University Library

About us

History of the Library

The Library, which was officially opened by Lord Pilkington on the 19th December 1980, was the successor to several other libraries that were used by the predecessor Colleges of the University. Our first ever library was opened in 1911, in one room of the building in Loughborough town that housed the original Loughborough Technical Institute. In 2013, the Library had a major refurbishment which included incorporating Level 4.

Facts and Figures

The University Library is central to the student and staff experience. We place great emphasis on providing excellent customer service, a range of reader / study environments, easy access to a large variety of information resources, and development of readers’ information literacy and academic and research skills.

Operating from a single building the University Library contains:

  • 700,000 print volumes, including 30,000 e-journals (the stock is classified to the Dewey Decimal scheme);
  • 1370 seats in a variety of study environments (including a large café);
  • 250 open access workstations. 

The Library operates the Aleph library management system and Primo resource discovery tool, known at the University as Library Catalogue Plus, plus Bibliotecha’s RFID self-service. 

The University Library’s current budget is £4.5 million.

There are 72 library staff (55 fte), who are grouped in three teams: Academic Services, Support, Collections and Systems and User Services.

Team Structure

Academic Services

Staff in the Academic Services Team work closely with academic staff and students in the Schools on both campuses to support their teaching, learning and research activities. Team members deliver information and digital literacy, academic and research skills teaching to staff, researchers and students both in the departments or as stand-alone generic workshops.  They develop print and online materials and resources to support the needs of Library users, answer subject specific enquiries and manage the purchase of books and online resources to support the teaching programmes and research of the Schools.

The Academic Services Team is a relatively small team within the Library. Staffing includes the Academic Services Managers, a team of Academic Librarians and two Senior Library Assistants. Each School has an Academic Librarian who is responsible for working in partnership with the staff and students in the School to meet and respond to their changing needs.

The University Copyright Advisors are also based in the Academic Services team. They deliver a copyright information and enquiry service offering copyright advice to University members.

Support, Collections and Systems Team

The Support, Collections and Systems Team is responsible for collection management, both print and electronic, the Library’s Open Access service and the systems and budgets associated with the Library and its role in supporting the research, learning and teaching of the University.

The Team’s work encompasses: acquisitions, reading lists, the Inter-Library Loan service,  serials and database subscriptions, payments and invoices, shelving, the Open Access service including the Institutional Repository, electronic theses, research data management and the Data Repository; the library management system and resource discovery tool, library administration and finance.

There are currently 29 members of staff who ensure the efficient receipt, payments and provision of information resources that are easily accessible, relevant, reliable and of high quality. The staff also respond to enquiries and collate and distribute statistics and other data relating to the Team’s services.

User Services Team

This Team carries out all operations concerned with the lending of Library materials - principally the issue, return, renewal and reservation of books and other items. The Team staffs service points for ordinary and short loan and provides staff for the Library’s Enquiry Desks. Staff aid in the shelving and sorting of book stock throughout the year and helps with summer shelving and shelf tidying.

The User Services Team is the largest of the Library Teams. Weekday staffing includes the User Services Manager, a Senior Library Assistant and a number of full and part-time Library Assistants. The Team also provides staff for the Library in the evenings and at weekends.

The Facilities Manager is also based in the User Services Team and is responsible for the physical structure of the building, Health and Safety and security, liaising with colleagues in Facilities Management, Corporate Services and University Security. The Facilities Manager also line manages the Library attendant who delivers general portering and maintenance services in the University Library building.