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Contact details and opening hours email: Baltic Campus t: 0191 490 2249 Mon 8.30am - 5.00pm Tues - Thurs 8.30am - 8.00pm Fri 10.00am - 5.00pm

Academy for Sport and Team Valley Campus have their own libraries with dedicated staff and stock. Opening times for these centres are publicised at each campus and on eLibrary or call us on 0191 490 2249. Please note that library services at these sites are open during term time only.

Your Library Supporting your studies in 2013-14

Your Library

Welcome to Gateshead College Library This guide gives you all the information you need to use the library. From books to DVDs your library has a host of services for you. Membership Your ID card is also your library card. If you lose the card, a replacement will cost 拢2. You need to show your library card to: 路 Borrow items from the library 路 Renew any items you have borrowed You are responsible for the replacement cost of any lost or damaged items. Loans You can borrow up to six items (Higher Education students can borrow eight) including three DVDs, CDs, videos or magazines. You can take books out for 28 days and DVDs/CDs/Videos and books with a blue label for one week. Your items will be stamped with the date they are due for return. Reference items have a yellow label and can only be used in the library.

Contents Your Library


Library Catalogue eLibrary



IT facilities


Frequently Asked Questions




Library Catalogue The library catalogue (OPAC) allows you to search for books, DVDs and CDs that you may need for your studies. You can also manage your library account, enabling you to renew books you have already borrowed and place reservations on items.

Renewals To keep items for longer, simply renew them before they’re due back by telephone on 0191 4902249, in person or via the library catalogue. Books can be renewed twice (unless overdue or reserved by another user), DVDs, CDs and periodicals can be renewed once but we are unable to renew short loan items.

The catalogue can be accessed both in college and from home via Linkup at

Reservations If a book you want is on loan to someone else or you need to borrow a book from another site, you can reserve it by speaking to a member of the library team or by following the ‘signing in to the catalogue’ instructions on page 5.

Signing in to the catalogue Simply click on the sign in link on the left hand side of the screen, underneath the college logo. Your student number is your username and the password is your surname.

Magazines The library has lots of magazines and local newspapers to read. They are also available to loan.

We recommend changing your password once you have logged in by going to My Account and clicking on My Password.

Whilst in the library, we ask that you do not eat for your own health and safety. Please be aware that academic use of PCs takes priority.

To sign out, just click on the sign out link underneath the college logo.

Library Catalogue

Fines You will be charged 10p per item per day for each overdue item. If you have any overdue items, you will not be able to borrow or renew items until fines have been paid. Non returned items will result in your access to PCs being suspended. Please note: fines stop accruing once the items have been returned.

A link can also be found on the Learner Portal and on the library page of Teamspace e-library/home.aspx


Reservations Once you have identified the item you need you may wish to place a reservation on it. If the item is available in the library you can reserve it for collection next time you are in college. However, if it is currently out on loan, we will contact you once it is returned to let you know it is ready to collect. Please watch the video tutorials on eLibrary for further information on how to use the library catalogue.

eLibrary The Library subscribes to several specialist electronic resources all of which can be found on eLibrary. This means you can get the information you want, when you need it, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Managing your account Once signed in, you’ll notice a My Account section at the top of the page. This is where you will be able to see the items you currently have on loan, when they are due back and how to renew them.

To access these from home or anywhere outside of college you will need an Athens account and login details have been sent directly to your college email. Britannica Online delivering access to high quality information from a variety of sources, plus access to dictionaries and reference texts. Emerald Management Journals offers you the opportunity to search management based journals from business to engineering, health to education and more. Credo Reference is a general reference resource covering business, history, geography, literature, music and many other subject fields. MarketLine Advantage provides quality, in-depth and up-to-date information on countries, companies and industries across the world.



Health and Wellness is a medical resource covering diseases and conditions, alternative medicine, drugs and herbal remedies and also provides links to health assessment tools. eBooks In addition to hardcopy books the library subscribes to a range of eBooks. eBooks are electronic versions of printed books that can be read via a PC. The Library subscribes to two eBook services: Dawsonera and eBrary offering access to more than 100,000 titles that can be borrowed by students and staff.

IT Facilities You have access to PCs during library opening hours across all college sites and laptops can be borrowed for use in the library at both the Baltic and Stadium campuses. PCs can be booked in advance guaranteeing you study time by simply logging onto the college PC booking software ‘Netloan’.

IT Facilities

Gale Databases offers you InfoTrac Full Text Newspaper Database, General OneFile and Gale Virtual Reference Library giving you access to a range of newspaper articles, periodicals and reference material.

For more information on how to do this, simply follow the ‘Netloan’ tutorial which can be found on eLibrary. Follow us on Like us



For more information on how to use the resources, see the quick guides available.







Username: first Password: student number

How do I logon to a PC for the first time? To logon you will need to know your student number (if you don’t, you can obtain this from either your tutor or a member of the library team).

Enter the displayed security text, and click sign in. On the next page, you can change your password. If you are having problems signing in, please see a library staff member.

Your username is your student number and your password is your surname. If your surname is less than 6 letters long, you will need to add an ‘x’ to the end until it becomes 6 e.g. Lee = leexxx Once you have done this a new screen will appear asking you to create your own password. This must be a least 6 letters or numbers long and cannot be anything that you have used before. If this is completed successfully you will then be logged on to your personal desktop.


How do I check my emails? Once you've logged in double click on Internet Explorer on the menu bar at the top of the Learner Portal then click on the email link. Click on the 'Mail' icon. In the login login screen, type the following information:

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


I’ve forgotten my password. How can I reset it? College and email passwords can be reset by a member of library staff or IT Services.


How do I access eLibrary from home? Enter into your internet browser address bar and select the ‘Student’ tab. Click the eLibrary link and you will asked to log in.


Your username is your student number (eg. 123456). The password is your College network password.

How do I photocopy? How much does it cost? Copy cards cost £3 for 60 copies and can be purchased from the grey dispenser in the library at Baltic Campus or from college reception staff at other campuses. Alternatively visit Xerox on the ground floor of Baltic Campus.




How do I check my emails from home? Enter into your internet browser address bar and select the ‘Student’ tab then click the student email link. This will take you to the Google mail login screen.


How many print credits do I get? All students are given £30 worth of print credits at the beginning of their course. Once your credit runs out you can top up at the Library.

Frequently Asked Questions


Why can’t I save attachments from my Hotmail/AOL/Yahoo email accounts? Attachments from personal web based email accounts are not downloadable as they cannot be scanned for viruses. To access attachments from personal accounts, simply forward to your student email account.


Library Handbook 2013-14  
Library Handbook 2013-14  

Gateshead College Library Handbook 13-14