Welcome to the Canterbury Christ Church University, Library and Learning Resources blog
Whether you’re a student, a member of staff or a visitor, we are proud to deliver an outstanding and enriching library and learning experience. An experience that both inspires and empowers you to discover, research and disseminate knowledge. In January 2021 we received the prestigious Customer Service Excellence award for the services we provide.
Our team is here to support you and help you make use of the different services and facilities on offer. We will show you how to navigate the collections and identify the information you need. We also provide specialist support. A team of dedicated Learning Developers and Librarians provide tutorials, workshops and tailored resources to help you develop the research and study skills you need to succeed. The modules on our Learning Skills Hub are designed to you support before, during and after your studies. The hub is an open resource, which means you do not need to be a CCCU student to access these modules. You can also look at the Skills section of this blog for more information.
Our team includes the i-zone. This is the student helpdesk and one-stop shop for information about all aspects of life at university. If staff at the i-zone don’t know the answer to your question, they will know who to ask.
We have three libraries in locations across Kent. Our libraries are not just places to take out textbooks. They are places to learn and become inspired. They are thriving and friendly communities. They are places you’ll want to be. You’ll get to know our community if you read our blog; we passionately support events such as LGBT+ History Month, Pride, Black History Month, One World Week and more. It’s not just our staff who write on the blog, you’ll find blogs written by our students too. If you are interested in writing for us, please get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Our design award* winning Library in Canterbury, has an array of facilities to suit everyone’s working style, from group study spaces to silent study zones. There is wi-fi coverage available throughout the building. There are over 350 dedicated PCs, 200 laptops available to borrow, printing services and a faith space, as well as over 340,000 books and 11,000 print journals. We frequently write about discoveries found in our special collections and archives which you can keep up to date with through this blog.
We also provide an academic campus bookshop which stocks 20,000 books and can obtain any title currently in print -often for next day delivery. Our University Bookshop price-matches titles recommended in your module handbooks and supports many events from individual book launches to book festivals throughout the year.
The library at the Salomons Institute (Tunbridge Wells), holds a specialist collection covering clinical psychology and mental health care. It offers a variety of study spaces, an IT suite, wi-fi coverage, PCs, loanable laptops and printing services.
The Drill Hall Library at the Medway campus provides you with silent, quiet and group study facilities. There is access to high-tech equipment, long opening hours, PCs, books and journals.
All our staff and students have access to LibrarySearch, our online discovery tool through which you can access over 150 databases, 10,000 e-books and 60,000 journals, newspapers, reports and conference proceedings. For visitors we have made some of our online resources available through a dedicated visitor PC at Augustine House in Canterbury. We’ll often blog about Your Digital Library as we’re passionate about supporting you make use of all the online resources available.
We are always striving to deliver the highest quality service to our users and constantly looking for ways to improve. Your feedback is a vital part of this. We value your views and opinions on everything; whether it’s about the resources, borrowing, support, the library spaces or the facilities. We welcome all suggestions and constructive feedback – positive or negative. Visit the feedback section of the blog to get involved in upcoming feedback activities or to see how we’ve taken feedback to make improvements.
*SCONUL Design Award 2013
Find out more
If you are student, please visit the Libraries section of the current student webpages.
If you are a staff member, please visit the Library and Learning Resources on StaffNet.
If you are visitor and thinking of visiting one of our libraries or becoming a member visit our departmental webpages.