Learning resources

Liverpool was the first Russell Group university to provide week-day 24-hour opening throughout the academic year.

The University Libraries

  • Two million books
  • 65,000 electronic journals and online access to most major databases
  • 680,000 contemporary electronic books including academic e-books, reports and conference proceedings
  • Extensive special collections, such as the largest Science Fiction collection in Europe, plus rare books and manuscripts
  • Electronic resources can be accessed from any computer and most mobile devices
  • 24/7 access on or off campus to the library catalogue, our electronic resources, the programme notes your department has put online and a fantastic array of learning materials
  • Both the Sydney Jones and Harold Cohen libraries are open 24/7 throughout the academic year
  • Computer and study space
  • Laptop loan service 
  • Staffed helpdesks
  • Zoned workspaces to provide silent, quiet and group study space. 

IT Services

  • 24-hour service desk to help you get the most from our IT resources 
  • 20GB of secure file space to save your work throughout your studies 
  • Over 2,000 computers available across campus
  • High speed WiFi service for laptops, tablets and mobiles
  • 24/7 computer access in libraries
  • Free software to install on your own computer, including the latest version of Microsoft Office and antivirus software
  • Free mobile apps to help you access resources wherever you are on your own mobile or tablet, such as the Lecture Timetable app, Blackboard app and PC Finder tool
  • Activate your account when your place is confirmed to access University email and IT resources before you arrive.

Getting help 24/7

The Computing Services Service Desk provides support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you can follow us on Twitter and our webpages keep you up-to-date with what is going on, what is new and what is available to you.

We have online resources to support and develop your IT skills, including task-based materials which you can download and work through at your own pace. We are here to help you develop the IT skills you need to make the most of your studies.

Online learning environment

Virtual Interactive Teaching at Liverpool (VITAL) supports learning and teaching activities across the Internet. This enables quick and easy provision of your programme materials; provision of communication tools such as discussion boards and virtual chat facilities; and support for collaborative project work. You can also view recorded lectures online to support your study and revision.

The Mobile Learn app gives you access to VITAL on your mobile wherever you are. Our 'Lecture Timetables' app also means you can keep up-to-date with your schedule whenever and wherever you are. Improving your study skills and prospects is easy with iLearn, a unique website providing practical tips to help you not only get the most out of your studies but also to develop skills that help you in every aspect of your life.

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