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The Language Library holds materials in 200 languages and is one of the most important collections in the UK. It has printed material, sound recordings, films and documentaries, newspapers, multimedia and online resources.

It includes all the languages taught at the Language Centre, other languages for international communication, indigenous and heritage languages, less commonly taught languages, pidgins and creoles, as well as material in some endangered and extinct languages.

Library guide


Language Centre Library

Opening hours
Opening hours are the same as the Language Centre

The library is a lending library with the exception of class textbooks and reference books. All prospective members must register and go on a tour (10 am, 2 pm weekdays)

Finding material
All material can be searched on SOLO the university catalogue
You can restrict your search by selecting the Language Centre Library only.
More information about SOLO on the blog
SOLO will indicate:

  • where it is – Reference in first book section, Textbooks in second, CD and DVDs in audio-visual sections
  • loan status – Available means you can borrow, a date means it has been borrowed. You can place a reservation on those by signing in. Reference books are not for lending.

Once you have registered, you can borrow from the library, using the self-issue machine.
You can borrow up to 4 items. Books and CDs for 4 weeks and DVDs for 2 weeks. You can renew up to 3 times.

  • Scan the barcode of your university card
  • Place each item you want to borrow on the plastic square: their titles as well as the return date should appear on the screen.
  • Select the screen option for receipt or no receipt


  • Select return on the screen
  • Place each item on the plastic square: their titles should appear on the screen
  • Select the screen option for a receipt or no receipt
  • Open the drawer on the right-hand side and place your items there.


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