Need Some Exam Tips? Try Lynda!

Looking for some exam tips? Why not try Lynda, our brand new online learning platform, which has two video playlists specifically aimed at giving examination advice.

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.

To access Lynda, 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.

Don’t Panic! Extra Exam Support on Campus

It’s that time of the year again! But don’t panic – there are a wide range of resources available on campus to help you through the stresses and strains of the exam period, ranging from a wide variety of study spaces (that’s right, not just us!), IT help and personal and medical advice if things are getting on top of you. Visit the University’s one-stop exam support page here – http://www.lboro.ac.uk/internal/news/2018/january/exam-support.html – for more info.

24-7 Opening of the Library During January

Our 24-7 Opening for the January exam period begins when we open for the start of term on Monday 8th January at 8.30am, and will run until 2am on Thursday 1st February. For those new to 24-7 – and as a reminder to old hands! – here’s a some do’s and don’ts about 24-7 etiquette…

First and foremost, 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 subject to disciplinary action by the University (and you really don’t want that!)

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, anywhere, 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, however, you don’t find it as you would wish to find it, let us know and we’ll alert our hardworking cleaning staff.

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 as well, and subject to the same disciplinary procedures 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.  Otherwise, if you experience any problems at all regarding any of the Library facilities, just ask any member of staff at the desks, 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.

Happy revising!

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.

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.