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Welcome to the Library - we are here to help.

You can find out about all our wider services on the Library pages. These following sections are to help you  access our library resources from off campus. 

The key to accessing our resources is your Network username and password. Follow the process below to get them.

  • Register Your Account

    1. Register fully on ICON (the University's Student Records System).

    You will be sent a username (ie. your student ID number) and password by Data Management as part of online registration process for confirming your registration on your module or course. You will be asked to change the password and to log into ICON to fill in all your details and complete the registration process.

    You won't be added to the IT Network until you fully complete this registration process.

    Top tip: have a digital photo of yourself to hand, so you can upload it into your registration, this will make it easier to get a library card if you should want one.

    Learn more about ICON


    2. Look up your Network username and password.

    This username and password will give you access to Blackboard, UoC email and all of our electronic resources.

    Although it is the same username (ie. student ID number) as ICON, you will need to register your chosen password with the IT Network to activate your Account, as per instructions below.

    Top tip: Your Username is your Student number and the Password is case specific.



    More information on Usernames and Passwords

    If you have problems getting your username & password you may need to

    Forgot your Username and password?

    This is a once only look up, so if you forget your Password (your Username is your student number) then go to the Password reset page.

  • Access University Systems

    3. Access The Student Hub

    This is a student portal that gives you access to email, Blackboard, ICON and all of the University resources from a single logon.  Spend some time checking out the links.

    1. From the University web page (
    2. Select the " Students" link in the top right hand corner
    3. Log in with your university email:
      • S(student number) e.g and the password you have just set up.

    Top tip: Student Hub Apps (MyDay) are available for Apple and Android devices.


    4. Email

    Your university email account is the main way that we will communicate with you, so it is essential that you check it regularly. The University uses a Microsoft Outlook system called Office365

    The email link in the hub gives you quick access to check and respond to your emails.  To add an attachment or appointments to your calendar you will need to open the full Office365 (blue Office365 button near the top of your email window).
    For more information on the Email system and its benefits, such as storage on OneDrive and shared documents see:
    Office 365 pages


    5. Access Blackboard

    Blackboard is the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and is how your course will be delivered.

    After you login, your course/modules should appear on the right hand-side of the page, under My Courses.  If your course or modules are missing, you will need to contact your course tutor or Programme Administration.


    More information on Blackboard

  • Useful Websites

    These links will point you in the direction of further information.

    Student Hub with links to all the University services you will need, including Blackboard, OneSearch, the student handbook and IT services.

    Library home page.  Gateway to learning.

    Subject pages  These contain subject specific information on books, journals and websites.  See if there is a subject page for your course 

    Skills@cumbria  Online resources to support your study skills 

    Evaluating websites - Remember anyone can publish on the web, be careful what you use!

    Tips for evaluating websites.

  • Find and Access Books & Ebooks

    See OneList (online reading lists) for current lists of recommended reading for your course / modules.

    All ebooks, in OneSearch, provide online access from any location. 


    The University has a large ebook collection to support our off campus users and these will be a key resource for your studies.

    Ebooks give you 24-hour access to a wide variety of titles from any device with an internet connection. They are best read online but you can download some of them.

    Online you can; search for keywords within the book; make notes on a text; and print or copy and paste a copyright allowance of text (usually 10% or one chapter of a text).

    You will need your Network username and password to access the ebooks

    See our ebooks page for more information or go directly to OneSearch to begin your search.

    Using the physical library

    If you are able to visit one of our University Libraries you will need a  Cumbria (Library) card, along with your library PIN number, to be able to use the self service kiosks. To request a card to be sent to you, email If you didn't upload a photograph during registration you will need to attach a digital head and shoulders shot for uploading onto your record.

    To set your PIN number go to My account in OneSearch > Personal settings > Edit details > PIN.

    Visit the Using the library pages for lots more information on how many books you can have out, renewing books and fines.

    My Account
    Visit the OneSearch information page for guides on how to access your library account and use OneSearch.

    Postal loans
    As you are studying on a distance learning course you are entitled to use our postal loan service. There is a small one off charge of £10 per year, see the Postal loans page to sign up. Then just search the catalogue in the normal way and select postal loans when you make your reservation.

    Using other libraries
    If you are on a course lasting for a year or more and you live near another University it maybe possible to use their collection, see the Using other libraries page for more detail.

  • Journals & Eresources

    Journal articles are a key information source for Higher education studies.  The library subscribes to thousands of online journals and you can search for relevant articles in most of them in one go, using OneSearch our library catalogue search engine.

    You can also search subject specific collections individually or search for specific materials such as images. The full list of what is available to you can be found on the eresources page and suggestions for the most relevant ones for your subject area can be found on your Subject pages.

    To check if we hold a particular journal check the Journals A to Z.

    More information on using journals.

    Use OneSearch to find everything that the library has to offer including print books, electronic books, journals and more…

    You will need to log in with your Network username and password to access all the eresources.

  • Skills Support

    Blackboard Open Education

    Our team of Library and Academic Advisers are here to support your academic skills development through provision of online resources and one to one support. View a video about our skills support.


    Skills@Cumbria is a free suite of online resources to help you develop your study and learning skills for your time at university and beyond.

    Learn anytime, anywhere at:

    • or via the Skills@cumbria tab in Blackboard where you can access the online version of Cite them right, the Turnitin test area and all of our online library resources.

    • HEADSTART - new to HE or returning after a gap?  This online tutorial introduces you to the skills needed to make the most of your time with us.  You can self enroll on the level 4 course through the Blackboard MOOC platform. See Head Start MOOCs for more information.

    • HEADSTART PLUS - Moving up to level 5 or 6 or embarking on post graduate study?  Sign up for one of our Headstart MOOCs.


    Failed an assignment or want to improve your grades?  We can offer one to one appointments by telephone, email or online (if your broadband is fast enough!)

    Ask at your library service desk or email to arrange an appointment.

    Check out our Need more help page for more information and FAQs.