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Welcome to the Library resources section. Here you can access our subject guides, reading lists and information about online resources. Find out about and request inter library loans, resources and materials for teaching or study, as well as learn about our archives, special collections and leisure reading.

Online resources

Accessing online resources

The Library subscribes to a large number of online resources to support the learning, teaching, and research of Loughborough staff and students. The webpage below gives information about authentication and acceptable use.

Accessing online resources

Inter library loans

Reading list system

An effective and considered reading list can help students to manage their reading more effectively and enables them to locate and access resources more easily. Reading lists are also used by the Library to inform purchasing decisions and a well maintained and structured reading list can help to ensure that sufficient quantities of recommended materials are obtained and made available in the most appropriate formats. A good reading list should enhance the student experience and, by engaging students with their reading, can lead to improved satisfaction rates

Reading lists: help for staff Reading lists: help for students Best practice guidelines for reading lists Access the reading list system

Archives and special collections

The Loughborough University Archive (LUA) is situated in the Pilkington Library on level 1.

The Archive holds written, photographic and other material relating to the University and its predecessor colleges. Collections also contain papers of former staff and students and material of historical significance to the Institution.

The Special Collection of Loughborough University Library consists of around 4000 printed books and around 1000 printed journal volumes, mostly from the period 1850­–1950.

Archives Special collections

Leisure Reading and Libby app

Bogged down with recommended texts? Fancy something a little lighter? Take a look at the following opportunities for reading for pleasure at Loughborough, including access to our new Libby app with thousands of magazines, e-books and audiobooks available.

Leisure Reading Libby app