Learning and Support Services Induction

Welcome to Edge Hill University! Our brand new online Learning and Support Services Induction Toolkit will tell you all about the teams who are based in Catalyst; Library & Learning Services, Student Services and Careers – work through the toolkit to find out more about who they are, what they do and how you can access their many support services.

LSS Induction Toolkit

You can also watch a digital recording of the Learning and Support Services Induction here:

If you are studying primarily at Manchester St James’ then you can also watch the following video to hear more about support and activities specific to your campus:


The main University Library is situated at the heart of the Ormskirk campus in Catalyst. We also have a library at Manchester and both are open to all Edge Hill University students. Please check our opening hours pages for up to date information about each site.


Key facilities include:

  • Access to over 250,000 print resources
  • An extensive online digital library
  • A range of study spaces, some of which are bookable
  • Networked PCs, loanable laptops and Wi-Fi access (eduroam)
  • Printing, copying and scanning
  • Access to help and support from a range of specialist staff
  • A range of assistive technologies

Please note:

  • You will need your UniCard to access Catalyst
  • Social distancing measures are in place in Catalyst, please follow the guidance throughout the building
  • Please wear a face mask when moving around the building

Accessing Your Resources

As a student, you are automatically a member of the University Library and can borrow resources with your UniCard straight away. In response to social distancing measures Catalyst is currently offering a Click and Collect service for items unavailable in digital format.

If you ever need a book we do not currently stock you can request it via our You Want It, We Get It service. And you can also access digital library resources in a variety of ways, take a look at our Digital Library tab for more info.

In the event that regular borrowing resumes the following information is useful to be aware of for finding, loaning and reserving physical books:

Finding a Book

You can use the Library Catalogue to search for print books and eBooks. If you have chosen an eBook all you need to do is click on the link and read it on screen, or download it. If you have chosen a print book, you’ll see the Library location followed by the shelf mark. Make a note of the shelfmark (including any letters e.g. 808.042/GIL) and head to your Library shelves.

Loaning a Book

To issue your books take them to one of the self-issue machines. Books are loaned on a rolling loan system, which will attempt to automatically renew your loans 3 days before they are due. So long as no one has placed a reservation on any of the items you have on loan, they will be renewed. You will be sent an email after every renewal attempt to let you know which books have been successfully renewed, including their new due date, and any which will need returning on their current due date. You can read more about using our services on our main webpages.

Reserving a Book

If a book you want is out on loan, then simply reserve it and we will send you an email to let you know when it is ready for collection. If books are available on the shelf you do not need to reserve them, just head straight to the shelves and pick up a copy.

Please note: whilst the Click and Collect service is available reservations will only be available on items currently on the shelves and not out on loan.

Digital Library

Although you can find lots of great help, support and resources within your physical library, you can also access your digital library online. We have created a package of online tutorials to guide you through how to access, and make the most of, your key learning resources.  These guides are particularly useful for students when studying off campus.

Logging In

Your student log in details will give you access to a wide range of online resources, including:

Learning Edge contains all your course and module materials, your tutors may also refer to it as Blackboard or the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Watch our video tutorial demonstrating how to log in to your student homepage (MyEHU), and access your VLE: Learning Edge:

Library Catalogue

The Library Catalogue contains thousands of books and eBooks and is your go-to place for finding your resources. Watch our video tutorial to learn how to access, search and get the most out of the University Library Catalogue:

Online Reading Lists

From the Library Catalogue you can also search for your Reading List. Reading Lists are the best starting point when reading for your subject, as they contain reading your tutors have identified as compulsory and/or recommended. To locate your module Reading List, navigate to the Library Catalogue and visit Reading Lists at the top of the page. You can also watch the following video tutorial for more information:

Discover More

You can access high-quality academic materials online by searching Discover More or visiting the ‘My Library‘ tab in Learning Edge for specialist subject resources. Access to online resources is provided using your staff or student log-in. Watch our video tutorial to learn how to access, search and get the most out of Discover More:

Help & Support

If you need help accessing and using our online resources, then your tutors and UniSkills can help you further.

UniSkills webpages
The UniSkills webpages offer a wide range of information, guides and toolkits to help you develop your academic skills and confidence at University and beyond.

UniSkills Online Toolkits
A range of online toolkits are available, 24 hours a day, on topics such as academic writing, referencing, critical thinking, finding academic information, presenting and much more. To access your online toolkits visit the UniSkills webpages.

UniSkills webinars
As part of the UniSkills programme, we offer a series of virtual webinars on a range of topics. To view our current UniSkills programme and book on to a webinar, visit

Virtual 1-2-1 Appointments
Virtual 1-2-1 appointments are available to all students who may need further support. There is no requirement for you to download any software, you can simply join the session via a web browser.  Click here for more information or to book a virtual appointment.

You can use our online help tool Ask Us 24 hours a day. In Ask Us, you can search our FAQs, send us an email, text us or even live chat with us!


UniSkills is a package of resources to help you develop a range of essential academic skills and to enable you to produce high-quality University assignments. Whether you are just starting your very first assignment and want to learn about planning and structure, or you are writing your final dissertation and need help with referencing, we can help you.

There are various ways to access UniSkills support including:

  • UniSkills Webpages give you access to online resources, including interactive toolkits, videos and online guides, which are all available online 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • 1-2-1 Support – you can book a virtual 1-2-1 appointment to discuss your academic writing or information search skills in more detail. For further information visit the UniSkills webpages.

Disability Support

Library & Learning Services have a specialist team who work with students who have or are exploring a specific learning difficulty (SpLD) such as Dyslexia. The SpLD Support Team can provide support and advice from the first contact with the service, enabling students to develop independent study skills strategies. We have a range of specialist software which can support all students, for example ‘text to speech’ for proofreading and mind mapping to help you develop assignment plans in a more visual way.

For further information visit email the team via or Ask Us online.

Ask Us

Catalyst Helpdesk

The Helpdesk is open weekdays 8am to 8pm and weekends 10am to 6pm. We advise that you contact the Helpdesk online in the first instance via email or live chat.

Ask Us

You can use our online help tool Ask Us 24 hours a day. In Ask Us you can search our FAQs, send us an email, text us or even live chat with us!

Next Steps...

Your first weeks at University…

  1. Access your Learning and Support Services Induction Toolkit for lots of useful, and interactive, information about Library and Learning Services, Student Services and Careers.
  2. Explore your resources and Reading Lists – Find material that your tutors have identified as essential and recommended reading.
  3. Discover UniSkills – UniSkills is a range of webinars, interactive online toolkits and 1-2-1 support to help you plan, write and reference your work at University.
  4. Ask Us a question or search the answers to our most frequently asked questions (FAQs).
  5. Follow Library & Learning Services on our Library & Learning Services Blog and social media accounts on Twitter and Instagram to keep up-to-date with the latest news and what is happening across our service.