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: http://www.fgv.br/mailing/biblioteca/desafio/en/index.html

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!

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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:


Increased Loan Allowances – Here to Stay!

peaceful mind in libraryBack at the start of the Summer term we temporarily increased our loan allowances to help everyone out during the busy revision period. Well, it’s been such a popular success that we’ve decided to make the increase permanent!

The loan allowances will now remain as following:

  • Undergraduates – 20 books (was 15)
  • Finalists and Postgraduates – 25 books (was 20)
  • Researchers – 35 books (was 30)
  • Staff – 35 books (was 30)


Image by Cassie Wang, an entry in our 2012 Image Competition

Electrical Work in the Library this July

Pilkington library after refurbishment

Electrical contractors will be starting work in the Library next week from Monday 14th July on equipping the majority of tables on Level 3 with power sockets.

While these works take place half of Level 3 will be unavailable for a time although access routes to the cafe, the PC Clinic, Library offices, Seminar Room 1, High Demand, the toilets, Group Study Rooms and the lift will be maintained.

Level 2 will also be affected in that the electricians will be running the power for Level 3 along the ceiling on Level 2. This will have an impact on access to sections of stock on Level 2; we will be making arrangements that if someone requires a book/journal from the section that is being worked on, the user can contact a member of staff who will be escorted to retrieve the item. There will be signs in these areas advising users of this procedure when the time comes.

These works are expected to last up to three weeks. In addition to the access restrictions users should be aware that the work will involve drilling and therefore some noise, though we are aiming to confine this as much as possible to times before/after the Library is open.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Points of view – a summary of suggestion cards

Attractive Woman with Her BooksAs usual, our users have had the opportunity to leave feedback and suggestions in one of our special boxes over the last 12 months.

All users get a reply from a relevant member of Library staff within one working day of submitting their suggestion card. We have also compiled a summary of all the comments and replies on our suggestions and feedback webpage.

We welcome all comments/feedback from our users as they help us develop our services.