Welcome to the Library

So, you’ve made it to Loughborough – congratulations! At the University Library we take great pride in how we support all our new users – if you ever have a question about how we can support you, ask one of our friendly staff.

As a new student you are automatically enrolled as a member of the Library. your student ID card is also your Library card. Don’t lose it as you need to swipe in through the barriers to enter the Library and to use our self-service machines to borrow your books.

Getting the most of out of your Library

Academic Librarians will be out in the schools during induction week – look out for the Library session in your timetable. You don’t have to wait for the session to use us though – feel free to pop in when you arrive and have a look round, or just come along to one of the quick library tours & induction sessions we’re running over the first week of term.

We’ve also set up a dedicated web page for new starters full of handy tips about how to use the library and get the best out of us. Check it out here – http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/students/about/welcome/

Get the Know How Library workshops

During the autumn term Library staff will be running workshops offering helpful guidance on a wide variety of academic practices including essay writing, note taking, time management and presentation skills. You can find more information about these workshops on our webpages.

Using the Library

Enquiry Desks

The Library offers an Enquiry Desk Service across all levels of the Library during standard office hours (Monday – Friday 9AM to 5:30PM).  User Services staff will be able to help you with most of your enquiries and if necessary will refer you to a colleague with more specialist knowledge.

The Enquiry Desks are staffed by a smaller team of Library staff until 10pm on weekdays, and throughout opening hours on Saturday and Sunday. The staff will be able to help you with most of your enquiries but may need to refer you to a daytime member of staff for detailed assistance.

Finding Information

For specialised help in finding information in your subject area, each School has its own Academic Librarian to offer support and guidance.

Academic librarians are available to assist all University staff and students to find and use information resources effectively, develop library collections to meet your needs and to be your contact point for any information related enquiry.  They have all developed expertise in the subject areas of their Schools and are very happy to help.

Study Spaces

The Library has a range of different study spaces, from silent and quiet spaces to group and social areas. There are also a number of spaces that you can book online including grpup study rooms, bookable booths on Level 4 and individual study carrels on Levels 1 & 2 . Ask at the Enquiry Desk to be shown how to book these rooms yourself.

IT Facilities

There are 250 PCs (excluding those dedicated to accessing Library Catalogue Plus) available in the Library with the majority of these located on Levels 3 & 4. The Library also has a wireless network throughout the building, enabling users to connect to the University’s network from their laptops.

The Library provides basic A4/A3 monochrome and colour printing/copying facilities. Before being able to print or copy you will need to purchase printer credits. You can pay for this at the main Enquiry Desk on Level 3 of the Library.

PC Clinic

The Student PC Clinic is now situated on Level 3 of the Library and is available to help with any IT queries you may have. It is staffed during standard office hours through until 6PM (Monday – Friday) and is open 12pm-2pm at weekends.

Library Café & Shop

We have a café situated on Level 3 which is one of the most popular on campus, not least of all because of their amazing breakfast cobs – as Library staff will testify! We also have a small shop situated near the entrance which sells a variety of snacks, stationary and basic essentials.

Leisure Reading

Here at the Library we’re championing leisure reading! Why? Well, not only is reading for pleasure a great mood enhancer, it’s also strongly linked to academic achievement. So, if you want to give your grades a boost, why not come and browse our dedicated Leisure Reading Collection? The Collection comprises a broad range of genres including contemporary fiction, graphic novel, biography, memoir, crime, fantasy, horror and science fiction – something to suit all tastes!

… And of course, look out for our favorite feline, Charlie the Cat. Your Loughborough experience isn’t truly complete until you’ve had a selfie with him!

Doctoral Researchers: Finding Information for your Literature Review and Beyond

If you’ve just started your PhD research, or if you’re looking for help and advice about finding information, we’re running a workshop next Wednesday that will prove extremely helpful.

This session enables you to turn ideas into an effective search strategy and statement. It outlines the current information landscape and takes you through the stages involved in deciding upon and developing an appropriate search strategy, as well as enabling you to create a search statement that you can put into practice. You will be able to seek and find research material in an effective and efficient manner using the resources available to you at Loughborough University, but also in the future too. You will be able to test and evaluate the search strategies and stantements for your own research topic as well as tryiing out citation techniques and setting up alerts to keep you up-to-date and further develop your knowledge of your research topic. 

