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During the coronavirus outbreak, the computer Laboratory library is regrettably closed. The resources on this page are intended to summarise the services available at this time. Unfortunately without access to the library collections there are limits to the service we can offer at this time. If you have any queries then please contact the librarian or try one of the resources below:

Click and collect service

The University Library has now lauched a service enabling users to request up to five books from the physical collection and then to make an appointment to collect them from the entrance hall of the University Library. This service is still under development and at present is aimed mainly at PhD students. Some information on how the service will work is now available. We regret that it is not yet possible for departmental libraries to provide a similar service.

Scan and deliver service

A similar service to provide access to journal articles has also been launched by the University Library. The service allows users to request a scan of a book chapter or journal article for personal use, subject to copyright restrictions. Additionally, it is now possible to request sections from electronic legal deposit items using this service. Information about the service is available including a link to the request form.

Visit the University Library

If you need to consult material in the main University Library which is not available for loan, then it is now possible to make a visit. Please note that all visits must be booked at least 48 hours ahead, and for a specific time slot. more details, and details of how to book are available.

Other departmental libraries

Some departmental libraries are open on a limited basis with varying restrictions and conditions in place. A useful summary is available.


The Betty and Gordon Moore Library is acting as a collection point for books from other departments to which you would normally have access. This service is only a pilot, and has not been formally advertised. If you wish to make use of it please contact the librarian in the first instance.

Book returns

Students who have left the university will be able to return any library books they had on loan by post. This facility will apply to books from the University Library, as well as department ands college libraries. Recent graduates will need to complete this form to request a freepost returns label. Students who have items on loan, and who are due to leave the university will be contacted bt e-mail to remind them of these arrangements.

International students will not be able to request a postage-paid returns label, but will be able to claim a refund for the cost of postage. If you wish to take advantage of this, please complete this form to receive further instructions.

Current students needing to return books may do so at the Betty and Gordon Moore Library. Please see the zero-contact services page for more information. Additionally the librarian will still process returns when they are on site and you may leave returned books on the library counter if convenient.

Virtual study space

To support those students who may prefer to work alongside others in a ‘library’ type space, virtual study rooms are now available across STEMM subjects. These take place on Wednesday afternoons between 1:00pm and 4:30pm. You can sign up to receive a link to the session on Zoom. You can then come and go as you please during the afternoon, set your goals for the study period, and work informally alongside other students in the virtual space.

Additional electronic resources

Recommending resources

Specific computer science resources

The following titles from the reading list have been made available as electronic books at this time. This list is probably not exhaustive, and contains only those that I definitely know about. You should additionally check one of the A-Z lists above, while some titles are also freely available from one of our resource lists.

Poole, D. L. & Mackworth, A. K.Artificial intelligence: foundations of computational agentsCambridge University Press9781107195394
Arora, S. & Barak, B.Computational complexity: a modern approach.Cambridge University Press.9780521424264
Hennessy, J. & Patterson, D.Computer architecture: a quantitative approach.Elsevier9780123838728
Boreskov, A. & Shikin, E.Computer graphics: from pixels to programmable graphics hardwareCRC Press9781439867303
Peterson, L.L. & Davie, B.S.Computer networks: a systems approachMorgan Kaufmann9780123850591
Goodfellow, I., Bengio, Y. & Courville, A.Deep learning.MIT Press.9780262035613
Harris, D.M. & Harris, S.L.Digital design and computer architecture.Morgan Kaufmann9780123944245
Marschner, S. & Shirley, P.Fundamentals of computer graphics.Peters9781482229394
Preece, J., Rogers, Y. & Sharp, H.Interaction design.Wiley9781119020752
Silberschatz, A., Peterson, J.L. & Galvin, P.C.Operating systems conceptsWiley9781118093757
Lemahieu, W., Broucke S. van den & Baesens, B.Principles of database managementCambridge University Press9781107186125
Herlihy, M. & Sahvit, N.The art of multiprocessor programming.Morgan Kaufmann9780123705914