Leeds University Library


Books can provide you with an overview of a topic, and so are often a good starting point when exploring a new subject area. They provide the background knowledge that will help you understand the more focused content of journals and conference papers.

Find books in the Library

Searching the Library Catalogue will tell you whether we have a book, whether it is available in hard copy or online (as an e-book), where to find it, and if it's already on loan to another user (in which case you can place a request for the item).

  • Find books on a particular topic (eg asthma and obesity), using the keyword search
  • Find a specific book using the title search or author search.

When you find something you want to borrow, write down the location and full shelf mark so you know where to look on the shelves. You will find Library floorplans linked within the Catalogue.

If the book is available electronically (an e-book), there will be a link to this. You will be able to access it on and off campus.

High Demand Collection

Both the Edward Boyle Library and the Health Sciences Library have a High Demand Collection containing items with short loan periods.

Recently returned

In each part of the Library there are places for books waiting to be reshelved. If the book you need is not on the shelf check the recently returned areas on that floor.