Support from the Library for UEA Teaching Staff Support from the Library for UEA Teaching Staff

This pages provide links to key Library information relevant to UEA teaching staff and explains how we can support you in your teaching role.


To borrow library materials you will need a campus card. Items are issued and returned using self-issue terminals and self-return units on the entrance floor of the Library which are available 24 hours per day.  Loan periods and borrowing entitlements will vary. More information about borrowing

Finding books, journals, etc.

You can find out what books, journals and other materials are held in the Library using our Library search tool UEA Library Search which will guide you to both items held in the Library and also items that can be accessed electronically. Having found the classmark of an item from UEA Library Search you can find where it will be located from our floor guide and floor plans. If you are unable to find items then help can be sought at the Library Helpdesk on floor 0. Our subject guides are a good place to start when looking for information.

Recommending books for purchase

You can request for books to be purchased directly via a book suggestion form. You can also discuss resources required  for courses you are teaching with the relevant Academic Librarian.

Online Reading Lists

The Reading Online service launched in September 2015 aims to offer online reading lists to students alongside a much higher proportion of online reading. It is a means for both teaching staff and the library to work together to ensure students have access to the right materials in a timely fashion. It offers:

  • Intuitive software for fast and easy updating of lists
  • Tight integration with the Blackboard VLE
  • A means to see how students are using your reading lists
  • A quick way to request copyright compliant scans from the Library
  • The confidence that students can access the reading you want them to do

If you are setting up a new module or teaching a module that does not yet have an Online Reading List, please contact or your relevant Academic Librarian. The Library can assist you in setting up a list, requesting digital copies of chapters and articles and linking directly to online resources

High Demand Collection

The High Demand Collection is located behind the Library Helpdesk on Floor 0. It contains books and photocopied articles which are in very heavy demand. All High Demand items are issued for 3 days, and will be due back by 23:59 on the third day.  This also includes Saturday and Sunday.  You can request for books or photocopies of journal articles / book chapters to be placed in the collection that you know will be needed by a number of students within a limited time period to help make them available to all those requiring access. For the High Demand Collection to work well it requires the working together of academic staff with Academic Engagement Librarians.  More information about High Demand

Academic Engagement Librarians

Each Faculty has a Librarian with responsibility for managing Library resources in their relevant subject areas. The Academic Engagement Librarian provides support with any Library issues relating to your teaching and research. In particular, the Academic Engagement Librarian should be contacted as soon as possible by new staff or when new courses are to begin to ensure the Library has the resources required to support your teaching and the students on your course. Contact your Academic Engagement Librarian if you have any queries from students about Library resources.

Know your Academic Librarian 

Accessing electronic resources

UEA Library subscribes to a vast amount of information electronically e.g. journal articles that is not available by simply searching the Web. Read more about what is available

Information skills

Our online support and workshops can help your students in acquiring the information finding skills needed to be successful in their studies / research. In our online support there is quick and practical help on each stage of the  information searching journey, from planning, finding and using information.  We also offer a programme of workshops throughout the year. Online training and workshops available

You can also arrange training for your students with one of our Academic Librarians.

Research support

The library  provides a number of services that are of particular benefit to researchers Read more about our support for researchers

The Library as a place to study

The building has six floors. There are three floors dedicated for silent work, two floors for group study as well as other facilities including IT Areas, group study rooms and individual study rooms to try and meet everybody's needs. Cold food and drink is allowed on floors 0 and 1 but not in the rest of the building apart from bottled water and lidded drinks. Read more about study facilities

Interlending and using other Libraries

Your information needs may not always be provided by the resources available in the UEA Library or available to you electronically. Material not in the UEA Library can be borrowed, or obtained as a copy in the case of journal articles, via the Interlending Service. Due to the high cost of the service, only material required for UEA course related work in research and/or teaching can be obtained. Find out more about Interlending

You can also consider visiting other Libraries to make use of their resources for your research if the Library is a member of SCONUL Access, a co-operative venture between higher education libraries. It enables staff, research students, full time postgraduates and part-time, distance learning and placement students to borrow materials from other libraries that are also members. SCONUL Access for UEA Staff and Students

Digitising teaching materials

UEA Library provides a digitising service to staff who want to make the Library's print resources available via Reading Online and  Blackboard to students. Digitisation, or scanning, offers an easy way for all your students to access recommended book chapters or journal articles, reducing the pressure on the Library's print collection.  The Library will check the copyright regulations for you, and register the copy as required by the agreement UEA has signed with the Copyright Licensing Agency

We can only digitise material that the university Library owns, but if there is a short timescale we can order the book and if you own the same edition, we can scan that. Read more about our digitising service

Read more details on the CLAs' guidance on the concept of textbook substitution or CLA Good Practice Guide on the creation of course packs

Copyright advice

Copyright advice is available on this website and from Dave Palmer, UEA's Copyright Co-ordinator. Read more about Copyright

Library Helpdesk

Staff at the Library Helpdesk are available to help you with using the Library. You can ask enquiries in person or you can contact them online or via telephone.