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University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College: Using our library

University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College Library

University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College is situated centrally on the 1st floor of Edmund House with access from both Suffolk House and the UoS Office corridor via a slope and from the side entrance with a lift and stairs.

University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College and other UoS students must display their UoS cards on their person at all times. Students without a UoS card will need to either purchase a new one from the library or obtain a visitors badge from reception.

For more information have a look at our video.


Study spaces

Study spaces and facilities

There are various study spaces available at West Suffolk College Library in various Zoned areas which are recognisable by their colours and signage

Directed Study Zone(LZ1, 2 & 3 - Purple)

  • This area comprises 61  PC's but during termtime it is timetabled for directed study and can only be used when classes aren't using it.  This is usually first thing in the morning before classes start and after classes finish at 4.30

Resources Zone (Jade)

  • Housing the main book stock and current journals. This zone has tables for group study and 6  PC's to the right hand side of the directed study area for drop in study

Drop in Zone (Yellow)

  • This zone is for drop in study and comprises of 23 PC's and two Macs. There is also some study space

HE & Access Zone (Green)

  • Situated at the bottom of the library down some steps, this zone is specifically for University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College students and Access to HE students. There are tables for group of individual study and 14 PC's

Quiet Study Room

  • The quiet study room houses the journal archive and there are spaces for study as well as a further PCs

If you are working in the quiet study room, and someone near you is not behaving appropriately please tell a member of staff.


Finding books

The classmark or shelfmark will tell you where to find a book on the shelves. You can find out an items shelf mark by looking on the library catalogue.  

We use the Dewey system which looks like this:

Books are shelved numerically digit by digit according to the number on the spine label:

636.1  is shelved before 636.2 which is shelved before 636.209

Within each subject books are shelved alphabetically according to the author or first word of the title:

591.1 DOB  [Author is Dobson] is shelved before 591.1 SMI [Author is Smith].

Maps & facilities


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