Library & Academic Skills

Your Library

Each Campus has its own library providing a wide range of books, journals, music, films and electronic resources relating to the courses taught there. You can use both libraries and books can be sent for collection to the library where you are studying.

Library Helpdesk staff will help you to find resources, use the self-service machines and make online reservations. The libraries offer spaces for group study, quiet and silent study, with Wi-Fi throughout.

Academic Liaison Librarians provide specialist subject-related information support for each course. They also offer training and one-to-one guidance on research to all students.


ASK: Academic Skills

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ASK: Academic Skills offers free one-to-one advice on academic study throughout the year. We can help you with:

• Essays, dissertations and reports

• Journals and reflective writing

• Reading efficiently and making useful notes

• Understanding research

• Getting organised and keeping on track

• Referencing

• Presentation skills

• Dealing with exams

Please visit the ASK website ( to book a tutorial at Penryn or Falmouth, access our online resources and more.

English Language Courses

EU and international students can join a variety of free courses including both academic and general English. You can also book a one-to-one tutorial to discuss individual pieces of work.

Welcome English is a Social English course for International/EU students, which runs from 4.30pm to 6.30pm, Monday to Friday during the first two weeks of the academic year – Monday 12 to Friday 23 September. This course is a great way to learn about British culture and how to function in society; from law and order to socialising, and will enable you to meet other students who have travelled from around the world to study in Cornwall.

Please get in touch to book your place, email us - and you can also visit our website for further information-

Modern Languages

There are a range of part-time evening courses in Modern Foreign Languages, with classes suitable for all levels and abilities, from complete beginners to advanced. For further information, telephone us - (01326) 370438, email us and visit our website -

Returning to learning?

The ASK team are facilitating a Return to Learning - Study Skills Day on Thursday 8 September for mature students who may have had a break from learning. For further details see our blog ( or contact us -

Library induction tours

To find out more about the Library, come along to a tour of the Library, check out our website ( and visit our Library helpdesk.

Library tours take approximately 15 minutes and will be available from Tuesday 13 September until Friday 16 September at 11am, 12pm and 1pm each day. There is no need to book - just turn up on the day. Tours will start at the Library Helpdesk, Level 1, The Exchange building Penryn Campus, or at the Library Helpdesk on the Falmouth Campus. If you cannot make any of these times, please let us know and we'll organise a special tour for you.

On the tour or at the Library Helpdesk, you are welcome to ask us for a demonstration of how to access the library app, library catalogue and online databases.

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