Library Seminar Room 2 Unavailable from 8th September

Pilkington library after refurbishmentLibrary Seminar Room 2 on Level 4 will be unavailable to visitors from Tuesday 8th September until the end of the month when IT Services set up the room to use as a temporary Library staff quarters while an office reorganization is performed.

Seminar Room 2 will then be unavailable for use until the start of term when the office reorganization is completed. Some furniture moving and electrical work on Level 3 will also commence around this time, which may entail some noise and disruption during the remainder of September.

We apologise in advance for any disturbance this may cause.

Library CLOSED on Bank Holiday Monday & Tuesday 1st September


Just to remind all of our visitors that the Library will be closed this Bank Holiday Monday (31st August) as well as the following Tuesday (1st September), re-opening again on Wednesday 2nd September at 9am.

As the Re-Assessment Period continues into next week, we shall be open 9am-8pm on both Wednesday and Thursday, before returning to 9am-5.30pm on Friday.

Have a good Bank Holiday weekend – see you in September!

18 Years of Being an Editor – Reflections on a Role

1427893_300Dr Graham Walton, Assistant Director of Academic & User Services here at the Library, has recently been asked to publish an article about the role of editing academic articles for publisher Taylor & Francis’s prestigious Editor Resources Blog.

In the article, Graham explores and outlines the difficulties facing an academic editor, as well as reflecting on what attracts him to a role he has had the pleasure to perform for nearly two decades.

You can read the full article here:

Last year Graham was interviewed for the Brazilian newspaper ‘O Globo’  – you can still read that article here.

More power to your elbow, Graham!

Additional PC Upgrade Work on Level 2

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After finishing up the necessary upgrades to the work stations on Level 3, IT Services will this morning be turning their attention to the PCs on Level 2.

While this work is being carried out, the work station study area in the centre of the floor will be unavailable for visitors to use.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Library Opening During the Special Assessment Period

D3415-19To coincide with the University’s Special Assessment Period which begins next week, the Library will be temporarily extending its opening hours during week days (Monday to Friday) from 9am to 8pm daily.

The Special Assessment Period lasts from Monday 24th August until Friday 4th September. Please note that we remain closed at weekends, and we will not be open on either the Bank Holiday Monday (31st August) nor the following Tuesday (1st September), and we will be closing at 5.30pm as usual on Friday 4th as we revert to our usual vacation opening schedule for the remainder of the summer.

Play Loughborough!

market townLoughborough University’s very own arts collective Radar will be issuing an open invitation to everyone in Loughborough this Saturday (22nd August) to join in with a unique day of public game-jamming on a theme of contemporary topics.

Create online games for the health and prosperity of everyone in Loughborough… or to start a total catastrophe… It’s your choice.

Take up the challenge of answering questions about your town through conversation and drawing and see your ideas turned into interactive online games. Artist Ruth Catlow, who co-devised the Play Your Place concept, will lead the day and help the imaginative citizens of Loughborough to develop a collective vision for a richer, emancipated life for the town.

The event takes place in at the Market Town Corner in the Carillon Court Shopping Centre in the heart of Loughborough town centre between 10am to 5pm, and is open to all – young and old alike. No booking required at – just drop by and join in!

For further details visit the Radar Market Town page here:

Plumbing Work in the Library This Week

Pilkington library after refurbishmentUniversity Facilities Management are presently working on replacing the taps in the toilets throughout the Library. They have already completed work on Level 1 and will be making their way through the rest of the building this week, so certain toilets will be out of commission while this work is performed.

Facilities Management will also be performing a survey of the Library’s mechanical and engineering elements this week. It is hoped that both sets of work should not involve much noise or disturbance, but we apologise for any inconvenience they may cause.

Sock Gallery Open Exhibition 2015

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Loughborough Town Hall is currently hosting its fourth annual Open Exhibition in its Sock Gallery exhibition space.

The Open Exhibition offers the opportunity for local artists both professional and amateur to apply and exhibit two-dimensional work ranging from paintings, photographs, drawings, original prints and mixed media work in a professional gallery.

The exhibition is running from the 8th August – 6th September and many of the wall pieces are for sale. Sock Gallery is free to enter and is open Monday – Saturday from 9am – 5.00pm and when the venue is open for shows.

Animal Tales at the British Library

blFrom Aesop’s Fables to Ted Hughes’s Crow, the stories we tell about animals are often stories about us. A new exhibition, Animal Tales, begins at the British Library today which goes on the trail of animals on the page, asking why they have come to play such an important role in literature for adults and children alike.

From the earliest marks made by humans in caves to the modern-day internet full of cute cats, animals have been enduring media stars. Symbols of the sacred or the profane, the domesticated or the ferocious, animals have always fed our imagination helping us to make sense of the world and ourselves. Inspiring writers, poets, scientists and artists through the ages, a library can become the largest zoo in the world when you begin to track down the creatures lurking among the pages on the shelves.

Animal Tales explores what wild – and tamed – creatures say about us when they take on literary or artistic form and displays richly illustrated editions of traditional tales, from Anansi to Little Red Riding Hood. And be closer to nature with a soundscape based on the Library’s collection of sound recordings, with illustrations and poems by Mark Doty and Darren Waterston.

The exhibition is free to attend, and runs until 1st November. Further details can be found on the British Library site here.