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UCLan - Guides to accessing UCLan Resources: UCLan Services

Accessing UCLan Resources

The University of Central Lancashire welcomes all HE students studying a UCLan course to all of their Libraries.  The resources here do not fall under the VALNOW umbrella and will be subject to the same rights as if you were based at the University e.g. standard loan borrowing as opposed to the VALNOW extended loan borrowing.  Any resources borrowed directly from the University libraries must be returned there.  You are able to check out 18 items at any one time. By searching the 'UCLan Library Search' link below you can check the availability of resources prior to visiting the Centre. If the item that you are searching for is not available there will be an option to request the item, this means that the student who currently has the item will be asked to return it by their due back date and no more renewals will be made.

The Main city campus is situated on;

St Peters Square,



All other Centre information can be found in the 'UCLan Centres' link below.

Please note that you will need your student card to access the centres and to borrow resources. 

A range of resources are available via the UCLan Library website (please see the link below).  You will have access to e-books, e-journals and e-databases which the university subscribe to solely for academic purposes.  These resources are accessible both on and off site 24/7.

You will be able to perform a simple search for items relating to your course and will be able to check if they are available, where they are available, if it is available online and how long the item is available for.

How to access.

You will need to log in to the University of Central Lancashire to be able to access any of their resources, it is recommended that you do this before carrying out any library searches. You can do this by clicking on 'sign in' at the top of the web page and enter the log on details that have been issued to you (you will need to enter your full UCLan email address as your username  - If you haven't received your log on details please speak to your tutor. 

You can find a video demonstration on how to access some of the online resources by clicking HERE.

Useful links


AccessEngineering is a reference tool for professionals, academics, and students that provides access to the world's most-used collection of authoritative engineering reference information. AccessEngineering also comprises dynamic online features, such as instructional videos, calculators, interactive tables and charts, as well as personalization tools allowing users to organize crucial project information as they work. This resource gives you access to;

  • Renowned engineering handbooks
  • Faculty-created instructional videos
  • Downloadable Excel calculators
  • Time-saving curriculum maps
  • Powerful search tools
  • Interactive tables and graphs
  • Global engineering news
  • DataVis - the interactive data visualization tool for teaching material properties


How to guides

The Student Portal is your gateway to all the UCLan information you should ever need. You can find help and advice, learning tools, news, personalised library and course information.

Within the Student Portal you can enter the Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to access study materials, reading lists and more.


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Full-length access to more than 34,000 academic video titles.

Discover curated text, audio, video, and multi-format collections across many disciplines, such as history, health sciences, music, feature film, anthropology, business, and more.


BoB (Box of Broadcasts) 

BoB enables all staff and students to choose and record any broadcast programme from 60+ TV and radio channels. The recorded programmes are then kept indefinitely (no expiry) and added to a growing media archive (currently at over 1 million programmes), with all content shared by users across all subscribing institutions.

The user-friendly system allows staff and students to record and catch-up on missed programmes on and off-campus, schedule recordings in advance, edit programmes into clips, create playlists, embed clips into VLEs, share what they are watching with others, search a growing archive of material, plus more.


'Cite Them Rite' is an online reference guide which will help you to reference different resources such as, books, journals, research, legal and online resources. It will also help you to understand the importance of referencing accurately.

When accessing Cite Them Rite you will need to login through your institution 'University Of Central Lancashire'. You will then need to login using your University Log on details.



Watch documentaries covering many subject areas including Design, Anthropology, Education, Health, Fashion, Religion, Visual Arts,  Literature and many more.  Also included are independent films.

If you require help using Kanopy, please visit Kanopy's help page by clicking HERE.

UCLan Students now have unlimited access to Linkedin Learning, formally  Linkedin Learning is an online library of bite-sized Training and tutorial videos covering Software, Creative and Business skills. By accessing the link below you will be able to view all available tutorials. 

When accessing Linked in Learning 'sign in with your organization portal' which will be '' from here you will need to enter your UCLan log on credentials.


Wiser is an academic support service offered to you by UCLan which will help you to study more effectively and communicate at an advanced and professional level. Wiser lecturers facilitate, weekly writing workshops, offer 1-1 support and maintain blackboard space on the student portal containing explanations, slideshows, worksheets and useful links.

You will be able to access your UCLan student emails Instructions on how to do so can be found in the document below.