Distance learning services

Distance and Online Students

Using Your Online Library

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The Library’s Discover search is the best place to start searching. You have access to GCU’s massive online library of ebooks, journals and articles, newspapers and all kinds of academic resources to support your studies. All you need is your GCU username and password and an internet connection to use the online library.

The Academic Librarians are here to help you find and use our resources, support you with referencing and more advanced searching using specialist subject resources. You can contact them by email or phone or we can arrange online appointments and webinars through GCU Learn. 

Get started and support

Your librarian can help you find and use our resources effectively. They can help you develop a search strategy and suggest subject specific resources. If you would like an to speak to a librarian online fill in the form and tell us you would like an online appointment. You will need a sound enabled device.

The online subject guides help you find the best resources for your topic.

There are also a number of study skills ebooks available via Discover. Try searching for the keywords “search skills” and select book / ebook as content type. Find out our Top 10 search tips.

Find and use ebooks to find books on your reading list or to explore the library collections.

Find a Journal by Title if your lecturer has recommended a journal or you want to see if the library subscribes. Finding and accessing full text of journal articles in online databases.

Save your most used resources on Discover to get back to your most used ebooks, journals and databases quickly every time.

Browse Journals by Subject will help you explore the journals held by the library in your area of interest.

Google Scholar can be a very useful resource – learn how to link it up with GCU Library and all about the advanced search options.

Print resources

The majority of our collection is online. There may be times when a resource is in print only.  We are unable to post hardcopy books to you. We will work with your lecturer to scan a chapter or relevant section or suggest an online alternative.

If an article is not available online but we have a print copy in our journal collection we can scan and email it to you. Email the Scanning service at clascanrequests@gcu.ac.uk with:

  • Your name, GCU email, GCU Student ID number or Library number
  • Full details of your request, we need the: author(s), year of publication, article title, journal title, volume and issue number and the page range.

If you require an article outside our collection we may be able to supply it by inter-library loan.  If this is unavailable, please check our using other libraries information.

Using other libraries

Distance learners in the UK and Ireland can sign up to the SCONUL Access scheme - this allows you to use another university’s library for study and sometimes borrowing books.

Your local public library is also a very good resource - they can arrange for books to be brought in and often have online resources too. The OCLC Worldcat library search can help you locate your nearest library. Your National Library will also be able to help you source materials if you are outside of the UK.