BookCrossing Is Back!

After a brief hiatus, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve re-launched our popular BookCrossing initiative across campus this month, with new baskets situated in the S Building, the Business School and Martin Hall. They’ll be topped up once a month as usual.

BookCrossing is the leisure reading phenomenon with the aim of encouraging us all to read more for pleasure. Designed as a ‘read me then release’ me scheme, the way it works is that you take any book you fancy, then, once you’ve finished reading it, pass it on for someone else to enjoy. To add to the fun, every book has been given its own ID number, so you can track its journey via the website.

However, to keep the scheme rolling we need more books to keep the baskets topped up! So, if you have any leisure reading books you’re happy to donate to the scheme, we’d really like to have them. Ideally we’d like good quality novels and biographies, autobiographies or memoirs. Please bring them to one of the Library desks, mentioning that they’re for the BookCrossing scheme, and we’ll do the rest!

Library Café & Shop Extended Opening Hours During 24-7

It’s not just the Library that is open longer during the January 24-7 period – the Library Café and Library Shop will also be keeping their doors open for extra time as well!

From Monday 9th January to Wednesday 1st February, the Library Café will be open 9am – 11pm Monday to Friday, and 10am – 9pm on Saturday and Sunday.

From Monday 9th January to Wednesday 1st February, the Library Shop will be open 9am – 4pm Monday to Friday, and 10am – 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

In addition, to meet the extra demand for refreshments during one of the busiest times of the year in the Library, the Library Café will be hosting an Express Coffee Stand (pictured above), situated in the café seating area, which will be providing quick drinks and snacks for those who don’t like the size of the queue in the serving area! This stand will be open 9am – 3pm Monday to Friday only.

January 24-7 Opening

Our January 24-7 Opening period begins when we open for the start of term on Monday 9th January at 8.30am and will run until 2am on Thursday 2nd February. As is customary, we’d like to issue a few gentle reminders about 24-7 etiquette…

Firstly, please respect your fellow users by considering what behaviour is (and isn’t!) appropriate in the Library by studying our guide to Library facilities on our homepage.

Space is ALWAYS at a premium during exam time, and sadly there are always a few who feel the need to take up more space than they actually need – even when they’re not actually in the building! So please, be kind and considerate and don’t leave your stuff lying about when you’re not there, as you’re depriving other people of a much-needed place to study. We WILL be removing any items left unattended for 30 minutes to free up space (assuming someone else doesn’t help themselves to your stuff first!).

Also please remember to keep your ID card with you at all timeseven when you go for a break. Any attempt to enter the Library without your card will count as one of your three strikes. Quite apart from the fact that you need it to gain entry to the Library, it is a University regulation that you keep your ID card with you at all times while on campus – if you lose it, you must report it and buy a replacement. And don’t lend your card to your friends – that’s against regulations too, and if we catch you, we will report you.

Levels 1,2 and 4 are intended to be areas for quiet study – please remember to keep the noise levels down to an absolute minimum on these floors, or you will be asked (nicely, by us, probably not so nicely by your fellow revisers!) to desist. If you want to chat – or have a snack – Level 3 is the designated social area.

Our designated Silent Study Area is on Level 4. When we say SILENT, we do mean SILENT! If you cannot abide by this, you will be asked to leave the area if you persist in causing disruption to your fellow users. We genuinely don’t like telling people off as much as they don’t like being told off, but for the sake of those genuinely wishing to study, we cannot tolerate bad behaviour or disrespect towards other users and staff. We appreciate that at times like this the stress levels rise, but though there are plenty of places on campus to let off steam the Library is NOT one of them! This applies just as much to use, or indeed misuse, of social media – think before you post anything, however witty you may think it is!

Our bookable study rooms, carrels and pods are pretty busy even off-peak, but during exam periods they’re especially popular. Please remember that you have to book them first before you can use one – don’t just turn up and sit down assuming the space is available, because it probably isn’t! And if you do book a space, please remember to actually come and use it. We give people 15 minutes to claim their reservation, otherwise we will allow someone else to use it – it’s simply not fair on other students to leave rooms unclaimed & unused. We try to monitor room bookings daily and update availability via our dedicated Twitter feed – it might be worth keeping an eye on it if you need to book a room at any point.

Please use the bins and recycling containers to keep the Library clean and tidy. Please remove all rubbish from your desk when you go – leave it as you would expect to find it!

