So when you think about a library you might think the same as I did. Boring? Old fashioned? Silent? Well, I have to admit the library here at ARU is so different to what I thought it would be.
The thing that first caught my eye is that there are three floors! I’ve only ever visited a few libraries in my short life but this is the biggest I have ever seen. Each floor brings something different to studying at ARU.
The ground floor is the non-quiet zone. There are little study pods, sofas, big tables, small tables, computers and study rooms which you are able to hire out. This floor is great for group work, my friends and I use it for revision sessions quite often. Accessing the study pods is very easy and can be booked in two hour slots. We find ourselves here a lot when we have lots of revision!
The first and second floors are known as the quiet zones. Again there are little study rooms, computer access and a wide range of books. There is a 'whispering only' rule on this floor so if you wish to study quietly, it’s a great place to go. Sometimes, my friend and I will come to this floor because you can still discuss your work, but it’s a lot more quiet than the ground floor.
The third floor is where I have spent most of my time - the silent zone. When I need to get my head down and write an assignment I find myself procrastinating a lot at home, so I choose to come to the library and study. I put my headphones in and crack on. The midwifery books are also located on this floor, so I am often reading whilst there too. I use a wide variety of books for an assignment so although there is a lift in the library, it’s easier to be on the floor where your books are!
If you don’t physically access the library, there are also plenty of online resources that assist you throughout your studies. The library website is very user friendly and I rarely have trouble looking for what I need. You can refine a search to find what you are looking for whether it is a book, journal, article or database. A lot of the journals I try to access for midwifery ask you to join/subscribe, but when you search for them through the library website I find more often than not that I have access, which is brilliant.
Starting university can be very challenging when starting the first assignments or even going from year 1 to year 2. The Study Skills Plus is a great tool for getting help when facing these challenges. There are sessions during the day that you can attend to get assistance in writing an assignment or even online modules which give you helpful tips and hints to get through the workload.
Referencing has always been a struggle, but ARU have made it more straightforward for me. There are plenty of online resources to make sure you are referencing correctly and even study sessions to attend if you need a little extra help. Referencing is a big part of an assignment and counts towards your overall mark, so every little helps.
If you are ever in need of a little extra support you can book one-to-one sessions with a librarian for help including referencing, proofreading or finding a piece of evidence.
Now do you see why I think the library facilities here at ARU are awesome?