Using the Library Catalogue (OPAC)

You can use our Library Catalogue, sometimes called the OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue), to locate the materials you need for your studies. The OPAC is available at dedicated PCs in the Library and online. The Library Catalogue (OPAC) provides you with a great deal of useful information for finding things and is very easy to use.

We introduced a new Library catalogue (OPAC) in September 2010, which includes a number of developments.  Find out more about it, as well as help sheets and dates for short training sessions at our Library skills page

Searching for materials

Use the Library Catalogue to search for many different types of material including books, journals, eBooks and DVDs.

Start your search by entering a keyword, title or author in the search box.

This will give you the initial results, depending on how specific your search was, you might find your item immediately.  If it wasn't specific, then you can easily refine your search to find what you're looking for.

Refine your search

On the left hand side there will be a series of criteria to help you refine your search, including: Location, Collection, Author, Format, Subject or Year Published.  CLick on any of the links to narrow your search and help you find exactly what you want.

Search Results

Once you have a reference, or list of references, that matches your search, click on the item that interests you. The Library Catalogue will display the location of the item and an option to Expand All.  Click on Expand All to find useful information such as, how many copies we have in total, what the loan type is and how long you can borrow it for and the status and due date of items on loan.

The important information is location and the shelfmark, which will help you locate physical items on the shelf, this is the number on the spine of each of the items on the shelves.

From here you can also place a reservation, by clicking the Reserve Item button.

You can also find the bibliographic details at the bottom of the page, which might be useful to you.

Advanced search

Advanced searches are available through the link to More Search Options by the search box on the front page.   The advanced search enables you to refine your search criteria so that you get a list of results that matches your needs more precisely. 

My account & Renewals

You can check your own Library record with the My Account feature, to look at loans, fines and to renew your books via the Library Catalogue.  

Renew your items regularly to avoid being fined.


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