Expert staff will be on hand to facilitate the session and provide guidance on resources and strategies.  You will also learn the key skill of critically assessing the results that you can find to further develop your search strategy.

The workshop will be taking place in Library Seminar Room 1 between 9.30am to 12.30pm on Wednesday 8th August. As spaces are quite limited, you will be required to book first. To do so, follow this link:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/students/eventsandworkshops/listing/dr-finding-information-for-your-literature-review-1.html

Digital Tools for Learning

If you’re on campus next week, why not visit our ‘Digital Tools for Learning’ stands in the Library, James France and the Student’s Union between 12-2pm. Come and tell us what your favourite digital tool is and give us feedback about your experience with Learn – don’t forget to grab a freebie from us too! Below are the details of the dates and locations for the Digital Tools for Learning stands:

  • Monday 23rd – Library
  • Tuesday 24th – Students Union
  • Wednesday 25th – Library
  • Thursday 26th – James France
  • Friday 27th – Library

If you can’t make it to any of the stands, you can still contribute by answering a simple question here about your favourite online resources.

That’s not all! The library is hosting a workshop on ‘Learn Smart with Lynda, Digital Tools and Apps’ on the 27th April from 12-1pm. Click here to book now.   This session will introduce you to a range of web tools and apps which will help you with your studies:

  • Learn about the free online video tutorials available from Lynda.com
  • Discover a variety of apps which will help with all sorts of tasks from communicating and collaborating to problem solving and analysis

New Semester Resolutions

As we approach Semester 2 now a great time to reflect on how the past semester went and how you might be able to develop your academic skills. We will be holding an event in the Pilkington Library on Tuesday 6th February and Thursday 8th February looking at how you can improve your academic skills. We’ll share some areas where the library can support you in your development.

Do you have any tips you’d like to offer your fellow students on how you can improve your grades? Share your thoughts on twitter using #lboroNSR or on Facebook @lborolibrary. We’d love to hear what you think.

Need Some Exam Tips? Try Lynda!

Looking for some exam tips? Why not try Lynda, our brand new online learning platform, which has two video playlists specifically aimed at giving examination advice.

Lynda.com is a learning platform which has over 5000 video tutorials used to develop creative, software, technology and business skills for learning and teaching. Available to all students and staff, Loughborough University has purchased a subscription from Lynda.com to enhance your digital skills and personal development. Normally costing £250 for an individual annual subscription, you can use Lynda.com for free right now.

To access Lynda, sign In at the top right of the page, click Sign in with your organization portal and simply enter ‘lboro.ac.uk’ in the box asking for your organisation URL. This will direct you to the Loughborough University sign-in page where you enter your University credentials.

Spotlight on… resources for your assignment

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Reality hits as your assignment deadlines approach!  Quality information resources are one of the foundations of highly marked assignments, so come along to the stand to discover how to:

  • identify the sorts of resources you will need for your assignment
  • discover which databases can help you find high quality resources quickly in your subject
  • search the databases or sources effectively
  • evaluate which books or articles would be appropriate for an academic assignment

When: Tuesday 7th November, 12-2 and Thursday 9th November, 2-4

Where: Pilkington Library foyer

Find out more via this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=364CfEeMrmk&rel=0

Struggling with the Academic Scholarship Test?

If you have been struggling to answer the questions in the Academic Scholarship Test or have reached the stage where you have failed to reach the pass mark on 5 occasions and it won’t let you attempt it again, help is at hand.  Not only can you revisit the support that your School has provided within the relevant module, you can also visit the Library’s Learn page on ‘Avoiding Plagiarism’ to:

  • Watch a lecture capture of the Library’s Know How session on ‘Plagiarism and how to avoid it’
  • View the slides from a session on ‘Plagiarism and how to avoid it’
  • Read an advice sheet on ‘Understanding Plagiarism’
  • Visit the complementary section for advice on ‘How to reference’.

