The Sky’s No Limit!

Louise 1Congratulations to our fantastic Academic Librarian Louise Fletcher, who on Wednesday afternoon successfully completed a charity Tandem Skydive along with colleagues from across the rest of the University.

The Skydive had been organised in association with Loughborough Students Rag. Participants had to raise a minimum of £300 to take part, of which £190 of this covers the cost of the skydive and all remaining money will be donated to the charity of the participant’s choice.

We’re very happy to report that Louise has so far managed to raise over £740, which will be going to Cancer Research and MS Support. Louise made the jump on behalf of LSU Rag in memory of her friend Mandy Griffiths and other Library colleagues who sadly lost their battle against cancer. If you would like to contribute, you can do so by visiting her JustGiving page here:

Well done Louise – we’re all very proud of you!

Pictured above: Louise (in the blue jumpsuit) making her descent.

Arts Degree Show 2015


The School of the Arts will be presenting this year’s Arts Degree Show to the public from Saturday 6th June. The show will highlight final year pieces by students from each programme area. Work displayed from Fine Art, 3D Design, Graphic Communication and Illustration, Textiles: Innovation and Design.

The work will be on display in the Edward Barnsley Building, the 3D Design Building and the Fine Art Building, and includes paintings and illustrations, fashion garments and textile patterns, sculptures, photographs, installations, short films and animations, portfolios of graphic design work and video game demos. Work will be on sale throughout the exhibition.

The exhibition opens with a private showing on Friday 5th June between 6-9pm – to book online, visit this link. Thereafter the exhibition will be freely open to all from Saturday 6th June to Sunday 14th June between 10am-5pm daily.

Spare Rib Online at the British Library

front_cover_issue1_0001The British Library have just completed the digitisation of the classic feminist magazine Spare Rib and have just launched a dedicated site hosting 300 specially selected pages alongside articles written by former contributors and leading academics about the history of the magazine.

Spare Rib was an active part of the emerging women’s liberation movement in the late 20th century. Running from 1972 – 93, this now iconic magazine challenged the stereotyping and exploitation of women, while supporting collective, realistic solutions to the hurdles women faced. Spare Rib became the debating chamber of feminism in the UK, and it now provides a valuable insight into the lives of women in this period. Visitors to this site can explore selected highlights from the magazine; and examine how the magazine was run, why it was started and the issues it dealt with.

The full run of Spare Rib magazines can be accessed via Jisc:

Printer Credit Refunds for Finalists

Pilkington library after refurbishmentAs Summer Term & the Academic Year draw to a close we start to receive queries from Finalists asking about getting their printer credit refunded. Refunds can be obtained by visiting the Creative & Print Services Office based in the Herbert Manzoni Building, which is open Monday-Friday 8.30am-5pm, where they will refund the balance of your account back on to your debit or credit card.

Please be aware that Finalists only can receive a refund – 1st & 2nd Years looking for a little extra holiday cash should look elsewhere! – and that once you have received your refund you will have closed your University print account permanently – you won’t be able to log in & print on campus thereafter. Bear that in mind if you think you might need to do any last minute printing!

Study Space Guidance During 24-7

05 Level 424-7 hasn’t even begun yet and the Library is already getting extremely busy. To avoid any undue frustration when seeking somewhere suitable to study, please consider the following information & advice:

  • The Library contains over 1300 study spaces ranging from silent to social spread across four levels. To make certain every space is used properly, during 24-7 Library staff will clear items from unattended desks regularly during office hours. All items removed are kept securely in the Customer Services Office on Level 3.
  • Please consider what sort of space you want to use carefully. Many of the tables on Level 3 are intended for several people at a time – please use the single study desks on the lower levels if you are set on working on your own. Remember that Levels 1,2 & 4 are intended for quiet study, so Level 3 isn’t the place to sit if you want peace & quiet. Likewise, the other levels are not the place to go if you want to chat and eat lunch while you work!
  • The Silent Study area on Level 4 is for silent study only – the clue is in the title! At all times, please be considerate about the amount of noise you make in the Library while people are studying – Level 3 is the designated social study space. You will be asked to move if you are being noisy & disruptive.
  • Please don’t take up chairs & seating with bags & coats – you will be asked to remove them if people are looking for a seat. Please also be considerate when leaving items on the floor, especially trailing wires from IT equipment – aside from constituting a trip hazard, you may be compromising a fire exit route.
  • Take care with your belongings & valuables – especially remembering to take USB sticks with you when you log out! – and use the bins provided for any rubbish. It may be a cliché, but try to leave any study space as you wish to find it!
  • If you book a Library study room, study carrel or study pod, please remember that if you don’t claim your booking within 15 minutes, the space becomes available to whoever wishes to claim it for the remainder of that booking period. Please also note that Library facilities CANNOT be booked or used by external visitors.
  • If you cannot find the space you are looking for in the Library, alternatives may be found elsewhere on campus. You can find a complete list of available study spaces here: (Please note these are subject to availability)
  • Similarly you can check PC Lab availability, including Library PCs, by visiting the following IT Services link:
  • Should the Library ever reach capacity (goodness forbid!) we will notify users appropriately through our OWN social media channels and if necessary direct them to the alternative facilities mentioned above. We also reserve the right to restrict access to external users during the exam period.

If you experience any difficulties using or accessing Library facilities at all, please contact a member of staff – we’re here to help as much as we can to make this busy time pass as smoothly as possible for all concerned.

