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Catalogue Search: How-to

Quick search for books, eBooks and DVDs. Help me search.

Check your account and renew:


About the Library Catalogue

Search the Library Catalogue to find the books, eBooks and DVDs you need to succeed on your course. You can also use the catalogue to check your library account and renew your books from home.

Search the Catalogue from the Quick Links menu on the library website, or wherever you see the search tool.


Library Catalogue vs Discover

The Library Catalogue

  • Search for books, eBooks and DVDs.
  • Check your library account and renew items.


  • Search for books, eBooks, journal articles and other online resources.
  • Recommended for Access to HE and UCEN Manchester students.

Searching the Library Catalogue

Keyword search

Enter your keywords into the search bar and click "Search". A keyword search is useful if you are browsing for resources on a topic and want to see what is available.


Title / author search: 

Click "Search Options" in the top-left and select Title/Author. This allows you to search by the title or author of a book. The Title/Author search is ideal if you know exactly what you are looking for, for example if you have a reading list from your tutor.

Click "Search" to view your search results.


Click on a search result to see the full details for that resource. This shows you which campus library has the book, how to find it on the shelf, whether it is available, and how long you can borrow it for. 


Search filters

Use the filters on the left-hand side of the Catalogue to narrow down your results, then click "Search".

Format - Select what kind of resource you are looking for. For example, if you only want to see books, check "Books".

Publication date - Select a publication date range to help narrow down your results. This is helpful if you are looking for the most up-to-date information or a particular edition of a book.

Copy location - Select your campus library to only display resources available at your location.  If you are searching for eBooks, leave the copy location blank. 

Your library account

How to log in: 

Log in to your Library Account by clicking "Log In" in the top right.

Students: your username is your student number

Staff: your username is your staff number with 9 at the beginning, e.g. 9123456

Renewing your books

Check which resources you have borrowed and when they are due back. Click the green renew symbol to renew your loans. 

You can also renew your items at the library desk or by calling us. You will need your student/staff ID.

You will not be able to renew items if:

  • the item is reserved;
  • you have overdue items;
  • you have library fines waiting to be paid;
  • you have already renewed your item twice without showing it at the library desk;
  • you have renewed the item more than 10 times. 

Contact us for more help using your library.