Increased Loan Allowances – Here to Stay!

peaceful mind in libraryBack at the start of the Summer term we temporarily increased our loan allowances to help everyone out during the busy revision period. Well, it’s been such a popular success that we’ve decided to make the increase permanent!

The loan allowances will now remain as following:

  • Undergraduates – 20 books (was 15)
  • Finalists and Postgraduates – 25 books (was 20)
  • Researchers – 35 books (was 30)
  • Staff – 35 books (was 30)


Image by Cassie Wang, an entry in our 2012 Image Competition

Join Us for Elevenses this August


IMG_0044Staff and researchers are cordially invited to join us this August for a freshly-baked batch of our ever-popular Elevenses bite-sized training sessions run by Library staff this coming August.

We’ll be looking at the following subjects:

  • Careers Agility (Wednesday 6th August)
  • Refworks Taster (Wednesday 13th August)
  • Research Professional (Wednesday 20th August)
  • Mendeley Taster (Wednesday 3th September)

All sessions start at 11am and last approximately 30 minutes. Booking is necessary as spaces are limited. To do this, and for further information about all the sessions, visit the Library’s events page here:

Electrical Work in the Library this July

Pilkington library after refurbishment

Electrical contractors will be starting work in the Library next week from Monday 14th July on equipping the majority of tables on Level 3 with power sockets.

While these works take place half of Level 3 will be unavailable for a time although access routes to the cafe, the PC Clinic, Library offices, Seminar Room 1, High Demand, the toilets, Group Study Rooms and the lift will be maintained.

Level 2 will also be affected in that the electricians will be running the power for Level 3 along the ceiling on Level 2. This will have an impact on access to sections of stock on Level 2; we will be making arrangements that if someone requires a book/journal from the section that is being worked on, the user can contact a member of staff who will be escorted to retrieve the item. There will be signs in these areas advising users of this procedure when the time comes.

These works are expected to last up to three weeks. In addition to the access restrictions users should be aware that the work will involve drilling and therefore some noise, though we are aiming to confine this as much as possible to times before/after the Library is open.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Points of view – a summary of suggestion cards

Attractive Woman with Her BooksAs usual, our users have had the opportunity to leave feedback and suggestions in one of our special boxes over the last 12 months.

All users get a reply from a relevant member of Library staff within one working day of submitting their suggestion card. We have also compiled a summary of all the comments and replies on our suggestions and feedback webpage.

We welcome all comments/feedback from our users as they help us develop our services.

Scores on the doors – how did we perform against our KPI targets?

D3415-07The third full year of measuring our KPI performance pledges to you have just been released. So how did we do?

The good news is that we actually did better than last year, so improvements have obviously been made. In fact, the one KPI we didn’t fully meet last year – when we were closed for 10 hours in the first week of the academic year – achieved 100% compliance this year.

If you would like to see a full summary of our targets and performance levels, they are available on our website. Please feel free to give us some feedback – it would be great to hear from you

Don’t Just Relax With a Book – Relax ON a Book!

photo (23)The National Literacy Trust have just begun a leisure reading scheme that gives the expression ‘settling down with a good book’ a whole new meaning, as they have installed a range of benches across London designed after popular literary classics such as Peter Pan, Bridget Jones and James Bond.

In association with Wild at Art the Trust’s Books About Town scheme features a trail of benches shaped as open books, decorated by professional illustrators and local artists, allowing visitors an opportunity to explore and celebrate the capital’s literary connections and the whole idea of reading for pleasure, whilst enjoying the artwork of some of the country’s top artists – in a very novel way!

We do our bit to promote leisure reading here at the Library too, though our furniture is a little more ordinary, alas! We have a wide (and ever expanding!) range of popular fiction, autobiographies and graphic novels upstairs on Level 4 (pictured above is only a small sample of our collection!). So if you’re stuck for something to read over the long, drowsy summer days (and nights), why not pop upstairs and have a browse?

