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:

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

PC Upgrades in the Library

Pilkington library after refurbishment

Further to our earlier post about PC upgrades on Level 4 this month, IT Services have also begun work on upgrading and replacing workstations on Levels 1 & 2 as well. While this is going on the PCs on these levels will be unavailable.

There are 60 workstations available to use on Level 3, and 24 workstations in Seminar Room 2 on Level 4 (subject to the room being used for teaching).  

We apologise for any inconvenience this work may cause.

On the Road to Rio…

rio by carlos ortega

Dr Graham Walton (Head of Planning and Resources in the Library and Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for Information Management) has been invited to be a Guest Speaker at the international Challenges of the Digital Library conference. He will give two papers, one considering the importance of the User Experience and the other the issues the digital library poses for physical library space.

The conference is aiming to provide an opportunity to debate the digital library challenging and emerging issues, such as management, technology and digital information at universities. Contributions will be made from Brazil, USA, Austria, Spain and USA.

The conference will take place on 20th and 21st August at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. More information and access to a conference webcast can be found at:

Rio image by Carlos Ortega, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Very Satisfactory!

Pilkington library after refurbishment

The results from this year’s National Student Survey have just been announced, and not only has the University as a whole scored very highly, but the Library itself has increased its score!

Information about the Library is surveyed under questions related to Learning Resources which includes questions about the Library and its resources & facilities  (question 16), general campus IT resource & facility access (question 17) and specialist software & resources (question 18). This year the University score for this section has increased by 4 points to 92% – well above the national average of 85%.

On its own, the Library scored a whopping 93% for question 16 – which we’re all incredibly pleased with, as you can imagine! We take this as a sure indication that the University’s investment in our refurbishment last summer has indeed paid off (with interest!), and that all the hard work put into the building and improving our facilities and services has struck the right chord for all our users over the last 12 months, particularly with the finalists filling in the NSS. With the start of term and a new academic year only just over a month away, we’re all looking forward to working with you all towards further success in the year ahead. Bring it on!

Electrical Work in the Library Update

Pilkington library after refurbishment

We have news about ongoing wiring project in the Library and some details of some more work that will be taking place throughout August.

Work on adding extra electrical sockets to the desks in Open 3 that begun last month should be completed within the next week after final testing and checking. IT Services will also be upgrading some of the workstations in this area while this is happening.

From Wednesday 13th August IT Services will begin replacing the workstations in the Quiet Study area on Level 4. Unfortunately as this work will be quite disruptive and time consuming this area will need to be closed completely to users in order for it to be accomplished. Access to the rest of Level 4, including the Silent Study area, the Group Study & Seminar Rooms, the Study Pods and the Leisure Reading Collection, will be maintained. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Work on creating a new Disabled Toilet on Level 2 should also be completed within the next week.

Well Done Des!

Des Black - Hugh Weaver - Certificate presentation - 01-08-14 (2)

Congratulations to Des Black (Library Attendant)  who has recently successfully completed the City & Guilds Certificate of Competence and Testing of Electrical Equipment. Hugh Weaver, University Deputy Health and Safety Manager,  came to the Library on the 1st August to present Des with his certificate. Well done, Des!

Join Us for Elevenses this August


IMG_0044Staff and researchers are cordially invited to join us this August for a freshly-baked batch of our ever-popular Elevenses bite-sized training sessions run by Library staff this coming August.

We’ll be looking at the following subjects:

  • Careers Agility (Wednesday 6th August)
  • Refworks Taster (Wednesday 13th August)
  • Research Professional (Wednesday 20th August)
  • Mendeley Taster (Wednesday 3th September)

All sessions start at 11am and last approximately 30 minutes. Booking is necessary as spaces are limited. To do this, and for further information about all the sessions, visit the Library’s events page here: