First day of term in numbers

         Pilkington library after refurbishment Anyone that knows a librarian, will know we love a good statistic! It’s great to see the Library so busy on the first day of term, so we have taken five minutes to see what statistics we have got for you….

Yesterday we had 2847 visits to the Library, issued 2246 books, had 462 books returned and answered 1159 enquiries – more than one a minute.

We hope you find everything you need when you are here, but please feel free to ask one of the staff for assistance – we will be happy to help.



Database Trial – SOL (Sustainable Organization Library)

GSE_world_JPEGThe Library is currently triailing a database from GSE Research, the Sustainable Organization Library (SOL), which is now the leading dedicated collection on sustainability in the world.

Relevant to a wide range of subject disciplines, including social sciences, politics, environmenal studies and business & economics, the database contains:

  • An online collection of approximately 8000 papers drawn from around 600 books and journals in sustainability, CSR, corporate governance, ethics, environmental policy and management
  • Case studies, research papers, book chapters, journal articles
  • Sourced material from nearly 600 books, special issues and journal issues
  • Each item individually tagged and discoverable
  • Book and journal content accessible through search or browse
  • Ebooks, journals, articles, reports, conference proceedings

SOL also features collections from global leaders in the field of sustainability including:

  • Greenleaf Publishing: the leading independent sustainability publisher. Greenleaf publishes in the areas of corporate responsibility, business ethics, environmental policy, business strategy and practice, and sustainable development. SOL includes the majority of Greenleaf publications.
  • GSE Research: specialist in publishing, project management and advisory services in governance, sustainability and environment, and partner to Greenleaf Publishing.
  • Oxfam International: an international confederation of 17 organizations networked together in more than 90 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty.
  • European Foundation for Management Development: leading accreditation and membership body for business schools and organization learning & development initiatives worldwide
  • AMACOM, the publishing division of the American Management association
  • Practical Action Publishing: specializing in developing-world issues. SOL draws on the Development Economics collection from Practical Action.
  • Peter Lang: long-established publisher of English-, German- and French-language books in the humanities and social sciences. SOL draws on the Peter Lang environment and sustainability list.
  • Cambridge Scholars Publishing: broad-based publisher in science, the arts and humanities. SOL draws on the Cambridge Scholars environment and sustainability list.
  • Access Press: UK-based specialist publisher of books and journals, including the International Journal of Management Cases, which is included in SOL.
  • United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME): with more than 500 business school signatories worldwide.
  • The Academy of Business in Society: more than 120 of the world’s leading companies and business schools.
  • Institute of Directors India: serving more than 30,000 directors in corporations in India and worldwide.

To begin searching please go to: – access is via IP address.

The trial will end on 29th November 2014. We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn ( ) with your comments.

Welcome to the Start of Term!


A big WELCOME to all our visitors – old and new! – as we start another exciting academic year. We hope everybody had a good summer (we missed you, by the way!) and we’re looking forward to the pleasure of your company over the year ahead.

We haven’t been entirely resting on our laurels over the summer, and there are a few new things that we’ve done since June that you might not be aware of…

  • Extra power sockets on Level 3. We embarked on an extensive re-wiring project over the summer, with the result that the majority of the study tables in Open 3 are now equipped with their own electrical sockets – so you no longer have to worry about dragging desks about and trailing wires all over the place!
  • Extra CAD software. IT Services have installed CAD software on an additional 86 work stations in the Library, covering levels 2 & 4, meaning we have 122 PC’s in total that contain the software.
  • Credit/Debit card payments on the Self Issue machines. All of our Self Issue machines have now been enabled to take payments over £5 using your credit/debit card, so you don’t have to queue at the desk to pay your book fines any longer (not that you’re going to forget to return your books on time though, right? Right!)
  • Increased Loan Allowances. Last term (if you can remember back that far!) we increased loan allowances across the board to help you out during the exam season. Well, we deemed that to be such a success that we’ve made it permanent. So now you’ve no excuse to stock up for the term ahead!

