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Library Services for Studying at Home [COVID-19]: Getting started at home


Welcome to the Library Guide to Services for Studying at Home. These pages have been created to help you to use library services online while some library services are restricted as part of the national emergency response to COVID-19.

They will give you an introduction to library services you can access online, and will provide support and advice on using our electronic resources from home to help with your studies. Click on the tabs across the page to be taken to further information.

You may also find our Library Services FAQs helpful.

Key online services

These services will help you keep on top of your studies. They are all accessible from home through your web browser.

MyHud is an online ‘one-stop-shop’ that brings access to systems and information together into one location. This is a good place to start to explore virtual services as it brings together all of the different University systems into one place. Once logged in using your usual University of Huddersfield username and password, you will have easy access to email, your library account, your timetable, and other systems.

Summon: the university's search engine. It works in a similar way to Google but instead of searching through freely available resources, it searches through good quality online academic materials which academic staff and librarians have bought. This is an essential resource to help you with your studies. You can find more information about Summon as well as video tutorials on how to use it on the "Finding Information" tab of this guide

Brightspace: the University’s virtual learning environment which provides access to module information, course content, and discussion forums supporting your studies. When you log in you will see a home page for your school that contains important information. There will also be areas for each module that you are enrolled on.

Brightspace Pulse: this is a free app you can use on your mobile device to keep up-to-date with the latest announcements from your modules. Search for 'Brightspace pulse' on your app store.

Office365Students have access to the full suite of Microsoft Office software, plus online apps and cloud storage in OneDrive. Access all the online software using the Office365 button at the top of your University email account. You can also download Office software on up to five devices (e.g. your own laptop, desktop computer or tablet). 

HudHelp: Find the answers to commonly asked questions and request support with IT, Library and other support needs.

HudStudy: Software, technology and training to support everyone with studying, learning and working more effectively and efficiently.

Logging in and resetting your password

Please register for our online password reset service. By setting up some security details, you will be able to change your password online at any time wherever you are. Don't get locked out, lock in your security details now!

If you have forgotten your password and haven't already registered with the password reset system, please email for assistance.

You will use the same username and password for logging on to all University systems, e.g. email, Summon, Brightspace, My Hud, HudHelp, etc.

Your username is the letter u, then the first seven digits under the barcode on your University ID (see image below).

e.g. u1234567

When you first joined the University, you should have activated your account and changed your password. If you haven't yet done this, please follow these instructions. Your default password will be based on your date of birth in the format ddmmmyy, e.g. 23feb95. You will be prompted to change this when you log in for the first time.

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