Library Hacks

Make your time using the library more productive and efficient using these methods:

 Book your PC or Study Room in advance

blog picturePCs and Study Rooms can be in very high demand during busy periods. Use PC Booking link on the intranet to pre-book a PC / Study Room at a suitable time.


Download the (free) University of Winchester app

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The app has a feature to search the library catalogue which means that you can take the catalogue with you as you search the shelves and move around the building.


Use ‘My Lists’

You can find this option in the library catalogue. It can be used to keep a record of books which are relevant to you. (For example, books you might read for an assignment.)  You can view the list anytime you need it, through the library catalogue. Every time you access the list, it will give you ‘live’ information about how many copies of the books are currently on the shelves, plus their location.  library hack 3


Make use of the ‘underdues’

We send you an automatic email the day before your book is due back to us. You can request to renew the book by replying to the email. This saves you from needing to set up your own calendar alerts or putting a note in your diary. We send the emails to your unimail account, so if you don’t access this regularly you could set up a forwarding service to your preferred email.

Get to know Dewey

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All our books have a number on their spine (called the shelf mark), which relates to their physical location in the library building. The shelf marks are created according to a system called the Dewey Decimal Classification system, which groups together books on similar topics. You can use this system to your advantage to find books on the topic you need through:

Searching the library catalogue for your topic > finding a result which is relevant to you and clicking on the title > having a look at the shelf mark for that book > if you go to the physical location of the shelf mark and browse the shelves, you will find books on a similar topic to the one you are looking for.

Ask us!

(Not always wearing antlers)

Feel like your question is too random or too obvious? – don’t let that hold you back! All the library staff are here to help you get the most out of the resources. If we don’t know the answer then we will find out, or pass your query on to the best person to answer it.



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