Keele Library ranked No. 1 in the UK

Library THE
Posted on 23 April 2017

Keele University came joint first in the Times Higher Education (THE) Student Experience Survey for its ‘Good library and library opening times’, out of all 117 UK universities.

The library on campus is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to support students, and offers a large collection of eBooks and eJournals online. The library also offers extensive training on information literacy to help students find resources and use library services more effectively.

Keele also has a Health Library based at the Royal Stoke University Hospital, open seven days a week until late for medical and nursing students.

Paul Reynolds, the University Librarian, said: “To come top in the THE survey for the second time in three years was an excellent achievement for the library team, and a fitting accolade for all the time and effort they have put into developing the service.”

This year’s Student Experience Survey was based on responses from more than 15,000 full-time undergraduate students across the UK – the THE's largest survey to date. Students rated their institutions in 21 categories that matter most to them, from the quality of staff and lectures to social life, accommodation and facilities.

Overall, Keele University was ranked in the top ten in the national survey for the second year running. Keele was rated highly by students in all aspects covered by the THE poll, and it performed strongly on its degree courses, extracurricular activities and societies, library, and Students' Union.