Eden Flix Presents… No Impact Man

logoNext Wednesday (27th May) at 3pm the Cope Auditorium will be showing No Impact Man, the latest in the Eden Flix series of socially themed contemporary documentaries.

In November 2006, author Colin Beavan, his wife, Michelle Conlin and their two year-old daughter, Isabella began the No Impact Man project. The goal: to make as little environmental impact as possible while living on lower 5th Avenue in Manhattan.

Before the project began, Colin and his family were SUV driving, fast food eating New Yorkers who would assuage their guilt with some good old American retail therapy. But Colin grew weary of his political convictions not lining up with his personal habits. So, in order to “walk the talk,” he decided for his next book to embrace a carbon-free, environmental friendly lifestyle and call himself “No Impact Man.” For starters, that would mean no trash, no electricity, no cars, no TV, and no buying anything new for an entire year.

The documentary feature film, No Impact Man, by Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein, presents an intimate emotional portrait of a couple struggling through a severe and protracted change in their way of life. Over the course of one year, the filmmakers documented what happens to Colin and Michelle’s emotional life as they alter their entire lifestyle. How do they cope with the constant stress and intermittent crises of such a rigorous way of living? Or, perhaps, when life is pared down, do some things become unexpectedly better and even easier?

The showing is free, but booking is necessary – to do that, visit this link:

24-7 Starts On Thursday…

Pilkington library after refurbishment

It’s that time again! Summer-time means exam time, and that in turn means that the Library will opening its doors 24-7 for the rest of term, starting from 8.30am on Thursday morning (21st May) and running through until midnight on Wednesday 17th June.

As is customary, we’d like to issue a few gentle reminders for those of you who haven’t experienced the full Summer 24-7 effect before. 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 to free up space (assuming someone else doesn’t help themselves to your stuff first!).

We’d also like to remind you that 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 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 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. As mentioned in the post below, we are unfortunately experiencing some difficulties with our air conditioning system at the moment, so please bear with us on that.

Best of luck with your exams!

Library Air Conditioning Issues

Pilkington library after refurbishmentOwing to circumstances beyond our control, the Library is presently experiencing problems with its air conditioning system, resulting from issues with the air flow to and from the building cooling plant. We are working closely with colleagues from University Facilities Management to resolve these issues, but unfortunately they are unable to provide a time frame for when the situation will be dealt with.

The unsettled weather we are presently experiencing may result in some fluctuations with the building temperature, particularly in some study areas. Obviously this is not ideal as we enter the hectic end of term exam season when the Library will be particularly busy & the building fully occupied. We can only apologise for any inconvenience and ask you to bear with us while we get the problem dealt with. In the mean time, if you are studying in the Library you might want to consider bringing an extra layer of clothing with you in case the rain and the temperature continues to fall (!) and making sure you keep topped up with water should summer start to show its sunny face again!

We will keep you informed of any updates as & when work progresses.

Like Cycling? Get the LUFBUG!

lufbugIf you’re a cyclist, you may be interested in going along next week to a free maintenance workshop being run by the Loughborough University Bicycle Users Group (or LUFBUG for short).

LUFBUG are running another lunch time cycle maintenance workshop next Wednesday (20th May) from just before 1pm until about 2pm. Once again this is being held at the Landscaping and Gardening Society shed at the rear of car park 5 and Mark Newell will be on hand to offer help and advice on bike repair issues. The previous sessions they’ve run have been very popular.

So if you’ve got a wobbly seat or dodgy brakes and want to see how they can be fixed, pop on over with your bike and they’ll try to take a look at it. It will be done on a “first come, first served” basis and is open to everyone; staff, students, tenants and local residents. Keen/expert cyclists are also welcome to come along to help with the advice and repairs!

LUFBUG seeks to improve conditions for cyclists on campus and to encourage more University staff and students to cycle, and encourage all sections of the University to adopt cycle-friendly policies and practices. To find out more, visit the LUFBUG site here:

4 Levels 6 Seconds – Take Our Vine Challenge!


Every year the Library holds a competition and this year the focus is to create a short video (Vine). We would like a Vine that captures 6 seconds of what makes your University Library great! 

We are keen to ensure our media presence is useful, providing news and information about our services but we also want it to be eye catching, engaging and relevant for students, staff and prospective students and this is where you come in.

Maybe you want us to highlight the many resources we have, show off our refurbished spaces or perhaps you simply want us to be more fun.

Whatever your take we want your Vine!

Our 2015 competition will run from April 27th to May 15th 2015

  • Entrants can submit up to 3 of your own Vines.
  • Each entry must have a title and may include an optional description.
  • There are no restrictions in the use of any digital enhancements.
  • The competition is open to Loughborough University employees and students.
  • Entrants must obtain permission from anyone appearing in their entry.

When Vines are submitted, entrants to the competition should provide their name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and also their position in the University and where the Vine was taken. The University Library will only ever use your personal details for the purposes of administering this competition, and will not publish them or provide them to anyone without your permission.

We will select a number of Vines to go on our Facebook page and then the University Library marketing group will make the final decision. Selection will take place at the end of May and a message will be placed on our Facebook page.

The 3 best entries will receive £20 Amazon vouchers each.

Entries should be sent as an email attachment to by May 15th 2015.

For further details and rules & conditions, visit this link: