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Subject Guides

Lifelong Learning

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Welcome to the Centre for Lifelong Learning Subject Guide

Starting your research


A range of guides is available for all subject areas, which will help you to start finding relevant resources. In addition, we have created specialist guides for the following five programmes:

Astronomy
Astronomy
Creative Writing
Creative Writing
Geology
Geology of Yorkshire & Northern England
Parish Church Studies
Parish Church Studies
Railway Studies
Railway Studies

Learning for Pleasure

If you're engaged on a non-accredited programme you can request borrowing rights at the Library once your course is confirmed as being viable – details on how to request this are issued along with your course joining instructions.

Even without borrowing rights, you are still entitled to use the Library: we operate open access between 8am and 10pm, and anyone can come in and use our printed and online resources during this time.

For more information on visitor access to the Library and its resources, see Information for visitors.

Searching the Library Catalogue

Use this overview of  searching the Library resources.The Library Catalogue YorSearch is accessible from any network, and is also made available on dedicated terminals in the Library buildings.

You can use this simple search box:

Or start from the YorSearch home page for more search options.

Use the default Library Catalogue search tab to find any book or e-book in the Library's collections, plus AV and multimedia resources. Switch to the Search Everything tab to find journal article records, linked to the full text of the article. Please note, Search Everything does not systematically search all items in the all our databases. 

     Library catalogue             

If all the copies of a book are on loan, you can request it. You will receive an email as soon as the book is returned to the Library, and it will be held for you in the Key Texts area.

For further help, please refer to the YorSearch help pages on the Library website.

This is a printable guide to YorSearch: the Library Catalogue.

Interactive Map of the Library

Finding journals

To discover which journals the Library subscribes to:

Search the YorSearch Library Catalogue for the title or subject of the journal (to locate both e-journals and print archives).

Or go directly to the A-Z list of subscribed e-journals.

Click View It for a secure link to the external host website. E-access may be offered by more than one host, so check which years are available from each service.

Astronomical Journal Geology Today

Finding resources

Okinawan girls reading Life magazine

 All resources available through the Library are available in our E-resources Guide.