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Education: Learning Resources for Education Students

Your new guide to Education Resources

This guide is your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about the library resources available for Education students and staff. Browse the guide by clicking on the tabs or search it using the search box above.

If you can't find what you want, or have any questions, please contact me. I can also help with using the Library, finding information and literature searching, via telephone, email or one-to-one appointments.

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Will Robley

Avery Hill Library

Avery Hill Library

Avery Hill Library

Avery Hill Library

Avery Hill Library

Avery Hill Library

Avery Hill Library

Avery Hill Library

Avery Hill Library

General Library Guide

How many books can I borrow?

You can borrow up to 20 library items (books or other resources) at one time. Most items can be issued on our self-service machines, but certain items (such as inter-library loans obtained via the document delivery service) will need to be collected and issued from the Helpdesk. Borrowing requires your student or staff ID card, which is also required for entry to the library.

When will they be due back?

Standard loans are loaned for four weeks.

7 day loans are loaned for one week to full-time students, two weeks to part-time students.

Can I keep them longer?

All items on your account will be automatically renewed unless another user has reserved the item. You will need to return the item by its due date.

If one or more of your items cannot be renewed, a message on the screen in red will explain why. Allow yourself time to return an item that cannot be renewed, for instance if someone else has reserved it; don't leave renewals until the end of the day they are due for return.

When an item you have on loan is reserved, we will email you to inform you. You can use My Account on your university's LibrarySearch to see your current loans. It is your responsibility to keep track of what you borrow, but ask staff if you need any help with this.

Please note, overdue fines cannot be waived if you fail to receive a courtesy notice for any reason (including system failure); it is your responsibility to keep track of the dates your loans are due for return.

Make sure you receive email messages by checking your University email inbox daily. If you prefer, you can set up your University email to automatically forward messages to your 'home' email account.

How do I return books?

Books borrowed at Stockwell Street Library and other campus libraries

Most books and other items can be returned to any of your university's libraries using the self-service machines. At Stockwell Street Library, this is done via the book sorter, located on the ground floor.

Please note that books borrowed through our Document Delivery service must be returned to the Library Welcome Desk.

Charges are levied for the late return of books - it is very important to ensure that you return or renew your books in time.

Can I reserve books?

You can place reservations on books from other campus libraries. You can also reserve books that are out on loan to other readers through LibrarySearch. An email is sent out to the current borrower to return the item. Once the item is returned the Library notifies you by email when it is ready for collection.

Which books may not be reserved?

Any material which are on the shelves at your home site library.

How many reservations can I make?

You may reserve up to 5 books at any one time.

Important Information

You need to check your email or Library account to find out whether your reservation is ready for collection.

  • Reserved books are held for 7 days.

Canceling reservations

We encourage you to cancel any reservations you no longer require, for the benefit of the next person in the queue.

This can be done in two ways:

  • Through My Library Account
  • At the Library Welcome Desk
Please see the Library Charges guide for information on library charges

Most items are four-week loans or 7-day loans. Some items are reference, which means that they can only be used in the library.

Four week loans

Students may borrow for 4 weeks, unless the item is reserved by another borrower in which case the loan will be automatically restricted to 1 week.

7 day Loan

Full-time students may borrow for 1 week and part-time students for 2 weeks, unless the item is reserved by another borrower, in which case the loan will be automatically restricted to 1 week.

Overnight Loan

Audio-visual material only. Items are due back by 12pm the next working day. 


For use in the library only, shelved with the lending stock.

Student computing

There are computers with printing facilities at each campus; most of these are located in or near libraries. Computers with assistive software and adjustable furniture are available; more information about these and other ILS computing services can be found by following the link from our portal tab, or going direct to

All libraries are wireless-enabled; help to connect with your laptop can be found on Computing Support web pages at

What happens if I lose my Greenwich Gateway Card?

If you lose your library card, you must report it straight away to the Security Desk, so they can disable it. You will need to go to the Student Centre to obtain a new ID card.  There may be a replacement charge for it.

Your Greenwich Gateway Card (university ID card) is required to use any library or computing facility. You cannot borrow books without it. Your card should be carried with you at all times on campus.

It is a disciplinary offense to use someone else's ID card, or to allow someone else to use yours.

Never borrow books for another person to use. You are responsible for everything borrowed on your account, including fines for late renewal or return, and replacement charges for any item not returned.

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Library & Academic Skills Support

Look out for our new programme of Library & Academic Skills support, at both the Mansion and Southwood sites, designed to help you succeed. Also visit our new Academic Skills website for online support.

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