About us

The QA Higher Education Library is here to support you with:

  • premium learning and research resources;

  • study facilities; and

  • support, advice and guidance.

Depending on the programme you study, some or most of your learning and research resources (eg, ebooks, databases etc) are provided to you via your partner university, as well as the QA Higher Education Library.

If your classes normally take place at the QA Higher Education campuses in Birmingham, Manchester or London (Rosebery Avenue), you are welcome to borrow textbooks from campus libraries and use their facilities.

If your classes would normally take place remotely, please utilise the digital resources of the QA Higher Education Library.

For support (anything related to sources of your knowledge and learning, and the skills needed to utilise information effectively), please see the Contact page.

Algirdas (Al)

Library Assistant

Al has been working as library assistant at QA since 2016. Initially he came to UK to complete his undergraduate and masters degree in music composition. With a stroke of luck he discovered his passion for working in libraries and has pursued this career ever since. Al’s experience in academic environments proved useful in giving support to students. In his spare time he still enjoys practising music and will appreciate suggestions for his ‘To Be Read’ pile.

Cara

Systems Librarian

Cara has a long history of working in academic libraries and joined QAHE in 2015. As well as managing the library software packages, she delivers research sessions to students at Birmingham and Manchester campuses. Outside work, Cara enjoys geocaching, visiting the theatre and dabbling in crafts.

Dan

Library Assistant

Dan has been working with QAHE since 2019. Dan has an interest in computing technologies and contributes to learning resources that include the library portal. He has a BA in philosophy and English and an MA in digital cultures. He has worked in academic and public libraries in both Ireland and the UK. He enjoys reading Irish poetry, writing music, and working on digital projects.

Ihar

Head of Learning Resources

Ihar manages the QA Higher Education library services. His main work focus is ensuring students and staff have the learning and research resources, facilities and support to achieve their best in learning and teaching. He also delivers information literacy training and develops multimedia support materials. Ihar is a strong believer in the power of social knowledge creation; this has led him to getting involved with Wikipedia authoring in several languages

Jacob

Library Assistant

Jacob has been working with QAHE since February 2020. He focuses on supporting Degree Apprenticeship learners and managing e-book provision. Jacob has a PhD in creative and critical writing and has worked in higher education in the UK and China. In his free time, he writes fiction and creative nonfiction about travel, food, literature and the arts. He enjoys uncanny tales.

Kelly

Learning and Teaching Librarian

Kelly delivers library sessions to students in groups and one to one. She has a BA in literature and linguistics and an MSc (Dist) in library science. She has worked in academic libraries and been teaching for 12 years. She enjoys reading, watching films, cooking, visiting museums, seeing exhibitions at galleries and dining out.