Do you need a tool to help manage your references? If so, Mendeley can help! We’re running two introductory practical workshops this summer which will explain the purpose of referencing software, help you to set up a Mendeley account, add references to it and organise them into folders. You will also learn how to export references into a document and create a bibliography.
The sessions are available on the following dates:
On Monday 3rd July work will commence on relocating the printer/copier area in the middle of Level 3. This will involve the removal of the printers and the knocking down of the screening walls surrounding their location.
During this work a significant proportion of Level 3 will be unavailable to visitors, though access will still be open to the PC Clinic, the Seminar Rooms and Training Room 1. The printers from this area will also be unavailable for use during this time – if you need to print, photocopy or scan documents, alternative machines are still available on Levels 1.2 and 4.
This work will involve some noise and disruption. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.
The University will be holding Open Days on Friday 30th June and Saturday 1st July. Visitors, students and staff should be aware that campus, and in particular the Library, will likely be extremely busy on both days.
As usual the Library will be hosting several displays and stands by other support services within the University on both days, and they will be taking up temporary residence this week on Level 3. As such, certain study areas on this level will be unavailable during this time and will be cordoned off from public use.
As today is officially the last day of the 2016-17 Academic Year (hooray!) it seems like a good time to remind people that from next Monday, 25th June, for the rest of the summer the Library will be switching to its vacation opening times schedule. This is:
Please note above that our only late(ish) evening opening is on Wednesday nights, and that we are closed entirely at weekends for the duration of the vacation (try saying that with a mouthful of ice cream!). Please also be aware that last entry to the Library is ten minutes before closing time, in order to allow staff to clear the building.
The IT Services PC Clinic in the Library is open throughout the summer, but only during the hours 11am-3pm. Outside these times the IT Services Help Desk can be contacted 8.30am-5pm (week days only).
The Library Shop will be closed for the summer, but the Library Café will remain open, 9.30am-3pm daily, dispensing breakfast cobs, coffee and sympathy for those who aren’t sunning themselves on a beach somewhere instead!
As usual during the vacation we will be catching up with a few out-of-season maintenance jobs around the building; we will keep everyone posted here and on our usual social media channels of when & where these will be taking place to minimise any potential disruption to visitors.
Do you use RefWorks as your favoured referencing software? If so, it is important that you act now in order to ensure that you do not lose any of your work.
From September 2017 the University will no longer be supporting RefWorks; so It is vital that you make provision to migrate any references you have in RefWorks to a new platform.
The University is now recommending Mendeley as our chosen referencing software. If you choose to use Mendeley migrating your references from RefWorks to Mendeley is a simple process, details of which can be found on the Referencing Software pages on Learn:
When you’re packing up for the Summer Vacation in the next couple of weeks and discover you don’t quite have room for those novels you’ve been reading in your down time, don’t sling them – we’ve got room for them!
Have you come across the BookCrossing baskets of donated novels situated in various buildings across campus? The purpose of this initiative is to encourage everyone to take advantage of the recognised benefits and joys of reading for pleasure. We’re always in need of more books to ensure the baskets are refreshed and restocked throughout the year – and that’s where you can help us!
Please drop off at the Library any paperback novels you no longer need. The genre doesn’t matter – the broader the range the better! All we ask is that the books are in good condition.
As Summer term hurtles towards a rather soggy ending, those of you who are already looking forward to coming back in September/October may be starting to think of stocking up for the vacation. You’ll then be delighted to hear that next week we’ll be rolling out our Summer Vacation loan period, which will be 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 4th October.
All Ordinary and Week Loan books borrowed by Postgraduate students will be issued with the return date of 6th October.
All Ordinary and Week Loan books borrowed by Staff & Researchers will be issued with the return date of 29th September.
Current Finalists – those completing their studies this term – who still wish to borrow books should note that their books will be issued only until 21st 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.
All Leisure Reading books will be issued until 6th October.
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 come back to a nasty surprise!
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 – let’s hope the sunshine comes back!
If you’re a Finalist or you are nearing the completion of your course of study, we’d like to remind you that you should 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. 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 me directly via email: M.S.Cunningham@lboro.ac.uk.
You can also ring (01509) 222360 if you are not able to visit the Library and staff will be happy to check your account for you.
The Library may seem like hub of all exam activity on campus, but there are a variety of other study facilities and support hubs student can fall back on during the exam period. To that effect, the University have created a simple one-stop shop web site detailing all the study support and learning facilities available right now on campus, ranging from study spaces and computer labs to personal support should things start to get on top of you.