Books and Library Services
The Main University Library contains a large stock of books and periodicals on politics, as well as government publications. The Main University Library encompasses the two main short-loan collections for undergraduates, the offprint collection and the short loan collection for some 20,000 textbooks. Students should remember that they are required to use their QUB identity cards at all times to gain access. The libraries also have a number of study rooms, computer facilities and a student lounge. Books which are recommended for purchase on module reading lists are available from Waterstone’s by either going to www.waterstones.com or by visiting the Belfast store in Fountain Street. No Alibis, an independent bookshop based on Botanic Avenue, may also be able to provide you with access to certain subject books.
In addition to books and periodicals, the library is also a source for CD Roms and other on-line services. Furthermore, the Library on-line catalogue can be accessed from computers throughout the University. Similarly, it is possible to obtain access to a number of national and international newspapers and news magazines on the Internet. See Internet Resources for links to useful sites. The School issues module guides for all modules. Generally these become available towards the end of summer and winter vacations and can be obtained from the General Office if you plan to do some work in advance.
Diarmuid Kennedy (The McClay Library, tel: 9097 6219) is the librarian responsible for Politics books, and he is always willing to assist students with their queries. Dr Keith Breen is the School of Politics and International Studies member of staff responsible for liaising with the Library.