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The library is more than a place to borrow books from.

Here is a guide to the facilities and services on offer.

The library help desk is staffed during core hours Monday to Friday.

Weekends are staffed by the security team.

You can also call us on 0113 283 7244 or email us at libraryenquiries@leedstrinity.ac.uk.

Visit the help desk to:

  • borrow, return and renew your books
    • or use the self-service kiosks
    • or renew your books online using My Library Account
  • collect reservations
    • when items you have reserved are returned they will be held at the help desk for up to four days
    • an e-mail will be sent to you to let you know they are ready to collect.
  • collect Interlibrary Loans
  • borrow a laptop
    • for use in the Andrew Kean Learning Centre only
  • buy stationery
    • including spiral binders, coloured card, folders and pens
  • have work laminated
    • 25p for A4
    • 40p for A3
  • request one-to-one help on:
    • searching the library catalogue and discovery
    • finding books, journal articles and other resources
    • referencing
    • accessing Leeds University Library

Subject Liaison Librarians specialise in your subject so they can support you in your studies.

This support includes:

  • personal library inductions with the Subject Liaison Librarian for your course
  • help to identify and use library resources for specific assignments

If you wish to see the Liaison Librarian for your subject, it may sometimes be necessary for you to make an appointment.

The Andrew Kean Learning Centre has accessible facilities including:

  • a low-level help desk for ease of access to wheelchair users
  • hearing induction loops available at the help desk
  • lifts to all floors in the learning centre
  • refuge areas on each floor, next to each of the two external stairwells
  • evacuation chair on the 2nd floor of each stairwell – staff are trained in their use
  • accessible toilets with special facilities for wheelchair users on each floor of the learning centre and in the foyer next to the 24-hour IT room

You can borrow equipment to use in the Andrew Kean Learning Centre from the help desk, including:

  • magnifying glasses
  • a range of ergonomic mice (including left-handed and vertical)
  • ergonomic keyboards
  • left-handed keyboard
  • wrist rests
  • backcare pads
  • coloured overlays
  • headphones
  • laptops

Computers in the 24-hour IT room also have:

  • WuickScan dyslexia testing software available online
  • MindView (mind mapping software)
  • Jaws software for visually impaired students

If you feel there is any other software or equipment we ought to have that could be useful for students with disabilities, please contact the Learning Centre’s Disability Liaison Officer, Steven Dowd, on 0113 283 7244.

There are printers on every floor of the Andrew Kean Learning Centre.

To use:

  • top up your print credit online
  • scan your ID card
  • log out when you've finished (Function Clear)
A4, black and white 3p
A4, colour 10p
A3, black and white 6p
A3, colour 20p

There are five IT rooms on the ground floor, including the 24-hour room.

IT3 has Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver and InDesign as well as the standard software provided on all computers.

IT4 is a dedicated lab for Computer Science students.

The 24-hour IT room is accessed using your student ID card when the rest of the Andrew Kean Learning Centre is closed. It also has a networked printer and photocopier.

All rooms have at least one computer (PC).

Group Study RoomLocationCapacityExtra facilities
1 Ground floor library 4  
2 Ground floor library 4  
3 Ground floor library  
4 Ground floor library  
5 Ground floor extension  
6 Ground floor extension  
7 (AKLC staff only) First floor library 25  Smartboard
8 First floor library 10  Two PCs, large screen 
9 First floor library  Three PCs 
10 First floor library  9 Three PCs, projection screen
11 First floor extension  10 Smartboard 
12 First floor extension   
13 First floor extension   
14 First floor extension   
15 First floor extension   
16 First floor extension   
17 First floor extension   

Please try to book a room appropriate for the size of your group.

At busy times small groups may be asked to share the room.

Silent study rooms

The open plan Learning Centre can get a little noisy at busy times.

Students wishing to work in silence should use the open-access silent study rooms on the first and second floor of the library.

Book a study room

You can book a study room up to one day in advance for a maximum of three hours.

On the day: write your name in a free slot on the timetable pinned outside each room.

Study carrels

We also have 13 study carrels across the learning centre, with no booking required.

Each carrel has a PC or space for a laptop.

Carrel 11 also houses video and DVD playback equipment. Carrels 4 and 5 are equipped to play blu-ray.


Support pack

A support pack for use with whiteboards and smartboards is available from the help desk with:

  • electronic pen
  • remote control
  • water-based dry markers (no other markers may be used on the whiteboards)

Can’t find the book you need for your studies? Want to suggest an item for the library to purchase?

The request service is an easy way to tell us which resources you need.

If you can’t get hold of a book, journal or another resource, or you’d like to make a recommendation, fill out our request form.

The library team will try to make the resources available by purchasing them for the library or borrowing them from another library.

The decision to supply requests is made on a case-by-case basis, and we may not be able to supply all requests, depending on relevance, availability, and price.

When your request is available in the Library, we will reserve the item for you and contact you by email.

How long will it take to supply the request?

We aim to respond to requests within two working days.

