Resources @ a distance

Access to resources from a distance

The library has a range of electronic resources which you will be able to access using your Falmouth IT username and password. Many of the journals are available to read online and all the online databases can be used off-campus. The library also subscribes to a number of electronic books, which can be accessed via the library catalogue for reading online or downloading.

To search for resources you can either use the library catalogue or try our new One Stop Search Discovery tool which will search across our collections and link to resources electronically where possible.

Library Catalogue                                   One Stop Search

Electronic resources


E-Books allow online access to the full text of books. eBooks are available via the library catalogue. These can be searched for by entering a subject keyword and limiting to E-books using the dropdown list below the search box.

The full text of the books can be accessed by clicking on a link within the record and can be read online or downloaded for a limited period.

For more information on eBooks and how to access them have a look at our eBooks information page.

E-journals online databases

Many journals are available online, either as full text or as searchable archives and, where this option is available; there will be a link to it from the journal record on the Library catalogue. You will need to log in to access any electronic subscriptions.

For information about relevant online journals databases for your subject then you can visit your subject support page on the library website.

You can also access an A-Z list of Electronic Journals available to University staff and students on the library journals page.

Electronic reading lists  -TALIS

Talis Aspire is a reading list application, which makes it much easier for students to find the resources on their reading lists through online links to the library catalogue, e-books, electronic journal articles, streaming media and webpages. This is being linked with the Learning Space so that distance learners have a seamless connection to course resources.

Secure Electronic Delivery (SED)

Books requested via ILL must be collected from a library helpdesk. However, articles from the British Library can now be received as PDFs using the Secure Electronic Delivery (SED) service.  This is the quickest way of receiving articles from the British Library, and allows you to download them to your own PC without coming in to the library. For more information visit the Secure Electronic Delivery service page.

Using other libraries

There are a number of other ways to access books in print if you cannot get to the University library.

SCONUL Access scheme

SCONUL Access is a co-operative venture between most of the higher education libraries of the UK and Ireland. It enables all part-time, distance learning and most placement students to borrow material from other libraries.

To join, simply fill out the online form on our sconul page.

Take your SCONUL Access email and your University ID card to the library or libraries you wish to join. Some libraries may also require you to provide a passport photo. It is important that you join the scheme before making a journey to the University Library you wish to use.

Public libraries

It is worth joining your local library service as even if your local branch doesn’t have a copy of a book you are interested in another library in the area may have it and deliver to your local branch.

British Library

Access to the British Library reading rooms in London is possible for any student on production of proof of identification, student card and details of course. See the British Library website for further details.