Learning Centres

Learning Facilitators

Learning Resource Assistants

IT Facilities

VLE Support and Guidance

on Demand Video Services

Online Subject Guides via the

Online Subject Databases

Over 15,000 printed resources

Over 5,400 ebooks


We have over 20,000 printed and electronic resources covering all subject areas, access to drop-in PCs and laptops, and a range of study environments. As well as books and eBooks we have a wide range of online subscription resources to assist with your studies. Access to our resources is via our the Library Services, the  and .

Learning Facilitators & Learning Resource Assistants

Professional Librarians and Learning Resource Assistants are on hand to help students find and use library resources, evaluate information, and develop their information literacy skills. Learning Facilitators provide bookable one to one support and whole class research and referencing skills sessions for students. The Library actively promotes reading for pleasure to all students via the fantastic fiction collection and annual library promotions and activities such as Reading Ahead.

The Library (GH2.5)

This is where you will find all of our print resources including books and journals. These items can be issued or returned at our self-service kiosk using your student ID card. There are several drop-in PCs and a variety of study areas, including two bookable group study rooms.

Library IT Centre (MB2.15)

A flexible learning space with drop-in desktop PCs and laptops and areas for group and individual study. Charging points are available for phone/tablet/laptop use. You will also find the Higher Education Study Area (Pembroke Suite) at the back of this room.

Learning Zone (ST1.1)

This learning space has laptops and areas for group and individual study. Charging points are also available for phone/tablet/laptop use. Please note that this room is unstaffed and students must swipe the door with their ID card to gain entry. We keep a record of all users and monitor the room using CCTV. Please note, during exams and holidays the Learning Zone will be closed.


College PCs and laptops are available at each of the learning zones across College. You are welcome to bring your own device and will be able to connect to the College network via Wi-Fi. Please note Wi-Fi is to be used for study purposes and internet access whilst using College Wi-Fi is subject to our regular firewall restriction, therefore some sites may be blocked.

The IT and Learning Resources offer colour printing, scanning and photocopying facilities. You will receive print credits each term; if you need more you can buy them from the Library or Learning Commons. More information on how to print, scan and photocopy, can be found here.

Students are able to download a free copy of Microsoft Office using their College email account. Instructions are available on the VLE or from the IT Helpdesk in MB2.19.

To access College files and folders from home please use the Remote Desktop service.

For more information on any of our IT services or help with IT queries please visit the IT helpdesk in MB2.19 from 8.30am - 4.30pm.

You can register for Password resets and once registered reset your password at any time .

Term Opening Times:


Library Library IT Centre Learning Zone
Monday 10am - 3pm 8.15am - 4pm 8.15am - 4pm
Tuesday 10am - 3pm 8.15am - 4pm 8.15am - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 3pm 8.15am - 4pm 8.15am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 3pm 8.15am - 4pm 8.15am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 3pm 8.15am - 4pm 8.15am - 4pm


Some Learning Centres will be open on selected days during half-term and the Easter holidays. These dates will be advertised nearer the time. Opening times are subject to change over the holidays due to essential maintenance, so please phone College Reception before your visit to check the room you want to use is accessible.

Closed Bank holidays, Christmas holiday and Inset days.

Using the library

How to use the click and collect service

How to book a PC in college

Using Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is available to download on mobile devices. You can search for the app via the App Store, Google Play Store etc.

To use Microsoft Teams on a computer or laptop, please check the guide here.

Contact us

Telephone: 0161 330 2330 ext. 240

Email: learningcentre@asfc.ac.uk



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