The Lormor Library
Our College library, the 'Lormor Library', has around 10 000 books, including a number of reference books and a small collection (a few hundred) of donated fiction books. All Collingwood students can log on to their account in DUO, the University's virtual learning environment, and check whether a book is in the collection and whether it is out on loan or not. In addition, there is a number of language dictionaries on CD that can be consulted on a dedicated computer in the Library.
Opening Hours: During term time, the library is open continuously and staffed from 9am to 10pm every day. During the exam period, the work areas of the library are available 24-hours-a-day, although the book stock is still only available during staffed periods.
The library is named the Lormor Library for two valued members of the College who shared a surname but had no family connection with each other and who contributed to the Library in very different ways:
John Lormor was Head Porter at Collingwood for many years and it was his original suggestion to move the Library from its previous home in the main building to its own dedicated building. The other Lormor comemorates the contribution made to College by three students from the same family, Stephen, Helen, but especially James. Stephen and Helen completed degrees in Engineering and Natural Sciences respectively, but James died before he could finish his Master's degree in Engineering, having made a huge impact on the College in many spheres and having achieved sufficient marks to be awarded a first class Bachelor's degree posthumously. The Lormor family have continued to make generous contributions to the Library, which has helped to make the Lormor Library one of the best College libraries in Durham.
The library contains one of the four wireless hotspots in College, as well as four cabled sockets to allow users to connect their laptops to the University network. There is also a photocopier for student use.
Students with visual impairment should contact the Durham University Service for Students with Disabilities (email@example.com) for advice on how to arrange for texts to be reproduced in large print or recorded. Students with mobility impairment may prefer to consult the Lormor Library catalogue on-line through DUO, the University's virtual learning environment, and ring or email the librarian, who will then arrange for the required books to be delivered and subsequently collected.
The IT Suite
The IT Suite contains 13 computers connected to the University network. In addition, there are 4 scanners and 2 printers. One printer is a standard monochrome A4 laser printer, which is common enough around the University. The other is the only A3 colour laser printer in the University available to students outside of the IT Service. We are constantly looking to improve the facilities offered in the IT suite, particularly to offer added value for the increasing number of students who have a computer connected to the network in their own room. Please pass any suggestions to the JCR IT Officer or the Senior Tutor and Vice Principal (Kevin Miller). The IT Suite is, of course, open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.