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

See our Campus maps for locations.

How many books can I borrow?

You'll need an Aber Card to borrow books. Students and staff can borrow up to 40 items at a time. You can borrow books for at least one week, often longer. See details of loan periods.

Self issue:

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.

Library Zones:

Please be considerate of fellow students. Silent Study areas are on Level E and F in Hugh Owen.

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

Finding and accessing resources

Online resources: not just books! Check out the library catalogue, Primo.

Reading lists: Find your module reading lists in Blackboard in the left-hand menu of the module page. You can also search Aspire for your lists.

Subject Guides: Our Subject Guides give you detailed information on print and electronic resources related to your subjects.

Tools for studying

Email: 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: 

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. If you supplied answers to the security questions when you activated your computer account, you can reset your password online:

AberLearn Blackboard:

  • 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 for:

  • Modules and results
  • Timetables
  • 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?

Take our short quiz

Contact us

There are a number of ways to contact us:

Telephone: 01970 62 2400
Instant chat:

Face-to-face: In Hugh Owen & Physical Sciences Library

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