Library and IT guide for new students
Welcome to all new students. The following guide will take you through the essential information you need for using our Library and IT services. Complete the short quiz at the end to check you're up to speed!
Using our Libraries
You can use any of our three libraries:
- Hugh Owen Library, our main library
- Physical Sciences Library - Computer Science, Maths and Physics
- Thomas Parry Library - Information Studies, Law & Criminology and Management & Business
See our Campus maps for locations.
How many books can I borrow?
You'll need an Aber Card to borrow books. Undergraduates can borrow up to 20 items, Postgraduate Taught students 25 items and Postgraduate researchers 40 items. Depending on the item, you'll usually have it for two weeks, three days, or 24 hours. See details of the different loan periods.
Use the self-service machines to borrow and return books. Return items in the self-return machine or blue book bin if the library is closed.
Please be considerate of fellow students. Silent Study areas are on Level E and F in Hugh Owen and the main floor in Thomas Parry.
Use the Group Study Areas or book a group room when you want to work with friends. Find additional information here.
Text Alert Service
If someone is disturbing your study you can text us and a member of staff will patrol the area.
Text: 07966624251 in Hugh Owen and: 07971548016 in Thomas Parry
Finding and accessing resources
Online resources: not just books! Check out the library catalogue, Primo.
Subject Guides: Our Subject Guides give you detailed information on print and electronic resources related to your subjects.
Tools for studyingEmail: Office 365 gives you email, calendar, contacts, and Onedrive with 50GB storage. You can also download Microsoft Office for free. Check your email regularly at: webmail.aber.ac.uk
Computers:There are around 600 computers available for you to use located in computer rooms around campus, including some 24 hour facilities.
Wifi: Connect to the Eduroam network using your mobile device or laptop. Use your University username and password.
Filestore: You have 4GB of file storage space on the University network. Access is automatic when you log on in the computer rooms. You can access your file store from your own computer whenever you are connected to the University network on or off campus.
If you forget your password: Don't panic! Come to the main desk in Hugh Owen Library in order to change it.
- This is the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where lecturers share information and teaching materials relating to your studies.
- Once you activate your AU computer account you'll be able to login to Blackboard the next day.
- Your modules will be available once you've registered.
Student Record: Check this regularly at https://studentrecord.aber.ac.uk for:
- Modules and results
- Task list
- Personal details
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.
ApAber is Aberystwyth University's mobile app.
Integrated features include your lecture timetable, email, Primo and your Abercard balance. Available for Android and Apple iOS.
What have you learned?
5. Contact us
There are a number of ways to contact us:
Telephone: 01970 62 2400
Instant chat: firstname.lastname@example.org
Face-to-face: In Hugh Owen, Thomas Parry & Physical Sciences Library