What does the library stock?

  • 1750 books on meteorology and related subjects from undergraduate to research level including recommended course text books
  • over 20 print journal subscriptions plus many reports and newsletters from meteorological organisations worldwide
  • CD-ROMs, DVDs
  • the Department’s 640 MSc dissertations, 300 PhD and MPhil theses
  • preprints of publications by our academic and research staff
  • Meteorology Record Data (Spiers Collection)

Is there a database of books, journals etc?

What else is in the library?

The student study area comprises individual and larger desks for silent study and two networked computers for PC access. There is a wireless connection for lap tops. Notice boards display information from Careers Service, Counselling, Study Advisors and University Library.

When is the Library open?

8am – 6pm on weekdays throughout the year - and at all other times for those who have access to the Meteorology building.

Where can I get help?

Catherine Turner, the librarian, is available in the library, Tuesdays and Fridays, 8:30-1.30. You can contact Catherine at: or 0118 378 7984

How do I join?

All members of the Meteorology department, and those from other departments studying or teaching a Meteorology module, are welcome to use the library. New students must register with the Librarian and attend an induction session and new staff should register with the Librarian before borrowing.

How do I borrow books etc?

Borrowing and Returning
  • It is your responsibility to scan books etc out and to return them on time. If you are unable to scan an item out, it must be signed out in the book on the issue desk. We use a self service system which relies on trust . Failure to comply is regarded by the Department as theft. You are welcome to ask the Librarian for help or you can follow the instructions above the issue desk outside the library office
  • Most books, CD-ROMs/DVDs, dissertations and theses can be borrowed for a standard loan period of: 3 weeks for students; one term for staff. However, items marked ‘7 day’ or ‘2 day’ loan must be returned within these shorter time periods – which apply to everyone. Books marked with a red reference sticker must not be removed from the library.
  • Journals and most material housed on the rolling shelves are for use in the library only.
To renew an item, please sign it out again. You should return a renewed item immediately if it is requested by another borrower. (The librarian will contact you by email.)

To reserve an item which is on loan to another borrower, please complete a Reservation/ Recall Form available in the library and hand it in at the library office. You will be notified when it is ready for you to collect.

What if the book or journal I need isn’t in the Library?
Publications not in the Meteorology or University Libraries may be ordered free of charge via the Inter Library Loans scheme. Students can obtain forms from either of the libraries and should return them, once signed by their supervisor, to the departmental library office. Staff and PhD students should order electronically via their enterprise accounts.

Where can I find more books, more resources, more help…?

  • The University Library ( offers extensive advice on and links to e-resources, databases, e-journals, maps, other libraries etc. In addition there are subject guides (including Meteorology) to help you find printed and electronic resources.
  • The University Library’s enterprise catalogue lists books, journals, reports, theses etc
  • Meteorology books and resources are found on the second floor of the University Library. There is a help desk there too. Judith Fox, Liaison Librarian for Meteorology, can be contacted on 0118 378 8779 or


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