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Academic Services Librarians

The Academic Services Librarians for each Faculty are listed below. Full contact details can be found on our web pages.

Faculty of Creative Arts and Humanities - Angela Duckworth

Faculty of Business, Law and Criminology - Andrew Taylor

Faculty of Education and Social Sciences: School of Education - Philippa Williams

Faculty of Education and Social Sciences: School of Social Sciences - Fiona Hair

Faculty of Human and Digital Sciences - Robert Cunningham

The Academic Services Librarians provide support to your students in a number of ways:

  • Supporting students in the library (Subject Support Point, one-to-one tutorials)
  • Online – email, chat, Zoom, Hangouts
  • Teaching – Subject Librarians can offer a variety of library skills sessions to suit all student levels. These can be delivered to large lecture groups or smaller tutorial or seminar groups. Please contact your Academic Services Librarians Librarian to arrange a time and make the appropriate room bookings. Teaching sessions can also be delivered over Zoom where it is not possible to teach face-to-face
  • Guides – we have a variety of guides to help support you and your students.

Information Literacy Framework
The Academic Services Librarians have produced an Information Literacy Framework to ensure that vital library skills are taught to all students at all levels and locations. The framework allows the Academic Services Librarians to offer a ramped approach from level F to Masters, or to offer bespoke sessions within this range. Academic Services Librarians liaise with tutors to ensure delivery of these session occurs at the optimum time within the curriculum.

Borrowing from us and other libraries

Loan Information - Staff are allowed to borrow 25 items, 7 day and 2 week loans will be automatically renewed for up to 6 months (unless requested by someone else). You will receive email reminders when due dates are close.

Fines are only charged when another user is being inconvenienced (e.g. a book on loan to one person is requested by another, but is not returned). The rate, maximum fine limit and amount that will block loans or renewals is as follows (these rates are comparable to other University libraries in the region):

  • Daily fine per item (1 and 2 week loans) £1.00
  • Maximum fine per item (1 and 2 week loans) £10.00
  • Further loans and renewals will be blocked when the maximum fine of £10.00 is reached
  • 24 hour loan - £1 per day with further renewals blocked when a maximum fine of £5.00 is reached

Books which are not requested, but become overdue, will not accrue fines but a block will be placed after 10 days to prevent further borrowing or renewing on that account until the item is returned. If an item goes 28 days or more overdue, the replacement fee of the overdue item will be added to the account (this will be removed if the item is returned) and a non-refundable administration fee of £10 will also be added.

Inter Library Loans – We can acquire books and journal articles for your personal use from other libraries. You are allowed up to 30 requests per year free of charge, as long as they are not already stocked by us. For items in stock but out on loan, please request books via OneSearch (our library catalogue and search tool).

SCONUL Access – A reciprocal scheme which allows you to study at, and borrow or use books and journals at other libraries who are part of the scheme. The scheme covers most of the university libraries in the UK and Ireland.

Making material available to your students (inc Scanning for Moodle)

Purchasing materials

The Library is allocated a budget each year and after deducting a top slice for databases, journals, standing orders and some general research and reference materials, the remainder is allocated to your Faculty. This budget is for one-off purchases (books, e-books, CDs, DVDs, scores, teaching kits etc).

Your Head of Faculty, School or Subject will be asked to review the subscriptions every year to ensure all are still relevant to the curriculum and within your budget.

Each Subject has either a budget holder, library rep or person who administers the funds allocated to one-off purchases for the academic year so check who this is or contact your Academic Services Librarian to find out.

Journal subscription requests are best submitted at the start of the academic year so that we can process the order in time for a calendar year subscription (Jan- Dec). If you miss this subscription period you may have to wait for the next year (or pay a part subscription cost which will add to the overall cost). Your Academic Services Librarian can also arrange trials of resources for you so that you can evaluate their use. Please never arrange your own trial as this leads to confusion and incorrect information that could cause delays in the set up.


The purchase of e-books is recommended, where feasible. We have various license models and platforms to choose from. Of course, an e-book may not be the best option for you and not all are available for the reasons below:

  • Prices are too high (sometimes they are available on the publishers’ websites or Kindle downloads but the prices quoted are for individual use not for institutional access).
  • The book is not available on any of our platforms.
  • The book is not published in an electronic format.

When you submit your order requests, indicate if you would prefer an e-book and your Academic Services Librarian will check the options and prices.

