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Welcome to South Downs College Library. The library provides a variety of resources and facilities to support and enhance learning for all students during their time at college.  We have a professionally qualified, experienced and friendly staff to help students with any enquiries and to assist students use of the library and IT facilities.

“The library is a good place to meet up with friends or to use the quiet area to get on with work.  There’s enough computers” (student comment, 2016)

Study areas

  • Group – group work tables for social study
  • Quiet – individual study booths
  • Silent – silent room with computers
  • Computer rooms – walk up and bookable PCs and Apple Macs
  • Group presentation room – small room to practice presentations
  • Wi-Fi and plug sockets available for laptop/mobile devices


  • E-books and books
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Streamed TV and radio programmes
  • Online databases e.g. JSTOR
  • Interlibrary loan service

Computers and IT facilities

  • PCs – you can drop in and use PCs, book in advance online, or ask the library staff to book a PC for you
  • Apple Macs – are available for students given an Apple Mac account by IT Services
  • Wi-Fi – provides good coverage for laptops and mobile devices
  • Plug sockets for laptop users

Printing, photocopying and scanning

  • Follow me Printers are located around the college. There is a greyscale printer in the library and colour printer opposite the library entrance
  • Printing and copying cost approximately 5p per A4 sheet, scanning is free
  • To pay for printing and photocopying, students can use Wisepay or cash at the kiosk in the link way.
  • Specialized printing and binding is available from Reprographics

Stationery and College ID cards

  • A limited range of essential stationery (pens, paper, rulers etc.) can be purchased with cash
  • ID cards -the library can provide a replacement for a small fee if an ID card is lost. All students are provided with an ID card at the start of their course

Opening hours

Our opening hours during term time are:

Monday – Thursday 8 am – 7 pm
Friday 8 am – 4.30 pm

Opening times vary during the holidays and are advertised in advance.  Please call the library before making a special journey.

Phone number: 02392 797 976
Library email: library@southdowns.ac.uk
Twitter: @SDC_Library

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