Library life hacks: tips to help you get the most out of the library

Whether you’re new here or a returning student, it’s always good to know how to get the most out of the library. Follow these simple tips to help you get organised and make library life easier!

Get to know the library website

You can now access the library website directly from anywhere at

If you’re off campus, all you need is your username and password to log in. It’s the same username you use for Moodle, university PCs, etc but in the form of an email address, e.g., followed by your usual password.

The library website has all the information you need, including:

  • Books search box – look up books, DVDs and classroom resources and find out where they live in the library. You can also find e-books to read online wherever you are.
  • Journals search box – find and download journal articles for your essays and assignments. We have loads of extra content that you won’t find on Google.
  • Your library account – see which books you have checked out and when they are due back.
  • Referencing guides – everything you need to know about using Harvard or APA style referencing, with bonus online tutorials if you need extra help.


Get what you need: the three Rs

Reserve – if a book you need is out on loan, you can reserve it. Just find the book on the library catalogue and click on “I want to reserve”. When a copy of the book becomes available, we’ll let you know by email and keep it at the helpdesk for you to pick up.

Little known fact: it’s always worth placing a reservation even if the book isn’t due back for a while, because a high number of reservations will alert librarians that there is a lot of demand for the book.

Renew – if you have a book on loan and you want to keep hold of it, you can keep renewing it unless it has been reserved by somebody else. You can renew online via the library website, or over the phone if you give us a ring.

There’s no limit to the number of times you can renew a book, but we will want it back before you graduate!

Request – if the book or article you need isn’t available in the library, fill in the Request form on the library website. Staff will decide whether to buy a copy for the library or borrow it from elsewhere.

You can also use the Request form to let us know about any books which are in the library but you’d like us to get more copies.

University library

Get in touch

Can’t find what you need? Problem with your library account? Just want to borrow a stapler? Staff at the library helpdesk are always happy to answer your questions. Visit the helpdesk in person at the library entrance, call us on 0113 783244 or email us at

If your question is a bit more complicated, you can get in touch with your Liaison Librarian. There’s one for every subject and they can help you with anything from literature searching to referencing. Find out who your Librarian is here, or check in your module handbook.

A screenshot of the contact details for Sarah Munks, the Liaison Library for Education

You can also follow the library on social media for news and updates. Follow us on Twitter @ltulibrary1 or like us on Facebook (Leeds Trinity Library).


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