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The Library is a specialist arts, design and media collection that serves as a resource to stimulate and support the research and creative practice of students and pedagogy of academic staff.

The Library is located in the Duke Street Building, a delightful nineteenth century former school building which also houses studios, the Student Union Office, a Lecture Theatre and seminar rooms. The building is designed to be accessible by users with mobility issues. The Library team, in conjunction with the academic community, aim to ensure that the collections are relevant to the needs of the enquiring minds of creative practitioners.

Helping you learn about the Library

Finding information of all kinds is a key part of the student experience. The Library provides inductions for all new students and subsequent information literacy sessions which aim to enable users to locate and evaluate information independently.

Information literacy sessions can include topics such research skills, using online resources, and referencing support. Each course is supported by an Assistant Librarian who can support students via email, phone or face to face appointments. Academic staff are encouraged to contact the Library to arrange class sessions throughout the year.

General Library support is offered during our opening hours via the first floor helpdesk, and the downstairs Reception desk.

For more information about the Library, including access to our catalogue, please visit our website.

Print based media: Books and journals

The Library houses approximately 33,000 printed volumes and subscribes to over 400 journal titles. The bulk of the collection is devoted to arts, design and media. The Library collects a variety of media and subjects including exhibition catalogues, graphic design yearbooks, guides to computer applications, computer games, feature films including a collection of animated films, books on arts, architecture and design practitioners and artist’s books.

Online Library

As soon as you are registered as a student you will have a Library account. You will be able to renew your books, check reservations, and make reservations online. In addition the Library has subscribes to a wide variety of online resources available from the Library website, which include access to e-books, e-journals and a number of industry websites.

Other Collections

The Library has a collection of over 2,500 DVDs that focus for the most part on arts, design and media. The Special Collections include a selection of artists books, zines, pop-up books and other valuable material.

Printing, Photocopying and Scanning

Colour and black and white printing and photocopying facilities are available, as well as A4 and A3 flatbed scanners.

Computers in the Library

There are 18 computers in the Library reading and study areas, and a further 28 computers in the Library computer room. The Duke Street Building is wireless enabled so you are welcome to use your own laptop if you wish.

Who can use the Library?

Access to the Library extends to all registered Norwich University of the Arts students and staff and to users registered within the SCONUL Access Scheme. In addition alumni, certain categories of educational users and artists/designers are eligible to use the services. For more information and to join the Library as an external member, please visit the NUA online shop.

If you have any queries or require further information, please contact the Library team on 01603 610561 or email library@nua.ac.uk.

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