Welcome to your Library and Learning Services Induction

If you missed your Library and Learning Services Induction you can find out more about our services on these webpages.

These videos, resources and links to other webpages will provide you with an introduction to the services, resources and support available to students from the Library and Learning Services.

Read our Learning Services blog to stay up to date with Library and Learning Services and find out more information about your induction.

Study Spaces

Our main library is situated at the heart of the Ormskirk campus and is open 24 hours a day during term time. Please check our live opening hours page for further details.

Our new building, Catalyst, has a range of fantastic study spaces available for students. The key facilities include:

  • Access to over 230,000 items, in addition to our digital library
  • A range of silent, quiet and group study spaces
  • Networked PCs and wireless access
  • Printing, copying and scanning
  • Access to help and support from a range of specialist staff
  • Laptop loans and Media equipment loans
  • A range of assistive technologies
  • Bookable group study rooms

The Ormskirk campus is also home to the Learning Innovation Centre (the LINC) where you can access PCs 24 hours a day, all year round. To help you find a PC in Catalyst or LINC use the PC availability app.

If you are not based at our Ormskirk campus, we also have site libraries at Aintree and Manchester which are open to any Edge Hill University student. Find our daily opening hours for each site.

Digital Library

Your student log in details will give you access to a wide range of online resources and provide you with the information literacy skills required for library research.  Online resources including:

Learning Edge contains all of your modules, so it is where you will find all your course material but it also has a ‘My Library’ tab. Use the ‘My Library’ tab to find out about the specialist resources for your subject and access academic support.

Watch our ‘Digital Library‘ video below to find out more.

Finding Information

You are automatically a member of the University Library and can borrow resources with your UniCard straight away. The library catalogue is the go-to place for books and eBooks. If a particular book you want is out on loan then simply reserve it. We will send you an email to let you know when the book is ready for collection.

If we haven’t got a book you need you can request it via our Add a Book service.

You can also access digital library resources in a variety of ways.

Finding your Reading List

From the library catalogue you can also search for your reading list items. Reading lists are the best starting point when reading for your subject. To locate your module reading list, navigate to the library catalogue homepage and visit ‘Reading Lists‘ at the top of the screen.

Finding and Issuing a book

You can use the Library Catalogue to search for books or e-books (you can use the options on the left-hand side to refine your search if you have too many results).

When you click on a book title, you will be able to see if it is held in print or if it’s an e-book. If it’s an e-book all you need to do is click on the link and read it on screen or download it.

If you have chosen a book in print, 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 Catalyst. To issue your book take it to the self-issue machines on the ground floor of Catalyst.


UniSkills is a brand new package of workshops, hands-on support and online 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 are writing your final dissertation and need help with referencing, we can help you.

On the UniSkills webpages you can access online resources, including interactive toolkits, videos and online guides, which are all available online 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

UniSkills workshops are a series of small group sessions, focusing on a particular set of academic skills and techniques. For example, you can get support finding academic information, developing your academic writing skills, writing your undergraduate/postgraduate dissertation, referencing and delivering powerful presentations.

UniSkills one-to-one appointments are also available to help you improve your search strategy, find resources for your assignments (including books, eBooks and journal articles), plan and structure your assignment and thinking critically. For further information visit the Catalyst helpdesk or Ask Us online.

To find out more information about workshops and one-to-one appointments and to book these sessions please click here.

Disability Support

Learning Services has a specialist team who work with students with specific learning difficulties. Their work includes assessments for dyslexia and other SpLDs, applications for disabled students’ allowance and support using assistive technologies. We have a range of specialist software which can support all students, for example ‘text to speech’ for proof reading.

For further information visit Catalyst helpdesk or Ask Us online.

Ask Us

Catalyst helpdesk

Find help and support at Catalyst helpdesk. The helpdesk is open 8am until 8pm weekdays and 10am until 6pm weekends. For more information about our opening hours and our other libraries at Aintree and Manchester click here.

Ask Us

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

Student Advisors

Student Advisors are also available to offer support and guidance during term time for 1-2-1 support on accessing resources and using Learning Edge. As they are current Edge Hill University students they have been through similar experiences to you regarding studying and will be able to help you, or direct you to someone else who can.

Next Steps

Steps to success: Your first weeks at University…

Access Library and Learning Services induction information online – Find lots of useful information for new starters, plus a recap of your induction in case you missed yours.

Visit us in Catalyst and go on a tour – Open 24 hours a day 7 days a week during term time. Student led tours run during the first two weeks of term.

Log in to Learning Edge – Check out the ‘My Library’ tab where you will find links to subject specific and study skills resources.

Explore our resources and your reading lists – Find material that your tutors have identified as essential reading.

Discover UniSkillsUniSkills is a range of workshops, online toolkits and face-to-face support to help you plan, write and reference your work at University.

Find help and support – Catalyst helpdesk is open 8am until 8pm weekdays and 10am until 6pm weekends. You can also find answers to the most popular question online via Ask Us.

Follow us – Follow Learning Services on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and on our blog to keep up-to-date with the latest news on what is happening in the library.