Looking for resources? Use Library search (the new name for SOLAR).

Answered By: Emma Pearson
Last Updated: Apr 06, 2017     Views: 24

There are a wide range of useful resources and services available for academic members of staff, including:

Library Search Library Search:

Library Search is the gateway to the Library's information resources in both print and electronic form. These include books, journals, newspapers and databases.


Digitisation is a process that allows The Library to produce copyright-cleared electronic versions of key book chapters and journal articles.

For further information, including how to request that an item be digitised and how to add a digitised item to a reading list, see the Digitisation pages on the library website.

Collections Policy:

The Library’s Collections Policy outlines the Library's approach to providing high quality, fit for purpose collections which support the University’s strategic goals for learning, teaching and research.

You are required to order materials for your teaching via the appropriate module on the University's online reading list system, Reading Lists at Salford. Additional materials for wider reading can be ordered via your Academic Support Librarian.

Staff and students can also make use of the ‘You want it? We’ll get it’ service. In response to feedback that more books were needed, the Library has set money aside to buy additional copies of key texts or copies of books not currently in stock.

Library Champions Scheme:

School Representatives have taken on the role of Library Champion as they are ideally placed to represent their school communities. Library Champions order library resources using their own £3k budget, provide feedback on library issues, promote library initiatives and directly contribute to the future development of library services. For more information on the Library Champions in your School, please contact your Academic Support Librarian.


SCONUL Access is a scheme which allows many university library users to borrow or use books and journals from participating university libraries in close proximity to where they live or work. To apply for SCONUL Access, see the instructions on the SCONUL page.


Most subject areas at the University of Salford use Harvard APA 6th referencing style. There is further information on the Skills for Learning website. There are also two guides to assist staff and students with using this style:

Some students from selected disciplines are exempt from this standard, namely Law, English, History and PhD students. Further information on the exemptions can be found on the Skills for Learning website.

Archives and Special Collections:

The archive contains material relating to the history of the University, from its foundations in 1896 right up to the present day. It also holds many special collections of interest to staff, students, researchers, genealogists and local historians. A number of items in the archive have been digitised, and can be viewed online in the Salford Archives repository collection: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/archives