Services for Students and Staff

Whether you are a staff or student at Cardiff Met  -  we offer services designed for you.

We offer borrowing, MetSearch to search and access all our resources, access to our spaces and dedicated advice and help including via webchat.

Contact us for more information or come along to one of our learning centres.

Film Screenings

If you want to screen a film for educational or society purposes then we can help you - please fill out our form

Cardiff Met Students

It's official - students who visit the library get better grades! If you're studying for a Cardiff Met degree in Cardiff or the surrounding area, there is a wealth of resources and services available for you at the University's two top-notch Learning Centres.

Subject Advice

If you don't feel entirely confident about using our resources, you can make an appointment with an Academic Librarian. The Librarian for your area will be able to help you get the most out of the library's resources for your subject by recommending key texts, helping you conduct literature searches or by providing tips and tricks for using one of our subject-specific databases.

Document Delivery

Cardiff Met libraries can give you access to almost 300,000 print and electronic books and journals, but if you need to read something we don't have in stock, you can submit an Inter-Library Loan request. Once we've received your request, we'll borrow the book or article from another library on your behalf and either hand it to you in person or email you a digital copy.

Collections

There is a number of great collections available to you at Cardiff Met. As well as books, journals and DVDs our students have access to the Repository, the Special Collections and a dazzling array of electronic texts and image resources.

Training

Our Academic Librarian s run regular training sessions designed to help you get the most out of the library's resources and services.

MetSearch (Electronic Library)

You can access our electronic resources via MetSearch.

We also offer an e-Journal A-Z and a Database A-Z.

Academic Skills

The Academic Skills Team specializes in teaching students the skills needed to learn independently and thrive academically, whatever the subject. Visit the Academic Skills site to brush up on key skill sets including critical thinking, presenting, referencing and independent learning.

Using other libraries

Cardiff Met undergraduate students can join Cardiff University and Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama libraries.  

The membership allows you to borrow 2 items.  

To apply, please fill in an application form and bring it to the library.  Successful applicants will receive a letter of recommendation which they will need to present when joining the Cardiff University or RWCMD libraries.  The membership lasts to the end of the current academic year and can be renewed.


All students can join the Sconul Access Scheme and access other academic libraries in the UK.  Please submit your application on the Sconul website.

Cardiff Met Staff

All Cardiff Met staff can borrow books.  If you are new, just visit your campus library and we'll set you up with an account.

Franchise tutors, Associate tutors, all hourly paid staff, Art Academy and Cardiff Open tutors can join the library as 'Community Plus Borrowers' and are allowed to borrow 5 items at a time.  Their membership can be renewed annually.

All other Cardiff Met staff can borrow up to 20 items at any one time.

Please see our Borrowing page for more info.

MetSearch (Electronic Library)

You can access our electronic resources via MetSearch.

We also offer an e-Journal A-Z and a Database A-Z.

Using Other Libraries

Sconul Access allows you to join and access other academic libraries within the UK.  Please submit your application on the Sconul website.

Requesting Resources

If you want the library to purchase books, journals or other resources for your students then please get in touch with your Academic Librarian for your subject area.

And did you know...

We can provide library training to fit the needs of your course and students.

We can make key book chapters and journal articles available for your students by digitising them.

We can order inter-library loans for you if you need a book or article we don't stock.

We can order a wide range of AV Broadcast materials via TRILT for use in your teaching.  Please us our TRILT Request Form to order.

We have a wealth of image resources for use in your teaching.

We can make your research available by including it on Cardiff Met's research Repository.

We have a dedicated team who provide a range of academic skills training.

We can provide IT training to help you or your students.

We can help with your email, telephones, computer software and more.

Distance Learners

If you're working towards a Cardiff Met degree as a Distance Learner, you might not be able to visit us in person very often. We don't want a little thing like distance to stop you from using the library, so we offer a wide range of services and resources designed specifically to support Distance Learning students.

(Please note - book postal loans can only be accessed by those students registered as a distance learner with Cardiff Met - unfortunately, part-time students who live at a distance away from their campus cannot currently access this service)

 

Borrowing

We can post books and journal articles to your home address at no cost to you. You only pay for the postage when you send books back to us. Take a look at our borrowing page for more information.

Document Delivery

Looking for something we don't subscribe to or need to get hold of a journal article you've found online? Look no further than our Document Delivery service. Sign-up for Direct to your Desktop and receive requested articles quicker via email.

Please note: Regretfully, at this time, we are only able to resource requests from Franchise students based at Bridgend College.  Staff and students based at other Franchise Partner institutions should direct their requests to their local institutional library.

Subject Advice

If you don't feel confident in using the Library's resources for your studies, you can email one of the Academic Librarians. The  Librarian for your subject area will be able to help you get the most out of the library's resources for your subject by recommending key texts, directing you towards useful e-journals and giving you tips on using our subject-specific databases.

MetSearch (Electronic Library)

You can access our electronic resources via MetSearch.

We also offer an e-Journal A-Z and a Database A-Z.

Students at Partner Colleges

If you're working towards a Cardiff Met degree at one of our Partner institutions, you probably aren't able to visit us in person very often. We don't want a little thing like distance to stop you from using the library, so we offer a wide range of services and resources designed specifically to support non-local students.

MetSearch (Electronic Library)

You can access our electronic resources via MetSearch.

We also offer an e-Journal A-Z and a Database A-Z.

Subject Advice

If you don't feel confident in using our resources for your studies, you can email an Academic Librarian. The Librarian for your subject area will be able to help you get the most out of the library's resources by recommending key texts, directing you towards useful e-journals and giving you tips on using our subject-specific databases.

Academic Skills

The Academic Skills Team specializes in teaching students the skills needed to learn independently and thrive academically, whatever the subject. Visit the Academic Skills site to brush up on key skill sets including critical thinking, presenting, referencing and independent learning.

Staff at Partner Colleges

If you are a member of staff responsible for delivering Cardiff Met courses to students at one of our Partner Institutions, the library provides a range of services and resources to support your teaching.

Electronic Resources

We are able to offer access to a vast collection of e-resources to members of teaching staff from Collaborative Partner Institutions on the understanding that this access will be used exclusively to support the delivery of Cardiff Met courses. To access the e-resources, please select (and bookmark) the  appropriate link below:

List of e-resources for staff based at Collaborative Partner Institutions in the UK

List of e-resources for staff based at Collaborative Partner Institutions - global

We also maintain links to approximately 13,000 Open Access e-journals. Guidance on finding and accessing Cardiff Met's e-journals is available here.

Staff from Collaborative Partner institutions have access to approximately 400 e-books held on the Dawsonera platform. This includes heavily-used titles such as 'Research Methods for Business Students' by Mark Saunders and 'Exploring Corporate Strategy' by Gerry Johnson.

If there is a database, e-book or  e-journal that you feel would be particularly useful to support your delivery of Cardiff Met courses, please let us know by emailing electronicservices@cardiffmet.ac.uk.

Interlibrary loans

Regretfully, at this time, we are unable to offer our Interlibrary loan service to staff based at Partner institutions. Therefore, any requests of this nature should be directed to your local institutional library.

Useful Contacts

Library enquiries

Jamie Finch, International Librarian

jfinch@cardiffmet.ac.uk

 

IT enquiries

Chris Evans, IT Liaison – Partnerships

ITLiaisonPartnership@cardiffmet.ac.uk