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What's your Library Lifehack?

Published: 9 February 2017

We've got the library lifehacks you need to ace your assignments, dissertations and exams!

This spring use our library lifehacks to brush up on your study skills. Our wide range of online resources and skills support events will help you complete your assignments and support your research.

Find out how you can join in with our upcoming Assignment Skills Week. Drop-in to assignment skills events, attend workshops and take part in webinars.

We're also out and about at the Prospect Building and CitySpace on the 9th March 10:30-14:30 to share our library lifehacks and find out what your top hacks are. So come along and say hello, share your lifehacks and have some sweeties - you might just win an iPad!

You can also share your #liblifehacks in the library buildings, at our @uniofsunlib Twitter and Facebook pages and with our online quiz

Watch our Smart Sunderland Student video here!

Library collections are moving to be nearer your teaching space

Published: 30 November 2016

There will be a number of teaching building changes taking place across campus during early 2017. This means that books and other library resources will be rearranged to ensure that the materials you need are closest to where you will be taught. Work will begin on 12th December and will be completed by the beginning of semester 2. The majority of resources will be moved during the University vacation and inter-semester break.

The subject resources that will move to another library are:

Psychology: the entire collection will move from St. Peter’s Library to The Murray Library

Education, Languages, Social Sciences, English, History, Politics: a selection of in demand, core resources will move from The Murray Library to St. Peter’s Library.  Wider reading will remain at The Murray Library.

Both libraries will be rearranged during this time to accommodate the move and some subject collections will be unavailable for short periods of time.

To get the best out of your library:

  • Make the most of available e-book versions
  • Plan ahead to borrow the books you need
  • Reserve any books you need that are already on loan
  • Search the catalogue to find the location number of the books you need
  • Ask for staff help online and in the library – we are always here to support you

To support you during this work we will:

  • Increase e-book access wherever possible
  • Enable you to borrow an extra 5 items
  • Keep you informed about the availability of your resources as they are relocated through online posts and book shelf signage

See the Library Twitter and Facebook account @uniofsunlib, the Library webpage and signage in our library buildings for updates on the relocation of your subject resources. If you have any questions contact us 24/7 using Library Talk.

Map of collections at The Murray LibraryMap of collections at St Peter's Library

Pop in to an Assignment Drop-in

Published: 6 October 2016

10th October - 2nd December 2016

We want to help you do the best you can in your assignments by offering the skills, encouragement and support you need. 

Our Assignment Drop-ins are very popular events which our students find very valuable. They are very informal drop-in events held in our social spaces. They are led by you and your specific questions. Popular queries include: getting started; understanding your topic; searching for resources; structuring your work; academic writing; bibliographical referencing; critical thinking and managing your time.

So pop in and ask whatever questions you may have. Our expert team will be on hand to help you.

The Assignment Drop-ins run 3 times a week:

Mondays at St Peter's Library Social Space
10 am - 12 noon and 3 pm - 5 pm

Drop-in with LibraryTalk LiveChat between 10 am and 12 noon

Fridays at The Murray Library Social Space
10 am - 12 noon and 3 pm - 5 pm

Kickstart your dissertation - planning ahead for a stress free summer!

Published: 24 May 2016

The Library’s summer Skills for Learning workshops are perfect for those of you currently writing a dissertation proposal or thinking ahead to your Stage 3 research project.

Kickstart Your Dissertation
This workshop will help you focus your ideas and think about your topic and define a dissertation question, identify keywords to get you started and start thinking about a planned approach to your dissertation.

Managing References using Zotero
This workshop is run in partnership with University IT services and will show you the benefits of using Zotero as a bibliographic referencing tool - it can make your life easier and help you manage your references.

Sign up for a workshop now at:

Summer opening hours

Published: 20 June 2016

Remember both libraries are still open throughout the summer vacation.

We are still open during staffed hours and we also have some self service hours throughout the summer.  Please remember to check out our library opening hours at before you visit.

We will still continue to offer our 24/7 online chat support service Library Talk . This way you can gain help and support even when you’re not on campus.

Fix IT Zones close next week

Published: 24 May 2016

The on site Fix IT Zone run by IT support in Murray Library will be closing on Friday 3rd June and The Sciences Complex IT Helpdesk will be closing on Thursday 2nd June for the summer period.

St Peters IT Helpdesk in the David Goldman Building will remain open. Please check the IT Support area of MySunderland for further information on location and opening times of the IT Support Desks on campus. 

All the Fix IT zones will be back later in the year.

Although the fix it zones are on vacation for the summer there is still dedicated IT support which is available online all year round ready to help - please get in touch using the IT portal or call the IT help desk if you need support.

More information links to the portal and guides to using equipment and software can be found in the IT support area of MySunderland