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Queen's University Belfast Library Induction

A warm welcome to Queen’s University Library. We look forward to seeing you.

Library staff are available to answer your queries both in the Library and online. They will also be happy to help you find material in the catalogue and on the shelves and, to show you how to borrow and return books using the self service facilities. If you are working from home, you can ‘talk’ to a librarian using the Library Chat service available from the Library home page

There is a wide choice of study options in the Library ranging from silent areas to whisper zones and, from study desks to individual carrels. Desks are equipped with either a computer or a power socket for charging your mobile device. Group Study Rooms are another option and these can be booked in advance.

If you are wondering how to access the library’s electronic resources, such as e-books, e-journals and databases there are easy to follow guides available online. Alternatively a Subject Librarian will be able to give you more specific help.

When you visit the Library remember to bring your Student Card if you want to borrow books, print or photocopy. You will also need it to activate the turnstiles at the entrance to the McClay Library. The other option for entry to the McClay is to download the Queen’s App and scan your student barcode instead.

The University Library comprise of three main branches all within a mile or so of each other – The McClay Library on the Main Campus, the Biomedical Library in the MBC Building beside Belfast City Hospital and, the Medical Library on the site of the Royal Victoria Hospital. Details of the opening hours for each branch are available on our Library home page.

Please find below some additional library videos we have produced especially for new students:

  1. What to expect when you visit : Covid protective measures
  2. A Guide by Students for Students and in particular for those students with a disability