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?

Library user satisfaction survey

Pilkington library after refurbishment Every three years, the Library does a user satisfaction survey and it would be great if you could find 5 minutes to complete the online questionnaire. If you fill in the survey, you will have a chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher. The survey will be available until the 19th December and can be found via this link:

If you have any questions please contact Dr Graham Walton (

Christmas loans 2014

self serviceWith Christmas rapidly approaching – where has the first term gone? – we have agreed the loan details for the Christmas vacation (below).

As in previous years, we have decided not to recall books over the Christmas vacation (although books with outstanding recalls will still only issue for one week).

Friday 5th December
All week/long loan items can be borrowed/renewed by the user for the Christmas vacation (apart from week & long loans for external users, which will stay the same).
The last recall emails will be sent out (giving anyone with a recalled book the chance to return it before the end of term on Friday 12th Dec).

N.B. If a hold request has other holds outstanding, the hold will only issue for one week NOT until the start of term.

Tuesday 23rd December
Short loan booking slot will run until 2.30pm on Monday 5th January

Monday 5th January
Normal recalls start again
Short loan booking slots revert to normal

Wednesday 7th January
Due date for 1st & 2nd year undergraduate books issued/renewed before Christmas

Friday 9th January
Due date for finalist & taught postgrad books issued/renewed before Christmas.
Due date for staff/researcher week loan items issued before Christmas

If anyone has any questions about this, please email Matt Cunningham, the Library’s Customer Services Manager ( )

Library Gallery Now Open!

07 Gallery

We’re very proud to announce that we’ve just launched our very own Library art gallery, containing many of the winning images from Library photo & image competitions held down the years, as well as artwork by the Library artist-in-resident.

The gallery can be found in the stairwell between level 3 and 4 on staircase ‘B’ (those are the stairs closest to the PC Clinic). We will be changing the images on display periodically, so come back often to see what’s new!

Library Opening Hours – Have Your Say!

Pilkington library after refurbishment

What do students think of the Library’s opening hours? Here’s an opportunity to let us know by completing a short 10 minute survey being run jointly by the Library and the Students’ Union.

At present the Library opens at different times throughout the year depending on term or vacation dates, and also opens 24/7 during exam periods. We’d like to know whether we’re getting them right – or getting them wrong!

You can complete the survey by visiting the following link:

If you have any queries or questions, please contact Matt Cunningham ( or Amy Ward (

Don’t Distress this Autumn – De-Stress!

NSAD-2013-Logo-300x240Today is National Stress Awareness Day, so what better time to remind you mind of the many ways the Library can help you at this tricky halfway stage through the first term of the year.

We’ve prepared a range of useful study modules on Learn under the banner of Learning Central Online, ten units on a variety of topics which will help take the stress out of your work by enabling you to further enhance your information literacy and study skills and hopefully your degree classification. The skills you learn here can be used both in your studies and when you go out to work. We also offer a handy Stress help sheet, with helpful tips on how to minimise stress, which is free to download, and we stock an extensive range of self-help reading among the Mood Boosting and Books on Prescription range among our Leisure Reading section up on Level 4.

And if you’re getting stressed about finding information for your coursework, don’t panic – ask your Academic Librarian! Not only are they specialists in the knowledge areas for your particular Schools, they’re also very friendly and just love being asked questions!

The University also provides specialist help with the mental rigours of academic life courtesy of the University Counselling Service, which offers a broad range of services ranging from one-to-one meetings with their experienced staff of fully trained counsellors, to online self-help resources and workshops tackling a variety of issues and topics including homesickness and meditation.

National Stress Awareness Day raises awareness about stress, how to prevent it and how to manage it once it occurs. Their emphasis is on promoting psychological wellbeing of people at work so that they can perform at their peak. Further resources on beating stress can be found on their website.

Run the Maze with Club 790

Book Club Plasma screen - for 10th Nov 14 copy

After our very succesful (and extremely well-attended!) re-launch last month, our very own student book club, Club 790, meets up for the first time next Monday at 7pm in the Library, when the novel under discussion will be the phemonenally popular dystopian adventure The Maze Runner.

Club 790 meets up every few weeks during term time in the Library. It costs nothing to join and all books will be provided free-of-charge (although we do ask that you return the books to us after the meeting). All you have to do is turn up – bring a bite to eat along with you too, if you’d like, and we can turn it into a bit of a supper!

For more information email Sharon Reid ( ), or why not join our Facebook page?

November Database Trials

Pilkington library after refurbishmentWe’re trialling two databases this month that may be of particular interest to historians, social scientists and newspaper buffs.

InfoTrac Newsstand is an innovative Web-based full-text newspaper database which allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, newspaper section or other assigned fields. A one-stop source for the day’s news and searchable archives. Infotrac Newsstand is updated daily and currently contains over 145,000,000 articles published between 1980 and 2014.

To begin searching please go to :  – access is via IP address. This database will be available until 2nd December.

The second database is American History, 1493-1945 (Module 1). This unique collection documents American History from the earliest settlers to the mid-twentieth century. It is sourced from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the finest archives available for the study of American History. Module I Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859 Module II (coming soon) Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945

To begin searching please go to :  – access is via IP address. This trial is available until 17th November.

We’d welcome feedback – good or bad! – on both these trials. Please contact Steve Corn  with your comments.

Library E-Journals – More Popular Than Ever!

3rd - USB Book DriveOur range of e-journals is more popular than ever it seems, as our annual totting-up of the usage statistics have shown us that e-journal downloads have increased 16.75% during the 2013-14 academic year – up from 153812 the previous year to 1795835.

This reflects the fact that the number of e-journals available to search on Library Catalogue Plus has risen in the last academic year from 30940 to 36841. Many of our more popular journals recorded a rise in usage, with Palgrave journals rising by 80%, but the most stellar performer was the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) which recorded a massive 415% rise in usage – not bad considering they experienced some technical difficulties earlier in the year!