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.

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.

Maintenance Work in the Library During August

IMGP7883The Library will be undergoing some more general maintenance work this August, beginning this week.

On Thursday 6th August University Facilities Management will be replacing the flooring in the entrance lobby. These works are planned to performed over a day and will be done in such a way as to keep one half of the entrance/exit area open at all times.

Beginning Monday 10th August for approximately 5 weeks FM will be installing new exit ramps on both of the Level 1 fire escape doors. Unfortunately it is anticipated that these works may be a little noisy at times.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Points of View – You Said, We Listened!

suggestionEvery year we publish details of the comments we received via our special suggestion boxes sited throughout the Library. This year we received a record 45 suggestion cards on a wide variety of matters.

All users get a reply from a relevant member of Library staff within one working day of submitting their suggestion card. We have also compiled a summary of all the comments and replies on our suggestions and feedback webpage.

We welcome all comments/feedback from our users as they help us develop our services. Thank you to everyone who posted a suggestion last year.

The Scores on the Doors – KPI Performance Targets

Library staff groupThe fourth full year of measuring our KPI performance pledges to you have just been released. So how did we do?

Well, we’re happy to report that we’ve scored 100% across the board for all of our scores this year, meaning we’ve kept completely up with our targets in areas such as returning and shelving books, inter-library loan receiving and processing, and opening times and hours.

If you would like to see a full summary of our targets and performance levels, they are available on our website. Please feel free to give us some feedback – it would be great to hear from you.

Additional Building Work in the Library This Week

Pilkington library after refurbishment

In addition to the work being performed in the Quiet Study area on Level 4 this week, work will also begin on replacing all the desk units in the Study Carrels on Levels 1 & 2. We will also be replacing many of the chairs on Level 2 with new ones.

This work will involve some noise and disturbance and will necessitate certain facilities being out of use while the work is being done. We apologise for any inconvenience.