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While studying at the BISC, you will find the Library to be a significant source of information and support for many of your learning needs. The Library is housed in two impressive rooms central to the teaching spaces within the Castle. Its intimate size allows you to benefit from all of the services one would expect of a university library, including access to individualised support and attention when you need it, without feeling overwhelmed or uncertain where to begin.

A picture of a bookshelf and trophies in the library. When you use the BISC Library you will have access to:

All of your required reading

In our print collection you will find all of your required reading, and much additional reading that you will be encouraged to engage with during your courses. The majority of these items are available to borrow from the Library so you can take them with you to study wherever it suits you. You will also find books and films that will fill any leisure hours you have – our collection is not all about studying.

To discover what we have in our collection visit our Library catalogue.

Online resources provided by Queen's University Library

You are able to access an extensive range of information online, the complete text of both books and journal articles, through Summon, QUL’s online search engine. If you wish to browse what is available via Summon you can do so without a username and password until the point at which you wish to download the whole text. At this point you will need your Queen’s Net ID.

Individualised support in the use of information both in print and online

Finding information for your assignments efficiently and effectively is not always as straightforward as it should be. The Library team will help you navigate your way through the various resources available to you, both online and in print. The Library is open 63 hours a week, including evenings and weekends, so you will not be far away from support from a member of the Library team. Additionally you can use the Librarian’s office hours to gain more detailed individualised support whenever you need it. There are also further online and printed guides to key aspects of finding information, so you can sharpen your information finding skills at times that suit you.

A place to studyA picture of the reading room.

Available 24 hours a day, with ample seating at individual study carrels, access to PCs, printing and photocopying facilities and newspapers, the Library Reading Room is a light, airy place to study. But there are many areas around the Castle that make fantastic study areas, including the gardens in good weather, so our books will travel with you.  

A larger library experience

The Library has links with the University of Sussex Library, so you can become familiar with the larger Library experience while studying at the BISC. You may borrow from their collection to supplement the resources available to you in the BISC Library and online via QUL. The University of Sussex is in Brighton and you are able to visit their library either by booking onto one of the regular minibus trips from the Castle or by taking a train to Brighton. 

Becoming familiar with the Library

When you first arrive at the BISC you will learn in more detail about the services we provide. And throughout your studies you will have continual access to support in using our services and in finding the best information for your classes and assignments.

There are six members of the Library team, headed by the Librarian, Sarah Butler. All members of the team are able to help you in any aspect of using information.

If you would like more information about our services or the support we provide, please contact us on libstaff@bisc.queensu.ac.uk. We will be very happy to answer any queries you may have.