Friday, 28 September 2012

Newcastle City Library's Book Sale

Bag yourself some bargains books this weekend at Newcastle City Library's sale of reference books and non-fiction titles, damaged or unwanted fiction, CDs and DVDs.

The sale will be open to the public on Saturday 29 September 2012 from 9.30am until 5pm, and Sunday 30 September 2012 from 11am until 3pm; and prices start at 50p for paperbacks and CDs, with a special 3 for 2 deal on Sunday afternoon.

For more information, check out the Newcastle City Libraries' Blog, and don't forget any Newcastle College student can join the City Library too and access all their resources as well as our own - read how here.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

What's New(s)?

(by BlueRobot on Flickr. Creative Commons)
Keeping up to date with all the latest news and views from your Subject Area is not only important for its own sake, it can also give you the edge in assignments.

That's why we've set up these

Wednesday, 26 September 2012


Our Fiction Section
The Leisure Reading section has proven to be one of our most popular in the Main Library.

The Fiction area can be found in the west wing of the Library below the Silent Study Area. It's to the left of the library counter, if you were facing towards Newcastle College piazza.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Accessing e-Library

e-Library is Newcastle College Library's collection of e-books, electronic journals and specially selected online resources to help you with your assignments.

Links to the most popular resources can be found on the Research and Study Support page of this blog, but if you want to access the full collection, here's how...:

Friday, 21 September 2012

Free Online Academic Apps from Google

Google are offering some really useful, free academic and educational apps for students who use Google Chrome as their web browser.

Highlights include an interactive anatomical model of the human body; an advanced Periodic Table for Chemistry students; a 3-D model of the Solar System; and tools to help you learn to type or master a new language; indeed there are hundreds of other apps covering all academic disciplines.

Click here if you need to download the Chrome browser in order to run these tools.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Newcastle City Libraries

In addition to using our College Library service, why not take advantage of the books and resources available at Newcastle City Libraries to help you in your studies?

As well as access to thousands of print books and e-books, you'll get free internet access at the eighteen branches across the city.

You can also get local studies and family history resources, join a reading group or log in to online resources to help you pass your driving test, learn a language or get legal advice, and more.

Best of all, it's free and you don't even have to live in Newcastle. Simply click here to join online, and follow their blog for the latest news.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Main Library Layout

We've been making a few changes to the Main Library over the summer, re-arranging PITS IT Drop-In Centre so PC users are closer to the Print Station and Helpdesk, and making it brighter with more room for you to browse for books at the South end of the library.

To explore our layout online (in 3D too, if you like!), click here to view our interactive floor plan.

Do let us know what you think of our changes, in the comments box below....

Monday, 17 September 2012

Subject Guides

Click on the links below for the key book class-marks and e-resources available through Newcastle College Library Services to support your research in that subject area...:

Friday, 14 September 2012

Library Inductions

Have you had your Library Induction session yet? (If not, then have a nag at your tutor - its part of your entitlement as a student of the college). If you can't make it, but are still interested, the slides are available here.

The purpose

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Get your Student Travel Pass

If you're in Full Time education, and didn't make it to Newcastle College Main Library on 13th September 2012 to pick up your Discount Travel Pass for the whole of Tyne & Wear, you can still apply.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Newcastle College's Online Library Catalogue

Our Online Catalogue means you can easily search for, and reserve, resources from Newcastle College Library via any PC, Smart Phone or internet-enabled device, 24/7.

All you need to do is

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Newcastle College Libraries' Term-Time Opening Hours

Now that we are into the swing of the new academic year, Newcastle College Library branches are back to their Term-Time opening hours...:

Monday, 10 September 2012

Newcastle College Main Library Virtual Tour

Take a Virtual Tour of our facilities and discover where to find the resources that you need at the Main Branch at Rye Hill Campus.

Press the Arrow icon to start.

(Click here to open the presentation in a new window)

You can explore in sequence by clicking the arrow or clicking the "Autoplay" option on the "More" Menu. Alternatively, zoom and drag around the page like you would when using Google Maps.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Newcastle College Library - The Movie

Check out our video on Youtube to find out about all our services across Newcastle College, at Main Library, Art Library, SPACE and online ...

... or click here to see what we used to look like back in the 80s!

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Heritage Open Days

After a stressful first week back on College, why not do something cultural with the family this weekend?

Starting today (6th September 2012) and lasting until this Sunday, some 218 events are taking place around the North-East offering free access to museums, stately homes and historical properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.

From behind the scenes at BALTIC to a tour of Newcastle Castle Keep; from free entry to Segedunum to a "tutored beer tasting event" at Darwin Brewery in Sunderland; it is a once-a-year chance to discover hidden architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities which bring local history to life!

Click here for the full listing of events in Tyne and Wear (@TWHODs), or find out about events further afield here.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Library Handbook 2012-13

Here's a flip-book version of our Students' Guide to Newcastle College Libraries, telling you all about our branches and services, procedures and opening hours, plus the answers to a few FAQs...:

You can download a PDF version here, or pick up a free paper copy from any of our branches. If you have any other questions not covered in our guide, please just ask one of our staff.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Meet Our New Boss...

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A very warm welcome to Helen Ashton, who starts work as the new Head of Library Services at Newcastle College this week.

If you wish to contact Helen, you can find her office on the first floor of the Main Library (to the rear of the Silent Study area) at Rye Hill Campus; email her at; or give her a ring on 0191 200 4017.

Monday, 3 September 2012


I'm Richard, Learning Support Librarian at Newcastle College Library Services. Its my job to ensure that the Library has all the books, journals and e-resources (as recommended by our lecturers) in stock and ready for our learners; and to help students make the most of these resources in their research and assignments.

Welcome to the "Library Richard" Blog - an online service by which I can keep you up to date with all our news, let you know about our services, and recommend some resources or approaches to you. It's also a means for you and I to share ideas and tackle any issues that you might come across in your studies / research, particularly if you can't come into College.

Please feel free to just read the blog if you prefer, but I'd particularly welcome any comments or suggestions that you might want to make (anonymously if you like) to individual posts or generally using the Your Comments, Suggestions and Questions... page on the navigation bar below the Blog title above.

Best of luck this year, and I really look forward to hearing from you....