Once you feel confident enough to have another go at the test, contact your tutor or module leader (it varies according to your School) to ask if the test can be reopened for you.  Please note that each School will have its own procedure for this.

Spotlight On… Your Library

The Library is here to support all new and returning students in their learning and research needs. Come along to our stand to find out:

  • What we can provide
  • How to use e-books
  • What types of information resource you might need to use
  • How to find the books, articles and other resources you need
  • Where the resources are in the building or online
  • Who can help you throughout your time at Loughborough

When: Tuesday 17th October, 12-2pm and Thursday 19th October, 2-4pm.

Where: University Library foyer, Loughborough campus.

Why: Find out in this short video (https://youtu.be/BEQx1MmZ_yY)

Get the Know How Sessions, 16th & 17th October

Next week we will be running two more of our ever-popular Get the Know How study skills sessions here in the Library.

On Monday 16th October we will be presenting advice on Plagiarism and how to avoid it. This workshop explains what plagiarism is, why people plagiarise and offers help on how to avoid plagiarising.

On Tuesday 17th October we will be running the session Referencing and citation explained. Do your referencing and citation skills need improvement? Good quality bibliographies and correct referencing in your assignments can lift your assignment marks. Come and learn how to cite different types of resource for your assignments.

Both sessions are being held in Library Seminar Room 1 between 1-1.50pm. Owing to the popularity of these sessions we recommend that you book your place in advance. To do that, please visit the link below:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/students/eventsandworkshops/

Can’t Make It to the Library? Drop In On Your Academic Librarian

It’s a busy time for staff as well as students, and while we try to answer every question at our information desks, sometimes you might need a little more specialist help – and that’s where our ever-helpful team of Academic Librarians come into play!

Our Academic Librarians are available to assist all University staff and students, offering specialist 1-2-1 advice on any information related query including academic skills, referencing, conducting a literature review and getting published. They have all developed expertise in the subject areas of their Schools and are happy to help.

Teaching and departmental commitments mean they’re not always in the office, but don’t worry – most of them run specialist drop-in sessions in their departments across campus, where you can just pop by and ask them any question about any issue or problem with your studies.

We run the sessions on the following days during term-time:

Monday:

12.30 – 1.30 Civil and Building Eng / Civil Foyer [Ginny Franklin]

2.00 – 3.00 PHIR / Herbert Manzoni, Near admin office [Sharon Reid]

 Wednesday:

12.00 – 1.00 Social Sciences / Brockington U305 [Nathan Rush]

Thursday:

10.30 – 11.30 English / Martin Hall break out area [Jen De Lilo]

11.00 – 12.00 Computer Science / Haslegrave, ground floor [Charlotte Greasley]

12.30 – 1.30 AACME / S Building foyer [Ginny Franklin]

12.30 – 1.30 Wolfson & Chemistry / Mezzanine seating area STEMLab [Alison Ashmore]

Or by Academic Librarian name:

  • Alison Ashmore Academic Librarian for Wolfson School & School of Science – Chemistry Drop-in hours: Thursdays 12.30-1.30, Mezzanine seating area, STEMLab
  • Jen De Lillo Academic Librarian for School of English, Arts and Drama – English Drop-in hours: Thursdays 10.30-11.30, Martin Hall break out area
  • Ginny Franklin Academic Librarian for Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering. Drop-in hours: Mondays 12.30-1.30 in the atrium (Sir Frank Gibb) and Academic Librarian for Aero, Auto, Chemical and Materials Engineering. Drop-in hours: Thursdays 12.30-1.30 in the S Building foyer.
  • Charlotte Greasley Academic Librarian for School of Science – Computer Science Drop-in hours: Thursdays 11.00-12.00 in Haslegrave, Ground Floor
  • Sharon Reid Academic Librarian (PHIR) Drop-in hours: Mondays 2.00 – 3.00 in Herbert Manzoni, Near admin office
  • Nathan Rush Academic Librarian (Social Science and Psychology) Drop-in hours: Wednesday, 12.00-1.00, in Brockington U305

Further contact details can be found on our web page:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/students/learningsupport/academiclibrarians/