Learning Curve

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About Us:

The Learning Curve (LC) is situated in the Old Mill Lane Campus. Our main presence is on the ground and first floors, with lower and upper balconies on the second and third floors providing further study space with computer access and comfortable seating. There are also Learner Bases at the Construction Centre, Sixth Form College, Sports Centre, Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) and Wigfield Farm.

All College students are welcome to use the resources in The Learning Curve although procedures may vary due to the current COVID situation, so please check the latest College information before you visit. Please remember to bring your student card so that you can access the building and borrow resources. The Learning Curve Staff are on hand to help you during your visit.

Opening times:


Monday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Tuesday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Wednesday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Thursday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Friday 8.30am – 4.15pm


Monday to Friday 9.00am – 4.00pm

Our services

Learning Materials

The LC provides access to many types of learning materials, including books, DVDs, newspapers and journals, computers and laptops. Alongside this traditional library stock there is access to electronic information resources such as online full text newspapers, electronic books, etc.

You can access our electronic resources through OpenAthens from ANY device with an internet connection:


The LC provides dedicated access to a fully searchable computerized catalogue called Heritage.  This lists all resources that can be used by students.

There is also a printable guide for your convenience: Using Heritage

Study Skills Team

The Study Skills Team, Cherie Cartwright and Helen Digman, provide personal online help and support with all aspects of study skills, such as:

  • Planning and structuring assignments
  • Literature Reviews
  • Developing academic writing
  • Critical Analysis
  • Referencing
  • Academic Language
  • Help with English Language

Study skills are an important element in achieving success on your course.  During your time at Barnsley College you will need to develop successful study, revision and exam techniques in order to achieve.

For personal online support email studyskills@barnsley.ac.uk

You can also find them on Microsoft Teams by searching for Study Skills and entering the access code:


Inter-library loans

Materials not held in the LC can be obtained through an inter-library loan service for which there is a small administration fee of £1.


You can book in advance or just drop in to use the computers. There are also laptops and graphics tablets that are available for use in College on production of your student card. All our PCs and laptops have Microsoft Office available which includes Word, Excel, Access and Publisher. We also have access to text and image scanners. If you don’t have your own laptop, we have a number of them available to hire for £10 per month.


All networked computers have Internet access. You should refer to the Internet User Policy and Code of Practice prior to using the Internet. Any breach of this policy is regarded as a serious disciplinary matter.

Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

Access to the VLE (Moodle) is provided on computers with Internet access. The Learning Curve presence on Moodle provides access to MyDay, information about The Learning Curve facilities and services, links to electronic resources and user education information (e.g. study guides).


There are photocopiers/printers on each of the LC floors and balconies.

Contact details:

The Learning Curve: 01226 216 334/450

Email: heritagelrc@barnsley.ac.uk

Meet the Learning Curve Team

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Last updated: 4th November 2021