Welcome to your Learning and Support Services Induction

In the following pages you will discover all about the support teams based in Catalyst: Library and Learning Services, Student Services and Careers. You can choose to take part in our brand new interactive induction toolkit or sit back and watch a digital recording – all options contain all the information you will need for a successful start to studying at Edge Hill University!

Learning and Support Services Induction Toolkit

Work through the interactive toolkit at your own pace to find out more about each of the three services based in Catalyst, the support they offer and how you can access their specialist support teams. Click on the image below to launch the toolkit:

LSS Induction Toolkit

Learning and Support Services Induction (Digital Recording)

If you prefer, you can sit back and enjoy our digital recording of the Learning and Support Services Induction:

Learning and Support Services Induction (Manchester St James’)

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


Catalyst Tours

Student Led Virtual Catalyst Tour
If you would like a take a look around Catalyst before you arrive on campus then join our Student Advisor Maya as she takes you on a whistle-stop virtual tour of Catalyst:

Interactive 360 Tour
Take yourself on an interactive tour of Catalyst to discover more about the buildings facilities, learning spaces and the support available from all the teams who reside here: Catalyst 360 Tour

Catalyst 360 Tour

Click on the image to launch the Catalyst 360 interactive tour in a new web page.


The main University Library is situated at the heart of the Ormskirk campus, in Catalyst. We also have a smaller Library on our Manchester St James’ campus. Both are accessible to all Edge Hill University students but we advise you check out the opening hours before travelling for up to date information about each site.


Key facilities include:

Manchester St James’

Key facilities include:

  • Dedicated library with over 3,000 books related to medicine and health, operating department practice and paramedic studies
  • An extensive online digital library
  • Individual study spaces
  • Networked PCs, IT suite and eduroam Wi-Fi access
  • Printing, copying and scanning facilities
  • A range of assistive technologies
  • Access to help and support from a range of specialist staff

Accessing Your Resources

As a student you are automatically a member of the University Library and can borrow up to 25 items with your UniCard as soon as you have enrolled.

If you ever need a book we do not currently stock, you can request it via our You Want It, We Get It service. You can also access a wide range of high quality online resources via your Digital Library.

Finding a Book

Use Discover More or your Online Reading Lists to search for books and eBooks. If you have chosen an eBook all you need to do is click on the link and you can read it on your screen immediately, or download it.

If you have chosen a physical book, you will see the Library location followed by the call number. Make a note of the call number, including any letters (e.g. 808.042/GIL), and head to the Library shelves.

Loaning a Book

To issue your books take them to one of the self-issue machines located in the Library. Books are loaned on a 2 week rolling loan system, which will attempt to automatically renew your loans when 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.

Find out more about using our services, including planning your visit, borrowing and further help and support available.

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 to pick up a copy.

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 refer to this area as Blackboard or the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Our first online tutorial demonstrates how to log in to your Student Homepage (MyEHU) and access Learning Edge:

Discover More

Discover More is your go-to place for finding all your physical and electronic resources. You can access high-quality academic resources such as textbooks, eBooks and a wide range of online academic journals with your student log in details.

Watch our video guides to find out more about how to search Discover More for books, eBooks and journal articles.

Online Reading Lists

Your Online Reading Lists are a great starting point when beginning your research. Your reading lists will contain materials your tutor has identified as essential and/or recommended reading.

Watch our video tutorial for more details on how to access and get the most out of your Online Reading Lists:

Specialist Subject Resources

Your Subject Resources are dedicated to your subject specialist and provide access to the key resources you will need when research. This includes: academic journals and databases, newspapers, websites and subject specific referencing support.

Help and Support

If you need any help finding, accessing or using your online resources your tutor and UniSkills can help. 

UniSkills Online
UniSkills offer a wide range of information, guides, videos and interactive toolkits to help you develop your academic skills and confidence at University and beyond – accessible 24/7.

UniSkills Toolkits
A range of online interactive toolkits are available on topics such as academic writing, referencing, critical thinking, presenting and much more – visit UniSkills online to access.

UniSkills Workshops
Our popular UniSkills workshops and webinars run all year, from autumn to summer. Access the latest timetable and book your place online – there are no limits on how many you attend!

UniSkills Appointments
1-2-1 appointments are available for all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students who would like more targeted support with their academic writing, referencing or research skills.

Ask Us
Use our online knowledge base and help tool Ask Us to search our frequently asked questions (FAQs) or send us an email if you can’t find the information you need – accessible 24/7.


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 are here to help you!

There are a number of ways you can access UniSkills support:

  • UniSkills Online: a wide range of information, guides, videos and interactive toolkits to help you develop your academic skills and confidence at University and beyond – available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!
  • UniSkills Appointments: are available to all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students who would like more targeted
    1-2-1 support with their academic writing, referencing and research skills.

Disability Support

Library and 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 team can provide support and advice from first contact with the service, enabling you to develop independent study skills strategies.

You can access a range of assistive technologies, such as text-to-speech for proofreading and mind-mapping to help you develop assignment plans in a more visual way.

For further information you can contact the team via [email protected] or Ask Us online.

Ask Us

Catalyst Helpdesk

The Catalyst Helpdesk is open weekdays 8am to 8pm and weekends 10am to 6pm. If you have any enquiries we advise that you contact the Helpdesk online in the first instance via email to [email protected]

Ask Us

You can also use our online knowledge base and help tool Ask Us to search our FAQs and send us an email if you can’t find the information you need. Ask Us is accessible 24/7.

Next Steps...

Your first weeks at Edge Hill University…

  • Join us for a tour of Catalyst – new students can take a virtual guided tour with our Student Advisor, Maya, or explore Catalyst in our brand new interactive 360 tour (coming soon!)
  • Discover UniSkills for a range of workshops and webinars, interactive toolkits and 1-2-1 support to help you plan, write and reference your work successfully at University.
  • Ask Us a question or search the answers to our most frequently asked questions (FAQs).
  • Follow Library and Learning Services on our socials; Twitter, Instagram and Blog to keep up to date with the latest news, events and support.



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