Man Booker Prize 2016 – It’s a Sellout!

Winner-announcement-graphicCongratulations to novelist Paul Beatty, who became the first American writer in 48 years of competition to win the prestigious Man Booker Prize for his novel The Sellout.

The Sellout has been described as a topical satire on race relations in contemporary America as seen through the eyes of an African-American man living in a run-down fictional American town in the process of being torn apart by increasingly rising racial tensions.

Paul Beatty is the first American author to win the £50,000 prize after US authors became eligible in 2014. The 2016 shortlist included two British, two US, one Canadian and one British-Canadian writer.

We will shortly be adding The Sellout to our stock, but in the mean time you can find and read previous Man Booker Prize winning and nominated novels upstairs among our Leisure Reading collection on Level 4.

Library on Tour! Joint Services Roadshow

14753341_1135378513198468_8498803739213197096_oThe Library have joined forces with IT Services and Creative & Print Services for a roadshow promotional tour across campus during the next fortnight.

The roadshows will be running daily at the following locations on the following dates, 10am – 2pm. If you’re passing by and want to know more about what our three services can offer you, pop in and say hi!

  • Monday 24th October – Wolfson Cafe Area
  • Tuesday 25th October – Martin Hall Foyer
  • Wednesday 26th October – Cope Foyer
  • Thursday 27th October  – Schofield Foyer
  • Friday 28th October – Haselgrave Ground Floor
  • Monday 31st October – Physics Foyer
  • Tuesday 1st November – Chemistry Building Foyer
  • Wednesday 2nd November – Students Union
  • Thursday 3rd November – West Park Teaching Hub
  • Friday 4th November – James France Exhibition area
  • Monday 7th November – EHB Atrium
  • Tuesday 8th November – London Campus

Student Book Club Launch – Everyone Welcome!

book clubHere at the Library we run our book club exclusively for students. If you enjoy reading and chatting about books in a friendly and relaxed environment, why not come along and see what it’s all about?

Come and meet us anytime between 12-2pm on Thursday 20th October. Pop along to Library Seminar Room 1 to find out more about the Club and pick up a copy of the first book we’ll be reading, an intriguing psychological thriller! Light refreshments will be available. All students are welcome!

The Student Book Club costs nothing to join and all books are available to be borrowed. All you have to do is read the book and turn up! Meetings take place in the Library. For more information contact Sharon Reid or why not join our Facebook Group?

Busy, Busy Start of Term!

Pilkington library after refurbishment

Well, the start of term really hit the ground running yesterday – we received over 2400 enquiries at all of our Information Desks, which constituted a staggering 88% increase on last year’s figures. By a spooky coincidence – it is Halloween season after all! – we also issued over 2400 books as well. So it’s nice to know you’re not all going to spending your first term at the Student Union!

For those yet to make their first visit, don’t be shy – we’re open seven days a week until 2am in the morning, and we’re running special guided tours of the Library during the first fortnight of term. What better – and easier – way to get to know us?

You Said, We Did – In the Summer Time!


‘In the Summer time

When the weather was hot

Down at the Library

We did quite a lot’*

The Library recieves feedback from its users in a number of different ways: through surveys carried out, through individual comments and via staff/student committees. We endevour to take account of our users’ views on our services when prioritising work over the Summer. This summer has proved to be no different! We have completed a number of projects to improve the services we offer:

  • Improvements to Wi-Fi. We have worked with colleagues in IT Services to improve the wi-fi signal on Levels 3 & 4 of the Library.
  • Installed plug sockets on desks. The desks on Levels 1 and 2 of the Library didn’t have any plug sockets on them. We worked with colleagues in Facilities Management to ensure the majority of desks on this floor either have sockets on the tables themselves or are next to a socket if next to the windows. This will give people more flexibility about where they can sit.
  • Extra Group Study Room. We have converted one of our staff Consultation Rooms into a fifth Group Study Room on Level 4. This can be booked on our online room booking system as  Group Study Room 4E.
  • Changed all the PCs in the Group Study Rooms. Colleagues in IT Services and Teaching Support have installed mini NUK Pcs in all the Group Study Rooms to replace the awkward, bulkier PCs in the cabinets.
  • Changed the booking slots for single Study Carrels. Students told us they struggled to use our single study carrels as they were only available in 3 hour slots and so were no use if you had a 9am lecture. We have changed the booking slots to hourly bookings in the same way all the other resources are to resolve this problem.

