Summer Elevenses Are Back!

IMG_0044The University Library invite academics, research staff and PGRs to join them for a coffee/tea over the summer from 11-11.30am each Wednesday from 27th July to 17th August. 

Each week in Graduate House, you will have the opportunity to learn more about a research related topic, as well as to network with other researchers from across campus. This year we have built the topics around the theme of scholarly communication. Experts from the Library, Research Office and Civil and Building Engineering will be delivering short presentations, answering questions and leading discussions on key issues.

This year’s topics are:

Please click on the links above to find out more and to book.

We look forward to seeing you there!

20,000 Items Under the Repository!


Dr Papathomas is pictured receiving his prize from Professor Steve Rothberg, PVC Research and the University Librarian, Emma Walton.

The 20,000th item has been added to Loughborough’s Institutional Repository by Dr Anthony Papathomas, Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences.

Dr Papthomas has thirteen papers and his PhD thesis in the Institutional Repository. The winning submission, co-authored with Brett M. Smith and David Lavallee, is available on the Repository here.

The Institutional Repository, based here in the Library, ensures that Loughborough University’s research output is visible to the wider research community, increasing its impact and citation rates. It also assists authors in complying with funder Open Access requirements for their papers, including those of the RCUK and HEFCE. It contains a range of items including full-text journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, official reports, PhD theses and audio-visual material.

For further assistance with submitting papers for inclusion in the Institutional Repository, please contact us in the Library on 01509 222338 / 222414 or email

Building Work in the Library During June/July

IMG_0057Some building works will be commencing in the Library this week which will last for the rest of the month and into July.

Starting today, electrical contractors will begin working on Levels 1 & 2 on a project that is anticipated will last for a month. From Monday 20th June to Wednesday 22nd June, Level 1 will be closed entirely to users. We will be operating a collection service for items users may wish to borrow from Level 1 from the User Services Desk on Level 3 – please ask a member of staff.

This work will continue in stages throughout the rest of the month, and may involve other parts of the Levels 1 and 2 being closed to users, but we anticipate that Level 1 will be partly open to users again from Thursday 23rd June.

Please note that this work will involve some heavy duty drilling and will therefore result in a lot of noise throughout the Library – we apologise in advance for the inconvenience.

Also starting on Monday 20th will be some painting work, primarily on Level 3 in the entrance and lobby area, and also on Level 4. This will be on going throughout the week. Barriers will be in place to keep users away from any wet paint.

On Wednesday 22nd June we will begin setting up for the University Open Days on Friday 24th June & Saturday 25th June. During this time, the left hand side of Level 3 (opposite the High Demand section) will be temporarily unavailable to users while we rearrange the furniture to make room for display spaces. On Monday 27th June, this same area will be made temporarily unavailable while we put everything back.

Please be aware that University Open Days are always very popular and campus becomes extremely busy with visitors – bear this in mind especially if you are travelling to campus by car.

On Monday 27th June contractors will begin work on the ducting in the Silent Study Area on Level 4. This work will take approximately 3 days. During this work the Silent Study Area will be unavailable to users. This work will also likely involve some noise and disruption.

We will keep users up to date with any further developments via our usual social media channels.

Upgrading of Library Short Stay PCs


Between Thursday 16th June to Friday 17th June IT Services will be performing some necessary upgrades of all the 30 minute Short Stay work stations in the Library. While these upgrades are being performed, none of these PCs will be available to use.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience.

Library Opening Times During the Summer Vacation


Although term officially ends this Wednesday (15th June) the Library will be switching to vacation opening hours from next Monday (20th June) for the duration of the summer.

These will be:

Sunday: Closed

Monday: 9.00 – 5.30

Tuesday: 9.00 – 5.30

Wednesday: 9.00 – 8.00

Thursday: 9.00 – 5.30

Friday: 9.00 – 5.30

Saturday: Closed

Please take care to note that we will be closed every weekend during the vacation, and that our only late opening day is Wednesdays and then only until 8pm – all other week days we close at 5.30pm, with last entry to the building being ten minutes before closing time.

Borrowing Books Over the Summer Vacation

Pilkington library after refurbishmentWith the end of term and another Academic Year rapidly approaching, 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, so this week we’ve rolled out our Summer Vacation loan period as follows:

  • All Ordinary and Week Loan books now borrowed by current First and Second Year Undergraduates will be issued with the return date of 5th October.
  • All Ordinary and Week Loan books borrowed by Postgraduate students will be issued with the return date of 7th 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 the end of term on 15th 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 vacation 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.

Enjoy your summer!

Finalists – Don’t Forget to Clear Your Library Account With Us!

D3415-26If you’re about to finish your final year with us at Loughborough University there is one last very important thing to do – make sure your Library account is clear!

Make sure that you return all library material on loan to you, and clear any outstanding fines, as soon as possible after your last examination. You should also present your student card to be cleared at the Library, even if you have no material on loan.

The Library is required to notify departments of any students who have NOT returned books and paid any fines by the time their Board of Examiners meets. Any outstanding debts will be passed to Finance and could result in debt recovery action.

You may check your borrower record on any catalogue terminal in the Library or by accessing your Library record online, but you must still present your card to be cancelled. Please do not leave it until the last minute, in case there is any query. Please also ensure your department knows where to contact you if necessary.

If you have any queries about your Library record or this process, please contact the User Services Manager directly via email:

Approaching Digital Research

1427893_300Helen Young, one of the Academic Services’ Team Managers, is the subject of a new article on Academic publisher’s Taylor & Francis’s LibSite Research blog this month.

In a new series of blog posts, the publisher asks members of their Digital Practices Research UX Project steering group about their involvement in the project, their experiences of digital research UX to date, and how they are looking forward to applying the knowledge gained through the process.

In this first post Helen talks about her involvement in the UX Project and her experiences of working with post graduate researchers to manage their online research.

You can read the article here:

Semester 2 KPI Results – The Scores On The Doors!


From the beginning of the 2015-16 Academic year we embarked on our fifth year of measuring our KPI performance pledges, and we’ve just finished compiling the results of our May audit. So how did we do?

Well, we’re happy to report that during this month’s KPI week we scored 100% across the board for all of our scores, 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 for the entire Academic year.

Our Inter-Library Loan service was especially busy this time around, with 51 requests processed and verified in one working day during the course of the week.

If you would like to see a full summary of our targets and performance levels, they are available on our website at the link below:

If you have any comments you’d like to make about any aspect of the Library service, do feel free to leave us some feedback through one of our many channels – we’d love to hear what you think.