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Getting Started in the Library

A guide for new students at the University of Tasmania

Welcome to the Library

The UTAS Library provides you with access to a variety of books, journals and online databases, as well as computer labs, silent study zones, and collaborative workspaces.  The friendly and knowledgeable staff are on hand to help you make the most of these resources and achieve your academic goals.

Use this guide as a starting point to find out about the Library services and resources available to you via your local UTAS Library branch and online.


Important steps for new students

  • Bookmark the Library webpage www.utas.edu.au/library
    This page is your portal to almost all of the services and resources offered by the Library, so you will find that you use it a lot.

  • Get your bearings by visiting your local UTAS Library branch and/or browsing through the Libraries on Campus and Library Online pages of this guide.

  • Connect your laptop, tablet, and/or phone to the UTAS wireless network on campus.  You can contact the Service Desk if you need assistance.

  • Put some money into your CAPS account for printing and photocopying on campus.  Set up a 4 digit PIN to protect your account by swiping your UTAS ID Card through the card reader attached to any photocopier and following the prompts.

  • Create a 4 digit Library PIN for your My Library account here: Create PIN

    TIP: you can make this the same as your CAPS account PIN - only one number to remember!

  • Find your Unit Readings and begin a regular weekly reading schedule.  Keeping up with your required/recommended reading is a vital part of your studies, and will make your lectures, tutorials, assignments and exams go much more smoothly.

  • Familiarize yourself with the Subject Guides for your subject areas.  These will connect you to the best tools and resources for finding information.


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