The Charles Seale-Hayne Library

The Charles Seale-Hayne Library is open 24/7 and provides access to approximately 350,000 books and multimedia items, 14,000 current journal subscriptions, and a variety of different study environments. In one central location there are the resources you need to carry out research (books, journals, electronic resources), to present your work (computers, printers, photocopiers, loan equipment, shop) and experienced, friendly staff to help you.

Primo library search

Use Primo to search our collections

Primo is our search tool to find the best quality resources to support your learning, teaching and research. Discover specialist databases, theses, books, journal articles and more - both print and digital - with a single search.

Visit Primo

Primo - The library catalogue search tool.

Do you need help in finding subject specific resources?    

Come to the Digital Advice Zone on Level 1 of the library on Thursday 15th March between 11:00 & 15:00 and speak to Information Specialists who will help you find the resources you need.

Do you use the full range of Primo functions?   Would you like to learn more?

We'll be on hand to point out some of Primo's useful features such as:

  • saving your searches & resources 
  • how to use search filters 
  • how to renew or reserve a book. 

This is a drop in event. Come along & speak to a member of the team at a time that suits you.

If you’d like to feedback about the new look Primo, email:

Library Refurbishment - 26 March to 15 April

Level 1 is being refreshed over the Easter break to optimize available space and provide a wider range of learning spaces. 

This will include:

  • new furniture
  • refreshed paint and decor
  • a new seminar room for you to use 
  • new laptops to loan and lockers to charge your devices.

During the work

  • Level 1 study spaces, including bookable study rooms, will be out of use.
  • The cafe will be closed.
  • The main entrance/exit, book stock and lifts will remain accessible.
  • All other study spaces in the Library will remain open 24/7.

This is phase 1 of a project to improve learning spaces on each floor of the Library. We will be asking for your feedback on the improvements to inform our next steps in the library refurbishment.

SensusAccess - a self-service, alternative media solution.

A new University-wide resource.

SensusAccess allows you to automatically convert documents into a range of alternative media including audio books (MP3 and DAISY), e-books (EPUB, EPUB3 and Mobi) and digital Braille. The service can also be used to convert inaccessible documents such as image-only PDF files, JPG pictures and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations into more accessible formats.

Simply follow the four-step process to convert your file. Make sure to use your University email address.

Other learning technology can be found on our library guide.

If you have any feedback about this service please contact Ian Rayment.


The University is asking all research-active staff and doctoral research students to create an ORCiD account, and for staff to additionally link it to Symplectic Elements.

ORCiD is an internationally recognised unique identifier connecting research with researchers, ensuring correct attribution.

Find out more about ORCiD

Information Specialists and Library Guides

Your Information Specialist can show you how to use information resources effectively -

- and your Library Subject Guide is a collection of relevant resources plus help and support.

Your Information Specialist

What's on each floor of the Library

Charles Seale-Hayne Library virtual tour

Take a tour of the Library without getting up.

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All about library and digital services

Our focus is on enabling the transformation of information into knowledge.

Find out more about library and digital support - including our policies and strategies, our business plan and our organisation structure.

About library and digital services