Merry Christmas from the Library!

As term ends today, we’d like to wish all of our users a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and safe journeys to all those going home this weekend. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2018.

(And if you’d like to see more of the source of our festive montage above, check out our Christmas Countdown on our Instagram page – https://www.instagram.com/lborolibrary/ )

Have You Met Lynda Yet?

If you haven’t already heard about Lynda, then now’s your chance to see what’s on offer. 

Lynda.com is a learning platform which has over 5000 video tutorials used to develop creative, software, technology and business skills for learning and teaching. Available to all students and staff, Loughborough University has purchased a subscription from Lynda.com to enhance your digital skills and personal development. Normally costing £250 for an individual annual subscription, you can use Lynda.com for free right now.

How can you use Lynda.com?

  • Watch playlists of videos and courses that your lecturers create for your learning. Also produce playlists either for yourself or to share with your peers. Checkout the playlists we made to help with your January exam revision: Memory Tips for Exams and Exam Study Tips.
  • Download the Lynda.com app and watch Lynda on Apple, Android, Windows 8, Desktop App and Apple TV.
  • Download any course to watch offline.
  • On completing a course, receive a certificate which you can display on your LinkedIn page making you stand out to employers.

Also watch our playlists on Time Management and Microsoft Office tips to help keep yourself organised during the busy Christmas period.

Don’t just take our word for it, read some of our students’ reviews about Lynda.com:

So why not login by clicking on Sign In at the top right of the page, click Sign in with your organization portal and simply enter ‘lboro.ac.uk’ in the box asking for your organisation URL. This will direct you to the Loughborough University sign-in page where you enter your University credentials.

More information, help and guidance is available on: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/cap/tel/lynda/

Library Opening Hours Over the Christmas Vacation

With end of term – and Christmas – looming, we’d like to remind everybody of what our opening hours are during the Vacation.

Term ends this Friday, 15th December. The Library remains open as normal on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th December, then on Monday 18th we switch to a revised shorter opening schedule for the holiday period as follows:

  • Monday 18th – 09.00 – 17.30
  • Tuesday 19th – 09.00 – 17.30
  • Wednesday 20th – 09.00 – 20.00
  • Thursday 21st – 9.00 – 17.30
  • Friday 22nd – 9.00 – 17.30

As usual during vacations, last entry to the building is fifteen minutes before closing time, when we begin clearing the building.

The Library will be closed for the rest of Christmas from Saturday 23rd December to Tuesday 2nd January, when we re-open on the following schedule:

  • Tuesday 2nd – 09.00 – 02.00
  • Wednesday 3rd – 09.00 – 02.00
  • Thursday 4th – 09.00 – 02.00
  • Friday 5th – 09.00 – 02.00

We’re open as usual on Saturday and Sunday, and then when term starts on Monday 8th January, we re-open at 8.30 as usual, and then we switch to 24-7 opening for the rest of January.

Snow Disruption on Campus Updates

Further information and advice about the disruption on campus caused by the hazardous weather conditions can be found via this link:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/internal/snow/

The Library, along with the rest of the University, will be open for business as usual tomorrow, but services may be affected by the weather conditions, and we advise all of our visitors to take extra care when travelling tomorrow – we’d love to see you, but only in one piece!

SERVICE UPDATE: Library to Close at 12 Noon Today (Sunday 10th December)

Due to the bad weather conditions we are unable to keep the Library open. As such, we will be closing at 12.00 midday. We do apologise for this inconvenience, and understand that some of you have deadlines but for everyone’s safety we will need to close.

There is a huge amount of information online – our website has lots of help and guidance should you need it.

Other spaces are still open on campus for PC access or group work.

For further updates, please follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Database Trial – The Stationers’ Company Archive

We dip into the history of publishing with our latest database trial courtesy of Adam Matthew Digital.

The Stationers’ Company Archive is one of the most important resources for understanding the workings of the early book trade, the printing and publishing community, the establishment of legal requirements for copyright provisions and the history of bookbinding. Explore extremely rare documents dating from 1554 to the 21st century in this invaluable resource of research material for historians and literary scholars.

To begin searching go to:

www.literaryprintculture.amdigital.co.uk

Access is via IP address and the trial runs to 2nd January 2018. Please note that PDF download options are not available during this  trial.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk with your comments.

Database Trial – 17th and 18th Century Nichols Newspapers Collection

We’re dipping into the past again for our latest database trial courtesy of the Gale Company.

17th and 18th Century Nichols Newspapers Collection features London newspapers and pamphlets gathered by antiquarian and printer John Nichols. This collection, sourced from the Bodleian Library, spans the years 1672 to 1737 and complements the titles and issues found in 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers.

To begin searching go to http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/loughuni?db=NICN

Access is via IP address and the trial runs to 2nd January 2018.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk with your comments.

Inter-Library Loan Service during the Christmas Vacation

The University Library will be postponing Inter-Library Loan requests that it receives during the Christmas vacation.

If you would like to borrow a book or a similar item from another library over Christmas, please make your request before Friday 8th December 2017.  If you make a borrowing request after this date we will process it after the University reopens on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

If you would like us to get a copy of a journal article, conference paper or similar item from another library for you before Christmas, please make your request before Friday 15th December 2017. If you make a copy request after this date we will process it after the University reopens on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

If you have any questions, please e-mail interloans@lboro.ac.uk.

Book Loans Over the Christmas Vacation

With Christmas and the end of term looming, we’ve already received several enquiries asking when our Christmas vacation loan period begins.

From Friday 8th December all Long, Week Loan and Leisure Reading books borrowed or renewed can be kept over the Christmas vacation.

1st & 2nd Year Undergraduate loans will then be due back on Wednesday 10th January.

Finalist & Postgraduate loans will be due back on Friday 12th January.

Book recalls will also be suspended from Friday 8th December, resuming again on 5th January, meaning as usual we will NOT be recalling books over the Christmas vacation, though please note that any books requested & borrowed from our Hold shelves with outstanding requests on them will still only issue for one week.