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!

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?

Library Study Booths Unavailable on Tuesday Morning, 2nd December

Pilkington library after refurbishment

The Study Booths on Library Level 4 will all be unavailable on Tuesday 2nd December for essential maintenance work. It is hoped that this work will be completed by the afternoon. During this time none of the booths will be available to book via our online booking system. Alternative study spaces are available in the Library, subject to booking.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Discover the Gone Girl with Club 790

gone-girl-400x400-imadu8yszepkzbvdClub 790, our student book club, will be meeting up before the Christmas vacation on Monday 8th December in the Library Staff Room at 7pm. The novel chosen for discussion this time is Gillian Flynn’s best-selling thriller Gone Girl.

All copies of the book have now been borrowed for the meeting, but you can still purchase it from Amazon or from local booksellers.

For more information, please contact Sharon Reid at the Library:, ext. 222403, or why not join the discussion on our Facebook page?