Library Skills Workshops – Get the Know How this Autumn

sem1aNew to the wonderful world of academic study? Need to freshen your study skills after your summer break? Want some help and advice in searching for and handling information and in how to study more effectively for the year ahead? Then look no further than our autumn season of ‘Get the Know How’ workshops starting this October.

Ranging from handy tips on essay writing to revising more effectively, referencing styles and bibliographic software, there’s something for every academic occasion that will stand you in good stead for the duration of your course.

New students will certainly find our introductory building tours especially useful over the coming fortnight – a perfect introduction to what the Library can offer you, even at this early stage in your degree.

Each session runs for between approximately 50-90 minutes, depending on the subject being discussed, and they’re hosted in Library Seminar Room 1. However, as these courses have always proved extremely popular in the past, we are asking that people register for them first via Learn. To do that – and to look at exactly what courses are on offer and when – visit this link:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/students/eventsandworkshops/

Please note you don’t have to book to come on one of our Library tours – just turn up!

Campus IT Update for Students

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IT Services have just released details of some important changes to some of the services they provide across campus, including the provision of student timetables, a new ‘Cloud’ platform service and the removal of individual student web pages. For further details, visit this link:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/internal/news/2016/september/it-information-students-.html

Welcome to the Library!

Library staff groupSo, you’ve made it to Loughborough – congratulations! At the University Library we take great pride in how we support all our new users – if you ever have a question about how we can support you, ask one of our friendly staff.

As a new student you are automatically enrolled as a member of the Library. your student ID card is also your Library card. Don’t lose it as you need to swipe in through the barriers to enter the Library and to use our self-service machines to borrow your books.

Getting the most of out of your Library

Academic Librarians will be out in the schools during induction week – look out for the Library session in your timetable. You don’t have to wait for the session to use us though – feel free to pop in when you arrive and have a look round.

Get the Know How Library workshops

During the autumn term Library staff will be running workshops offering helpful guidance on a wide variety of academic practices including essay writing, note taking, time management and presentation skills. You can find more information about these workshops on our webpages.

Using the Library

Enquiry Desks

The Library offers an Enquiry Desk Service across all levels of the Library during standard office hours (Monday – Friday 9AM to 5:30PM).  User Services staff will be able to help you with most of your enquiries and if necessary will refer you to a colleague with more specialist knowledge.

The Enquiry Desks are staffed by a smaller team of Library staff until 10pm on weekdays, and throughout opening hours on Saturday and Sunday. The staff will be able to help you with most of your enquiries but may need to refer you to a daytime member of staff for detailed assistance.

Finding Information

For specialised help in finding information in your subject area, each School has its own Academic Librarian to offer support and guidance.

Academic librarians are available to assist all University staff and students to find and use information resources effectively, develop library collections to meet your needs and to be your contact point for any information related enquiry.  They have all developed expertise in the subject areas of their Schools and are very happy to help.

Study Spaces

The Library has a range of different study spaces, from silent and quiet spaces to group and social areas. There are also a number of spaces that you can book online including grpup study rooms, bookable booths on Level 4 and individual study carrels on Levels 1 & 2 . Ask at the Enquiry Desk to be shown how to book these rooms yourself.

IT Facilities

There are 250 PCs (excluding those dedicated to accessing Library Catalogue Plus) available in the Library with the majority of these located on Levels 3 & 4. The Library also has a wireless network throughout the building, enabling users to connect to the University’s network from their laptops.

The Library provides basic A4/A3 monochrome and colour printing/copying facilities. Before being able to print or copy you will need to purchase printer credits. You can pay for this at the main Enquiry Desk on Level 3 of the Library.

PC Clinic

The Student PC Clinic is now situated on Level 3 of the Library and is available to help with any IT queries you may have. It is staffed during standard office hours through until 6PM (Monday – Friday) and is open 12pm-2pm at weekends.

Leisure Reading

Here at the Library we’re championing leisure reading! Why? Well, not only is reading for pleasure a great mood enhancer, it’s also strongly linked to academic achievement. So, if you want to give your grades a boost, why not come and browse our dedicated Leisure Reading Collection? The Collection comprises a broad range of genres including contemporary fiction, graphic novel, biography, memoir, crime, fantasy, horror and science fiction – something to suit all tastes!

Student Book Club

For anyone who talking about books, we run our very own book club launched  exclusively for students. If you enjoy reading novels and exchanging views in a friendly and relaxed environment we meet during term time in the Library, dates will be confirmed soon. For more information email Sharon Reid.

Open Day Success!

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We enjoyed our busiest University Open Day yet last Friday and Saturday – at certain points, it almost seemed as if people were queuing out of the door to visit us!

We hope all our visitors enjoyed the experience (it made a nice change for it not to rain!) and we look forward to seeing some of you back in the future.

There’s some more images from the Friday available via our Facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/loughboroughuniversitylibrary/photos/?tab=album&album_id=994342750676382

Walk-In User Password System Unavailable Next Wednesday 28th September

Pilkington library after refurbishmentOwing to a necessary system upgrade, the Walk-in user password system will be unavailable next Wednesday 28th September, meaning that we will be unable to issue any temporary log-in passwords to visitors on that day.

Normal University staff & students log-ins should be unaffected.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Library Car Park Restrictions During Freshers’ Week

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Next week is Freshers’ Week, which means campus will be teeming with newly arriving students moving into the campus halls of residence. As usual, certain car parks around campus will be subject to certain restrictions, including the car park directly outside the Library.

Visitors should be aware that part of the car park will be unavailable next Tuesday (27th September), and that the entire car park will be closed on Thursday 29th September. Alternative spaces can be found elsewhere on campus, and information about further closures can be found here:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/internal/news/2016/september/car-park-closures-freshers-week.html

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Library image from Instagram by Little Onion.

University Open Days & the Library 23rd-24th September

amyzhengThe University will be holding Open Days on Friday 23rd September and Saturday 24th September. Visitors, students and staff should be aware that campus, and in particular the Library, will likely be extremely busy on both days.

The Library will again be hosting several displays and stands by other support services within the University on both days, and will be taking up temporary residence this week on Level 3. As such, certain study areas on this level will be unavailable during this time.

Open Day June 2016 image by Amy Zheng.