On campus students

We provide the reading resources you need to succeed as a University student. We know there is a lot to take in when you begin your studies, so this page gives you a few places to start when it comes to finding, understanding, and using library resources.

Because higher-level reading is at the heart of your learning, the University library is different to other libraries you may have used before. We have resources tailored to your programme of study which will enable you to read widely and use a range of resources including books, ebooks, journals and more. We are also the provider of University study skills which are essential for higher education study. These skills will enable you to find and use higher-level resources to achieve higher assignment marks.

Discover the essentials

Read our Library Essentials guide to learn more about our spaces, our print and online resources, and how to get further help and support.

Visit our buildings and spaces

There are four Library spaces in Sunderland - St. Peter's Library and Library@DavidGoldman at the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St. Peter's, and Library@Murray and Library@Pasteur at the City Campus. All are home to different collections of print and audio-visual resources, computer equipment, and study spaces.

Find library support for your subject

You can find a reading list for each module in the module spaces on Canvas. These reading lists have been created by our Academic Liaison Librarians in partnership with your lecturers. If you want to find more subject-specific resources, look through the Library Subject Guides.

Study skills support and development

When you come to start your assignments, you can find a range of online guides available to help you develop your academic skills. A great tutorial to start with is Reading for Assignment Success where you can reflect on what it means to read at University and learn some methods of reading effectively. If you need specific help on an element of your assignment writing or want to improve on an area highlighted in your feedback, we also offer one-to-one study and library skills appointments with one of our Study Skills Advisors or Academic Liaison Librarians.

Read our frequently asked questions

Once you get started with your learning and your wider reading, you may have questions you want to ask us. Take a read through our frequently asked questions or get in touch with us through our online live chat whenever you need.