The John Ruskin Prize 2015


Budding artists may be interested in participating in this year’s John Ruskin Prize, a showcase run by the Campaign for Drawing for emerging talent and established artists from all reaches of the UK with a top prize of £5,000.

This year artists are being asked to respond to respond to the theme: Recording Britain Now: Society, to re-assess their practice and focus on the prevalent social issues of 2015/16 and to engage with a society in rapid transition.

The winners, alongside 15 shortlisted artists will be included in a high profile exhibition at The New Art Gallery, Walsall in early 2016 closely followed by a London showing at The Electrician’s Shop Gallery set within the unique surrounds of Trinity Buoy Wharf, London. The exhibitions will be accompanied by a series of talks and events linking with the V&A’s fascinating ‘Recording Britain’ collection and all shortlisted artists will be invited to feature on a free online catalogue featuring both collections exploring visions of Britain through to the present day as seen through the eyes of established and emerging UK artists.

In 2012 The Guild of St. George, the charity founded by Ruskin in 1871, renewed its links with the Campaign for Drawing to inaugurate The John Ruskin Prize open to all artists over 18 working in the UK. It aims to uphold Ruskin’s belief that drawing helps us see the world more clearly and be more aware of its fragility. The Prize allows the Campaign to promote and give exposure to the work of emerging artists using a wide range of media and techniques.

For further details about how to enter, visit the Campaign’s website below:

Repair Work in the Library This Week

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Work is being performed in the Library this week on replacing carpet tiles on Levels 1 & 2 that were damaged in the flood earlier in the year. The areas in question are both near staircase C and the lift. Some of the tiles being replaced are in the aisles between the shelving near staircase C on both floors.

If users need books from the shelving in those areas, they should contact a member of staff on the Information and Enquiry desk on Level 3, who will arrange for the items to be collected for them. At times the exit from the lift on Levels 1 and 2 may also be unavailable.

We hope to have this work completed by the end of the week.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

Library Opening Hours During the Vacation


From Monday 22nd June for the rest of the summer the Library will be switching to its vacation opening times schedule. These are:

  • Monday 9am-5.30pm
  • Tuesday 9am-5.30pm
  • Wednesday 9am-8pm
  • Thursday 9am-5.30pm
  • Friday 9am-5.30pm
  • Saturday CLOSED
  • Sunday CLOSED

Please note above that our only evening opening is on Wednesdays, and that we are closed at weekends for the duration of the vacation. Please also be aware that last entry to the Library is ten minutes before closing time, in order to allow staff to clear the building.

The IT Services PC Clinic in the Library is open throughout the summer, but only during the hours 11am-3pm. Outside these times the IT Services Help Desk can be contacted 8.30am-5pm (week days only).

The Library Shop will be closed for the duration of the vacation, but the Library Café will remain open, 9.30am-3pm daily.

End of Term, End of 24-7…


As the sun sets on another term, and indeed another academic year, we bid a fond farewell to everyone who will be going home for the summer this week, and best of luck to all those who won’t be returning in October – we hope you enjoyed being here, as much as we enjoyed having you!

With the end of term comes the end of our 24-7 opening period. From tonight we will be closing our doors at midnight, and on Thursday and Friday we will be returning to our usual term-time opening hours of 8.30am to midnight. We are open this weekend, albeit for the last time this summer, but with reduced hours – Saturday 9am – 5.30pm, and Sunday 10am – 9pm. Thereafter from Monday we will be switching to our vacation opening hours timetable.

Borrowing Books Over the Summer Vacation

Pilkington library after refurbishmentWith the end of term barely a week away, those of you who will be returning next year are doubtless already starting to stock up with some books to tide you over the vacation. By way of an incentive, from today we’ve rolled out our summer vacation loans extension period.

All Ordinary and Week Loan books now borrowed by current First and Second Year Undergraduates will be issued with the return date of 30th September.

All Ordinary and Week Loan books borrowed by Postgraduate students will be issued with the return date of 2nd October.

Current Finalists – those completing their studies this term – who still wish to borrow books should note that their books will be issued only until 17th June (and don’t forget to clear your Library account with us before you go!)

Maximum numbers of book loans remain the same for all users during the vacation (details available here).

High Demand books retain their status throughout the vacation and are not included in the loan extension.

Please note that ALL books are subject to recall during the summer vacation if requested by another user, so if you borrow books for the holiday please keep an eye on your Loughborough student email account as that is where we will be sending the reminder to. Fines will accrue if recalled books are not returned!

Don’t forget that we’re still open during the summer even when you’re not here, so if you need to pop in or contact us, you can find a list of our vacation opening hours on the Library homepage.

Have a great summer!

Having a Clear-out? Don't Forget Us!

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It’s June already (where does the time go?!?) and that time of year when everyone is starting to pack up and look towards new horizons. It may very well be that you’ve accumulated quite a lot of ‘stuff’ during your time at University… including, we hope, a few books. Some you may end up keeping, but what about the rest?

Well, if you have any novels that you don’t think you’ll be taking with you, why not pass them on to us, so we can pass them on to others as part of our participation in the Book Crossing scheme which we’re running across campus.

Book Crossing 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 do need a constant supply of books to keep the baskets topped up – and that’s where you come in! So, if you have any leisure reading-type books that you’re not going to take home with you, 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 Catalogue Plus Log-In Issue – RESOLVED


Ex-Libris have investigated the issue and have reported that they have resolved it. If you still experience any problems with logging in to LCP, please contact a member of Library staff.

We are presently experiencing issues with the log-in process to Library Catalogue Plus. Users may find that upon logging in they are not presented with their own Library account details.

This issue has arisen from an upgrade recently committed by our Library system provider, Ex-Libris. They are treating this issue as a matter of urgency and hope to resolve it ASAP.

In the mean time, if you need to access and browse your Library account, especially if you need to renew your books, please contact a member of staff at one of the Library Enquiry Desks.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

The Sky's No Limit!

Louise 1Congratulations to our fantastic Academic Librarian Louise Fletcher, who on Wednesday afternoon successfully completed a charity Tandem Skydive along with colleagues from across the rest of the University.

The Skydive had been organised in association with Loughborough Students Rag. Participants had to raise a minimum of £300 to take part, of which £190 of this covers the cost of the skydive and all remaining money will be donated to the charity of the participant’s choice.

We’re very happy to report that Louise has so far managed to raise over £740, which will be going to Cancer Research and MS Support. Louise made the jump on behalf of LSU Rag in memory of her friend Mandy Griffiths and other Library colleagues who sadly lost their battle against cancer. If you would like to contribute, you can do so by visiting her JustGiving page here:

Well done Louise – we’re all very proud of you!

Pictured above: Louise (in the blue jumpsuit) making her descent.

Printer Credit Refunds for Finalists

Pilkington library after refurbishmentAs Summer Term & the Academic Year draw to a close we start to receive queries from Finalists asking about getting their printer credit refunded. Refunds can be obtained by visiting the Creative & Print Services Office based in the Herbert Manzoni Building, which is open Monday-Friday 8.30am-5pm, where they will refund the balance of your account back on to your debit or credit card.

Please be aware that Finalists only can receive a refund – 1st & 2nd Years looking for a little extra holiday cash should look elsewhere! – and that once you have received your refund you will have closed your University print account permanently – you won’t be able to log in & print on campus thereafter. Bear that in mind if you think you might need to do any last minute printing!