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Library Online: New students



Hallam Library would like to welcome all new and returning students to the university. This page is a quick guide to what the library has to offer with useful links to our resources.
The library is here to support you in becoming an independent learner and developing essential skills that will underpin success at university and beyond: No matter your course, level of study or individual circumstances, your library has something to offer!
Sheffield Hallam University has two libraries, Adsetts Library and Collegiate Library. Both libraries are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, providing a welcoming and secure environment in which to work. Remember to bring your student card in order to access the libraries and our resources.

Using the library

There are over 2450 learning spaces in Collaborative, Quiet, and Silent study areas. The libraries provide a range of learning spaces that you can book in advance or that can be used without a booking. To help you plan your time in the Library you can make bookings on resources up to 14 days in advance and have up to 14 advanced bookings. If you need to print whilst working in the libraries you will need to credit your Papercut printing account, before sending your work to the printer.


To complement the 24/7/365 learning spaces, self-service library laptop loans are available from both libraries. Laptops are available to loan for one day or one week and can be used on or off campus.


The Library uses self-service machines to allow you to borrow and return books 24 hours a day. As a student, you can borrow up to 25 books at a time and place up to 15 requests for books. The initial period for a standard loan is 1 week for books. Your loans will automatically renew for up to a year unless they are requested by another user. For more information on how you can borrow items see here.

Discover Resources

To support you with the knowledge you need for your course, you can use Library Search to search our entire SHU collection. The Library offers extensive online and physical resources for students to borrow. Students will have remote access to e-journals, e-books, market research, newspapers, and video streaming as well as over 370 subject-related databases. For any material we do not have available in our collection, you can request this through the Document Supply Service


You will have access to tailored Reading Lists Online through your BlackBoard module page. You can also use subject guides to help you discover course- specific resources and recommended reading from your tutors.

Develop your Skills

The Library and Skills Centre offer a wide range of opportunities to develop your skills, including webinars, 1-1 appointments, bootcamps and online resources. To get started, visit the Essential Skills Portal or come along to an online Welcome Week event.


If you need any support while working in the Library we have a Hallam Help point located near the entrance of both Adsetts and Collegiate libraries. Online support is available through student FAQ’s You can contact the library through our Chat support service with any questions at any time.


Where to find us?

If its your first time visiting the libraries or if you need to post anything to us, you can use the maps and addresses below.

Adsetts Library

Collegiate Library

Sheffield Hallam University
City Campus
Howard Street
S1 1WB

Sheffield Hallam University
Collegiate Campus
Collegiate Crescent
S10 2BP

Adsetts Library [map pdf]
Collegiate Library [map pdf]

Sheffield Hallam University
City Campus, Howard Street
Sheffield S1 1WB
Sheffield Hallam Library Signifier