Database Trial – Oxford Art Online/Grove Art Online

Art students and art lovers alike will find our latest database trial of great interest, as we take a trip through the archives of Oxford Art Online’s Grove Art Online.

This trial provides access to the foremost scholarly art encyclopedia, covering both Western and non-Western art. First published as the landmark 34-volume Dictionary of Art, edited by Jane Turner, the content of Grove Art encompasses all aspects of visual culture.

To begin searching go to:

No need to sign in as access is via IP address.The trial is available until 21st March 2018

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn – – with your comments.

Remote Working Service Upgrade (Off-Campus Access)

IT Services will be carrying out an upgrade to improve security on the Remote Working Service – also known as the VPN service – a service that provides staff and students with secure access to resources when working away from campus.

As part of this change, IT Services will:

  1. Upgrade the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client service2
  2. Retire the web link Remote Working Portal ( service

These changes are scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 11th April 2018.

Remote Working Service (VPN)

  • There will be a brief outage to users connected to the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client service (between 7am – 8am) while the upgrade occurs.

Remote Working Portal

  • IT Services will be contacting users of the web link Remote Working Portal service ( to recommend they move to the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client service.

For further information please visit Staff / Students or alternatively contact the IT Service desk at, or visit the PC Clinic based in the Pilkington Library.

Help Us Test the Library Website – *All Volunteer Slots Now Taken*

We’d love to know how you use the Library website, to test if it is structured in the most helpful way, and you are able to access the information you need effectively.

We’re running some user testing on the Library website in the Pilkington Library on Tuesday 27th February and Wednesday 1st March.

  • Tuesday 27th February at 11am or 12pm
  • Thursday 1st March at 1pm or 2pm

Thank you to everyone who has offered their time to help us – all volunteer slots have now been taken.

Database Trial – Gale Reference Complete

This month we’re trialling a multifaceted electronic reference platform courtesy of Gale/Cengage.

Gale Reference Complete enable users to access millions of pages of primary sources, e-reference and periodical content on Gale’s superior platforms designed to streamline the student and researcher workflow. The sheer breadth of the package – combining proprietary e-reference content form Gale. JCR-quality periodicals, literary criticism and full text literary works as well as rare primary source content from the vaults of the world’s great libraries – means that every student and researcher will find a rich store of relevant information to enhance their learning and research.

To begin searching go to – access is via IP address and the trial runs to 16th March 2018.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn – – with your comments.

Important Notice for Library Catalogue e-Shelf Users

If you have stored records on your e-Shelf in our previous catalogue you will still be able to access them for a short time. If you continue to need these references you will need to download them or move them into a reference management system such as Mendeley. You will no longer be able to access your references after 27th February.

 To find your eShelf references please visit the previous Library catalogue via this link, login to your account, and select eShelf. Please see our video (above) with instructions on how to do this and if you have any questions please email us via or contact your Academic Librarian for advice.

New Semester, New Library Catalogue (Plus Borrowing Changes)

In the switch over between semesters, the Library introduced its new Library Catalogue and library management system.  This has brought a few changes, which are detailed below.

New Library Catalogue Plus:

1. Clearer search tabs:

As well as having a cleaner interface (as appreciated by students in our pre-launch user testing), there are now only two search tabs – Catalogue and Articles Plus.


Catalogue searches for books, journal titles, DVDs and other material held by the Library and all items from the Loughborough University Institutional Repository.

Articles Plus provides access to online full-text journal articles and conference papers accessible at Loughborough University.

2. Better filtering

When you get your results, you can now specify whether you want results from the Loughborough or London libraries and can even narrow down to just e-resources.


3. Access to subject specific databases:

Subject guides provide access to the key databases for your subject area and can be found from the Library Catalogue Plus screen (see below) or directly from:  

Borrowing Changes

1. Longer high demand loan periods
These will now issue until 23.55 on the next working day instead of 2.30pm (e.g. if you issue a book on Friday, it will be due in at 23.55 on Monday). It is no longer possible to book high demand items for a specific date but users can request them on the catalogue if they are on loan to other users. The fine for high demand books is now £3 per day rather than 50p per hour.

2. High demand books now renewable

As long as no-one else has requested them, high demand books are now renewable.

