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Barnsley College Higher Education Library and Computing Center has now re-located to the The Library, ground floor, main Barnsley College campus and houses thousands of books, PCs, printers and more.  These pages give you all the information you need to get started using The Library effectively for your studies. If you have any questions please get in touch with us.


Barnsley College has lots of databases, e-books and e-journals to help with your studies. To log on you will need your College username and password. Some resources may ask you to choose Barnsley College from an A-Z list of institutions.

Discovery – is a one stop search engine for Barnsley College books, ebooks and many online journal collections.

Or you can search the e-resources  individually:

Anatomy TV provides three-dimensional, interactive models of human anatomy.

Annual Reviews is dedicated to synthesizing and integrating knowledge for the progress of science and the benefit of society.

Brown’s E-Books is a collection of academic textbooks from Barnsley College reading lists, available online.

Business Source Elite is a database that has access to full text articles on finance, management, and marketing.

Cambridge Companions ebooks on literature, music, philosophy and the humanities.

The Cochrane Library a collection of databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.

Consumer Health Complete a health information resource designed to support patients information needs and foster an overall understanding of health issues.

Digital Theatre+ access to award-winning productions and a wealth of engaging educational materials.

Directory of Open Access Journals provides access to over 18,000 high quality, peer reviewed multidisciplinary ejournals offering freely available academic articles.

Drama Online online research tool for drama and literature students, combining playtext content, scholarly publications, filmed live performances, film adaptations and audio plays.

Ebook Central Ebooks covering a range of subjects including business, childcare, education, fine arts, health, IT, social work, sport and tourism.

Environment Complete offers deep coverage in the areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, and affiliated areas of study.

ERIC US Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) includes references to information on a broad range of education issues.

Issues Online Up-to-date articles, statistics, videos, e-books and links, from a variety of different sources: newspapers, charity groups, Government reports, blogs, magazines.

JSTOR a collection of academic journals, primary sources and books.

NICE Clinical Knowledge Summaries provides information and guidance for a wide range of common conditions managed in primary care settings.

PE Matters Archive Official journal of the Association for Physical Education. Please email helibrary@barnsley.ac.uk for the username and password.

Psychology and Behavioural Science Collection provides extensive coverage of full-text articles from magazines and ejournals for psychology and behavioral sciences.

PubMed more than 24 million citations for biomedical and psychology literature from MEDLINE, life science ejournals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content

Rock’s Backpages the world’s largest archive of music journalism, featuring over 50,000 articles on artists from Aaliyah to ZZ Top, with a new edition every Friday.

SAGE Journals a colleciton of academic journals in the social sciences including education, health, media, sociology and much more.

Social Care Online database of information and research on all aspects of social care and social work provided by SCIE (Social Care Institute of Excellence).

SPORTDiscus covers sports and sports medicine ejournals and magazines.

Taylor and Francis Online articles covering the Social Sciences and Humanities eg music, media, education, health and social policy, sociology from ejournals.

VADS (Visual Arts Data Service) is a free online resource for the visual arts and includes over 100,000 images available and copyright cleared for use in learning, teaching and research in the UK.


Here are two information leaflets to get you started with Discovery:  

Heritage is our Library catalogue, you can use this to search for books, make reservations and manage your library account.

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For a more in-depth look at best research practices, check out our Research Skills pages, where you’ll find hints, tips and helpful videos on getting the most of our fantastic resources!

For further help contact: helibrary@barnsley.ac.uk

Opening Times

Monday Staffed 8.30am to 5pm; Self-service 5pm to 8.45pm
Tuesday Staffed 8.30am to 5pm; Self-service 5pm to 8.45pm
Wednesday Staffed 8.30am to 5pm; Self-service 5pm to 8.45pm
Thursday Staffed 8.30am to 5pm; Self-service 5pm to 8.45pm
Friday Staffed 8.30am to 4.30pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Find Us

Barnsley College, Church Street,
S70 2YW

Contact Us

helibrary@barnsley.ac.uk The Library desk 01226 216 334
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