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Library Regulations

The Library is governed by Regulation 1 of the University's Regulations as approved by Senate. The Library has also developed a set of guidelines to complement the University regulations, which may be amended by the Library at any stage of the academic year after approval by the Library's Management Group. 

The Library Blueprint

The Library Blueprint is our dynamic plan that provides a framework to enable delivery, development and prioritisation and is made up of five elements

Our Purpose, Our Principles, Our core strategic areas (pillars), Our Values and Our Foundations.

The dynamic and agile nature of this plan also allows us to flex and adjust to emerging issues and strategic themes and where our activity and services coincide with that of colleagues across the institution in both the Professional Services and the Academy.

Our Purpose  

To support and develop our users to realise their ambitions by creating opportunities for scholarship

Our Principles

  • Working digitally, ethically, in partnership and with agility
  • Bring user focused and informed by data and evidence

Our Pillars (core areas of strategic focus)

Stewardship – Responsibly managing and caring for our University’s assets for the benefit of all of our user communities

Scholarship – Supporting the outcome and process of academic study

Connection – Encouraging engagement and interaction with our user communities

Each area of strategic focus has a set of statements of intent. These statements indicate our priorities, they are not where we are now but where we want to be.

Our Values -

  • Adventurous
  • Authentic
  • Collaborative
  • Creative
  • Responsible

Our Foundations

Sustainability, Library staff , Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity

(more detail will follow in this section but see the Library Annual Report 2020/21 for more information)

Annual Reports

The University Librarian produces an annual report regarding the Library's progress against operational plans which is sent to Senate. Copies of the these reports are available below.


The Library carries out surveys on a regular basis on a range of issues to support the strategic planning of continual service development. All surveys carried out by the Library are published onlince once they have been signed off by the Library's Management Group.