Please be aware that print items can typically be supplied within 10 days to six weeks, and ebooks can typically be made accessible within two working days, though it may be possible to supply urgent items more quickly. 

Academic staff

Academic staff should use our Reading Lists Online service to request items for reading lists or teaching.

Contact your Subject Liaison Librarian if you have any queries.

What is an Interlibrary Loan?

Some Library Requests may be fulfilled with an interlibrary loan.

This means that Leeds Trinity University Library can borrow items owned by another institution for our users. The Library will request the required item from another institution, receive the item, loan the item to the user, and arrange for its return to the loaning institution.

This service is free to our users, as the Library subsidises the initial cost of borrowing an interlibrary

The loan period may vary depending on the lending institution.

A fee is charged for renewals of interlibrary loans, including overdue loans.

Interlibrary Loan limits

Please note that a limit of five interlibrary loans may be borrowed at one time.

Undergraduate students may request up to 10 interlibrary loans free of charge per academic
year. The full costs of requests beyond this allocation will be charged to the borrower.

Postgraduate students and staff may make unlimited requests free of charge.

Students and staff who have not collected items they previously requested may not be permitted to make further requests within the academic year.

Interlibrary Loan renewals

Borrowers may be permitted to renew each item up to three times if agreed by the lending

The Library subsidises the initial cost of the loan, but the borrower is responsible
for the cost of all renewals.

The charge for each renewal is £5.00 and will be added to the borrower’s Library account.

Interlibrary loans that are not returned in time will be renewed, and the user will be charged
as above for each renewal.

Renewal requests for interlibrary loans can be made by contacting interloan@leedstrinity.ac.uk

Borrower liability

Interlibrary loans are owned by another institution and are expected to be returned in the condition
in which they are issued.

Borrowers accept liability for the full replacement cost and/or any administrative fees for items that are returned late or damaged, or for items that are lost by the borrower.

Copyright declaration

Borrowers must sign a copyright declaration detailing the rules of use for the item.

Requests purchased by the library

If the library decides to purchase the item rather than loan from another institution, this will not be
counted against any allowances.

We have an agreement with the University of Leeds Library giving Leeds Trinity users enhanced access and borrowing rights, over and above the provision of the SCONUL Access scheme.

  1. If you have a valid reason for borrowing books from Leeds University Library, visit the Andrew Kean Learning Centre help desk to complete a form, which must then be signed by a member of library staff.
  2. Take the signed form, a completed copy of the Leeds University Library External User Application Form (copies are available from the help desk), and your Leeds Trinity ID card to the Reception Desk in the Brotherton, Edward Boyle or Laidlaw Libraries.
  3. You will need to agree to abide by Leeds University Library’s Rules and Regulations and Use of IT Code of Practice and be given a borrower's ticket which will expire on 31 August of the current academic year.
  4. You will need to re-register each year, following the above procedure, if you wish to continue to have access to Leeds University Library.

Borrowing entitlements


Undergraduate students (BA, BSc, Foundation Degree, Higher Level Teaching Assistant and HE Apprenticeship)

Up to four books from main or core text collections for two weeks (renewable) from any of Leeds University’s libraries, and up to four periodical issues for one day only, non-renewable

Taught masters students (PG Dip, MA, MSc, MBA, Pre-Masters and PGCE programmes)

Up to eight books from main or core text collections for four weeks (renewable) and up to 8 periodical issues for one day only, non-renewable
PhD and MBR students Up to 25 books from main collections with a standard loan period of three months, renewable
Staff and MPhil students Up to 10 books from the main or core text collections for four weeks, renewable, and up to 10 periodical issues for one day only, non-renewable

Leeds Trinity staff and students are not entitled to borrow items from the High Demand Collection and will have only walk-in access rights for PCs and electronic resources.

You can apply for SCONUL Access to other Higher Education Libraries on the SCONUL website.

Your application will only be approved if you are in good standing with Leeds Trinity Library (i.e. owe less than £5.00 in fines, with no overdue items).

You will receive an email with further details on how to take part in the scheme.

Full-time undergraduates may use the service for reference access only.

SCONUL access to Leeds Trinity University Library:

  • Leeds Trinity Library provides reciprocal services to Bands A, B and C
  • See Borrowing entitlements for successful SCONUL Access applicants

When the library is closed, phone calls to 0113 283 7244 will be transferred to our out-of-hours partner NorMAN who is able to help you with certain queries, such as:

  • basic searching of the library catalogue
  • basic searching using the journals search
  • accessing ebooks and e-journals
  • how to renew your loans

If they are unable to help, then your query will be passed on to library staff who will respond the following working day.

If you are experiencing noise or disruption in the library, don’t suffer in silence.

Please let us know about it so we can help.

Send an email to librarynoise@leedstrinity.ac.uk and let us know where in the library you are working.

We will do our best to respond within ten minutes during our library staffed hours.

Outside of these hours please visit the library help desk and report any problems to security staff.


We have produced some downloadable guides to help you get the most out of the library.