Advice for new students

Welcome to the Library


The sooner you start using the library, the better. Research has shown that the more a student engages with the library, the greater likelihood of them getting a higher grade degree.

We've gathered together all the key information we think you'll need to get started. If you need help with anything, please get in touch - we're here to help.

StartSmart - Managing your studies

We’re here to help you adapt to learning at university. We’ve developed an e-learning guide that introduces you to learning at the University, explains the types of teaching you can expect, and shows you how to become a successful independent learner. Independent learning is an incredibly important skill to develop: it is your course, helping you reach your goals and it is up to you to stay organised, to do the work and to put in the effort.

International Student Support


If English is not your first language, or if you are new to studying in the UK, it is essential that you familiarise yourself with the help and University guidance available to you before you begin your studies.

Studying in a different language or environment presents additional challenges to you as a learner, therefore we have created this page of resources so that you can begin your learning journey as soon as possible, with the confidence of knowing you are able to meet the expectations of the University.

Stay in touch with your Library

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Follow us on social media and stay up to date on the latest announcements and Library information.

Take an eLibrary tour

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Learn about the resources and support we provide - whenever and wherever you're studying.

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Find out what the Library has to offer

Develop your IT Skills

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Learn about the key IT services and resources to support your studies; how to access online training, trainer-led webinars, and add IT qualifications to your CV with our Microsoft Office Specialist certification programme.

Activate your print account

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Send a document to the Salford Print option from a University PC. You don't need to print it - simply sending it to print will activate your printing account on the system meaning you can use your student ID card to log into the printers. As a new student, you will have £2 free print credit.

Get connected to the library

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Join the Library's Teams site and keep connected virtually. You can make video calls with library staff, share screens so we can help with your studies and work together even though we're apart.

We're here to help

Do you have an enquiry or maybe you just need some help?

Use our online form to Ask the Library, Chat with us via instant messaging.