Reading lists

The University has purchased a reading list software called Leganto  (ensure your login, top right). This is specially designed to seamlessly link with OneSearch (our Library catalogue and search tool) for up-to-the-minute data on availability. This is accessible to the students via Moodle under the Library Resources section and the Quick Link tool at the top of Moodle. Speak to your Academic Services Librarian if you want to arrange training but it is very intuitive so you might like to just follow our guide called  Leganto: Course Resources guide.

Scanning chapters to be held on Moodle / Leganto

  • It is possible, within copyright restrictions, to scan chapters of books or journal articles for you to place on your Reading List or directly into Moodle. We can only scan chapters of a book if the Library or your School / Department owns a copy of the book.
  • To make a request for scanning for Moodle, please complete the form on this webpage.

Alternative formats

If any of your students require books in alternative formats, this will be achieved via the RNIB Bookshare scheme. Students will have this identified to them via their Learning Support Plan.  Full see our disability support pages for full information.

Staff publications

In addition there is a central allocation within the library budget to purchase one print copy of books/scores or CDs produced by Hope staff. The funding will cover purchase of monographs written or jointly written by Hope staff, works edited by Hope Staff or works where Hope staff have contributed a chapter. NB If additional copies are required for teaching purposes they should be funded from the School/Departmental budget.

Archives & Special Collections


Karen Backhouse - Archives and Special Collections Librarian

Karen Backhouse, Special Collections Librarian

Karen manages Archives & Special Collections and provides support to Hope students and academic staff from all schools and departments across the university. If you have any queries about our manuscripts, rare books or archive collections, please get in touch. 

T: 0151 291 2027

Quick links

Map of Special Collections (pdf) - Books located in the Radcliffe, Gradwell or the Andrew F. Walls Centre for the Study of African and Asian Christianity collections are housed in Archives & Special Collections. These are accessible during the standard opening hours, 9.30am-4.30pm, Monday to Friday, just drop in, there's no need to make an appointment. Individually-named collections in The Sheppard-Worlock Library, although shelved separately from the main collection, are openly accessible during library opening hours.

A-Z of Collections - an A-Z list of all our archives and special collections with full descriptions.

OneSearch - The Library catalogue for searching catalogued books and collection-level descriptions of the archive collections.

Printed catalogues - For uncatalogued collections there are lists available to view, download and search. These include lists of contents for archive collections, and lists of subject headings for uncatalogued book collections.

Online Resources - External databases to help you find archives in other institutions and online guides with tips on how to use archives in your research.

Teaching sessions in the Reading Room - Archives & Special Collections is embedded in the Library and Information Literacy Strategy which aims to enable our students to develop lifelong information skills by using a range of innovative practices to offer a unique learning experience. More information is available on the Library Moodle.

Instagram: @livhopelibrary.

Wordpress blog: Realms of Gold: Archives & Special Collections at Liverpool Hope University.

Copyright guidance

This guide to Copyright and Teaching helps to ensure you comply with copyright law when designing and delivering teaching and learning activities. It covers the different licences that the university has, exceptions to copyright, and how to comply with the concept of 'fair dealing.'

Academic Skills Mentors

The Academic Skills Service is offered to all students at Liverpool Hope to help with their academic writing and study skills. Our mentors are postgraduate students so they can offer valuable peer support to students. Mentors can offer support via a hybrid mix of email, online, and face-to-face. Please consult the web pages for information about the service, the types of appointments, our booking form, and resources for new students. There are also lots of resources on the Moodle page called STUDSKILL to which all students have access. If you have any queries about this service please contact our Learning Skills and Spaces Co-ordinator, Nadia Donaldson (

Other library staff and services

Director of Student Learning – Susan Murray (

Susan takes the strategic lead for Library Services, Learning and Teaching, Learning Resources and Learning Spaces around the campuses.

Head of Library Services - Lorraine Beard (

Lorraine is responsible for leading the Library's strategy and service delivery. She leads the team that provides a welcoming, responsive and inclusive student experience.

Customer Services Co-ordinator - Stephen Bird (

Stephen oversees the front of house services, this includes the Library Help Point and is your contact for library procedures including access/loan issues.

Acquisitions & Digital Content Manager – Mandy Ducker (

Mandy oversees the acquisition of library materials in all formats. She is also responsible for content discovery and maintaining links to relevant resources.

Staff online resources purchase suggestions

This form is to be used by academics to suggest electronic databases and resources to which the library could subscribe. Requests will be reviewed by the Collection Management Group Who will make recommendations to the Deputy Vice Chancellor. NB this should not be used to recommend individual electronic journal subscriptions. The deadline for suggestions is Monday 8th April 2024.