Learning environment: The library

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The Library is an invaluable resource, yet for too many students coming to terms with the classification system is a daunting task.

“One of the issues students can have is working out the classmark system, which can be challenging to everybody initially,” said Senior Library Assistant Fiona Rhodes.

The Library has several measures in place to support students. Courses at the beginning of the academic year offer instruction on using the catalogue and classmark system and highlight the services on offer to students with learning differences.

One of these is the Remote Access system, which allows registered dyslexic students to request and collect items from the enquiries desk. This system is available online through the library catalogue and in addition allows students an extended loan period for popular loan books, which can be loaned for eleven
days rather than a week.

Students with non-standard requirements, says Rhodes, are encouraged to contact the library either in person or via the webpage in order to take full advantage of its resources. “It’s not as intimidating as you think,” she said, adding that often the most effective help is offered by staff on the enquiries desk, who are willing to help students locate items.

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