Library services for Education, Early Years and Early Childhood students when you are off-campus

  • Oxford Brookes Library is far eleclibwordlemore than a building - we provide online resources, services and help even if you never come to campus.

    If you are an Early Years, Education and Lifelong Learning, Post-Compulsory Education or Support for Learning student in one of our partner colleges (Abingdon & Witney, Oxford & Cherwell, Solihull, or Swindon), then please go to our information for partner college students.

    If you are currently off-campus because you are part-time; on School Based Training; a research student, or for any other reason, please read on!

    • Logging in: to access nearly all our online resources you need to log in (use your Brookes student number, which is on your Brookes student card, and the standard Brookes password you use for your Brookes mail, Student Information, Moodle, etc).
    • E-books: you can access many of your key textbooks online (All listed as e-books on the Library Catalogue.)
    • E-journals: thousands of our journals are available online (though not all years for every title).
    • Databases: you'll need to use our Education databases if you want to find out what journal articles and other research exist on a particular topic.

    If the books, journals or articles you need aren't available online, there are various other ways you may be able to obtain them via the Library:

    • Interlibrary Loan: if you want a book or a journal article not held in Brookes Library at all, you can ask us to get it for you from the British Library via our Interlibrary Loans service. (This also costs £2.50 for students; for PhD students and staff the full cost is charged back to your department).
    • Coming to the Library: You can use any of the three Oxford Brookes campus libraries at Headington (Gipsy Lane), Wheatley or Harcourt Hill - check the opening hours for the Library you want in advance on the appropriate Library web page. If you live nearer to the Headington or Wheatley Libraries, you can use the Place Hold button on LibrarySearch to get books sent there from Harcourt Hill for you - and then return them at the other campus library as well. (Remember to keep an eye on your Brookes email, or use the My account option on LibrarySearch, to keep track of your loans so you don't get fines - there are no exemptions for being part-time or on School Based Training!) If you want to find out more about Harcourt Hill Library before you come, you can take our Virtual Tour...
    • Using other libraries: If you live closer to another UK university library that is a member of the SCONUL Access scheme, you can use them for reference purposes - and part-time and taught postgraduate students can even borrow from them once registered.
    • You're always welcome to contact the Education Librarians, Hazel and Charlotte, in person, by phone, by email or via Google Chat or Google Hangout for help.