Newcastle University Library
The Philip Robinson Library, part of the University Library
|Location||Newcastle upon Tyne, England|
|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|
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.
|Director||Wayne Connolly (Director of Academic Services and University Librarian, Keeper of the Pybus Collection)|
- The Philip Robinson Library, the main library, offers collections in arts, humanities, social sciences, science and engineering, agriculture, education, psychology.
- The Walton Library, situated in the Medical School, provides resources in medicine, dentistry and biomedical sciences.
- The Law Library, situated in the Law School, provides extensive law resources.
- The Marjorie Robinson Library Rooms provide a rich mix of individual and collaborative study spaces.
It is the only library in the United Kingdom to receive the Charter Mark award for excellence five times in a row. 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.
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. 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:
- Special Collections: spanning from the mid-15th century to the 21st century, the special collection includes over one hundred rare books, manuscripts, illustrations and woodblocks.
- E-Journals and databases: access to electronic journals and databases allowing students to access research papers and journals from a large number of sources.
- Books and papers: over one million books and twenty six thousand periodicals are available, and access is given to Parliamentary papers and journal collection.
- Computer access: the Philip Robinson Library has four computer clusters available with over two hundred computers.
The Philip Robinson Library had a large refurbishment which was completed in 2009. Another refurbishment followed in 2012. 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.
The Walton Library, located in the Medical School on Framlington Place, specialises in texts and resources relating to biomedical sciences, 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.
Located in Newcastle Law School on Windsor Terrace, the Law Library specialises in providing texts for law students, 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.
- "Charter Mark". Newcastle University. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
- "Outstanding Library - Outstanding Library Team!". Newcastle University Library. Retrieved 2011-07-23.
- "Corrections and clarifications". The Guardian. 2008-03-29. Retrieved 2008-10-20.
- "Library locations". Newcastle University. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
- "Library Guides - Walton Library". Newcastle University. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
- "The Law Library". Newcastle University Law School. Retrieved 26 October 2014.