Using the language study area

The language study area is on level 2 of the Library and Learning Centre. To access the area, enter the library on level 1 (you will need your student ID/visitor card to enter the library) and take the stairs to level 2. Follow the language study signs to the far left corner.

Library opening hours

The Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

For general library enquiries, staff are on hand to help you on level one from:

  • 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday
  • 2pm to 6pm on weekends.


Helpdesk staff can provide:

  • Advice specific to language resources
  • Access to CDs kept behind the desk.

Opening hours

  • 10am to 7pm - Monday to Thursday
  • 10am to 5pm - Friday

Please note, helpdesk times may vary out of semester.

Resources available


You can find resources by:

  • Using Surrey Search
  • Using the map in the language study area
  • Browsing the shelves (all content is organised according to level and skills).

TV equipment and channels

The TVs in the language study area are all equipped with:

  • DVD players
  • Video cassette players
  • Audio cassette players
  • Headphones. 

There are 4 TVs with the following channels: 

  1. RTPI for Portuguese
  2. RAI 3 for Italian
  3. ZDF for German
  4. TVE for Spanish.

Foreign language films

We have a large DVD collection which includes films, TV series, documentaries shelved in the DVD collection.

The DVDs have been given different covers to help you identify them:

Language Cover colour
French Blue
German Yellow
Italian Green
Portuguese Lilac
Russian Red
Spanish Orange
Other languages White

Reference CDs and cassettes

Most CDs and cassettes are shelved within the study area however there are some restricted-use copies that are kept behind the helpdesk. Please ask at the desk and you will be able to borrow the item for use within the library. You will need to give your student ID/visitor card and return the item within our helpdesk hours.

Language software

We have software for many different languages and levels. You have free access to:

  • 10 English language software packages designed to help improve your academic English skills.
  • British Sign Language resources
  • uTalk, a learning app with over 25 languages.

Contact us

  • Phone: +44 (0)1483 686247

Find us

Library and Learning Centre (level 2)
University of Surrey