A Very Nice Day Out!


We’re very happy to report that our little stand at the Freshers Bazaar yesterday was a complete success, and we hope you enjoyed your visit as much as we enjoyed it too!

We took A LOT of pictures of you with our new little friend, which you can find in an album we’ve posted on our Facebook page here:


Be sure to ‘Like’ a picture if you’re featured, and ‘Like’ our Facebook page too – we’ll be running a competition this week to select the best picture from the day, and a lucky winner (and a couple of runners-up) will be receiving a special ‘Pilky Prize’, so look out for the result soon!

Come & Meet Pilky at the Library Stand at the Activities Bazaar!


This weekend, Loughborough Student’s Union are holding two Bazaars to showcase all the different sports, clubs, and activities that you can get involved in during your time here at University and to help you make the most of your Loughborough experience. This Sunday, 4th October the Library will be joining in with the Student Activities Bazaar – and we’ll be bringing along a special guest star!

At the Bazaar, you can meet representative from all of LSU’s 109 societies – and with as many as that, you’re bound to find a society that interests you! If AU sport isn’t your thing, there are a number of outdoor activities and sports societies that you can join. But societies aren’t just limited to sport; there are all kinds of societies, celebrating culture, faith, film, technology, performance, art, and even your future career! The societies will be putting on live demonstrations and stalls to show you who they are and how you can sign up for them.

Not that you have to sign up for us, but come along and see us anyway! The Library stand can be found in the David Wallace Sports Hall, and we’ll be there from 11am to 4pm. Be sure to come along and get your picture taken with us – and Pilky!

Some News You Might Have Missed During the Summer…

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Welcome back to all of our returning students who have come back at the weekend – we hope you missed us as much as we missed you!

What you might have missed during the summer while you’ve been away is some news about our IT facilities in the Library and – best of all – an extension to our term and vacation time opening hours.

  • Yes, that’s right – from the start of this term, the Library will be increasing its opening hours during term time, meaning we will now be closing at 2am rather midnight. We will also be extending our opening hours during the next Easter vacation (it’s not that far away!) so that we’ll be open Monday-Friday until 8pm instead of closing at 5.30pm as before. The New Year 24-7 opening period will also be starting earlier next year.
  • We’ve added 43 new PCs to the study area on Level 4, meaning we now have around 250 public workstations throughout the building.
  • Engineers rejoice! All Library PC’s (except the Short Stay workstations) are now Auto-CAD software enabled thanks to sterling upgrade work by IT Services during the summer.
  • On a bit of a downside, the PC Clinic have changed their opening hours. They will now be open weekdays from 10am to 6pm, but unfortunately will NOT be open at all at weekends. Library evening & weekend staff will provide as much help as they can, but in the first instance you should contact the IT Services Service Desk for any out-of-hours IT queries.

Enjoy your term!

International Student Book Club

照片 2Do you like reading stories and meeting people from other cultures? Would you like to develop your skills in spoken English? If so, this club is for you! You will discover the pleasure of reading short books by well-known authors and share your ideas in a friendly, relaxed environment. The club is free to join and you will be provided with all the books we discuss on a first-come first-served basis.

If you would like to know more, please email Sara Bosley at s.l.c.bosley@lboro.ac.uk or just come to our first meeting in Seminar Room One in the Library at 5pm on 6th October. You can also join us on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/319903914875688/

All students are welcome to the general Loughborough University Student Book Club where you can discuss longer novels. For more information, please contact Sharon Reid at the Library: s.d.reid@lboro.ac.uk ext. 222403, or why not join the Club’s Facebook page?

Welcome all #TeamLboro to the Library!

Library staff groupWe’d like to extend a very warm welcome to all our visitors, new and old, for this start of a new term – and a new academic year. We hope you’re looking forward to the year ahead as much as we are.

Throughout the months ahead we’ll be posting regular updates about what is happening at the Library, but to begin with, we’d like to post some general information about some of our key services. This applies as much to some of our returning students, who possibly aren’t as familiar with the Library yet, as it does to the latest lucky batch of Freshers who have arrived this week, who are likely totally unfamiliar with who we are, where we are and what we have to offer.

