Library services

About us

Welcome to UCLan Library Services - an inspirational and diverse learning environment. We promote and encourage independent learning, with support from staff and enabled by information and technology.

Our library teams support staff, students and researchers through online and physical environments.

We provide first line support, 24-hour access to safe study spaces, skills development and collection management.

Each school has a dedicated subject librarian, with specific resources dedicated to every course we offer. We have invested in digital resources for all our subjects, from art to veterinary medicine.

Our Ask Your Librarian service is available to all students who need support with finding academic information for their subject. We offer online and face-to-face appointments at both our Preston and Burnley campuses. Visitors are welcome to visit our Preston Campus library. You will find details of how to plan your visit on this page.

External membership

From Wednesday 20 March until the end of May visitors will not be permitted in the library. This is due to students preparing for exams.

UCLan Alumni Network members may access the library free of charge and borrow up to four books. However, use of computers and access to e-resources is not available, due to licensing restrictions.

Please visit the Customer Service desk, on the ground floor of the library, to get your free ID card.

Alumni will need to provide additional photographic ID (passport or driving licence) and proof of address (bank statement or utility bill) to be issued with a library card.

National Health Service Trust (acute, primary care, ambulance) members must bring the following:

  • NHS Trust ID badge with photo and a passport or driving licence photo-card.

Preston Campus library

Preston Library is open 24 hours during term time. It hosts:

  • 1500 study spaces
  • Bookable study rooms
  • Media suite
  • Customer service desk
  • Over 500 open access PCs
  • Access to books, journals, printers and self-help terminals.
Discover more about our Preston library

Burnley Campus library

The library at our Burnley Campus has a wide range of relevant materials to support your course, including:

  • Books, journals and other physical resources
  • A huge selection of E-Resources
  • Access to new PCs and laptops
  • Face-to-face or online library support.
Discover more about our Burnley library

Special Collections

The Special Collections of the University of Central Lancashire Library contain a large number of books, documents, and historical resources of both national and international importance.

Discover our Special Collections