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Welcome to the University of Derby!

As a student on a University of Derby programme with one of our collaborative partners you are entitled to use most of the resources at the University Libraries. Your College Library is responsible for providing you with access to print material (i.e. books) for your course.

Through the University of Derby we give you those added extras, which will enhance your learning and improve the breadth of resources available to you.

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Using University books and journals

You will have access to our books - in addition to the allowance you have from your home library you can also borrow 15 items from us. [Education College students also have an additional 20 loans from the School Practice Collection.]

Please be aware, you cannot return University of Derby Library books to your home library, and we will not send any University items there either so you will need to visit one of the our libraries to collect and return anything you borrow from us. 

You will also have access to a range of electronic resources such as online books and journal articles - please see the tab above Online books & journals  for more details. There are some online resources that have restricted access within the terms of their licence.

Obviously, your home library staff will be able to provide you with lots of help and support but you are also very welcome to contact our specialist library staff for help and advice on using our resources for your research.


Other options

If you come across a book or journal article that you think would be really useful, but neither the University or your College Library can give you access, your College Library may be able to obtain a copy through the inter-library loan service where items are requested on your behalf from the British Library. Check with your College Library to see if they operate this or a similar scheme.

Some public libraries (often the main city branch) offer access to over 15 million online journal articles through a scheme called Access to Research.



The Library offers online help with Study Skills, searching for articles, using ebooks and more through its Enhance Your Learning service. There are two strands to the service - an online toolkit  with tutorials, videos and printable resources that you can access in your own time  and a calendar of workshops and subject clinics (online) which you can book onto.

Both of these strands can be accessed from the Library's Study Skills web page and you will need your University username and password to access some of this material. The image below shows you what you should see when you click on the Study Skills web page link.

Skills support at the University of Derby
The Library offers a range of study skills support for all University of Derby students. Our workshops and drop-ins take place online and across the campuses. They cover key study skills, such as 'how to reference correctly', 'developing academic writing skills at University', 'using Word and Excel', and many more. Click the 'Workshops and drop-ins' calendar link for details and to access the sessions. The 'Enhance your learning toolkit' contains videos, guides and activities on a wide range of study skills, digital skills and research skills topics, including citation and referencing, academic writing, finding information and using Microsoft Office. 

Library workshops button                                            Enhance Your Learning Toolkit button


You will need to log in to UDo to access the toolkit

All of our electronic resources are password protected which means that you will need to log in with your University of Derby student ID number - this is the 9 digit number on your University ID card which you normally get a few weeks after you've started your course. 

Your password will initially be a temporary one which you are given at the same time as you are given your ID card, it is important that you change it as soon as you can by logging on to UDo (University of Derby online). 

If you've got any issues, or you haven't received your card, in the first instance please contact your college lecturer who should be able to help you with this.

Please note that under the current COVID restrictions systems might operate slightly differently during academic year 2020/2021

You can access UDo by going to the University Home page and clicking on the UDO link in the bottom right-hand section of the page (see image below for example)

When you log in for the first time, underneath your username and password boxes, there will be a link for 'Forgotten Password' and you use this to set up a password that only you know. You may also be asked to set up some security questions in case you forget your password at a later date.


If you have any problems or questions please contact the IT department:

T:   (01332) 59 1234 - (24 hours a day 7 days a week)


Your starting point for accessing our resources should never be Google - you should always begin with logging in to UDo and then clicking on the Library tile:

Library tile from UDo

This will open up a series of options for you to choose from:

Image of options you get when you click on the Library tile in UDo

where you will find tiles for:

FInd books - which will take you to the Library Catalogue which is for print books, e-books, print journals and more

Click here for a snapshot of this page

Find Library Guides - this is for everything else including links to electronic journals, databases to help you find articles, and subject specific library guides with contact details for people who can help you.

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You can also use the tiles 'Find Articles' or 'Find Online Journals' to go direct to specific resources if you wish.

For more detailed information about library resources for your subject, please have a look at the rest of this LibGuide which will advise you on finding journal articles, print and electronic books, and useful websites to support your research and study.

Please make your home College Library the first port of call for resources and support.

Contact details for the University of Derby are:

Library Enquiry Service                             

For general Library questions:


You can also use the Library Help Instant chat button



Subject Questions 

Please contact your relevant academic librarian or attend one of their regular subject clinics 




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