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Library Services

Information for: Students


It's official - students who visit the library get better grades! 

If you're studying for a Cardiff Met degree in Cardiff or the surrounding area, there is a wealth of resources and services available for you at the University's two top-notch Learning Centres. 

Library & Academic Practice

The Library and Academic Practice team specialise in supporting students to develop the practical skills needed to learn independently, thrive academically and perform well in course assessment, whatever the subject. Visit the Academic Practice pages to brush up on key skill sets including critical thinking, academic writing, referencing and independent learning. 

Subject Advice

If you don't feel entirely confident about using our resources, you can make an appointment with an Academic Librarian. The Librarian will be able to help you get the most out of the library's resources for your subject by recommending key texts, helping you conduct literature searches or by providing tips and tricks for using one of our subject-specific databases

Document Delivery

Cardiff Met libraries can give you access to over half a million print and electronic books and journals, but if you need to read something we don't have in stock, you can submit an Inter-Library Loan request. Once we've received your request, we'll borrow the book or article from another library on your behalf and either hand it to you in person or email you a digital copy. 


Our Academic Practice team run regular training sessions designed to help you get the most out of the library's resources and services. 



There are a number of great collections available to you at Cardiff Met. As well as books, journals and DVDs our students have access to the Repository, the Special Collections and a dazzling array of electronic texts and image resources.


To discover what ebooks and ejournals we have in our collection use MetSearch.  For seamless access to resources don't forget to 'Sign in' to MetSearch (see top right hand corner). 

Not everything is surfaced using MetSearch, for example statistics and legal information, so please look at our  Databases A to Z directory to see a complete list of all the resources that Library Services pays for.  It is possible to filter the directory by subject and material type. 

We also offer a Journal Search, where you can search our print and e-journal holdings. 

Using Other Libraries

Cardiff Met has a Reciprocal Borrowing Scheme with Cardiff University, the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD) and the University of South Wales (USW) libraries. This scheme enables full-time undergraduates of Cardiff Met to join the library at the participating institutions, to access their learning centres for study and to borrow up to two items.

Applicants should have a good borrowing history and no outstanding library issues.

If you wish to apply, please complete our online form.

Successful applications will be forwarded to the relevant libraries who will then be in touch with you directly with information on the next steps. If your application is turned down we will let you know.

Membership lasts to the end of May of the current academic year and can be renewed.

All students, researchers and staff can also apply to join the SCONUL Access Scheme which provides access to study spaces, books and journals at other libraries participating in the scheme. Visit the SCONUL website for more information and to apply.

If you have any questions or need any further information please ask library staff or email