You can of course find lots more in depth information by browsing through the About Your Library and Information For Students sections on our homepage, but here is some of the more relevant information that will stand you in good stead from the get-go.

  • Subject Pages. We’ve created a comprehensive A-Z list of guides that highlight the key resources for each subject area alongside links to further help.
  • Academic Librarians. Each School has their own dedicated Academic Librarian who can help students find and use information resources relative to their topic. They’re friendly, ever obliging and ever so easy to get in touch with!
  • Library Workshops. Practically every month during term time we run a range of helpful study and information resource related training sessions here in the Library. Ranging from essay writing hints and tips to database searching and time management, there’s something to cater for every academic need.
  • Date for your diary: Tuesday 20th October, 7pm @ the Village Bar – The Library Student Book Club re-launch. The Library isn’t just about textbooks! We have a growing range of leisure reading books upstairs on sunny Level 4, comprising of the latest novels, autobiographies and graphic novels – ideal for giving your mind a well-earned break from your studies. We also host our very own Student Book Club, which meets twice a term. It costs nothing to join and the books are provided free – all you have to do is read it and turn up! We’ll be holding our annual Book Club re-launch at the Village Bar this October, so if you’d like to find out more, why not come along – all are welcome!

Give Your Learning Skills a Boost – Get the Know-How!

knowhowNew 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 month.

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.

New students will certainly find our ‘Getting the most out of your Library’ workshops especially useful next week – a perfect introduction to what the Library can offer you, even at this early stage in your degree.

New this year are practical workshops on Referencing software. These question and answer sessions are designed to deal with any problems students or researchers are experiencing using one of the popular referencing software packages – RefWorks, Mendeley or RefMe.

Each session runs for approximately 50 minutes, and they’re hosted mainly in Library Seminar Room 1 – some will 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:


Restricted Access to Library Car Park During Freshers’ Week


Just to advise all staff and visitors this week that access to the Library Car Park will be restricted to accommodate newly arriving students, particularly Wednesday and Thursday. Alternative parking spaces can be found elsewhere on campus – visit the below link for more information.


Open Day Success!

IMG_1081We’re happy to report that the Library was more popular than ever over the course of the two University Open Days last Friday and Saturday. We were also joined on this occasion by representatives from some of the University’s other student support services, who all had as good a time as we did!

We hope all those of you who made the journey enjoyed their visit, and we look forward to seeing some of you in a more professional capacity in the near future!

Know Your Subject: New Online A-Z Guide

peaceful mind in libraryFinding the right sources of information for your subject can be tricky, given the vast amount of resources there are available to you via our own Library Catalogue Plus database. With that in mind, we’ve created a set of online guides tailored to every subject discipline… and a few more besides!

You can find the complete A-Z list of the guides by clicking this link:


Each link gives you a concise run-down of everything you need to know about finding information for your subject, including the contact details for the Academic Librarian responsible for the School/Department concerned.

Be sure to visit and bookmark the links for future reference – you’ll certainly find them useful!

Whowonit? Happy 125th Birthday Agatha Christie

secret pilgrimSeptember 15th marks the 125th birthday of the celebrated mystery writer Agatha Christie, and to mark the occasion the author’s estate ran an online poll to determine which of her novels is the most popular.

Perhaps surprisingly, the winner is not one of the stories featuring either of her most famous characters, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, but the 1939 thriller And Then There Were None, which received 21% of the final vote ahead of Murder on the Orient Express and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.

And Then There Were None is perhaps the archetypal whodunit, in which ten strangers are stranded on a lonely island and then murdered one by one. The book has sold over 100 million copies worldwide and has been filmed several times.

Although we don’t currently hold many copies of her novels in our stock, we do have a growing range of mysteries and thrillers in our Leisure Reading collection upstairs on Level 4, written by contemporary mystery novelists who undoubtedly cut their literary teeth on Agatha’s work!

The Body in the Library cover image by the Secret Pilgrim, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.