The Library and Learning Resources (LLR) is the main academic support of the College. It provides users an access to the information in pursuit of their learning and research for the benefit of both the individuals and the community. The library is located at the ground floor of the administrative building. It is open from 8:30 A.M to 8:00 P.M on a regular semester and until 10:00 P.M on the examination week. The library adapts an open access system that allows users to browse and select books on the shelves for the library or for home use.
There are two areas in the library, the main library which houses the library collections, e-learning room that allow students and staff to use networked PC and printing facilities. Aside from the library reading area the main library has four discussion rooms that can accommodate up to eight students. The library study area is the new additional areas in the library where students could freely discuss, have a cup of coffee, and use the two available discussion rooms which can accommodate up to six students at the same time. Stationary section is also part of this area. All areas in the library are equipped with high-speed wi-fi internet connection. The library adopts an open access system that allows users to browse and select books on the shelves for library or for home use.
The library helps ensure that its users can access the information they need. With the partnership and collaboration with UWE Bristol (University of the West of England) which started in 2016, access to the UWE Bristol Library digital resources and services is made available for GCET undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff. All UG and PG students enrolled are provided with a UWE welcome letter upon joining the College. The welcome letter comes with the log-in credentials to access the UWE library electronic resources remotely which covers a million ebooks collections and a wide range of e-journals and academic multidisciplinary databases. Some of the available e-resources are the following: IEEE Xplore, Science Direct, Springerlink, VleBooks, Ebscohost, LinkedIn Learning, Ebscohost, Knovel etc. The full lists of e-resources available for students and staff is listed on this link. Through the GCET-UWE partnership, GCET students and staff get free software licenses from UWE Bristol through AppsAnywhere which is the main route of all the available software installation. Some software includes Microsoft Office 365, Solidworks, Ricardo, AutoCAD, MATLAB which is a widely used software among engineers, scientists, and technologists and many more. Advice on using UWE software can be found through the University website or from the following link.
The Library and Learning Resources are committed to support students and staff on their learning and teaching endeavors. To ensure the best quality of service provided to library users and with our commitment to further develop our collections, we make sure that all the learning materials listed in the module specifications, such as compulsory and recommended books are available in the library. We encourage our students and staff to use our library online catalogue database to easily find the books on the shelves.
Apart from Library services during the induction day before the start of each semester, the GCET Librarian continuously update and release series of library instructions in collaboration with undergraduate modules (The Professional and Academic Skills and the Final Year Project) with the objectives to familiarize the students with the use of the library e-resources & databases, proper citation and referencing. GCET Library also provides guidelines in using referencing tools, plagiarism awareness and the use of plagiarism software as well as using Moodle and library online catalog.
GCET students and staff can discover and explore our e-resources through UWE Library Search and Library Online Catalog. These resources can be accessed through our Library Webpage or via GCET Library Moodle Page.