If you’re a smoker, please remember that you cannot smoke directly outside the Library entrance – you must use the smoking shelter in the Library car park opposite. Some of you are probably getting as tired of being told this as we are of telling you, but get used to being nagged (or worse) if you continue to ignore this rule – it is a University regulation, and subject to the same disciplinary procedure if you break it.

Although the Library is open 24-7, the Library Enquiry Desks are only staffed between 8.30am – 10pm. During the evening, the Library is supervised by security staff. If you need printer credit, remember that you can buy it online. Please remember, though, if you experience any problems at all regarding any of the Library facilities, just ask any member of staff, or contact us through our Ask a Librarian email service or our Twitter and Facebook feeds – we’re here to help you as best we can.

Best of luck!

LU Arts Presents Englishes – A Conversation

Join LU Arts this January for an afternoon of presentations, discussion and film screenings constructed around artist Nicoline van Harskamp’s preoccupation with investigating the global use of English by non-native speakers around the world.

Having already made a series of video works focusing on the subject, the artist continued her research at Loughborough University where she was invited by Radar to make a new work in collaboration with its linguists. A new work, Apologies and Compliments, was made as part of the commission and will be screened alongside other videos from the series known as Englishes, an on-going a project that seeks to provoke questions about the features and possible declinations of a future global English.

Screenings will be accompanied by presentations from experts in the fields of linguistics and art. Nicoline van Harskamp will host a conversation between invited artists and academics who will act as first respondents to the issues represented in the works before audience members and guests are also invited to contribute to the session with their remarks and opinions.

The event will be taking place on Friday 27th January at the LU Arts Project Space on the 1st Floor of the Edward Barnsley Building from 1pm – 5pm. Tickets can be bought via the LU Arts website below:

http://www.arts.lboro.ac.uk/radar/events/event/englishes_-_a_conversation

Pastels & Pencils at the Loughborough Town Hall

Loughborough Town Hall is marking the New Year with two new art exhibitions in its Sock and Sockette Galleries beginning this January.

A Passion for Pastels (running 5th January – 25th February) is a collaborative exhibition by the Leicestershire Pastel Society, made up of artists who reside in Leicestershire and Rutland. Exhibitions staged by the Society boast a high standard of art in the dry mediums of pencil, charcoal and soft chalks and members are looking forward to sharing their work for all to enjoy.

Upstairs on the first floor the Sockette Gallery for Emerging Artists is hosting Pencil Artwork by Jon Allcock (runs from 11th January – 29th April). Jon’s lifelong interest in pencil drawing only really surmounted to sketches when he had the time. A couple of years ago, Jon began taking a more focused approach to his drawing, working on detailed shading, which he really enjoyed. Being encouraged by his family and friends, Jon finds himself exhibiting some of his first ‘proper’ drawings for everyone to enjoy at Sockette.

The Sock Gallery and Sockette are free to enter and are open Monday – Saturday from 9am – 5.00pm and when the Town Hall is open for shows.

Busy, Busy December!

Well, it wasn’t just the shops that were doing a roaring trade during the festive month – here at the Library during December, we had 60,155 visitors through the gates up through close of play at the end of term weekend on Sunday 18th. That’s a whopping rise of 26% on the whole of December in 2015, when we only managed a paltry (!) 47,774. One wonders what records will be broken when 24-7 opening starts next Monday!

A Merry Christmas To All of Our Users!

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Just before everyone disappears off this weekend for a well deserved Christmas break (apart from all those who diligently remaining to study on next week!), we’d like wish all of our users a very Merry Christmas and a happy & prosperous 2017.

And in case you’ve not been following it on our Twitter feed (shame on you if you haven’t!), here’s our very own Library Twelve Days of Christmas countdown to the final day of term. Ready – one, two, three…

On the First Day of Christmas… A Pilky in a Christmas Tree!

On the Second Day of Christmas… Two Book Requests!

On the Third Day of Christmas… Three Festive Beards!

On the Fourth Day of Christmas… Four Library Levels!

On the Fifth Day of Christmas… Five Self Service Machines!

On the Sixth Day of Christmas… Six Students Studying!

On the Seventh Day of Christmas… Seven Study Pods!

On the Eighth Day of Christmas… Eight Pilky Vine Videos!

On the Ninth Day of Christmas… Nine Academic Librarians!

On the Tenth Day of Christmas… Ten New Leisure Reading Books!

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas… Eleven Charlie Cat Pictures!

And last, but by no means least… on the Twelfth Day of Christmas…

Twelve Festive Jumpers!

Have a great holiday!