The RAU library is the central information resource for students on all courses. You’ll find a wealth of knowledge, either in print or online, plus a dedicated team of library staff ready to help you with your research needs.

Our services

  • One-stop search (Find it @ RAU)
  • Self-issue / renew / return
  • Cashless payments
  • Inter-library loans
  • Online library help
  • Inductions, workshops and one-to-one advice
  • Access to other HE Libraries

Our collections

  • 24/7/365 access to thousands of e-books and e-journals
  • Hundreds of print journals and newspapers
  • Market research databases
  • University archive and special collections

Our facilities

  • Colour printing
  • Quiet study spaces
  • Collaborative learning area
  • Full Wi-Fi coverage

Accessing e-resources

If you are a registered student or a member of staff at the University please go to the Library site on Gateway to access our subscribed e-resources. You will need to log in with your University login details.

You can also search our library catalogue Heritage.

RAU archive & historical collection

The mission of the University Archives is to serve as the official memory of the Royal Agricultural University. Its role is to collect, preserve and make accessible primary source material that forms a unique resource documenting the culture and history of the University.

It consists of a fascinating mix of images, correspondence, minutes, student lists, accounts, legal and financial documents, etc. that together document the history of the University since its foundation in 1845.

For any further information please email:

The Historical Collection

The University library is also custodian of a collection of historical books, some of which date back to the 16th century. The collection of over 1,000 volumes covers a wide range of subjects, but with the emphasis on all aspects of farming and rural life. Members of the public are welcome, by prior appointment, to view our Historical Collection of which we are justifiably proud.

SCONUL Access users from other institutions wishing to use the RAU Library

Please be aware that we are only able to register new Band A, B and C members during 'office hours', i.e. 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday. Band R members are not affected.