas on the upper floors
Bookable viewing room
with 3D plasma screen
Blu-ray players and PCs
with double monitors