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Access to HE and Foundation Programme: Finding Books

A guide for all students studying Access or Foundation across any of our campuses.

Finding print books

You can use the library catalogue, available either in the Library on stand-alone PCs or online via the Library's website, to search for a variety of materials. All books, e-books, print journals, DVDs and videos are indexed on the catalogue.

It is best to search by Author (just the surname) or Keyword (a keyword from the book's title). The catalogue will tell you the location of the book (called the shelfmark number), number of copies, the type of loan (reference-only or one week loan) and the due date, if a copy is currently on loan. Books can be reserved and renewed via the catalogue.

Use this box to do a search on the University's Library Catalogue.

Our Libraries have a large collection of reference-only material, which can only be used in the Library.

  • Popular texts (such as those on reading lists) usually have a reference copy, so that there is always a copy available for every student to use.
  • The Quick Reference shelves contain a wide variety of reference materials, including; maps and atlases; dictionaries; thesauruses; statistics; directories and encyclopedias.

All of these items are listed on the library catalogue.

If a book you want to borrow is on loan to someone else or is held at another of our Libraries, you can place a reservation via our library catalogue. This means our staff will find the book if it is at another library, or if it is currently on loan the current user will not be able to renew it when their loan period expires and must return it.

When the book becomes available it will be sent to the Library of your choice and held on the reservation shelves for you to collect. You will receive an email to your student email account telling you when the book is ready for collection.

Note: at certain time periods or with particularly popular titles, there may be a queue of reservations. If the book is also available as an ebook we will email you to let you know, in case you prefer to use this instead of waiting.

Finding e-books

You can use the Library Catalogue (linked on the left in the Quick Links books) to search for e-books. It is best to search by Author (just the surname) or Keyword (a keyword from the book's title).

You can identify the e-books from the print books by the format statement underneath the book's title (see example below).

If you want to narrow your results down to just e-books, you can either select the Collection or the Format from the options in the left-hand column (see example below).

To access the e-book, click on the title of the book you wish to look at. On the subsequent record page, there will be a small green arrow next to a link for the platform hosting the e-book (see below). Clicking on this link will take you to the website hosting the e-book. Please ensure you are logged into UDo before you follow any links from the catalogue, as it is your UDo login details that allow you access to these resources.

Please note that not all texts are available in e-book format.

The Library cannot digitise or create e-books in-house; they must be purchased via academic suppliers. E-books can only be purchased for institutional multi-user access if the publishers have made them available. Many publishers (particularly those of texts aimed at practioners, as opposed to students) have not made their titles available as e-books.

Some titles will be available for individual e-book purchase (i.e. via Amazon for Kindle) but not for institutional purchase. The availability of an e-book via Amazon or a similar online e-book seller is no guarantee that the title in question will be available for the Library to buy.

Google Books is a project to digitise small extracts from books and make them discoverable online. Google is working with the copyright holders to make as many books available as possible, but not all publishers and authors are part of the scheme. Search below to see if you can find the book you need.

Google Book Search