Borrowing Books Over the Christmas Vacation

self serviceWith Christmas fast approaching, we’ve already received quite a few enquiries asking when our Christmas vacation loan period begins – so here are the details.

From Friday 4th December all Long & Week Loan books borrowed & renewed can be kept over the Christmas vacation.

1st & 2nd Year Undergraduate loans will then be due back on Wednesday 6th January.

Finalist & Postgraduate loans will be due back on Friday 8th January.

High Demand books borrowed after 2.30pm on Monday 23rd December will be issued until 2.30pm on Monday 4th January.

As with previous years, we will NOT be recalling books over the Christmas vacation, though please note that any books requested & borrowed from our Hold shelves with outstanding requests on them will still only issue for one week.

Pop In to the Pop-Up Library in the New Look Schofield!


Need books to understand your modules?

Researching a project?

Struggling with referencing software?

Or not sure how to write a bibliography?

Then come and talk to your friendly Academic Librarian!

You can find them in the new-look Schofield Building in room SCH0.05, every Tuesday between 11.30am-12.30pm from next week until the end of term. Just pop in!

My Landmark – Photographic Exhibition in the Library


This December we’re very pleased to announce that, in association with LU Arts, we’ll be hosting an exhibition of photography inspired by a creative collaboration between students from the UK and China.

The exhibition will be mounted on Level 4 of the Library from Monday 30th November until Sunday 20th December and is free to all.

For further details visit this link:—an-exhibition.html

Database Trial – Drama Online

drama-online-logo1Between now and the New Year we’re running a trial of Drama Online, a resource that should be of great interest to English & Drama students as well as anyone interested in dramatic and performance arts.

Over 1000 plays by new writers as well as iconic names feature on this ground-breaking digital resource which provides contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides.  The award-winning Drama Online introduces new writers alongside the most iconic names in playwriting history, providing contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides. The constantly growing collection meets the full range of teaching needs for theatre studies, literature courses and drama schools. From the epic to the monologue; ensemble to one-person plays; comedy to tragedy; the historical to the contemporary; and from the highly political to the profoundly personal, there is plenty to discover. The unique Play Tools with Character Grids, Words and Speech graphs and Part Books offer a new way to engage with plays for close study or for performance.

The trial includes the following modules:

LA Theatre Works

Over 300 audio recordings of thought provoking drama from canonical texts such as Caryl Churchill’s literary classics such as Twelve Angry Men, iconic modern works from the oeuvre of leading American playwrights including Arthur Miller, David Mamet and Eugene O’Neill; Pulitzer Prize-winning titles such as Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers and contemporary works such as Lucy Prebble’s Enron.  The audio plays are of the highest quality and feature leading actors such as Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Jamie Lee Curtis and hundreds more.

Nick Hern Books

The Nick Hern Play Collections features over 350 plays from one of the UK’s leading specialist theatre publishers.  The collection will feature important works from Howard Brenton, Jez Butterworth, Caryl Churchill, David Edgar, Helen Edmundson, Liz Lochhead, Conor McPherson, Rona Munro, Enda Walsh and Nicholas Wright.

To begin using Drama Online please go to – access is via IP address or from off-campus login via the VPN.

The trial will end on January 10th 2016. We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial and it would be very helpful if you are able to comment on each module.  Please contact Steve Corn

Bag A Book From BookCrossing

Book crossing sign copyYou may already know all about the Library’s Leisure Reading collection and its Student Book Club (if not, why not?!) but you may not know all about BookCrossing, the leisure reading phenomenon designed  to encourage us all to read for pleasure. The Library, with the support of Campus Living, has placed wicker boxes of donated novels in six popular meeting places on campus:

  • Martin Hall Bistro
  • The Bridgeman Centre
  • The Student Hub
  • The Schofield Building
  • The S Building
  • The Business School

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 BookCrossing website.

However, to keep the scheme rolling, we need more books! So, if you have any leisure reading type books that you’re happy to ‘release’, we’d really like to have them. Ideally we’d like your good quality novels (including graphic), and biographies/autobiographies/memoirs. Please drop them off at the Library and mention that they’re for the BookCrossing scheme.

Happy reading!

IT Services Start of Term Survey

Pilkington library after refurbishmentUniversity IT Services are running a Start of Term survey this month to help understand student needs and improve their services. This survey is a valuable opportunity for you to give feedback on your experience of the start of term IT registration process. There’s also a section in the survey about the Library, so you can let us know what you think of us too!

By way of an incentive, if you complete the online survey by Sunday 15th November you’ll be entered into a draw for a chance of winning a £30 Amazon gift voucher.

You can complete the survey here:

Student Book Club – Come & See Us!

SJ-Bolton-Now-You-See-MeFollowing on from our successful launch night last month the Student Book Club will be meeting for the first time this academic year on Monday 9th November in the Library Staffroom at 7pm.

The first book up for discussion is S.J. Bolton’s suspense thriller Now You See Me, the first novel in her successful Lacey Flint detective series. If you haven’t read the book before, don’t worry – we still have copies available to borrow ahead of the meeting from the Level 3 Enquiry Desk – just ask a member of staff for a copy.

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?

Referencing Software… the Movie!

ref videos

Working on a piece of coursework, a dissertation or a research project? Need to keep track of all the references you have found? Overwhelmed by the range of bibliographic software tools available, and don’t know which one to use?

Bibliographic software packages can help you to create and manage a database of references, and can help you create bibliographies in a variety of different referencing styles.

To help you out further, our clever Academic Librarians have created a collection of helpful videos showing you how to get the best out of referencing tools including RefWorks, Mendeley and RefME, where they’re available to view via Learn here:

To accompany these videos, we’re running a referencing software question & answer session this coming Friday (6th November) here in Library Seminar Room 2 between 1-2pm. As we expect demand to be high for this session, you will need to book your place via this link:

Spooky Treats For Halloween

IMG_0085If the weather’s gruesome this Halloween and you don’t fancy trick or treating in the cold and rain, then why not take a little of the spooky season home with you this weekend by taking a dip into our very own Twilight Zone of horror & supernatural fiction and film here in the Library…

We have an ever-expanding stock of horror novels among our Leisure Reading collection upstairs on Level 4, including Stephen King, Neil Gaiman and Iain Banks, as well as graphic novels such as Alan Moore’s From Hell and the first book in the ever-popular Walking Dead series, as well as a wide selection of more classic spine-chillers downstairs in our literature section on Level 2 including Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and a wide range of classic supernatural tales by M.R. James, H.P. Lovecraft and Algernon Blackwood.

Horror movie fans are well catered for too by our range of DVDs in our High Demand collection on Level 3. Ranging from screen legends Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff in their immortal guises of Dracula and Frankenstein in the Universal Studios classics from the 1930’s, to the more contemporary thriller-chillers of George Romero (Dawn of the Dead), John Carpenter (Halloween) and Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth), there’s bound to be something to see you through the witching hour… and beyond!