Facilities for Study and Research
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Postgraduate students joining St Mary's have access to a wealth of postgraduate facilities, such as printed and electronic information resources, both directly through the library and indirectly through our close proximity to specialist libraries in London.
The Learning Resources Centre
The Learning Resources Centre combines library and IT services and a social learning space (i-learn café). The LRC is open seven days a week during semester time and five days a week during the rest of the year. There is access to IT facilities for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The LRC has a range of different study spaces including group, quiet and silent areas. All students have access to the internet, email, Microsoft Office applications and the wireless network.
The University uses an online learning environment called simmsCAPital which facilitates distance learning, the sharing of experiences between students and allows access to programme content, self- assessment tools and other learning support facilities. Masters’ programmes taught off campus mostly use this technology.
The LRC holds around 115,000 books and over 20,000 journals in electronic and printed form. You will have access to the full text of online journals through databases including EBSCO (Academic Search Premier, Psych Info, etc), LexisNexis and Science Direct from your own home, workplace or wherever you can access the internet.
Our participation in various cooperative schemes means that our postgraduate students have access to over 150 academic libraries in the UK and Ireland. Students on part-time taught programmes and all those studying for an MPhil/PhD are entitled to borrowing facilities at many of these libraries.
Each programme area has a liaison librarian who works closely with academic staff and is able to offer support with information resource queries you may have. The i-learn café within the LRC offers a different kind of learning environment in informal and pleasant surroundings.
Design, Print and Reprographic Services
We offer a fast, competitive
service to students that includes
high/medium volume photocopying,
production of teaching and project
materials such as pamphlets, leaflets,
posters and lamination and thesis
binding. In addition to the central
service, photocopiers are provided
within the LRC.