Visit Inner Worlds at the Loughborough Town Hall…


Art lovers and fans of the science fiction dystopias of writers J.G. Ballard and Philip K. Dick are in for a treat at a new exhibition that has just opened at the Sock Gallery in Loughborough Town Hall.

For Inner Worlds: Tech Noir and The Gothic Leicester-based artist and photographer Wayne Mitchelson transforms the gallery into a strange and interesting world inspired by the novels of Philip K. Dick, J.G. Ballard and Edgar Allen Poe using digital photographic prints and hand drawn murals. Wayne will be drawing between the spaces of some of his photographs to create his own visual story and you the viewer are invited to watch him at work, as each photograph connects and the “Inner Worlds” emerge.

The exhibition runs for a month from today until 3rd August. For further details visit the Loughborough Town Hall site here.

Library Research Workshops for Staff this July

Research Support workshops

The Library is running a series of workshops for staff this July with the aim of helping you get the best results for your research.

Open Access publishing: Policy and practice
Monday 14th July, 2-3.30pm
Open access is an increasingly important phenomenon in scholarly communication and is mandatory for a growing number of funding bodies. This session will bring attendees up to date with the latest developments in the open access debate, such as RCUK policy, as well as providing an overview of different open access publishing routes (both green and gold) available to researchers at Loughborough University.

Research data management
Tuesday 15th July, 2-4pm
Whilst efficient data management has always been part of good research practice, research data management is growing in importance in higher education. An increasing number of funding bodies require a data management plan to be submitted in a funding bid and the data produced to be shared, where possible. This session examines the importance of managing your data effectively and how to express this in a data management plan. It will also consider the issues of sharing and archiving data and how you can do this to meet funder requirements, as well as your own research needs.

Measuring your academic impact: Citations and other metrics
Wednesday 16th July, 10am-12pm
Research active staff are increasingly being called upon to demonstrate the impact of their research – whether for promotion, PRPs, funding applications, or research assessment. One way of assessing this type of impact of your research is through citation analysis, or bibliometrics. The Library provides access to a widening range of tools that facilitate this. This session will demystify the topic, so that you can see how metrics apply to your subject area and how you can use them to your advantage.

Increasing the visibility of your research
Thursday 17th July, 10am-12pm
Whilst you pride yourself on producing high quality research, are your research outcomes reaching the widest possible audience? Demonstrating the impact of your research is increasingly important for receiving funding, but to create an impact, it must first of all be noticed. This session will examine the various tools and services that are available to help you raise the visibility of your research outcomes, as well as discussing the benefits and challenges of this approach. The session will enable you to identify the most appropriate strategy for your own subject area.

Finding Research Information
Thursday 17th July, 2-4pm
This session keeps staff up-to-date with the range of information sources and services provided by Loughborough University Library that are available from their desktops and from mobile devices. It will enable them to refresh and refine their information finding skills, as well as identifying sources to help them keep aware of the developments in their research field.

You will need to accept an enrolment key onto LBA601 Research Central to be able to book on to the workshops. If they have any problems, please email:

Further information about our broad range of support for research is available here:

Enduring War at the British Library

British_20Library_20LogoA new exhibition has just opened at the British Library as part of their contribution to the First World War Centenary. Enduring War examines how people coped with life during the war: from moments of patriotic fervour to periods of anxious inactivity, shock and despair. 

Through posters, poetry, books and pamphlets from the period, the exhibition considers attempts to boost morale at home and in the field, as well as presenting individual responses to the conflict, such as letters from Indian soldiers on the Western Front, schoolboys’ descriptions of Zeppelin raids over London and examples of the black humour expressed in trench journals.

The exhibition also showcases the Library’s work for Europeana 1914-1918, a major pan-European project to digitise more than 400,000 items from World War One through an audiovisual art installation, as well as a new World War One website, in which the user can explore over 500 newly-digitised historical sources from across Europe, with new insights by experts.

Enduring War is now open until October in the Library’s Folio Gallery and is free to visit. For further details visit the British Library website here.