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Library Guide: The Basics

A guide for new staff/researchers. Gymraeg

Passwords and IT

To access all the online facilities you will need to set up your IT account using the Self-service Account Administration Service (SSAA) 

Your password will expire after 120 days - to reset it use SSAA. Dedicated PCs can be found in the library.

Help and Support
Ask at the Advice Zone in the library if you need basic help with IT or Contact IT directly:

Tel: 01443 2 82882

Find the IT support centre link on your desktop. Log a call via this link.

Joining the library

All staff are welcome to join the library.

  1. Your staff ID card is also your library card.
  2. Bring the card into any of our four campus libraries.
  3. We will take your contact details and make a library account for you.
  4. FINDit is the library catalogue; log into FINDit with your USW username and password.
  5. My Account is within FINDit and allows you to manage your loans.




How many books can I borrow?
Staff and Research students - 25 items

How do I find them?
Use FINDit to find all our print collections and ebooks. Find out more about FINDit via FINDit Help.

How do I take them out?
Use our self-service machines in each of our four libraries.

Are there library fines?

Fines will only be applied to the late return of books requested by other users. Your books will auto renew if they are not needed by anyone else so you won’t accrue fines if you forget to renew your books.
The fine rate will be £1.00 per day/part of a day up to a maximum of £20.00 per item.

Check your Library Account regularly to ensure that your books are not needed by others.

Further information about this change can be found on the Fines and Charges page.


How to films

These short films will help you manage My Account, find books, ebooks and journal articles via FINDit. 


Connect 2 is our media loans booking system. You use it to borrow media equipment. 

Log on with your USW staff login.


Useful to know

Library Website

Staff Intranet Log in

TEACH for Staff (Technology-enhanced learning channel) Information, advice and news about how you can make effective use of technology within your teaching practice.

Opening Times                                                                         

Meet your Librarian

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To connect to the WIFI (eduroam)

Username: Your staff username in the format (note: you must not use your usual staff email address).
Password:  Your normal staff password


When you have entered your username and password, select 'Join'.

Within a few seconds, your device will be connected to Euroam.


Note: You can access any participating institutions network in the same way. More information can be found on the eduroam website.



Photocopying, Printing and Scanning

There are Self-service machines across all sites where you can print, scan or photocopy. These multi-functional machines can produce black and white, colour and duplex (back to back) copies.


More information can be found on the USW Print and Design website.