Resources

Welcome to the college’s fantastic Learning Resource Centre (LRC)

The centre has been designed to bring together a range of learning facilities in an attractive, purpose-built environment, which is the biggest of its kind within the region. Well designed furniture and a modern layout provide a pleasant and functional study environment with spectacular views of the fells.

Within the LRC you’ll find a well stocked library, over 100 networked computer workstations, 185 study spaces, and experienced staff to help you find what you need.

Resources

The centre has a physical stock of books related to specific subject areas; as well as providing access to an expanding range of e-resources. There are also books for leisure reading, educational DVDs available for loan and a variety of magazines and newspapers.

Online Catalogue

Our computerised catalogue is easy to use and will allow you to quickly find books by a specific author and on particular subjects.

Information and Requests

Our experienced staff are here to help you find the books and information that you need.  We can let you know whether a particular book is in stock or if it can be reserved for you to collect.

Computers

We have over 100 online computers available: providing access to the internet, e-mail, Microsoft Office packages and course-specific software resources.To gain access, simply present your LCWC ID card at the LRC helpdesk, where your personal account will be activated. The LRC staff will be able to help you with any problems relating to computer access.

Print Allocation

All students receive a free initial allocation of £2.00, which equates to 200 sheets of paper. Extra print credit can be purchased at the LRC helpdesk for 1p per sheet.

Study Space

The LRC is divided into separate study areas.  The main LRC has computers, including PCs which can be block-booked by tutors; as well as tables suited for group work and individual private study.  The quiet study area has computers available for student use and is suitable for private study only; group work and class activities are not allowed.  The HE and Professional Studies area is available to HE students and includes classrooms, study rooms and computers.

Stationery

Many items of stationery are available from the LRC helpdesk, please ask if you require any of these. A price list is available in the LRC.

Photocopying and Associated Services

The LRC has 2 printers/photocopiers (one colour), a laminator and a ring-binding machine. To print or photocopy work, students simply scan their LCWC ID Card.  If you require help with any of the machines please ask one of the LRC staff.

Book Purchase Scheme

If you wish to purchase a book, the LRC can order it for you. We will let you know the price and ask for a £5 deposit.  You will need to pay the remaining cost when you collect the book.

VALNOW (Virtual Academic Libraries of the North West)

VALNOW is part of the University of Central Lancashire and provides a service for all Higher Education students doing Foundation Degrees through Lakes College. On completion of a UCLAN registration form you will be entitled to inter library loans, photocopies of journal articles and access to e-books and e-journals. Further information can be obtained from the University website.


 LRC FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: How many books can I borrow and for how long?
A: You are allowed 6 books at any one time usually for two weeks. (Books that are in heavy demand may only be borrowed for one week.)

Q: What if I haven’t finished with the book when it is due back?

A: As long as no one else has reserved it you can ask to have it renewed for a further one or two weeks. In College, you can come to the LRC Help Desk with your LCWC Student ID Card. To renew from home, phone 01946 839312 and tell us your name and LCWC Student ID number (printed on your LCWC Student ID Card).

Q: What happens if I am late returning my books?
A: We will disable access to your computer account from within the LRC.   You will not be able to log on to an LRC PC until you come to the Help Desk.  We do not charge fines as our concern is simply to get the books back so that they can be available for other students to use.

Q: What can I do if I can’t find the books that I need?
A: Just ask at the Help Desk.  If the book is out on loan we can place a reservation for you so that you can borrow it as soon as it is returned.  We will also check whether the book is available electronically and let you know whether you may be able to access it online.

Q: Is it easy to find the books and information I’m looking for in the LRC?
A: If students need help with finding information, the LRC staff will be happy to provide advice and assistance. Just ask at the Help Desk.

You should receive an induction visit to the LRC with the rest of your class at the beginning of your course but don’t forget – if you get stuck, the staff are here to help. Just ask!

For more information, please call Lakes College on 01946 839 300.