Using Library Resources in Your Teaching

The University Library is responsible for providing access to academic information in all formats, such as books, electronic articles, journals and audio-visual resources. 

Faculty Liaison Librarians can support you in planning your teachingworking with you to provide high-quality accessible resources to support your teaching. This includes guiding you towards copyright compliant resources.

Please be aware that where you use any materials which have not been created by yourself, you will need to consider the copyright implications. See the Copyright guidelines and good practice for course materials, lectures and recorded lectures for more information.

Please be aware that under licence agreements, e-resources are not always available for use outside the UK. 



We recommend using the Library’s e-resources for use within teaching.  e-books, e-journals and articles can be used for teaching purposes by linking them via Leganto, the University’s Reading List system 

To help you locate e-resources appropriate to your subjects, we recommend using the Subject Resources pages. Here you will find useful information regarding e-resources and databases that are key to your subject areas.


The Library recommends using Box of Broadcasts (BoB). This is an on demand TV and radio service for education. It allows academics and students to record programmes from over 75 free-to-air channels. 

BoB provides access to a permanent archive of content from nine channels:

  • BBC1 London
  • BBC2
  • BBC4
  • ITV London
  • Channel 4
  • More4
  • Channel 5
  • BBC Radio 4
  • BBC Radio 4 Extra. 

The recorded programmes are kept indefinitely and added to a growing media archive (currently at over 1 million programmes) including transcripts. 

As well as the material you have recorded, you can play back and make clips from all the material recorded on BoB by other UK university staff and students. Lecturers can make programmes and clips available to students by creating playlists, using Canvas or circulating direct links.  

Please note - Box of Broadcasts can only be used and accessed in the UK. Programmes/clips cannot be included in recordings of lectures 

For more information about BoB, please click here 

ERA - Educational Recording Agency and Box of Broadcasts (BoB)



Creative Commons Search is a tool that allows openly licensed and public domain works to be discovered and used by everyone. 

All Creative Commons images must be attributed. For further information, please see: 



To source images to be included in PPT presentations or Canvas pages, the Library recommends using: 


The Library provides access to Digimap, an online map and data delivery service, available by subscription to UK Higher and Further Education establishments.  

Digimap offers a number of data collections, including Ordnance Survey, historical, geological, LiDAR and marine maps and spatial data. 

The Digimap licence allows access and use solely for Educational Use.  This covers any use in connection with teaching, learning, academic, research and private study. 



Naxos Music Online 

The Library subscribes to Naxos Music Online, a streaming audio service for classical music, also includes jazz, folk, blues and ethnic music. Recordings are taken mainly from the Naxos catalogues supplemented by tracks from other labels

The Naxos licence allows use for educational, research and other non-commercial purposes. This includes use in live lectures.  

How to use:

On any CD, click on the chain/link icon to display all the permalinks on the page.

The top permalink highlighted will link to this same page.

The permalink for each track will link directly to the streaming player for that specific track.

Please note: Music provided by Naxos cannot be included in recordings of lectures 


Free Music Archive 

The Free Music Archive offers music to use under a range of Creative Commons licences: 

It is recommended that if you are using music from the Free Music Archive, this should be provided in the form of hyperlinks to the website. The Archive provides information for education which can be found here: