As a distance learner you will mainly be using our library resources online. We have over 350,000 ebooks available, millions of journal articles online, plus other more specialist materials depending on your course. If you prefer to read print books you can sign up for postal loans.
You will need your university email address and password to access these resources. Our Accessing Online Resources and Troubleshooting page can help with queries and problems about logging on successully.
New students - you will need to activate your IT account before you can access these resources. See our new student page for guidance on setting this up.
If you need help check out our contacts page.
Each module has a Onelist reading list providing access to key texts. The titles included are selected by your tutors and subject librarians to provide a starting point for exploring your assignment topic. Where possible we buy ebook versions of the key titles. To get the most out of using ebooks check out our ebooks page.
|OneSearch and other resources||
Do not limit yourself to just titles on your reading list. Tutors like to see you engaging with other material too.
To find additional resources for you subject check out our library subject pages.
Our Finding Information page explains more about what type of sources to use and why.
|Postal Loans||If you would prefer to read physical books and you are not near one of our library locations, you can register for the postal loans service. Once you are setup, you find your book title on either Onelist or Onesearch. Click on the title and then onto Request. This video will help you to request items but instead of selecting a campus click on 'Home Delivery'.|
If you find a book that would be useful for your course or dissertation / major project then let us know via our Get More Books scheme.
|Asking for help||
During normal staffed library hours, contact our Libraries via email@example.com, 01228 888888 or via the Student Enquiry point on the Student Hub
Between 5pm and 9am during the week and round the clock at weekends and bank holidays you can contact our Ask a Librarian Service
Our page can help with queries and problems about logging on to library resources.
|University of Cumbria Libraries||There may be opportunity for you to visit our campuses during your course. We have a range of library facilities throughout our campuses and some offer 24 hour access. Visit Our Libraries to see library locations, opening hours and contacts.|
Your Cumbria Card is your Library card. You will need a card if you do ever visit our campuses or wish to use other university libraries (see below). If you uploaded a photo at registration you should have been sent your card in the post. If not email a jpeg format headshot to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Using Other Libraries||
The University of Cumbria is a member of the SCONUL Access scheme which allows certain categories of student (including distance learners) to join and borrow from other academic libraries. There are currently 170+ academic libraries that you can use and it's likely that there is one near you. Other libraries may also allow you use their study spaces but be aware that you cannot use their IT facilities nor access their electronic resources. If you wish to use the Eduroam wifi on your visit read up on how to set this up on our Eduroam page.
University of Cumbria students living in, working in or visiting London are able to use the Reading Rooms in the British Library at St Pancras. You will need to register for a Reader Pass, details of which are on the British Library website.
As University of Cumbria students, you can use the Eduroam wifi network for free internet access. Eduroam is usually available at universities and colleges (including their libraries). Check for participants in your area via the Eduroam Interactive Map.
If you wish to visit another university, and use the Eduroam wifi, do read the setup instructions on our page before attempting to connect as you may not be able to access support at that location. In the event of any problems contact our IT servicedesk.