The University of Brighton libraries are centrally administered by the Library Services Division of Information Services. It operates within a complex Higher Education environment. Each library is different in terms of building size, opening hours and the selection of printed books and journals they contain. Each library has a team of staff that includes Information Advisers, a User Services Librarian and Resource Assistants, led by the Information Services Manager. Library Services as a whole is subject to internal regulatory processes and to applicable external legislation. As a critical learning resource it's central to the student experience at Brighton.
Library Services operates in line with the following core functions:
- To support the teaching, learning and research activities of the university through the provision of information resources, both in print and in electronic formats;
- To provide support and training to students in order that they may most effectively use the library’s resources;
- To develop the library collections and associated work-study environments in line with changing user needs;
- To engage with the student cohort and with academic staff in order to ensure that the appropriate levels of user feed-back are maintained;
- To engage with the local community through the provision of external membership and walk-in visitor arrangements.
Examples of the types of information available
The library does not have a dedicated budget for digitisation, and will charge fees for supply and licensing of content to meet its costs.