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Getting started guide in the library 2023/24: The basics

Mae'r canllaw hon hefyd ar gael yn Gymraeg

Welcome film

Joining the library

You automatically become a member of the library when you receive your Student ID Card as part of the University registration process.

You can access your library account through the My Account link on FINDit.

Use your USW student number and IT password to log into FINDit.

Find out more about My Account  with our 'how to' film.

How to films

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

Your IT account

Setting up your IT Account

To access all the online library facilities you will need to set up your IT account. 

We have increased the security on your USW IT student account. This includes enabling Self-Service Password Reset (SSPR) and Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) providing extra protection for your IT account, for details on how to set up your account go to  IT Induction.


Help and Support
Ask at the Advice Zone Desk in the library if you need help with IT.
You can also contact IT directly.

Tel: 01443 482882



The WiFi network is called eduroam.

eduroam is an international WiFi network used around academic and research institutions.

To connect to eduroam follow these instructions.


Printing, photocopying and scanning

Your print account is created automatically as part of your Student IT account.

You can add credit to your account in the Trefoest print shop or online.

You can also print from your own devices.

Printing Charges

 5p  – A4 black and white
10p – A3 black and white
20p – A4 colour
40p – A3 colour

Scanning is free

Find out more on the USW Print and Design website.

Opening times

   Library Opening Hours

    Campus library opening times vary so check before you travel.



Use our 24/7 chat to get help with library services and resources. 

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How many books can I borrow? open book
Undergraduates & taught postgraduates - 25 items
Staff and Research students - 25 items

How do I find them?
Use FINDit to find details of all our print books and ebooks

How do I take them out?

  • Reserve your books online and collect in person or browse the shelves to select what you want.
  • You can use the self-service machines to borrow and return books
  • You can use our postal loan service if you cannot access the library


On-line resources - FINDit


We don't just have books in our libraries. We also have online collections for you to use.

You can search across a wide range of resources and find items held in these collections by using FINDit.

Learn how to search our physical collections and collections online through FINDit.

Subject Guides

We have a wide range of subject guides.

Use these guidelines to find all the key resources in your area. Meet your Librarian and keep up to date with all the latest books and resources we have on your subject.

Find lots more guidance on our subject guide page. 


Further help

Faculty Librarian
Make an appointment with your Librarian. They can help you:

  • Use FINDit to search for books, ebooks, quality journal articles, and use our databases effectively
  • Create a search strategy
  • Manage your research and keep up to date
  • Get the most from the library

Student Development & Study Skills Service
Help with study skills e.g. effective reading, maths, statistics, referencing, presentation and understanding essay questions.


Disability & Dyslexia Service
Support and advice for disabled students and students with dyslexia.

Pontypridd and Cardiff Telephone: 01443 482080
Newport Telephone: 01633 432505