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Media and Communication: Books


Books are a good starting point for your essays and research . Most books you use in your studies will be recommended by your tutor and are writen by experts and key theorists in the field . These essential texts are listed on your module's online reading list in Blackboard. 

Books are often available electronically and can be accessed on and off campus. Print and e-books can be searched for via the library catalogue - Library Search

Finding books and e-books for your subject

  • You can borrow up to 15 books at a time.
  • Books are either one week loan or three week loans.
  • You can request books that are out on loan or at another site Library.
  • If you return books late you will be blocked for the number of days you were late

Search Library Search by title, keyword or author to locate books and e-books. 

To find a book in the Library, you will need to make a note of the shelfmark and match this to the spine of the book. Books are arranged in numerical order. A more detailed guide on using Library search is available .

Getting Started with your Reading List

What's a reading list?

To help you get the most out of your learning, your lecturers will provide you with a reading list for each module. Your list may contain different types of sources, such as books, articles, podcasts, videos and websites. You will use your reading list to prepare for each week of your modules and to find sources for your exams and assignments.

Where will I find my reading list?

The best place to find your reading list is on Blackboard. Each of your modules will have a Blackboard site. Look for the "Reading List" link in the left hand menu to link to your online reading list. You can also find your online reading list at If your module does not have an online reading list, ask your lecturer.

What should I do if I cannot access items on my reading list?

  • Ask a member of Library staff at your home library information desk.
  • Contact your Academic Engagement Librarian.
  • Let your Lecturer know that you are having difficulty accessing items on the list.


E-books are provided on a number of different platforms. This guide provides an overview of e-books at the University of Westminster, with answers to frequently asked questions. This guide also offers specific help and support for our main e-book platforms.