Huddersfield New College Library offers an extensive book collection for all taught subjects, a large collection of 40 academic journals and magazines, with several having online archive access.
There are over 3000 EBooks available through Discovery Online and, brand new for the 2014/15 academic year, an EBook collection of fiction and non-fiction titles via VLEBooks which is available 24-7, both on campus and at home, for research. There are also a further 40 online resources, from statistics websites to journal archives and subject specific databases.
To support students with their research, we have an 'Info Skills' section which is available to students via Blackboard. In this section they will be able to improve their understanding of preferences, and practice this knowledge by using the Info Skills tutorial, which will show them how to correctly reference books, journals and websites, and why it is important to do so.
Rebecca Wilson, the College Librarian, is also available every college day and is contactable via email for any student who has a question or a problem with referencing their coursework and essays.
HNC Library is not just a hub of reading and learning but also of research and enrichment activities that enhance student’s studies and experience of college life during their time here.
Study, learn and research:
An extensive collection of books including fiction, non-fiction, wider reading, quick reads, reference and biographies.
A range of academic journals and magazines for most subjects.
Over 3000 non-fiction eBooks on Discovery – students can access them to study anywhere whether at home or at college & even on the go as it is compatible with smartphone and tablet devices.
Over 20 online resources, the prime tools for any online research providing academic and relevant content that isn’t available via Google or Wikipedia. This is available 24-7.
Research and Referencing Support – College Librarian, Rebecca Wilson, is available to have 1-2-1 meetings with students to discuss research topics and help with reference formats.
Participate, Engage and Experience:
Inspiring Volunteers - for the past four years, the Library has taken part in a student volunteer programme, vInspired. The programme is a national volunteering charity that rewards young people aged 16-24 with Awards recognised by UCAS, universities and employers. To date, 7 HNC Students have achieved a vInspired V50 Award through this programme.
Far from Quiet – nearly every month HNC Library is celebrating or promoting literary events or national themed days, from All Hallows Read in October through to World Book Day in the spring.
Celebrating Literacy and Reading – the Library annually hosts the HNC heat of the Poetry by Heart National Recitation Competition (with a several students succeed through to the National Semi-Finals two years consecutively), takes part in the Reading Ahead (Six Book) Challenge, and organises various creative challenges and competitions for students to get involved with throughout the year.
The Library with a Giving Heart – We annually fundraise through various creative means for a wide range of literary charities such as The National Literacy Trust, Book Aid International, Readathon and the Reading Agency.