Database Trial – BrowZine

BrowZineThe Library is running a trial of BrowZine, a new application that allows you to browse, read and follow thousands of the library’s scholarly journals from your Android and iOS mobile devices. All in a format optimized for your tablet and smartphone! Built to accompany your searching needs, items found in BrowZine can easily be synced up with Zotero, Mendeley, RefWorks, Dropbox or other services to help keep all of your information together in one place.

With BrowZine, you can:

  • Browse and read journals: Browse journals by subject, easily review tables of contents, and download full articles.
  • Create your own bookshelf: Add journals to your personal bookshelf and be notified when new articles are published.
  • Save and export articles: Save articles for off-line reading or export to services such as DropBox, Mendeley, RefWorks, Zotero, Papers and more

You will need to install and run open the University’s CISCO VPN to use Browzine – CISCO is available at 

To learn more and start using BrowZine today, visit

Getting started is easy! From your Android or iOS device, find BrowZine in the Apple App, Google Play or Amazon App store and download it for free. When initially launching BrowZine, select Loughborough University from the drop down list. Enter your Loughborough username and password. Start exploring BrowZine!

(Users will also, at some point during the set up process, be presented with a screen to create a BrowZine Sync Account. This is entirely optional – the benefits of creating an account include the ability to synch their My Bookshelf collection of saved journals across all BrowZine devices. Further, the Sync Account will enable them to save this information for future recall in the event they delete and later reinstall the app.  Without a Sync Account, all saved items would be lost when the app is deleted.  More information about BrowZine Accounts may be found here:

The trial will run until April 20th. We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn with your comments.

Leisure Reading – The Top Ten of the Top Floor

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Our Leisure Reading collection up on Level 4 is proving quite a draw judging from the statistics our clever IT people have compiled for us. This term alone over 250 books were borrowed from the collection, so it’s nice to know we’re providing some light relief from all the textbooks!

We’re also able to give you a Top Ten of the most borrowed books from the collection, as follows…

1. A Game of Thrones, Book 1 (George R.R. Martin), 37 loans

2. Fight Club (Chuck Palahniuk), 32 loans.

3. Northern Lights (Philip Pullman), 30 loans.

4. The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy), 26 loans

5. The Life of Pi (Yann Martel), 24 loans

5. Noughts & Crosses (Malorie Blackman), 24 loans

7. The Five People You Meet in Heaven (Mitch Albom), 19 loans

8. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini), 17 loans

8. The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins), 17 loans

10. Fifty Shades of Grey (E.L. James), 16 loans

Don’t forget, if you are in need of a little light relief from your study over the vacation, there’s still time to pop upstairs and have a browse – with over 650 books to choose from, including award-winning fiction, graphic novels and autobiographies, there’s something for every taste (as the popularity of Fifty Shades will testify!!)

Easter Vacation Opening Hours

PJust to remind all of our visitors that from Monday 30th March the Library will be switching to vacation opening hours until the start of the next term on Monday 27th April. These are:

Sunday: Closed

Monday: 9.00 – 5.30

Tuesday: 9.00 – 5.30

Wednesday: 9.00 – 8.00

Thursday: 9.00 – 5.30

Friday: 9.00 – 5.30

Saturday: Closed

Please note that we will be closed every weekend during the vacation until Saturday 25th April, and that we’re open in the evening only on Wednesdays until 8pm – all other week days we close at 5.30pm, with last entry to the building being ten minutes before closing time.

The Library will be closed along with the rest of the University over the Easter Bank Holiday for five days from Good Friday, 3rd April, through until the following Wednesday, 8th April.

Take One Book Exhibition

take one bookThis Easter the Library will be hosting a new collaborative art project, Take One Book, based around the work of best selling author Jeanette Winterson (Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit).

Open Secret is a group of twelve artists consisting of current staff and alumni of Loughborough University School of Art and Design. Not wanting to lose the value of being part of a creative community, the group came together as a collective and embarked on their first joint project, choosing the literary work of Jeanette Winterson as a focus to express their response in a variety of different media.