3. More renewals
Following user feedback, these have been raised. Week loan, long loan and high demand items can all be renewed 10 times by users. Staff/researchers can now renew long loans 3 times and week loan/high demand items 10 times. You can renew books on the catalogue by logging into the My Account section or on the self-service machines in the Library.

4. Courtesy notice emails

We will send out the usual courtesy notice 4 days before a book is due for return and a second reminder email on the actual due date. Because of this, we are not fining on the day a book is due for return – the fine would start the following day. The emails are now called “Library books due for return” as some users had problems with the reminders going into spam folders because they contained the word “loan” in the title.

5. Weekends

Books are no longer due on any weekend. If a week loan is issued on a Sat/Sun it will be due in on the Monday after a week has passed e.g. if a week loan was issued  on Sunday 4th Feb it would be due on Monday 12th Feb not Sunday 11th.

Further information and feedback

If you need any help using the new system or have any feedback– simply email, pop into the Library to talk to the staff on the Information Desks or contact your Academic Librarian.

Database Trial – Harper’s Weekly 1857-1912

We’re trialling another venerable and much respected news resource for the start of Semester 2.

The Harper’s Weekly collection gathers the definitive newspaper of record for the latter part of the 19th and early 20th century into a convenient online resource. The carefully indexed and rekeyed database provides a convenient, user-friendly way to access the full content of this quintessential historical publication.

  • For more information about the content included in this collection, click HERE.
  • For general help, including navigation instructions and search tips, click HERE.

To begin searching go to – access is via IP address and the trial runs to 3rd March 2018.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn – – with your comments.

New Library Catalogue

At the beginning of Semester 2, the Library plans to launch our new and improved Library Catalogue Plus interface. User testing has been positive, with people really liking the clear screens and updated results page. As an added bonus, the new interface will soon be available on the myLboro app, so users will be able to access their accounts and renew books easily while on the go.

During the switchover which is planned to occur between 31st January and 5th February you will still be able to search for and access library materials in print and online and Library staff will be available to help. You can return books at the help desk but borrower accounts won’t be updating until after the new catalogue has gone live. All long loan books have been extended until 18th February and we won’t be charging fines on any overdue items whilst the system is being updated.

The new catalogue should be available on 5th February and we would welcome any feedback.


Do I need to return my books?

You can check your library account now to see what items you have on loan and be sure of return dates. Any long loan book that is currently issued to you won’t be due until 18th February. Please keep an eye on your University email address for any communication from the Library.

I’ve got items saved on my e-Shelf, will they still be there after the upgrade?

If you have stored records on your e-Shelf in the current catalogue we would encourage you to download them or export them into Mendeley as they won’t be carried over to the new system. You can find further information about Mendeley on our website pages or contact your Academic Librarian for advice.

Do I need to update my bookmarks?

If you have bookmarked the current catalogue this will redirect you to the new interface. Any links to individual items or particular searches won’t be saved. Please contact your Academic Librarian for any advice.

I’m an academic, will the change affect my reading list?

The new catalogue won’t affect your reading list and all links to books and online articles will continue to work as normal. Contact your Academic Librarian or email us if you have any queries about reading lists.

I’m at the London campus, will this change affect me?

The new catalogue will be available to all staff and students in Loughborough and London. During the switchover you can still return books to the London Library but not take out any items until the help desk opens on Monday 5th February. Please email if you have any queries.

I’ve got feedback on the new catalogue where can I send it?

We’re happy to receive feedback and any suggestions you have so please email or tweet us @lborolibrary

More information and quick guides will be available from the Library’s website soon.

Changes to Library Catalogue Plus – Important Information Regarding E-Shelf Material

At the beginning of Semester 2, the Library will be launching its new and improved Library Catalogue Plus interface. By way of an advanced warning, we’d like to notify people of important changes to the old E-Shelf system on the present interface.

If you have stored records on your e-Shelf in the current catalogue we would encourage you to download them or export them into Mendeley as they won’t be carried over to the new system. You can find further information about Mendeley on our website pages or contact your Academic Librarian for advice.

Further information about changes to the interface will published soon. Stay tuned!

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. 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 to enhance your digital skills and personal development. Normally costing £250 for an individual annual subscription, you can use 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 ‘’ 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.