We hope International Students will feel welcome in our Libraries. We realise that the Library systems in your home country may be different so please ask questions about anything you do not understand, the Library staff are here to help you.
Library Opening Hours
Each campus has its own library that contains resources relevant to the subjects which are taught at that campus. During term time the libraries are open from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm Monday to Friday, and 12.00 noon until 4.00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Opening hours often change during University vacations, which are advertised on the Library web pages.
Out of Hours Access
The Libraries also provide access to IT services outside the opening hours of the Libraries. If you would like to use this facility, just bring your student ID card with you when you visit and you will be able to gain access.
Using the Library
Help and Support
Each subject area has a specialist Subject Librarian who is able to give you detailed information about the books and other resources and services that are available in the Libraries. The Subject Librarians provide advice and training both in taught group sessions and one-to-one appointments. You can make an appointment at any of the Enquiry Desks or email them directly.
If you are studying from away from campus or do not have the time to come into the Library, you can also get expert help from our Ask the Library chat and email service. This is staffed by our Subject Librarians and Library Information Technologists, and can provide help and answer queries wherever you are.
Library Terminology and Frequently Asked Questions
Academic libraries often use a lot of jargon which can sometimes be problematic for students for whom English is a second language. The Libraries have put together a list of common terms and phrases which you will come across during your studies. If you have any suggestions for more, please contact your Library or Ask the Library.
Many of our international students have studied for an English language qualification with CILC (Cheltenham International Language Centre) before they begin a course with the University.
The EFL (English as a Foreign Language) collection is provided by CILC and can be found in the Park Library. The collection includes coursebooks, graded reading books, dictionaries, sample examination papers and books for international students learning the English language. There are also resources for teachers of English as a Foreign Language.
You can find books and audio tapes in the Language Collection by searching the Library Catalogue.
Study Skills and Language Support
If English is not your first language and you would like support with writing, reading, listening, note-taking, oral presentations, maths or other aspects of academic study you can meet with one of the tutors from the Student Achievement Team. Make an appointment at our Library Enquiry Desks on any campus, or via the Student Helpzones.
Further information about events and University support for international students is available at the current international students' page.