Inter-Library Loan Service during the Christmas Vacation

The University Library will be postponing Inter-Library Loan requests that it receives during the Christmas vacation.

If you would like to borrow a book or a similar item from another library over Christmas, please make your request before Friday 8th December 2017.  If you make a borrowing request after this date we will process it after the University reopens on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

If you would like us to get a copy of a journal article, conference paper or similar item from another library for you before Christmas, please make your request before Friday 15th December 2017. If you make a copy request after this date we will process it after the University reopens on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

If you have any questions, please e-mail interloans@lboro.ac.uk.

Inter-Library Loan Service During the Christmas Vacation

book readThe University Library will postpone Inter-Library Loan requests that it receives during the Christmas vacation.

If you would like to borrow a book or a similar item from another library over Christmas, please make your request before Friday 9th December 2016.  If you make a borrowing request after this date we will process it after the University reopens on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

If you would like us to get a copy of a journal article, conference paper or similar item from another library for you before Christmas, please make your request before Friday 16th December. If you make a copy request after this date we will process it after the University reopens on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

If you have any questions, please e-mail interloans@lboro.ac.uk.

Changes to the Inter-Library Loan Service

3rd - USB Book DriveDuring the coming month we will be phasing in some changes to our Inter-Library Loan ordering service.

From Monday 20th June we will be phasing out the old style paper request slips and switching to a wholly online system using an electronic order form.

The present online order form has been improved, and now includes the following information for users:

  • The form is now clearer and contains more explanation for the reader of the how the ILL service works.
  • When the reader submits a request using the form, he/she now receives an automatic request-confirmation e-mail giving the details of the item that he/she has requested.
  • As the form is completely online, there is no need for the reader to print it out, sign it, and submit it in person.

In order to use the form, the reader must sign in with their Loughborough University usernames and passwords. If you do not have a current username and password, please contact c.j.walton@lboro.ac.uk.

We have also improved our system for supplying documents in PDF format.  If a reader requests a copy of an article, it is sometimes possible for us to obtain it in the form of a secure PDF. In the past, these secure PDFs have required specialized software in order to be downloaded.  We are now using a different service from British Library On Demand, which means that the reader no longer needs this specialized software.

However, the reader must be registered with BL On Demand: they must uses a BL On Demand username and password to access their PDFs.  Full instructions for readers on how to register with BL On Demand and how to download PDFs are available here: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/using/ill/sed/.

If you have an queries, please consult the Inter-Library Loan Service page, or contact c.j.walton@lboro.ac.uk.

British Library Newspaper Collection On the Move

Photo pf British Library gate by pshab

During 2013-14 the British Library is moving the national newspaper collection from its current home in Colindale, North London, to a purpose-built Newspaper Storage Building (NSB) in Boston Spa, West Yorkshire.

As such all Print newspapers and microfilm will be embargoed from Friday 8th November 2013, at which point the Reading Room at Colindale will close. Periodical titles remain under embargo, except for a small number of high-use titles which will remain available until the Reading Room at Colindale closes.

Future access to the collection will be via a dedicated newspaper Reading Room at the Library’s main site at St Pancras, where microfilm and digital copies will satisfy the majority of requests. Where no ‘surrogate’ copy exists, it will be possible to request the print originals from Boston Spa; if the required item is in good enough condition to travel, it will be delivered to St Pancras within 48 hours.

The moves are part of a wider programme that aims to safeguard the long-term future of the collection, which includes more than 750 million pages of local, regional and national newspapers, along with periodicals covering every aspect of life in the UK and beyond.

In the mean time, the British Library’s British Newspaper Archive website, which offers free-to-search access to up to 4 million fully searchable pages, featuring more than 200 newspaper titles from every part of the UK and Ireland, remains fully available, while our Library has access to a wealth of newspaper resources online, most notably Nexis UK, as well as the electronic archives of individual papers such as the Guardian & Observer, The Times & Sunday Times, and the Daily Mail Archive, all accessible through Library Catalogue Plus.

For further details and updates on the move, visit the British Library’s ‘Help for Researchers’ page here.

Changes to Inter Library Loans

When requesting an Inter-Library Loan, you no longer need to obtain agreement from your department or  include an authorisation signature on the form.   However you must still sign the form yourself, as this is a copyright requirement.

Each member of the University has an annual quota, as follows:

  •  Staff & researchers = 40
  • Taught postgraduates = 10
  • Final year undergraduates = 5

All ILL requests are subject to the discretion of the Library & in order to be free of charge will need to be for material in support of the teaching & research of the University, so the service will not be provided for personal hobbies etc. unless you pay. If  you reach your quota, you will need to discuss any future ILLs with ILL staff.

Restricted Access to Services on Level 3

Owing to on-going necessary electrical work, there will be further restrictions to access of certain facilities and services on Level 3.

Virtually the whole of the public areas will be inaccessible to users, including the High Demand section. If you require a book from this section, you will need to request it via the library catalogue, and staff will endeavour to collect it for you within 24 hours.

We are aiming to relocate the self issue machines to a position near to the main Customer Services desk, which will be operating to its usual high standard of ‘business as usual’ (darkness permitting!).

The Level 3 printers shall be relocated to Level 2.

The current newspapers have been relocated to the Support Services office. If you wish to look at one, you will need to ask for it at the Customer Services desk. Unfortunately we cannot supply you with back issues, only the current papers.

The Open 3 study areas, the Reference Collection, the Media section, and Support Services remain inaccessible. Entrance to the Cafe 641 is still restricted to the foyer.

Signs will be posted directing users and visitors to such facilities as remain in operation on Level 3 and to alternatives on Levels 1 & 2, which are both now fully open and accessible. Level 4 is still accessible via Staircase ‘A’.

Thank you for continuing to bear with us during this time!

Building Work in the Library (Open3)

From today (Tuesday 17th) the ongoing electrical renovation which has been taking place in the library this summer shall begin to move upstairs to the Open3 section.

This will result in a significant reduction in the amount of study and working spaces on this level. Additionally, there will be no access to the Support Services desk-window. In order to pass on and collect Inter-Library Loans, serials and theses requests and such, you will need to do so through the Customer Services desk at the front.

Until Levels 1 and 2 are fully open, there are study spaces available over the Re-Sit period (23rd August to 7th September, 9AM to 6PM) in Lecture rooms J001 and J002 in the Edward Herbert Building.  PCS will also be available in the PC labs in the Bridgeman Centre and Chemical Engineering S006.

We anticipate that there is likely to be considerable noise and disruption during this process, and we apologise for an inconvenience this will cause.

We will keep you up to date with further developments as they occur.