Your Library account

All Activate Learning staff and learners are registered to use and borrow our resources. Make the best of our books and journals, our study spaces, audio-visual and online resources and eBooks.  

Book and video collection

We have some 80,000 items in stock in our five libraries at Banbury and Bicester College, City of Oxford College and Reading College. Most items can be borrowed for three weeks, but some (including CDs and DVDs) are limited to one week. Reference books must be kept in the library.

As a member of staff, you may borrow up to 12 items. You can renew your books up to twice by phone, email, the library catalogue or in person.

Our library catalogue displays holdings at all of our libraries.We manage an inter-site loan service, so if you require an item from another Activate Learning Group library, please speak to a member of library staff and we'll arrange for it to be sent over.

Ordering books
We always need your help to keep our stock up to date. Please send us your updated reading lists and any requests for other books for your students or your own staff development. Remember you can ask for eBooks too.

Library stock supplements departmental stock and the students’ own purchases. We will consider the need for multiple copies on a case-by-case basis, subject to budgets.

Student requests: We sometimes receive requests for book purchases from students. If it’s relevant to our collection we will proceed, but if we’re unsure of its relevance to their course we may ask you to confirm this.

Reading lists: We can help you create your reading lists by checking whether you have listed the most recent editions of books, if they are available as an eBook and if they are in stock.

Staff and classroom copies: These are not supplied from the library budget. If you need personal, classroom or staffroom copies of a book, please speak to your Curriculum Coordinator, Pathways Manager or Head of Department.

Withdrawing outdated stock: As part of ongoing stock management, we are always looking to weed out unwanted, inappropriate and outdated books. Please recommending books for withdrawal from your subject area, which we can replace with newer titles.

What's new (currently unavailable)
Ask us to set up a current awareness service for you. We will register your subject interests, then email you when the latest issue of your journals or any new books in your subject area arrive.

Overdue loans
You are responsible for all loans issued on your card, ensuring that they are returned on time. Please return or renew them before the due date. (To help you remember, we will email you a reminder before the book is due back).

Students are fined at 10p per day per overdue book. They are chased via email, then letter and phone calls. We might ask you to help us chase students who have not responded to overdue reminders.

Journals and magazines
All our libraries subscribe to printed journals across every subject area. Journal articles are the best way for staff and students of keeping in touch with current thinking and practice in their chosen area.

You’ll find the latest issue displayed on the shelf and the previous year’s issues are stored underneath. Reading's archive room holds back issues of some journals, particularly in the Arts. 

Students and staff can access a variety of online peer-reviewed eResources, including: eBooks, eJournals, reference materials and newspapers.  

Staff and students on Oxford Brookes University affiliated courses can access additional resources.

Other support
Library staff can carry out a limited number of IT support processes:
    • Resetting passwords
    • Checking and topping-up print credit
    • Assisting with printing onto specialist materials 
For any other IT issues, please visit the Group's Get Connected page or raise an IT support request.

Please come and visit us for a cup of tea and more information about how we can help you and your students.