If we do not have a book or journal article you want we can usually obtain it for you using our inter library loans service from the British Library Document Supply Centre. Before putting in a request please check that we do not hold an electronic or print copy. Inter library loans are available to students from stage 2 onwards. Undergraduate students are entitled to 20 requests at a charge of £2.00 per item. Post graduate students are allowed 20 free of charge and then a further 20 at £2.00 per item.
Please note that we are unable to borrow books for online students unless you are able to collect from the library.
See the Inter Library Loans help page for more information.
The online catalogues of the British Library and COPAC are very useful for finding out which books have been published. COPAC is a combined catalogue of the British & the other UK National Libraries and large research university libraries.
The catalogues of local public libraries are usually available online.
You may use most university libraries for reference purposes. You should be able to see their library catalogue through their library web site.
SCONUL Access This scheme enables part-time, distance, and placement students to borrow material from other higher-education libraries in closer proximity to where you live or work. Many of the UK University and HE colleges have joined the arrangement. To join, you must first have a valid University of Derby ID card. You can then apply to join by completing the online form on the SCONUL Access website. Some libraries in the SCONUL Access scheme also provide limited access to computing facilities. You will need to be a SCONUL Access member, as detailed above. Computing facilities, where offered, usually include access to the Internet and a suite of office applications. Do not expect to access another library's electronic resources. To find out what is offered, please get in touch directly with the library you want to visit.
Infotrac Newsstand is a searchable database which contains the full text (not images) of UK & foreign newspapers including:
National newspapers e.g. Daily Telegraph 2000-, Financial Times 1999-, Guardian 1990-, Observer 1993-, Sunday Times 1985-, Times 1985-
Local & regional newspapers e.g. Belper News 2007-, Buxton Advertiser 2002-, Derby Telegraph 2013-, Derbyshire Times 2002-, Ilkeston Advertiser 2007-, Matlock Mercury 2002-, Nottingham Evening Post 2012-
To search for newspapers only, select Publication Search, then specify Format - Newspapers. You can select United Kingdom under Country.
Times Digital Archive contains the complete digital editions of The Times newspaper from 1785 - 1985, searchable by keyword.
The Quick Reference library guide has links to websites and e-resources including official statistical publications, reference material, dictionaries, encyclopaedias and maps.
The Local Collection is a special collection of books, journals and reports about Derbyshire, the Peak District and the East Midlands and is located at the back of the first floor. It includes a significant number of books and reports on the geography of Derbyshire and the Peak District as well as the journal East Midland Geographer. See the Local Collection guide for more information.
Some local sheet maps are contained in the map cabinets adjacent to the collection.
The Derby City Local Studies library holds an extensive collection of local material. Other county libraries have local studies libraries which may be useful for independent studies.
A number of Bibliographic or Referencing software packages are available which you can use to save and store references. See the Referencing Software guide for more information.
Many databases allow you to save articles in a folder. To do this in Library Plus, you just need to create a personal account & remember the username you have given when creating the account. Click here for further information about searching and saving in Library Plus.