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Library and Learning Services

Introduction.

Our role is to support learning, teaching, research and scholarship across the University.

We do this by enabling access to a wide range of information resources (print and electronic); providing a variety of learning and study environments; and offering services which support the development of learning. We also have responsibility for the University’s Archive and art collections.

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day Monday to Friday (during term-time) and also has extended weekend opening hours. We have a bespoke Law Library in the Hugh Aston building. Many of our resources and services are accessible 24 hours a day via the Internet. Our Learning Zones provide spaces for group and individual work, and are equipped with workstations (PC and Mac), power for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with plasma screens, whiteboards and DVD facilities. There are over 500 networked PCs , providing access to a wide range of databases, e-journals, the Internet and email, as well as to applications such as word processing, spreadsheets and Adobe Creative Suite, with printing, scanning and copying facilities incorporated.

Our Just Ask service provides help and information via email and telephone, and is the main contact point for general enquiries about our services and resources. Additional contact details for specific teams and individuals may be found in the “Contact us” section of these pages, including details of subject specialist for faculty support.

As well as our general library provision, the Department also offers the following specialist services and facilities:

  • The Centre for Learning and Study Support (CLaSS) supports students at all levels to develop the skills they need to study effectively and improve their grades.
  • The Maths Learning Centre (MLC) provides workshops and drop-in sessions to support anyone needing help in understanding any kind of Maths and Statistics.
  • Our Archivist is responsible for managing and maintaining the University’s archives and special collections, which are housed in a discrete area of the Kimberlin Library.
  • The Disability support team is available to provide assistance to users with a disability, specific learning difference such as dyslexia, or medical condition that affects their ability to study.
  • DORA (De Montfort Open Research Archive), an open access repository of DMU’s research outputs.
  • The Art Collections Co-ordinator is responsible for maintaining the inventory of the University’s cultural assets and facilitating the repair and hanging of works.

The department is also involved in a number of research areas that extend and develop our services. An annual report is produced on an annual basis and feedback to users on the most recent departmental survey is also made available.