Learning Zone & Library

Our state of the art Learning Zone is on two floors within the In Zone, with space to work, quality resources and support for learning outside the classroom. Books and other resources are in subject areas throughout the upper floor. Our self-issue kiosks enable you to borrow and return your books and you can access our online resources 24/7!
We have space for class, group and individual work, relaxed low seating and silent spaces to suit your way of learning. Most areas are drop-in but to ensure a space, book ahead (online or in the Learning Zone).

The main computer area is on the lower floor, but PCs are available through the entire Learning Zone (over 100 altogether), with a suite of MACs on the upper floor. They are available for drop-in but if you prefer to plan ahead, you can book a computer for a time to suit you. Feel free to bring in your own laptop, tablet or smart phone. You will also be able to borrow our laptops or tablets to use in the Learning Zone. There are a range of printing services and you can top up your printing account.

Our Learning Zone team are always on hand to help with using our resources and services – finding information using books, journals and e-books, using e-resources available at our partner universities (course-specific) and supporting you in developing your own independent study and research skills. We offer a range of workshops on study skills such as Harvard referencing, assignment writing, critical analysis and more. Ask your tutor to book your group in for a session.

The Learning Zone team can help you to find the information you need and help you get the most from your course at Preston’s College. Help and support is available at all our counters and online through our MyCourse page and the catalogue. The Learning Zone has:

  • Books for all courses
  • Careers books
  • Fiction, biography and children’s books
  • Journals, magazines, and newspapers
  • E-books and online databases available 24-7, 365 days of the year
  • Online library catalogue and your own online account
  • Study space, including a silent study room
  • PC’s and MAC’s available for student use
  • Black & white and colour printing available; as well as photocopying and scanning facilities

Normal loan items can be borrowed for 4 weeks, short loan items for 7 days. Students are allowed to borrow a maximum of 10 items at the same time.

Fines will be charged once items become over-due. Fines for normal loan items are 5p per day, and overdue fines for short loan items are 50p a day.

We will send reminders about nearly due items to your college email account.

Please remember that the Learning Zone staff are always willing help you in any way that we can and are happy to answer any queries you may have. Good luck with your studies and we hope to see you in the Learning Zone soon!

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Opening hours:
Term time: Mon 8am-6pm
Tues – Thurs 8am-8pm
Fri 8am-5pm
Holidays: Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm

Contact: learningzone@preston.ac.uk
Learning Zone A 01772 225307
Learning Zone B 01772 225777
Learning Zone C 01772 225298