Take a look inside
The aim of the library is to support the educational mission of the college by providing and promoting access to resources appropriate to the current and anticipated teaching, learning and research of the College community. As such it offers a range of amenities to provide students and staff with the best possible opportunities for quiet study and research. In addition the library aims to preserve the intellectual and cultural history of the college.
Designed to augment the specialist performance and production facilities, our library is the core learning and teaching resource in the College, offering a range of amenities to provide students and staff with the best possible opportunities for quiet study and research.
There are over 50,000 books, slides, CDs, videos and DVDs on the performing arts and related subjects within the library, along with about 80 hardcopy journal titles plus access to a large number of electronic journals, and other online resources, both freely available on the Internet or paid for via subscription.
All students attend an induction session when they first arrive. In addition library staff are available to help to students with their research and access to resources on a drop-in basis, and offer special Information literacy classes to support students with their research projects, and to introduce them to the critical thinking and research skills necessary for their academic life. To supplement these there are a range of printed study guides and information sheets on both resources and services.
All college computers have access to the Internet and printing. In addition the library holds a collection of audio-visual equipment (CD players, speakers, digital cameras, TVs etc.) available for staff and student use, and a range of media materials may be purchased from the LRC and other points in the College.
The main public area houses the majority of the collection and offers generous study space. There is also a group study room and a special IT room (with computer-aided design terminals) which students can use to collaborate on their assignments.
The LRC also plays host to the student Study Support advisers who specialise in helping students with dyslexia, students for whom English is a second language, and students who need help with their study and writing skills. Many of the computer terminals in the library have specialist software to support student learning.