School group visits
School visits to one or more of the University of Nottingham Libraries can be arranged through our Step Into University Libraries: Visits for Local Schools service. This offers the opportunity for Year 12 and/or Year 13 pupils to experience using a Higher Education library and provides access for the day to our large collection of print resources for their research.
Please complete the booking form further down this page if you wish to request a visit.
If your group is Year 11 or below and you would like to arrange a campus visit, please contact the university's Widening Participation and Student Recruitment Outreach Team: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/schoolsliaison/services/activities-for-pre-16-students-in-local-schools.aspx.
The University of Nottingham has eight libraries across five campuses, up to three of which can be visited on a single date. Owing to location, James Cameron-Gifford Library on Sutton Bonington Campus cannot practically be included as part of a multi-site visit and so must be visited separately.
Arranging your visit
School visits can be arranged outside university exam periods only. Months available are:
- late November to late December
- early February to early May
- late June to early September
Request forms need to be submitted at least one month in advance for groups of fewer than 20 pupils, and two months for groups of over 20.
All groups must be accompanied by leaders. Leaders and university staff will adhere to the procedures detailed in Section 6 of the University’s Safeguarding Procedures document. Please also consult the University's Safeguarding Policy, with particular attention to Section 9.
Please complete this form to arrange a visit
For more information, please email LibrarySchoolVisits@nottingham.ac.uk
There is also an online version of the school visits presentation (Information Literacy Tool for Schools), which covers understanding different types of information, planning and searching for information, critically evaluating information, and managing information.
This resource is open for all schools to use and you are free to share it with pupils to support independent learning:
Information Literacy Tool For Schools
Preparing for your visit
Before you visit the University of Nottingham Libraries please read our Risk Assessment which details health and safety information for young people visiting our libraries.
For further information about University of Nottingham Libraries visit our website, and NUsearch, our library catalogue.
Our website has general visitor information, including directions, maps, and parking details.