Get Learning – Bite-Sized Study Tips

Pilkington library after refurbishmentNeed some fresh idea for your studies? We’ve set up a new module on Learn called Study Tips, where we’ve put together some of our favourite tips for studying, researching and searching.

There’s also link for students to add their own tips too, so feel free to add your own bright ideas too!

You can find the module here:

Library ‘Extreme Reading’ Instagram Competition


Every year the Library holds a photography competition and this year we would like your Instagram photos that capture your take on ‘extreme reading’.

Whether it be on the beach, with the family cat, or (like Pilky) whilst doing a handstand, we want to see your pics! All we ask is that whatever you’re doing, please take care. This is about being imaginative, not putting yourself in danger – for example, as Katie demonstrates, if you’re going to get yourself pictured with a dinosaur, make sure it is extinct first!


Our 2016 competition will run from 27th January to 11th March 2016

  • Entrants can submit up to 3 of your own Instagram photos.
  • Each entry must have a title.
  • There are no restrictions in the use of any digital enhancements.
  • The competition is open to Loughborough University employees and students.
  • Entrants must obtain permission from anyone appearing in their entry.

When Instagram photos are submitted, entrants to the competition should provide their name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and also their position in the University and where the photo was taken. The University Library will only ever use your personal details for the purposes of administering this competition, and will not publish them or provide them to anyone without your permission.

We will select a number of Instagram photos to go on our Facebook page and then the University Library marketing group will make the final decision. Selection will take place after 11th March and a message will be placed on our Facebook page.

The 3 best entries will receive £50 Amazon vouchers each.

Entries should be sent as a link to the Instagram photo to by 11th March 2016.

Full details of terms & conditions can be found via this link:

Best of luck!

Help Us Celebrate National Libraries Day This Weekend

Tomorrow is National Libraries Day, a countrywide celebration of the wonderful world of libraries. To mark the occasion, we’re running a little stand of our own in the lobby, where we’re asking you tell us what the Library means to you by jotting a few words on a Post-It and popping it on our very own Library tree. In return, you can help yourself to one of the freebies laid out on the table.

If you need any more encouragement (as if!), here’s Pilky to demonstrate…

Pop Along to the Wolfson Pop-Up!


The Wolfson Pop-up Library will be starting tomorrow and running every Thursday in term-time from 12.30pm – 1.30pm in the Wolfson cafe.

Come and ask your friendly neighbourhood Academic Librarian Becky Laing any engineering, science and mathematics questions you may have. She also knows lots about classic television series and knitting. What better way to spend a lunch time!

Angels of Mercy!

A couple of weeks ago when exam fever was at its height, a young lady had the misfortune to take a turn for the worst while studying on Level 3 and fainted. Fortunately, three other young ladies – Frances, Katrina and Frankie – were studying near by with both presence of mind and first aid abilities to take immediate charge of the situation until the arrival of Campus Security and a paramedic.

We’re happy to report that the young lady who was taken ill has since made a complete recovery, and in recognition of the swift assistance rendered by the three students, Catherine Moore of the University’s Health & Safety Service was very pleased to award the girls a small token of appreciation for their timely intervention and assistance.

Frances Stephens Katrina Duncumb (2)

Francesca Durbin (2)

Frances, Katrina and Frankie all visited the Library recently to accept their awards and graciously allowed us to take their pictures. Thanks again girls!

Anyone and everyone can learn first aid – it’s a simple set of mostly common sense skills that are very easy to learn and just as easy to remember. And while the University has approximately 300 members of staff across campus who have been first aid trained, including four members of staff who work in the Library, it’s the kind of ability that everyone should find useful – it probably wouldn’t look bad on a CV either!

For instance, did you know that the Student Union run their own First Aid Society? Well, you do now! Why not contact them to find out more.

National Student Survey 2016


The National Student Survey (NSS) offers final year undergraduates the chance to give feedback on their time at Loughborough.

No one knows the University better than you, so your opinions about being a student at Loughborough are really important.

By taking part in the survey, you can help future students decide where and what to study.

The feedback you give will also help to shape the University and the student experience, both for students who are already here and those who’ll join us in the future. The 2015 NSS will run from 1st February to 30th April.

It takes around 5 minutes to complete and it is recommended that you do the survey early as Ipsos MORI – an independent market research company, who manage the survey – will continue to remind you until you’ve completed it.

Further details can be found via this link:

Walk On the Wild Side with the Student Book Club!

wildjpg-b08786594708d9fdJoin with the Student Book Club and take a literary trip into wild this February with our novel up for discussion being Cheryl Strayed’s inspirational travel story Wild.

An epic tale of self-discovery and resolution in the wake of personal tragedy, Wild was filmed in 2014 from a screenplay by author Nick Hornby (About A Boy, Fever Pitch) and starring Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed.

The Club meets to discuss the book on Monday 15th February at 7pm in the Library Staff Room. Copies of the book are available to borrow from the Level 3 User Services Desk – just ask a member of staff.

For more information about the Club, please contact Sharon Reid at the Library:, ext. 222403, or why not join the discussion on our Facebook page?

Get the Know How for Semester 2


With Semester 1 almost over (hasn’t the time flown?!?) what better time to remind you that we begin our next range of ever-popular Get the Know How information skills sessions from the start of Semester 2 in February.

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

Each session runs for between 50 – 90 minutes, depending on the subject matter, and they’re hosted mainly in either of the two Library Seminar Rooms – some may be taking place at the Stewart Mason Building. 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: