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Library services

Director: Heather Thrift

Heather Thrift

"The Library is the heart of the University's information services..."  

The Library’s collections, dedicated study spaces and experienced team of staff, form a vital part of the student learning experience and ensure students and researchers receive the right support they need throughout their time at LJMU. We were shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards for Outstanding Library Team in 2014, and our student satisfaction rating has increased in each of the last three years.  

We have a comprehensive collection of resources for study and research available in the Library and online, supported by a team of expert librarians and dedicated subject specialists who are available for advice. Extensive study spaces and computer facilities are available throughout the Library, with other services such as our helpdesk and printer service.  

The Library provides a wide range of digital information tools and resources and access to the digital publications needed by all our students, researchers and staff. We support our users in getting the most out of digital content, whether they are consumers or creators, with advice and training, and a high quality digital experience when using our applications. We have extensive walk-in facilities available to all members of the public.  

The Library manages Special Collections of original archive material and makes them available to anybody who wants to consult them. Post-war popular culture, particularly relating to Liverpool, is strongly represented. Our archives include playwright Willy Russell, McCartney biographer Barry Miles, Jon Savage’s punk archive, and the Everyman Theatre. We also hold a growing collection of Periodicals of the Victorian Era, including the Strand and Punch magazines.  

We are the custodian of the collected outputs of all the University’s researchers, including articles, data and doctoral theses. The Library provides training, support and systems for researchers to enable them to achieve their full potential and create a global impact.