Well, it wasn’t just the shops that were doing a roaring trade during the festive month – here at the Library during December, we had 60,155 visitors through the gates up through close of play at the end of term weekend on Sunday 18th. That’s a whopping rise of 26% on the whole of December in 2015, when we only managed a paltry (!) 47,774. One wonders what records will be broken when 24-7 opening starts next Monday!
The New Year Exam period seems to have come early, if the occupancy levels in the Library have been anything to go by over the last couple of weeks! We’ve been exceptionally busy for the time of year with most of our study areas full to over-flowing at times, and our Group Study Rooms booked two-three days in advance.
If you can’t find a suitable space in the Library, don’t fret – there are plenty of other places you can go on campus to study, including tailor-made Learning Zones at the James France and Brockington Buildings, not forgetting the PC and printing facilities in the Haslegrave Building.
Full details of all the alternative study spaces can be found via the link below:
‘In the Summer time
When the weather was hot
Down at the Library
We did quite a lot’*
The Library recieves feedback from its users in a number of different ways: through surveys carried out, through individual comments and via staff/student committees. We endevour to take account of our users’ views on our services when prioritising work over the Summer. This summer has proved to be no different! We have completed a number of projects to improve the services we offer:
- Improvements to Wi-Fi. We have worked with colleagues in IT Services to improve the wi-fi signal on Levels 3 & 4 of the Library.
- Installed plug sockets on desks. The desks on Levels 1 and 2 of the Library didn’t have any plug sockets on them. We worked with colleagues in Facilities Management to ensure the majority of desks on this floor either have sockets on the tables themselves or are next to a socket if next to the windows. This will give people more flexibility about where they can sit.
- Extra Group Study Room. We have converted one of our staff Consultation Rooms into a fifth Group Study Room on Level 4. This can be booked on our online room booking system as Group Study Room 4E.
- Changed all the PCs in the Group Study Rooms. Colleagues in IT Services and Teaching Support have installed mini NUK Pcs in all the Group Study Rooms to replace the awkward, bulkier PCs in the cabinets.
- Changed the booking slots for single Study Carrels. Students told us they struggled to use our single study carrels as they were only available in 3 hour slots and so were no use if you had a 9am lecture. We have changed the booking slots to hourly bookings in the same way all the other resources are to resolve this problem.
Hopefully you will agree there has been a lot of action as a result of your feedback. If you have any questions about the improvements or would like to leave feedback on any other issue, please feel free to fill out one of our suggestion cards on L3 or email Matt Cunningham, the User Services Manager (M.S.Cunningham@lboro.ac.uk)
*with apologies to Mungo Jerry!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Student Book Club
For anyone who talking about books, we run our very own book club launched exclusively for students. If you enjoy reading novels and exchanging views in a friendly and relaxed environment we meet during term time in the Library, dates will be confirmed soon. For more information email Sharon Reid.
Following user feedback, from this week we’ve altered the booking slots for all Study Carrels throughout the Library, changing them to hourly slots in line with the Group Study Rooms and Study Pods. From now on, users will be able to book two slots per day, the same as other study facilities.
We hope you like this change – let us know what you think!
This year, Campus Living have made dining rooms in Cayley and Rutherford, Faraday and Royce, Elyvn Richards, David Collett and Towers available to catered hall students and invited guests to use as study areas.
Tea and coffee facilities will be available free of charge during these study periods when catering staff are on duty.
All dining rooms will be locked by dining staff at 7.00pm. Access to these areas after this time and weekends can be arranged via the wardens and front of house managers .
Please note these dining halls can be very busy during meal timings and preferences will be given to students eating their meals.
Firstly, please respect your fellow users by considering what behaviour is (and isn’t!) appropriate in the Library by studying our guide to Library facilities on our homepage.
Space is ALWAYS at a premium during exam time, and sadly there are always a few who feel the need to take up more space than they actually need – even when they’re not actually in the building! So please, be kind and considerate and don’t leave your stuff lying about when you’re not there, as you’re depriving other people of a much-needed place to study. We WILL be removing any items left unattended for 30 minutes to free up space (assuming someone else doesn’t help themselves to your stuff first!).
Also please remember to keep your ID card with you at all times – even when you go for a break. Quite apart from the fact that you need it to gain entry to the Library, it is a University regulation that you keep your ID card with you at all times while on campus – if you lose it, you must report it and buy a replacement. And don’t lend your card to your friends – that’s against regulations too, and if we catch you, we will report you.
Levels 1,2 and 4 are intended to be areas for quiet study – please remember to keep the noise levels down to an absolute minimum on these floors, or you will be asked (nicely, by us, probably not so nicely by your fellow revisers!) to desist. If you want to chat – or have a snack – Level 3 is the designated social area.
Our designated Silent Study Area is on Level 4. When we say SILENT, we do mean SILENT! If you cannot abide by this, you will be asked to leave the area if you persist in causing disruption to your fellow users. We genuinely don’t like telling people off as much as they don’t like being told off, but for the sake of those genuinely wishing to study, we cannot tolerate bad behaviour or disrespect towards other users and staff. We appreciate that at times like this the stress levels rise, but though there are plenty of places on campus to let off steam the Library is NOT one of them! This applies just as much to use, or indeed misuse, of social media – think before you post anything, however witty you may think it is!
Our bookable study rooms, carrels and pods are pretty busy even off-peak, but during exam periods they’re especially popular. Please remember that you have to book them first before you can use one – don’t just turn up and sit down assuming the space is available, because it probably isn’t! And if you do book a space, please remember to actually come and use it. We give people 15 minutes to claim their reservation, otherwise we will allow someone else to use it – it’s simply not fair on other students to leave rooms unclaimed & unused.
Please use the bins and recycling containers to keep the Library clean and tidy. Please remove all rubbish from your desk when you go – leave it as you would expect to find it!
If you’re a smoker, please remember that you cannot smoke directly outside the Library entrance – you must use the smoking shelter in the Library car park opposite. Some of you are probably getting as tired of being told this as we are of telling you, but get used to being nagged (or worse) if you continue to ignore this rule – it is a University regulation, and subject to the same disciplinary procedure if you break it.
Please remember, if you experience any problems at all regarding any of the Library facilities, just ask a member of staff, or contact us through our Twitter and Facebook feeds – we’re here to help you as best we can.
The University have compiled a helpful web page detailing all the resources available to students during the January exam period, covering the availability of study spaces and computer labs across campus (no, the Library isn’t the only place to study!) along with details and links to the many and various other means of academic and personal support you can receive from the University at this busy and stressful time.
Be sure to bookmark it for further reference – it’s available here: