Welcome - Autumn Term

Welcome to  USW Library Services

At long last we can welcome you back to our libraries. We missed you!

There have been a few changes over the summer. Here’s the basics.
If you have any questions or need help please contact us. 

We look forward to welcoming you all back!

000.pngLunch with a Librarian

Grab a sandwich and join us for lunch. Come to talk to us in a friendly and relaxed online environment.  

One of our Librarians will give you a brief overview of Library Services at USW and there will be opportunity to ask questions.

Find the links on our events page.

All welcome!

Getting Started at the Library

Whether you are studying online or coming to campus this guide will help you get started using the library. 

Getting started Guide

Keeping you safe

  • Please wear a face covering when moving around the library (unless exempt) 
  • Sanitise your hands as you enter the library.
  • Scan the NHS Track and trace QR code on entry 
  • Follow any one way system that is in operation.
    There will be clear signage for you to follow and our staff will be onhand to help you. 
  • Lifts at Treforest and Glyntaff should only be used by those who need to
     (e.g. moving equipment or mobility constraints) 
  • Sanitising wipes to be located next to the self-service machines,
    the self-service laptop lockers and printers

Appointments with your Librarian

You 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
  • Telephone
  • Email
  • Teams (online)

Book an appointment online
or email your librarian to arrange a date and time. 

Study Spaces

Students no longer need to book to use a study space.
We have made 10% of study spaces at each library available to book on Connect 2 booking system if you prefer to book a study space.

We have various options available:

  • Individual study desks at 2 metres socially distanced. 
  • Groupwork study desks for up to 6 students at 2 metres from any other study desks. 
  • Silent study rooms, individual study desks at 2 metres socially distanced. 
  • Group study rooms available after 5pm in Treforest and Cardiff

No need to wear a mask when seated. 

Return of Library Books

If your books have been recalled or you have finished with them please return to any campus library.

You can return your books… 

  • In person – use the self-service machines during opening hours
  • By using the return boxes outside each campus library when the library is closed
  • Use the postal return service – if you can’t get to campus

Borrowing Books

Browsing the shelves 
You are now welcome to browse the library shelves to find books to read in the library or to borrow. 

Alternatively, if you wish, you can reserve your books online and collect in person.

Take them out using the self-service machines. 

You can use our postal loan service if you cannot access the library.

Please wear a mask and maintain social distancing when browsing the shelves. 

Borrowing Laptops

Self service laptop lockers are on every campus. Available on first come first serve basis. 

Laptops can also be booked on the Connect2 system.



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.

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