Restricted Access to Levels 3 and 4 Wednesday (17th December)

Pilkington library after refurbishment

Additionally to the maintenance work being undertaken in the building this week, technicians will be performing service work on many of the operator chairs on Level 3 and Level 4 on Wednesday. In order to do this, the chairs will need to be removed to certain areas which will be restricted to Library users while the work is carried out.  

Alternative study areas are available on Levels 1 and 2.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Library Building Work During the Vacation

Pilkington library after refurbishmentThe Library will be undertaking some maintenance work to the building during the vacation.

Beginning today engineers will be replacing the over-door heaters to the main entrance. This will involve the temporary locking of the exit & entrance doors in turn to allow the work to be completed.

Additionally, the Group Study Rooms on Level 2 and Study Room 1A on Level 1 will be having new carpets fitted. While this is happening these rooms will not be available to book. Alternative study rooms are available on Levels 3 & 4.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience.


Library Opening Hours During the Christmas Vacation

snowFrom Monday the Library will be switching to vacation opening hours until the start of the next term.

These will be:

Monday 15th: 9.00 – 5.30

Tuesday 16th: 9.00 – 5.30

Wednesday 17th: 9.00 – 8.00

Thursday 18th: 9.00 – 5.30

Friday 19th : 9.00 – 5.30

Saturday 20th: Closed

Sunday 21st: Closed

Monday 22nd: 9.00 – 5.30

Tuesday 23rd: 9.00 – 5.30

Wednesday 24th: 9.00 – 3.00

Please note the earlier closing time on Wednesday 24th (Christmas Eve). Thereafter we are closed for the rest of the vacation (Thursday 25th December to Friday 2nd January) until Saturday January 3rd, when we revert to normal term-time opening hours until 24-7 opening begins from Monday evening, 5th January until Wednesday 28th January.

Please remember that last entry to the building is ten minutes before closing time.

The Twelve Library Days of Christmas

12 days of Library Christmas

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me…

Twelve Festive Librarians!

Eleven Study Rooms…

Ten Devices Working…

Nine Academic Librarians…

Eight Leisure Readers…

Seven Study Pods…

Six Cleaners Cleaning…

Five Book Renewals…

Four Library Levels…

Three Cafe Ladies…

Two (S)Elf Service Machines…


One Library Christmas Tree!

(Sadly the Partridge went home early for Christmas!)

We’d like to wish all our visitors over the last year a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – enjoy the vacation, and see you all in 2015!

VPN & Remote Working Portal Outage, Monday 15th December


On Monday 15th December between 14:00 and 15:00 there will be an outage to the University’s primary VPN and Remote Working Portal service – This will affect the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client and Remote Working Portal accessed via This is mainly used by non-managed device users. This will not affect managed devices primarily connected to

IT Services do not anticipate the service being down for the whole of this period (approx.30 minutes within the specified time window), but the service should be considered at risk throughout while we’re moving the device between data centres.

This work is being undertaken in order to increase the resilience of the VPN and Remote Working Portal service. It will also allow IT Services to provide a reduced, rather than no, service during a planned power outage later in December 2014.

If you have any queries regarding this please contact the Service Desk at or phone 01509 222333.

Help Break the Christmas Jumper Record!

xmas jumper dayHave you remembered to bring your Xmas wooly? It’s Christmas Jumper Day!

The world record attempt will take place at 12.30pm at the newly landscaped Shirley Pearce Square, in front of Martin Hall. The suggested donation (to Save the Children) to take part in the event is £2.

If you do forget your jumper on the day, you can buy one at the University, with a proportion of the cost going to Save the Children.

Remember to tweet pictures of you and your friends in your festive finery with the hashtags #xmasjumperday #LboroXmas

Going on simultaneously will be the annual Christmas Craft & Foodie Market.

This farmers market will run from 10am to 4pm with more stalls than ever before with more than a dozen stalls including but not limited to stores selling:

  • Organic meats
  • Hats and scarfs
  • Samosas
  • Handicrafts from around the world
  • Sweet and Savoury Pies
  • Platinum Pancakes
  • Hog Roast

See you there!

Library Housekeeping System Down for Essential Maintenance – UPDATE COMPLETE

Pilkington library after refurbishment

We’re happy to announce that the maintenance & upgrade to our Aleph Library housekeeping system is now COMPLETE. The Self Issue machines on Levels 1,2 & 3 should now all be back in operation. However as we have quite a backlog of loans and returns to complete borrower records may not be immediately up-to-date and it will also take time to re-shelve all the books that have been returned – please bear with us while we deal with this.

If you have any queries or issues regarding your library account, please contact a member of staff at the main Customer Services Desk on Level 3.

Again, we apologise for any inconvenience that may have been caused.

The Library’s Aleph housekeeping system is presently out of action for essential maintenance and upgrade. As a result of this, ALL self issue machines are currently switched off, and ALL book issues and returns must be done via the Customer Services Desk on Level 3.

The system is likely to be down through all of today and tomorrow (Tuesday 9th). Library Catalogue Plus will remain functional, but user borrowing records will not be available to log in to while the upgrade is ongoing.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, and will update you when the upgrade is complete.

Bogus/Phishing Email Warning

Pilkington library after refurbishmentPlease be advised that a number of bogus/phishing* emails have been seen this week, they include an email containing a virus and also an email reporting that a Library account has expired and needs reactivating.

IT Service have taken steps to block these messages but similar messages may still arrive. Please mark these emails as spam and do not click the links within them or open any attachments they might have.

If you have clicked the links or opened any attachments please contact the IT service desk emailling or phone 01509 222333, so they can check your computer. If you have a virus your PC may need to be re-imaged . If you have entered any bank account details from following the links on these web sites please inform your bank as you may be subject to fraud as a result. If you are unsure if an email is real or not please don’t hesitate to contact our service desk who will be able to advise.

More information and guidance can be found here:

(*Phishing is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money) by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.)

Take Home a Little (Extra!) Light Reading This Christmas…

10 - Leisure Reading Collection

The Christmas vacation is looming, and while everyone is looking forward to a nice break (well, we are, anyway!), sometimes you can find yourself stuck for something to do. Let’s face it, the Christmas television schedule isn’t always wonderful, and not everybody likes to play Monopoly – so why not take yourself off into a quiet corner and curl up with a good book or two… or even three or four!

This is now completely possible, as we’ve just increased the number of items you can borrow from our Leisure Reading Collection on Level 4 from two to four books. What’s even better, from this Friday you can keep the books for the entire vacation, rather than the usual two-week period.

With an ever-expanding range to choose from – over 400 and counting – encompassing literary classics old and new, award-winning novels, celebrity autobiographies, art, historical sagas, cinema & TV adaptations, contemporary poetry and a wide selection of popular graphic novels, we’re certain there’s something to meet every taste, whether it’s something long and engrossing to tide you over the whole of the festive season, or something short and sweet to sustain you in that ever-irritating gap between Christmas dinner and the Doctor Who Xmas Special. Why not pop upstairs and have a browse today?