The FYi is our fully-equipped Library and Learning Resource Centre
Our state-of-the-art facilities have been carefully designed to aid your learning in a modern and comfortable environment. You will find a quiet, welcoming library stocked with all the books and magazines you’ll need, both for your courses and for leisure reading. We strongly encourage all our students to read: we offer a range of book clubs, including manga – and we also encourage you to try writing for yourself in our Creative Writing Group.
Make sure to check your library account and catalogue here: https://uk.accessit.online/blc02/
The FYi also contains our computer suite, so it’s a great place to access your Google Drive, where you will store all your assignments and homework, and all the resources your tutors will provide for you. The FYi staff are here to help you manage your Google Drive, and also help you make the most of your iPad and/or other mobile devices. There is unlimited wifi access.
- We provide you with the best print and online content to help you with your studies
- We help you with study and research skills
- We lend up to 20 books for a two week period, with two renewals if you need them
Want to join in?
Fyi groups and clubs
Creative Writing Group, every Thursday 4pm
Manga Club, every Wednesday 1.30pm
Library catalogue and accounts
Our Library system is called Access-It. You can access both the catalogue, and your own library account, from the link below. You can also browse books just returned, recommendations, and latest new books, and reserve them if you wish. https://uk.accessit.online/blc02
Check your own library account by clicking ‘Guest’. Login with your usual computer username and password. You can see all your loans, renew your books, set alerts for new books coming in, and write reviews. Never miss a return date again!
Full home 24 hour access
All our FYi online databases
These are online resources the contents of which Google won’t find for you. Lots of colleges and universities use these, and you’ll find something to suit every subject you study. If you need help accessing or using these databases, just ask a member of the FYi staff. We can help!
A huge database of articles on every subject you can think of:
- Biological Sciences
- Health Sciences
- 2000 journals
- 50 million pages
- 3 million pages digitised every year
So there should be something for you! Just type what you need in the search box. To visit JSTOR, please click here.
Ebrary is the library’s collection of free e-books – it’s a mixture of textbooks and items on specific topics. Read the ‘Getting Started’ stuff to get the best results (there are also videos to help you). To visit Ebrary, please click here.
This is an add-on to the Ebrary section:
Here are quick links to textbooks available through Ebrary:
AQA A Level PE Book 1 : Year 1
European Newsstream is an archive of all the UK national and regional newspapers, many of which have twenty years’ worth of stories and articles. (There are also French, German and Spanish newspapers available: if you’re practicing your language skills for these subjects, this is a quick and easy way to access these papers.)
You can search by keyword or by newspaper, and refine your searches to particular time periods. The archive has all the latest papers daily, so is right up-to-date. To visit European Newsstream please click here.
This is for A level law students, and those looking for case law for health and social care. You can find cases, articles, news, cases, statutes – all of which can be used in preparing excellent essays and exam answers. The database is fully searchable, and there is also a useful lexicon for tricky law definitions: good for getting the terminology right! To visit E-Law student, please click here.
Vogue Magazine Archive
This is an archive of all the Vogue magazines that there have ever been! It is fully searchable, has all the articles and images you could ever want, and is a great resources for Fashion and English Language students: it is a history of 20th and 21st century fashion, as well as a way of studying how language has changed. Brilliant, just brilliant! If you’re using this from home, you’ll be asked for a username and password. Just use your normal college login. To visit the Vogue Magazine Archive, please click here.
Access in college only
This is a database for social issues – crime, drugs, health, education, poverty – and is fully searchable either through keywords, or by category. You’ll get newspaper articles, press releases, facts and statistics – all up-to-date. We have the book versions of these as well, which you can find on our Library catalogue.
To visit Issues Online, please click here.
Find My Past
Researching family history? You can now do this for free with ‘Find My Past’. It contains all kinds of census information, military records, school records, births, marriages and deaths, and is easy to use – who knows who you’ll find? To visit Find My past, please click here. Just ask FYi staff if you would like any help. Contact email@example.com for the username and password.
Full 24-hour home access with username and password only available from your teacher or from firstname.lastname@example.org
Just for A Level Language and Literature students! there are lots of resources – articles, videos, news, competitions – designed to help you write perfect essays, and get your head round new concepts. It’s also great research for A2 coursework: it’s the best place to get started for all your concepts, studies, and evidence. Get your student login details from Helen Crowther or from your tutor. To visit EMC English Magazine, please click here.
Just for A level media and BTEC creative media production. A fantastic resource for theory (male gaze, participation, etc), coursework, documentary, filming, case studies, CGI, drama – you name it, it’s here. There are loads of articles and videos which are written by teachers and guest contributors from the industry. You’ll love it! Get your student login details from Helen Crowther or from your tutor. To visit EMC Media Magazine, please click here.
Keep in touch with us for latest news stories, competitions, Monday Motivation, Word of the Week, and all sorts of other goodies:
With around 10,000 books, our Library is sure to have something to suit your studies and interests. Take a look at our catalogue (students and staff can sign in to access their accounts with their college username and password – just click ‘Guest’)
Futures: see the Futures Team in the Fyi for all your career and work experiences needs:
LGBT: For anyone identifying as LGBT and allies, see Julie Halliwell in the Fyi for more details
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