Newcastle University Library

Newcastle University Library

The Philip Robinson Library, part of the University Library
Country United Kingdom
Type University Library
Established 1963
Location Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Branches 4
Items collected Books, journals, newspapers, magazines, sound and music recordings, patents, databases, maps, Parliamentary papers, drawings and manuscripts
Size >1,000,000 books, 26,000 periodicals
Access and use
Access requirements Open to all students of Newcastle, Durham, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside Universities.
Students from universities within the SCONUL Vacation Access Scheme.
NHS Staff (Northern Region).
Certain external borrowers, alumni and fee-payers.
Other information
Director Wayne Connolly (Director of Academic Services and University Librarian, Keeper of the Pybus Collection)

Newcastle University Library is the library service for students and staff at Newcastle University, UK. It consists of:

It is the only library in the United Kingdom to receive the Charter Mark award for excellence five times in a row.[1] It has subsequently gone onto be awarded Customer Service Excellence Award twice.

The University Library has won The Times Higher Leadership and Management Award for the Outstanding Library Team.[2]

Philip Robinson Library

The Philip Robinson Library is the main library for Newcastle University, and is located on Jesmond Road West. It was named after Philip Robinson, a bookseller in the city and benefactor to the library, in 1989. The subsequent £8 million bequest in the will of his widow Marjorie remains the largest sum donated to a UK university library.[3] The library was initially known simply as the Robinson Library until 2016 when it was renamed as the Philip Robinson Library.

The library allows students and members to access a wide variety of material, including:

The Philip Robinson Library had a large refurbishment which was completed in 2009. Another refurbishment followed in 2012.[4] The Philip Robinson Library also has its own computer cluster, as well as an open working space for students, named "Your Space". There is also a printer's and bindery office for both commercial and student use.

Walton Library

The Walton Library, located in the Medical School on Framlington Place, specialises in texts and resources relating to biomedical sciences,[5] although students of any discipline are allowed to use it for study. It is named after Lord Walton of Detchant, former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Professor of Neurology. The library has a relationship with the Northern region of the NHS allowing their staff to use the library for research and study. In addition to book loans and computer access, the Walton Library also has a number or workstations connected for NHS users to access databases and journals.

Law Library

Located in Newcastle Law School on Windsor Terrace, the Law Library specialises in providing texts for law students,[6] although students from all disciplines may use it. Specialised student text collections exist for books that are heavily in demand, and a computer cluster is also available.

Marjorie Robinson Library Rooms

A digital library, the Marjorie Robinson Library Rooms house a variety of innovative digital learning spaces including over 550 study spaces, 220 desktop PCs and lots of space for group study.

It is located on Sandyford Road. Marjorie Robinson was the wife of Philip Robinson, who gives his name to the main library.


  1. "Charter Mark". Newcastle University. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
  2. "Outstanding Library - Outstanding Library Team!". Newcastle University Library. Retrieved 2011-07-23.
  3. "Corrections and clarifications". The Guardian. 2008-03-29. Retrieved 2008-10-20.
  4. "Library locations". Newcastle University. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  5. "Library Guides - Walton Library". Newcastle University. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  6. "The Law Library". Newcastle University Law School. Retrieved 26 October 2014.

Coordinates: 54°58′52″N 1°36′41″W / 54.981°N 1.6113°W / 54.981; -1.6113

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