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The Library collects a wide range of print, online and audiovisual material to support the curriculum, research, teaching and scholarship. Our focus is on art, design, media and performance but we also buy material to provide context to those subjects e.g. sustainability, cultural studies, history, etc.
Our criteria for selecting material:
Relevance to the curriculum
Supports research at the University
Language (English, Bilingual - where one of the languages is English, or can be understood without reading the text)
Technical or legal considerations for online or audiovisual material.
The collections can be used in many ways and we try to strike the right balance between supporting the curriculum and providing information resources for exploration and discovery. In these pages we will highlight the range of material available to you.
We welcome your suggestions for items you would like us to add to stock. We can't guarantee that we will buy everything that is requested but we do buy the majority of your suggestions. If your request is for a journal subscription or database we may need to discontinue another title, or bid for funding to add it to stock.
Click here to request an item.
How We Select What We Buy
Subject Librarians use their expertise and experience to select relevant material. They work with academic course teams, student suggestions and the Student Union to develop a curated collection.
The Library team work together to evaluate resources, particularly more expensive purchases, such as databases or journals which have an ongoing cost. We assess relevance, usability, how it fits within the collections we already have, any technical requirements of the resource, and cost.
We offer an inter-library loan service to get hold of items you would like to access that we don't have in stock.