Library and Information Skills

On this page you will find resources and links for the development of library and information skills. This content also appears in the Information Services page for Information Skills.

Getting Started

Getting started

Students working at a desk

With so many sources of information available as a student, it is often difficult to know where to begin. This page will offer some guidelines about how to get started with your academic study and what kind of resources are available to you. Use the tabs below to learn more.



Using the Libraries

You can use any of our three libraries:

Hugh Owen is the main University Library on Penglais Campus, and houses the main collections for the humanities, social sciences, and biological and earth sciences. It has three floors:

  • Level F - Contains the humanities collection, including resources for English Literature, Geography, History, International politics, Social sciences, Theatre Film and Television studies and more.
  • Level E - Contains the Science collection and science periodicals, as well as the celtic collection.
  • Level D - The main enquiry desk, as well as the effective study and multimedia collections.

The Physical Sciences Library is the main library for IMPACS students, and contains the main collecitons for Mathematics, Physics and Computer Sciences, as well as a number of Periodicals. It is situated on the top floor of the Physical Sciences Building.

Thomas Parry Library is situated on Llanbadarn Campus, and houses the collections for Law and Criminology, Imformation Studies, and Business. Also here are core journals for all three subject areas in the Thomas Parry library stack and a number of reference only resources, including the European Document Centre and the children's collection.

Finding Resources

Finding resources, as well as some tips on the type of materials to read, are covered in more detail in the What to read and how to find it guide.

Physical and online resources: Check out the library catalogue, Primo to discover the variety of materials Aberystwyth University subscribes to, including books, journal articles, theses, multimedia and more. See our Section on tips for finding resources. (You will need to scroll down)

Subject Guides: For materials more specific to your subject area, view our Subject Guides. These give you detailed information on print and electronic resources related to your subjects.

Reading lists: Finally, to find materials for the specific modules you are studying, find your module reading lists in Blackboard in the left-hand menu of the module page. You can also search Aspire for your lists. See more info about Blackboard below. [LINK]

Watch the video below to learn how to find a book in the library. [Embed video]



Borrowing and using library materials is one of the key information skills which students need to master, whatever their degree scheme.

You can borrow books by using the self issue machines in all our libraries or by coming to our enquiry desks. You will need your Aber Card.

Depending on the item, you'll usually have it for two weeks, three days, or 24 hours. Two week loans have no coloured label, Three day loans have a red label and 24 hour loans have a yellow label. You can also renew your loans through Primo or in any of our libraries. For more details, including how many books you can borrow, see borrowing from the library.

Aberlearn Blackboard

Blackboard is the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where lecturers share information and teaching materials relating to your studies. Login with your student ID and password‌. Your modules will be available in the My Modules each academic year a short while after registration. Some of the things you will find here include:

  • Module announcements from lecturers.
  • Information about the module and its contents.
  • Course documents, which are updated and added to by lecturers over the course of the module.
  • Weblinks relevent to the module.
  • The Aspire reading list for the module.

You can find Blackboard at

Printing and Photocopying

Combined printer/copier/scanners are available in locations across campus. You can log into any of them with either your username and password or Aber Card. You will need to top up your Aber Card with money to print. Printing costs a 4p per side (black and white), and it is free to scan on our printers though you will need some credit on your Aber Card before you start.

See here for a video and a guide to printing.

See here for more information on Printing and current charges.


‘Everything you need to manage your day at Aberystwyth University’‌‌‌‌‌

MyAber is Aberystwyth University's new mobile app, bringing everything relating to your Aberystwyth University experience together in one easy-to-use and personalised  app.

Integrated features include:

  • Email - access to a light version of your Aber webmail
  • Calendars – including access to your lecture timetable
  • AberLearn Blackboard
  • Attendance – check your attendance
  • AberCard Balances – check your catering and printing balances
  • Library account - keep up-to-date with your borrowing history and reservations, as well as notifications when a reserved book is available, or overdue notices
  • Computer Availability – see where there are free computers
  • News – latest news from Aberystwyth University
  • Alerts – important notices
  • Tasks

More features are planned for the near future.

Advice from departments

SimSphere: "SimSphere is a soil/vegetation/atmosphere/transfer (SVAT) model that simulates the interactions among soil, plant, and atmospheric systems and the transfer of energy, momentum, and water through the systems." 

Digital map library: a wide range of mapping resources. These include online resources, such as Digimap, which provides online access to the Ordnance Survey. Online resources are available for students to use (AU login required): (may also be accessed via DGES Digital Map Library