Hopefully you will agree there has been a lot of action as a result of your feedback. If you have any questions about the improvements or would like to leave feedback on any other issue, please feel free to fill out one of our suggestion cards on L3 or email Matt Cunningham, the User Services Manager (

*with apologies to Mungo Jerry!

Library Skills Workshops – Get the Know How this Autumn

sem1aNew to the wonderful world of academic study? Need to freshen your study skills after your summer break? Want some help and advice in searching for and handling information and in how to study more effectively for the year ahead? Then look no further than our autumn season of ‘Get the Know How’ workshops starting this October.

Ranging from handy tips on essay writing to revising more effectively, referencing styles and bibliographic software, there’s something for every academic occasion that will stand you in good stead for the duration of your course.

New students will certainly find our introductory building tours especially useful over the coming fortnight – a perfect introduction to what the Library can offer you, even at this early stage in your degree.

Each session runs for between approximately 50-90 minutes, depending on the subject being discussed, and they’re hosted in Library Seminar Room 1. However, as these courses have always proved extremely popular in the past, we are asking that people register for them first via Learn. To do that – and to look at exactly what courses are on offer and when – visit this link:

Please note you don’t have to book to come on one of our Library tours – just turn up!

Welcome to the Library!

Library staff groupSo, you’ve made it to Loughborough – congratulations! At the University Library we take great pride in how we support all our new users – if you ever have a question about how we can support you, ask one of our friendly staff.

As a new student you are automatically enrolled as a member of the Library. your student ID card is also your Library card. Don’t lose it as you need to swipe in through the barriers to enter the Library and to use our self-service machines to borrow your books.

Getting the most of out of your Library

Academic Librarians will be out in the schools during induction week – look out for the Library session in your timetable. You don’t have to wait for the session to use us though – feel free to pop in when you arrive and have a look round.

Get the Know How Library workshops

During the autumn term Library staff will be running workshops offering helpful guidance on a wide variety of academic practices including essay writing, note taking, time management and presentation skills. You can find more information about these workshops on our webpages.

Using the Library

Enquiry Desks

The Library offers an Enquiry Desk Service across all levels of the Library during standard office hours (Monday – Friday 9AM to 5:30PM).  User Services staff will be able to help you with most of your enquiries and if necessary will refer you to a colleague with more specialist knowledge.

The Enquiry Desks are staffed by a smaller team of Library staff until 10pm on weekdays, and throughout opening hours on Saturday and Sunday. The staff will be able to help you with most of your enquiries but may need to refer you to a daytime member of staff for detailed assistance.

Finding Information

For specialised help in finding information in your subject area, each School has its own Academic Librarian to offer support and guidance.

Academic librarians are available to assist all University staff and students to find and use information resources effectively, develop library collections to meet your needs and to be your contact point for any information related enquiry.  They have all developed expertise in the subject areas of their Schools and are very happy to help.

Study Spaces

The Library has a range of different study spaces, from silent and quiet spaces to group and social areas. There are also a number of spaces that you can book online including grpup study rooms, bookable booths on Level 4 and individual study carrels on Levels 1 & 2 . Ask at the Enquiry Desk to be shown how to book these rooms yourself.

IT Facilities

There are 250 PCs (excluding those dedicated to accessing Library Catalogue Plus) available in the Library with the majority of these located on Levels 3 & 4. The Library also has a wireless network throughout the building, enabling users to connect to the University’s network from their laptops.

The Library provides basic A4/A3 monochrome and colour printing/copying facilities. Before being able to print or copy you will need to purchase printer credits. You can pay for this at the main Enquiry Desk on Level 3 of the Library.

PC Clinic

The Student PC Clinic is now situated on Level 3 of the Library and is available to help with any IT queries you may have. It is staffed during standard office hours through until 6PM (Monday – Friday) and is open 12pm-2pm at weekends.

Leisure Reading

Here at the Library we’re championing leisure reading! Why? Well, not only is reading for pleasure a great mood enhancer, it’s also strongly linked to academic achievement. So, if you want to give your grades a boost, why not come and browse our dedicated Leisure Reading Collection? The Collection comprises a broad range of genres including contemporary fiction, graphic novel, biography, memoir, crime, fantasy, horror and science fiction – something to suit all tastes!

Student Book Club

For anyone who talking about books, we run our very own book club launched  exclusively for students. If you enjoy reading novels and exchanging views in a friendly and relaxed environment we meet during term time in the Library, dates will be confirmed soon. For more information email Sharon Reid.