This guide is designed to help you to identify the best sources for the different types of information which you may need for your assignments. Use the tabs along the top of the guide to navigate to the page which is relevant to the type of information you are looking for.
The answers to a number of frequently asked questions about using the library are also provided below.
If you still have questions about the library or aren't sure what type of information you need or where to find it, use the contact your librarian box below to ask a question or arrange an appointment.
The Sheppard Library is also the place to come if you need help with completing your coursework.
Peter Thomas is the Academic Writing and Language Lecturer for Music students.
Based in the Learning Enhancement Team (LET) in the Sheppard Library, he can help you excel in your academic communication, whether this is in written assignments or oral presentations, as well as using information effectively and ethically in your work.
You can also book 1-2-1 tutorials with him or sign up for LET workshops using the links below.
What are the library opening hours?
As a general rule the Sheppard Library is open 24/7, however during holiday periods the opening hours may be reduced. Notices to inform students of any changes to our opening hours will be displayed in the library. You can find out more information about the latest opening hours here.
How do I borrow a book?
All books at Middlesex are borrowed using the self-issue machines. There are no library desks to take your books to. Simply scan your student ID card and then place the books onto the plate on the machine. For more information about borrowing books including how many items you can borrow and charges for books that are returned late, see the Library pages of unihub.
How do I find books in the library?
The books are arranged according to the Dewey Decimal classification system. Each book has a number and then three letters on the spine. You will need to use the library catalogue to identify what the number/ letter combination is for an individual book. The books are then arranged in numeric order, according to these numbers, with the letters used to differentiate further between books which have the same number. For further information about how to find books in the library use the help guide provided below.
How do I know what to read?
Each module studied at Middlesex has an online reading list containing a list of sources to read which cover the topics studied on that module. These are recommended by the module leader and are an excellent place to start your reading for assignments. The lists also provide direct access to the sources listed, meaning you don't have to search for them yourselves. You can access these lists from within your module pages on 'My Learning' or search for the reading list for any module you are studying using the search box below:
You can also use 'Summon' the library search tool to look for additional materials on your assignment topic. Enter your search terms in the box below to get started:
How do I access my free personal eTextbook?
Your free Kortext book for each module is available on the right hand side of the module page. You can also view your entire collection of personal e-textbooks and download an app for your portable devices at the Kortext website. Check your university email for an email from Kortext which provides you with your username and password to access this site.
If you have trouble accessing your Kortext book contact their support team. Further information is available from http://www.kortext.com/support/
You can also log a query with UniHelp with our online form: https://unihelp.mdx.ac.uk/etextbook or visit the StudyHub on the 1st floor of the Sheppard library, 9am – 5pm.
You don't have the book/ article that I need. What can I do?
You can request books and journal articles that are not held in Middlesex University Library using the online Inter-Library Loans Service. There is a charge of £3 per requested item. Full details of the Inter-Library Loans Service can be found here.
Can I book a study space?
There are a number of library spaces which are available for students to book. Use the online booking system to see what's available and book.
Where are the silent floors?
The 2nd and 3rd floors of the Sheppard Library are our silent study floors.
Are there any other libraries I can use?
Middlesex University belongs to the SCONUL Access scheme which allows university library users to borrow or use books and journals at other libraries which belong to the scheme. Many university libraries in the UK are members of SCONUL. Full-time undergraduate students are usually allowed access for reference only, while part-time and postgraduate students may additionally be allowed some restricted borrowing. Click here for full details of the SCONUL Access scheme.
It is also possible to visit the British Library for research purposes. Full details about using the British Library Reading Rooms at St Pancras, including registering for a reader's pass, are available online. Students will be expected to have first explored the British Library Catalogue to identify the resources they need to consult. Most items held by the British Library are not out on the open shelves and must be requested for delivery, with a wait of around an hour, so a visit needs to be planned carefully.
How do I get help?
Depending on what you need help with, you can either contact your librarian or your Academic Writing Lecturer using the information provided in the column opposite.