The IT and Learning Resources Department at Ashton Sixth Form College provides all students with a range of services and facilities to support and enhance your learning experience.



We have over 13,000 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 collection is through Discover, our library portal. This can be accessed via the student VLE.

We provide colour printing, scanning and photocopying facilities. 

We have three sites across the College with experienced and friendly staff who will be happy to help with your enquiries.


The Library (GH2.5)

This is where you can find all of our physical resources including books, journals and equipment. These items can be issued or returned at our self-service kiosk using your student ID card; you can also pay fines and renew your loans using this machine. There are several drop-in PCs and a variety of solo and group study areas, including a bookable Group Room (GH2.6) where students can work together on assignments. There is also a dedicated classroom where trained Library staff deliver Subject Inductions and Study Skills Sessions on topics such as Referencing and Evaluating Information.


Learning Commons (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 Centre has laptops and areas for group and individual study. Charging points are 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, sometimes this room is utilised as a classroom, and also during exams and holidays this Centre will be closed.


Opening Times During Term:


Library Learning Commons Learning Zone
Monday 8.15am - 4pm 8.15am - 4pm 8.15am - 4pm
Tuesday 8.15am - 4pm 8.15am - 4pm 8.15am - 4pm
Wednesday 8.15am - 7.30pm 8.15am - 9pm* 8.15am - 4pm
Thursday 8.15am - 7.30pm 8.15am - 9pm* 8.15am - 4pm
Friday 8.15am - 4pm 8.15am - 4pm 8.15am - 4pm


*unstaffed after 4pm. On Wednesday and Thursday evenings, and between 8.30am - 4.30pm during each half term IT staff will be available to assist in the Learning Commons and Pembroke Suite - they can be located in MB2.19.

Some Centres will be open on selected days during half-terms and Easter holidays. These dates will be advertised nearer these times. Also, 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.



In addition to the College PCs and laptops, students are welcome to bring in their own devices and will be able to connect to the college network using the college Wi-Fi. Instructions on how to connect to the Wi-Fi are here. 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 e.g. gambling, chat rooms etc. Charging facilities are available in all the Learning Centres for mobile devices.

Students are able to download a free copy of Microsoft Office using their College email account, for instructions click here.

Students receive print credits each term; if you need more you can buy them from the Library or Learning Commons. For more information on how to print, scan and photocopy, click here.

To access College files and folders from home please use the Remote Desktop Service (link can be found on the left-hand side of the page).


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

Password resets can also be done by Library staff in any of the Learning Centres. 


Contact us

Telephone: 0161 330 2330 ext. 240


Twitter: @asfclibrary