Welcome - Autumn Term 2023

Welcome to USW Library Services
Everyone is welcome here

Library Services provides a wide range of high-quality library and information services to USW students, academics and researchers.

Every library is different so get to know yours.
Whether you are studying online or coming to campus this guide will help you get started using the library. 

Getting Started at the Library

New Guides

We have added the following new guides for 2023/2024.

Diversity Curators - Helping enhance and promote diversity and inclusion in the library.

How to use eBooks - Everything you need to know about using eBooks at USW

Partner College student guide- A guide for our students studying at our partner colleges around the country.

Types of assignment - This explains the types of assignments that students could be asked to submit at USW. 

Harvard Referencing - This is a basic guide to the Harvard style. It includes an e

Referencing Tools guide - This guide will outline the main tools supported at USW and the most commonly used free tools.

Future Ready students events

Future Ready Students Events 2023/24

Future Ready Students - Library events programme.

Discover your Library!
We have a fantastic program of events this year ranging from Library and study skills classes to author talks, database training sessions, and much more. Join us!

Treforest Library
New Study Skills and Silent Study area in Treforest Learning Centre

A major refurbishment project to create a new Study Skills hub and Silent Study area in Treforest Learning Centre has now been completed.

The Silent Study area has been moved and upgraded to include brand new work desks and chairs with power points for laptops and other devices.

silent study and study skills rooms

Borrowing Laptops

You can borrow a laptop for 1 week.

Self service laptop lockers are on every campus. Available on first come first serve basis. 
There is no charge for this service. 

Find out more

If you have a question about the Library, check our frequently asked questions

If you cannot find what you are looking for here, use our 24/7 chat service.
or call in and talk to us. 

Library Tours

Come along and familiarise yourself with the best resource you have access to the Library!

Tours take place daily between 25th - 29th September on each campus from 12.30 - 13:00. Book your place online.

Library tours

New Resources
Library Services has invested in a range of new online databases. 

Aerospace Research Central - Aerospace Research Central provides access to content from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Includes: Conference Proceedings , AIAA Journal - The flagship journal from AIAA, Journal of Aircraft - Focusing on major advances in aircraft technology.

FT.com - One of the world’s leading news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Unlimited access to all standard-access articles, columns and features.

Sage study skills (trial)- Develop the vital skills necessary to succeed in your academic and professional careers. Includes research skills, referencing, critical thinking, study strategies, data literacy and much more.

Historic Digimap - Historic Collection gives rich historical mapping for multiple epochs dating back to the 1840.

Appointments with your Librarian

Your librarian can help you get the most out of both the online and physical libraries. 

If you want help with finding resources for your assignments or just want to know more about library services you can make an appointment with your specialist librarian. 

Appointments to choose from:

  • Face to face – on campus 
  • Teams (online)
  • Email

Book an appointment online

or email your librarian to arrange a date and time. 

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