Newcomers and old lags alike will also find our latest batch of ‘Get the Know How’ courses useful, whether you’re making your first visit to us or you simply want a refresher.

We hope you enjoy your term – and best of luck for the year ahead!

Want to Browse the Library Shelves from the Comfort of Your Armchair…?

virtual browse

Fancy browsing the Library shelves from the comfort of your hall, home, lab or office? Well those clever people at Primo, the designers of Library Catalogue Plus, have introduced a new feature that allows you to do just that!

A fifth ‘tag’, Virtual Browse, has been added to the ‘Breadcrumb Trail’ at the top of the viewing window (see screenshot above), which when opened allows you to which books can be found next to the one you’re looking for – handy if you want to add to your subject reading or just want to check to see what else is available!

Club 790 Flies Again!

Book Club Poster

Club 790 is a book club exclusively for students. If you fancy reading and chatting about great novels, enjoying home-baked refreshments and taking part in other social activities such as cinema and theatre trips, then why not come along to the official launch at 7pm on Monday 20th October in the Village Bar?

  • Special offers on food and refreshments (scampi and chips £2.95!)
  • Guest speaker: the Student Wordsmith (Sophie-Louise Hyde, Loughborough graduate)
  • Pick up a brand new copy of The Maze Runner, the first great novel we’ll be discussing
  • Exciting prize draw!
  • Leisure reading display

For catering purposes, please register your interest in attending by contacting Sharon Reid at the Library:

Get the Know How for the Start of Term!

Lecture 01

New to the wonderful world of academic study? Need to freshen your study skills after your summer break? Want some help and advice in searching for and handling information and in how to study more effectively for the year ahead? Then look no further than our autumn season of ‘Get the Know How’ workshops starting this month.

Ranging from handy tips on essay & report writing to revising more effectively, referencing & citations and bibliographic software, there’s something for every academic occasion that will stand you in good stead for the duration of your course.

New students will certainly find our ‘Getting the most out of your Library’ tours especially useful next week – a perfect introduction to what the Library can offer you, even at this early stage in your degree.

Each session runs for approximately 50 minutes, and they’re hosted in Library Seminar Room 1. However, as these courses have always proved extremely popular in the past, we are asking that people register for them first via Learn. To do that – and to look at exactly what courses are on offer and when – visit this link:

Win £1000 of Book Tokens

nbt_logo_newWant to avoid the rush for reading list textbooks in the Library, but are put off by the cost of actually buying them yourself? Then why not have a go at winning £1000 worth of Book Tokens and get them for free!

All you have to do is visit this link ( ) and simply enter your details (or that of a friend or family member) and you’ll be entered into a draw to win £1000 of Book Tokens, which can used online and in thousands of book shops over the country.

You can also follow the course of the competition via the National Book Tokens own Twitter feed here:

Closing date for entries is October 9th.

Library Car Park Closed on Thursday 25th September


The Library Car Park will be closed to staff and visitors this Thursday, 25th September, to accommodate new students arriving into halls of residence on campus.

Full details of other car park closures on this day and during the rest of the week can be found here:

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Library staff member interviewed by ‘O Globo’ (major Brazilian newspaper)

U18770043[1]Dr Graham Walton, Head of Planning and Research in the Library, had the honour of being interviewed by ‘O Globo’ when he was in Rio de Janeiro this August. ‘O Globo has over 1 million readers and is the major Brazilian national newspaper. Areas covered in the interview were the increase in digital information, the impact on libraries and their buildings of digital information and how university students use technology in their learning.

He had been invited to be a guest speaker at the international Challenges of the Digital Library conference. This was organized by the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) (a world renowned Think Tank and higher education provider). The conference debated challenging and emerging issues, such as management, technology and digital information. Graham provided two papers: one considering the importance of the User Experience (UX) in the digital library and the other about how physical library space is being changed by digital information.

Image copyright O Globo