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Guidance for international students

Expert guidance from the Library and Study Advice at the University of Reading


Two students studying in the LibraryUniversity libraries can sometimes be daunting places - perhaps because you've not used a library as big before or you've never used one outside of your home country.  However, using the Library is important if you wish to do well in your studies.  It not only provides access to printed materials and study space, but many online resources (e-journals, e-books and databases) as well as specialist help, from Academic Liaison Librarians and Study Advisers. 

This page has information and links to help you make the most of the Library and its resources during your time at Reading.


New to Reading?

Watch our welcome video to help you find your way around when you come to the Library for the first time.

If you are unable to view this video on YouTube it is also available on YuJa - view the Welcome to your Library video on YuJa (University username and password required)

Resources in the Library

Language dictionaries

Foreign language material

Use the Enterprise catalogue to find language materials, such as books and films on DVD, in the Library. To limit your search to the language you want, either run your search and then use the 'Language' limit on the left of the screen, or select the advanced search option and select the language you want before you search.

Books on studying in the UK

To find books on studying in the UK search the Enterprise catalogue for "study skills international students".

Improving your English language skills

The Library has a large collection of English and American novels; films on DVD; and textbooks for learning English, including books to help with IELTS (International English Language Test Score). Search Enterprise to find them.


Your librarian

Study Advice Team

The Library website

Library words explained