The exhibition opens on Level 4 of the Library on Wednesday 1st April and runs until Thursday 23rd April. For further information visit the artists website here:

Innovation & Enterprise Massive Open Online Course this April


This April the University will be running another free online course in association with FutureLearn, the first UK-led provider of massive open online courses (MOOCs).

Innovation and Enterprise will give you the opportunity to learn how an innovative idea becomes a reality. The course is free to join and is led by our internationally renowned School of Business and Enterprise and runs for six weeks, starting on 6th April 2015.

For further details, visit this link:

Database Trial – Flipster


Get the latest issues of your favourite digital magazines, Anytime, Anywhere! Curl up and get comfortable. With Flipster, you can read the digital magazines on any mobile device! Flipster is easy to use and available through Library Catalogue Plus. You can view magazines through your Internet browser, or you can use the Flipster app to download and read digital magazines offline.

There is a short promotional video at:

To begin searching please go to:,athens&profile=eon

The trial runs to 3rd April 2015 and includes access to the full range of content that would be available via an annual subscription. We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn (  with your comments.

Borrowing books over Easter vacation

We will be rolling the out the issue dates on all week and long loan items taken out for the Easter vacation on Friday 20th March 2015.

Any week and long loan items taken out ON OR AFTER this date will be issued until the start of the next term (Wednesday 29/04/15 for 1st and 2nd year Undergraduates and Friday 01/05/15 for Finalists and Taught Postgraduates).

The last recall notices for books will also go out on Friday 20th March 2015, so users should continue to check their emails up to that date to make sure they do not have to return books on their record before the end of term. We will not be issuing further recall notices during the vacation.

Please note that if a book reservation is collected AFTER the 20th March 2015 and it has ANOTHER hold request outstanding after the person who it is on hold for, it will only issue for ONE week NOT for the entire vacation period, so users should check the loan status very carefully as fines will still be levied on any book that is not returned by the due date .

High Demand book loans stay the same over the vacation period apart from Thursday 2nd April, when they will be issued until Wednesday 8th April when the Library re-opens after the Easter weekend.

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Postgraduate Open Evening

illuminateIf you’re considering further study and want to know more about where a postgraduate qualification could take you, then come along to the Loughborough University Postgraduate Open Evening taking place in the Clyde Williams Building tomorrow (Wednesday 18th March) from 4pm.

There will be a series of presentations, information stands and tours of the campus, as well as the opportunity to talk to staff and postgraduate students.

Each of Loughborough’s ten Academic Schools will be represented, and staff from Loughborough in London campus will also be on hand to talk about the opportunity available on the University’s new campus.

For more information, read the Open Evening guide, or visit this link to book a place:

Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy at the British Library

British_20Library_20LogoThe largest ever exhibition ever staged about Magna Carta opens today at the British Library.

Since 1215, Magna Carta has evolved from a political peace treaty to an international symbol of individual freedoms. From its genesis through to today’s popular culture, you can uncover the story of how its power has been used – and abused.

Together, for this once-in-a-lifetime moment, are the iconic documents and artefacts that tell the story of Magna Carta: two of the four original 1215 Magna Carta documents, Jefferson’s handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence and one of the original copies of the US Bill of Rights, both on display in the UK for the first time, together with stunning manuscripts, paintings, statues and royal relics.

Full details of the exhibition and the programme of special events that accompany it can be found on the British Library website here.

Sir Terry Pratchett 1948-2015

terry pratchett by robin zebrowskiImmensely popular and influential fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett sadly died yesterday aged 66 following a long illness.

His first novel, The Carpet People, was published in 1971, though it wasn’t until 1983 and the publication of The Colour of Magic, the first in his popular and long running Discworld saga, that his popularity began to soar, and he became a full-time writer in 1987, writing over 70 books, many of which were successfully translated and adapted into radio, television, film and computer games.

In 2007 he announced that he was suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, and he became a spokesman for the treatment of dementia illness, recording a BAFTA award-winning documentary about the treatment of his illness in 2009, the same year that he received a knighthood for services to literature.

Sir Terry’s work is well represented among our own English literature and Leisure Reading collections.

Sir Terry Pratchett image by Robin Zebrowski, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.