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Lancaster University Library

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A Library at the heart of Lancaster University's community, local and global. We connect, we innovate, we include.

Welcome to the library

The Library sits at the heart of the Lancaster University. The library building is located at the centre of the Bailrigg campus, providing a welcoming, open and inclusive place for library and university activity. Integrating our in-person provision with a strong digital presence extends the library's reach well beyond campus, so our resources, facilities and support are available wherever you are.

Our approach is based on a library vision Towards 2025, that expresses our firm commitment to be innovative and inclusive in all we do, and a desire to connect with and bring people together.

The library towards 2025

The library vision describes our ambitions for the five year period up to academic year 2025-26. It outlines our approach and commitments to providing a library that fully integrates digital and physical provision, connecting and partnering with our communities, taking innovative and sustainable approaches, and underpinning all we do by seeking to be inclusive and celebrating diversity.

The Library Towards 2025
Side profile of the Library, with the lights shining out from the windows.

Achievements and awards


Explore the library

  • What's on

    We have a rich programme of activities, both on campus and online. Explore our programme of workshops, exhibitions and other events.

  • Visit

    Discover the library building and find all you need to plan your visit, including details of community card membership.

  • Collections

    Explore our extensive print and online collections, including primary source materials, Special Collections and Archives, and Lancaster Digital Collections.

  • Learn

    Find out how our Faculty Librarian and Learning Development teams support learning, including partnering with students, working with schools and independent online learning.

  • Research

    Find out how we support the University commitment to open research by partnering with researchers and supporting research activity.

  • Connect

    Connect with us via social media and find out more about our partnership activities.

What's on in the Library July 2023

Free pizza focus group and free cookies individual activity – Library research events!

We are looking for volunteers to participate in our Library research activities in the month of July – find out more and sign up via our events calendar. Spaces are limited, so be quick to book!

Resource Lists @ Lancaster University - Staff Workshop - Library Training Room 1 C135

Staff Drop-in - The session covers the following: This is an informal drop-in for staff seeking assistance with reviewing their existing module Resource Lists.

Thursday, July 20, 2023, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Systematic Review Conversations - Rapid Reviews for PolicyMakers

A number of barriers have been identified to getting evidence into policy. In particular, a lack of policy relevance and lack of timeliness have been identified as causing tension between researchers and policy makers. Rapid reviews are used increasingly as an approach to address timeliness, however, there is a lack of consensus on the most effective review methods and they do not necessarily address the need of policy makers. This presentation will discuss an approach we developed in our work with the Scottish Government’s Review of maternity and neonatal services to produce collaborative, targeted and efficient evidence reviews. Key to this was agreeing a framework to structure the analysis and close collaboration between policy makers, healthcare professionals and service users.

Thursday, July 27, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

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