For the first time, all high school students in the Newcastle, Hunter and Central Coast regions will have access to the University of Newcastle Library - the biggest collection in regional NSW.
The University of Newcastle has expanded its Open Door: School to University Program to include students from Year 7 onwards.
University Librarian, Mr Greg Anderson, said when the program was first launched in 2005 it catered for Years 11 and 12 students only.
"Now all high school students have the opportunity to access over one million items held in the University's collection in four branch libraries over three campuses," Mr Anderson said.
The Open Door: School to University Program encourages secondary school students to join the University Library to take advantage of these extensive local resources to help with their current studies.
It's also an opportunity for students to familiarise themselves with the tertiary environment prior to enrolling in University.
"New students sometimes struggle during their first few weeks at University to become familiar with the University Library. Finding textbooks can be a daunting task if you've never used an academic library before," Mr Anderson said.
"This program aims to take some pressure off students when they make the move from high school to university."
Teacher librarians can request an Open Door Pack online from the University Library to use as a starter kit for students.