BookCrossing Is Back!

After a brief hiatus, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve re-launched our popular BookCrossing initiative across campus this month, with new baskets situated in the S Building, the Business School and Martin Hall. They’ll be topped up once a month as usual.

BookCrossing 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 need more books to keep the baskets topped up! So, if you have any leisure reading books you’re happy to donate to the scheme, 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 Café & Shop Extended Opening Hours During 24-7

It’s not just the Library that is open longer during the January 24-7 period – the Library Café and Library Shop will also be keeping their doors open for extra time as well!

From Monday 9th January to Wednesday 1st February, the Library Café will be open 9am – 11pm Monday to Friday, and 10am – 9pm on Saturday and Sunday.

From Monday 9th January to Wednesday 1st February, the Library Shop will be open 9am – 4pm Monday to Friday, and 10am – 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

In addition, to meet the extra demand for refreshments during one of the busiest times of the year in the Library, the Library Café will be hosting an Express Coffee Stand (pictured above), situated in the café seating area, which will be providing quick drinks and snacks for those who don’t like the size of the queue in the serving area! This stand will be open 9am – 3pm Monday to Friday only.

January 24-7 Opening

Our January 24-7 Opening period begins when we open for the start of term on Monday 9th January at 8.30am and will run until 2am on Thursday 2nd February. As is customary, we’d like to issue a few gentle reminders about 24-7 etiquette…

Firstly, 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 if we catch you, we will report you.

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, 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 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, and subject to the same disciplinary procedure 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. Please remember, though, if you experience any problems at all regarding any of the Library facilities, just ask any member of staff, 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.

Best of luck!

Busy, Busy December!

Well, it wasn’t just the shops that were doing a roaring trade during the festive month – here at the Library during December, we had 60,155 visitors through the gates up through close of play at the end of term weekend on Sunday 18th. That’s a whopping rise of 26% on the whole of December in 2015, when we only managed a paltry (!) 47,774. One wonders what records will be broken when 24-7 opening starts next Monday!

A Merry Christmas To All of Our Users!

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Just before everyone disappears off this weekend for a well deserved Christmas break (apart from all those who diligently remaining to study on next week!), we’d like wish all of our users a very Merry Christmas and a happy & prosperous 2017.

And in case you’ve not been following it on our Twitter feed (shame on you if you haven’t!), here’s our very own Library Twelve Days of Christmas countdown to the final day of term. Ready – one, two, three…

On the First Day of Christmas… A Pilky in a Christmas Tree!

On the Second Day of Christmas… Two Book Requests!

On the Third Day of Christmas… Three Festive Beards!

On the Fourth Day of Christmas… Four Library Levels!

On the Fifth Day of Christmas… Five Self Service Machines!

On the Sixth Day of Christmas… Six Students Studying!

On the Seventh Day of Christmas… Seven Study Pods!

On the Eighth Day of Christmas… Eight Pilky Vine Videos!

On the Ninth Day of Christmas… Nine Academic Librarians!

On the Tenth Day of Christmas… Ten New Leisure Reading Books!

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas… Eleven Charlie Cat Pictures!

And last, but by no means least… on the Twelfth Day of Christmas…

Twelve Festive Jumpers!

Have a great holiday!

Library Semester 1 KPI Results

6334000763_07e3880213The 2016-2017 Academic Year is our seventh year of measuring our KPI performance pledges, and we’re very happy to report that our half-time score is looking very healthy!

We’ve scored 100% across practically all the board for all of our scores so far this academic year, meaning we’ve kept completely up with our targets in areas such as returning and shelving books, and inter-library loan receiving and processing. Our shelving team again excelled themselves, ensuring that all books returned were back on the shelf within three hours.

The only crimp in our score was having to close the building due to the water main work back in October, meaning we only narrowly missed out on our target for 100% opening times by a single measly per cent.

Stay tuned for our next set of KPI figures which we will be compiling in April. 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.

Library Opening Hours During the Christmas Vacation

snowBefore everybody disappears off for a well-deserved Christmas break, we’d like to remind everybody of what our opening times are during the vacation.

Term ends this Friday 16th December. The Library remains open as normal on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th December, and then on Monday we switch to a revised shorter opening schedule for the holiday period:

  • Monday 19th – 09.00 – 17.30
  • Tuesday 20th – 09.00 – 17.30
  • Wednesday 21st – 09.00 – 17.30

As usual during vacations, last entry to the building is fifteen minutes before closing time, when we begin clearing the building.

Thereafter, the Library is then closed for the rest of Christmas from Thursday 22nd December to Tuesday 3rd January, when we re-open on the following schedule:

  • Tuesday 3rd – 09.00 – 02.00
  • Wednesday 4th – 09.00 – 02.00
  • Thursday 5th – 09.00 – 02.00
  • Friday 6th – 09.00 – 02.00

Do please note our alternative opening time during the vacation – you’ll be waiting outside in the cold for a long time if you turn up early!

We’re open as usual on Saturday and Sunday, and then when term starts on Monday 9th January, we re-open at 8.30 as usual, and then – night owls rejoice! – we switch to 24-7 opening for the rest of January.

See you all in 2017!

Busy End of Term! Alternative Study Spaces Available

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The New Year Exam period seems to have come early, if the occupancy levels in the Library have been anything to go by over the last couple of weeks! We’ve been exceptionally busy for the time of year with most of our study areas full to over-flowing at times, and our Group Study Rooms booked two-three days in advance.

If you can’t find a suitable space in the Library, don’t fret – there are plenty of other places you can go on campus to study, including tailor-made Learning Zones at the James France and Brockington Buildings, not forgetting the PC and printing facilities in the Haslegrave Building.

Full details of all the alternative study spaces can be found via the link below:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/corporate/learning/learning/