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Library 101: Everything you need to get started with the Library: Quick Start


This page is quick overview of everything in the Library 101 Guide to allow you to get going in the Library without going in to too much detail. For more detail on each area, click the individual tabs above.

Searching the Library

You can search the library generally by using the white search bar in the centre of the screen. The video in the Searching tab will walk you through how to do that, including how to narrow down the results to include, for example, only journal articles, and not books or magazines. 

If you want more specific ways of searching, including more detail on searching specific item types, you can see the relevant tabs - Books & DVDsJournal Articles, or eBooks.

Your Library Account

Your can renew items, see what you have borrowed, view your search history, and more, through your Library account. 

To log into your account, go to the Library website, and click the orange "My Account" button on the top right-hand side of the screen.

screenshot of library website homepage showing the orange account login button

Logging In

To log in to Library services when prompted, your username and password are as follows:

Username: Student number e.g. N0012345678

Password: Regular IADT password, such as the one you use for email, BlackBoard, etc.

login as student no., password, boxes ticked


Don't enter your email address, just your student number!

For staff, use your name and initial, e.g. smithj

Journal Articles

  • Use the white search bar in the middle of the page on our website
  • Log in to the Library when requested.
  • When the results display, make sure you click "Academic Journals" under the "Source Types" options on the left-hand side. Note, if you are on mobile, this option may be all the way down the bottom.
  • Click the title of an article you want to read.
  • Look for "PDF full text" on the left hand side and click on it to read the article. 


You can search subject-specific databases instead of doing a general library search, which can save you time. Click here for details on how to log in to each individual database we have. 


To search for eBooks, you can either go to Our Collections > eBooks and search the eBooks website directly, or you can do a general Library search and narrow the results down to eBooks using the filters on the left-hand side (on the bottom on mobile).

The Library on Campus

IADT Library is located on Level 1 and Level 2 of the Atrium Building. Please see the pictures in the tab called "The Library on Campus" for images and details of each level.

The Library has different seating options, PC and iMac spaces, printers, self-checkout, quiet spaces, group spaces, a presentation space, and more.

Physical Books + DVDs

Print books can be found upstairs on Level 2, in our silent study area. 

To find a book or DVD, first search for it on our online catalogue, and take note of its call number. Then, go along the bookshelves and find that number, and you will find the book.

Laptop Loans

The Library has a bank of laptop loans. The laptops available are both Windows and Mac, and are fully loaded with specialised software that is ready-to-use. 

Each laptop can be borrowed for 2 hours. There is no limit on how many times you can borrow a laptop, so if you require more than two hours, simply save your work online, return the laptop, and borrow another one. 

The laptops must remain inside the Library at all times.


There is a printer on Level 1 of the Library beside the computer area. 

Printing in IADT is not managed by Library staff. It is managed by ICT Services, who can be contacted by emailing

Full details, instructions, and pricing for using the printers can be found here

Need help with your coursework?

There are many supports available in IADT, and you can find details of some of these here

Contact Us!

Please feel free to contact us about any question you have - about this subject or anything else you need help with. Library staff are available to provide help and answer queries online/remotely and in-person on Level 1 of the Library.

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