A couple of months ago we ran a short survey asking people how they used the Library. We’d like to extend the survey further by asking for anyone who would be kind enough to assist us with answering a few questions on the subject of the Library. By way of an incentive, we’ll throw in a free coffee & Danish pastry fresh from the Library Café.
The survey should take no longer than 20 minutes and will be conducted in the Library. Ideally we’d like to get the survey done & dusted by the end of May, though we do appreciate that it is a busy time of year for everyone – but hey, free coffee! And a Danish pastry! Worth 20 minutes of anyone’s time!
If you’re interested in eating… ah, participating, please email Liz Mills ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) to arrange a suitable time.
As Summer Term & the Academic Year draw to a close we start to receive queries from Finalists asking about getting their printer credit refunded. Refunds can be obtained by visiting the Creative & Print Services Office based in the Herbert Manzoni Building, which is open Monday-Friday 8.30am-5pm, where they will refund the balance of your account back on to your debit or credit card.
Please be aware that Finalists only can receive a refund – 1st & 2nd Years looking for a little extra holiday cash should look elsewhere! – and that once you have received your refund you will have closed your University print account permanently – you won’t be able to log in & print on campus thereafter. Bear that in mind if you think you might need to do any last minute printing!
24-7 hasn’t even begun yet and the Library is already getting extremely busy. To avoid any undue frustration when seeking somewhere suitable to study, please consider the following information & advice:
- The Library contains over 1300 study spaces ranging from silent to social spread across four levels. To make certain every space is used properly, during 24-7 Library staff will clear items from unattended desks regularly during office hours. All items removed are kept securely in the Customer Services Office on Level 3.
- Please consider what sort of space you want to use carefully. Many of the tables on Level 3 are intended for several people at a time – please use the single study desks on the lower levels if you are set on working on your own. Remember that Levels 1,2 & 4 are intended for quiet study, so Level 3 isn’t the place to sit if you want peace & quiet. Likewise, the other levels are not the place to go if you want to chat and eat lunch while you work!
- The Silent Study area on Level 4 is for silent study only – the clue is in the title! At all times, please be considerate about the amount of noise you make in the Library while people are studying – Level 3 is the designated social study space. You will be asked to move if you are being noisy & disruptive.
- Please don’t take up chairs & seating with bags & coats – you will be asked to remove them if people are looking for a seat. Please also be considerate when leaving items on the floor, especially trailing wires from IT equipment – aside from constituting a trip hazard, you may be compromising a fire exit route.
- Take care with your belongings & valuables – especially remembering to take USB sticks with you when you log out! – and use the bins provided for any rubbish. It may be a cliché, but try to leave any study space as you wish to find it!
- If you book a Library study room, study carrel or study pod, please remember that if you don’t claim your booking within 15 minutes, the space becomes available to whoever wishes to claim it for the remainder of that booking period. Please also note that Library facilities CANNOT be booked or used by external visitors.
- If you cannot find the space you are looking for in the Library, alternatives may be found elsewhere on campus. You can find a complete list of available study spaces here: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/corporate/learning/learning/ (Please note these are subject to availability)
- Similarly you can check PC Lab availability, including Library PCs, by visiting the following IT Services link: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/it/labs/labs-availability/
- Should the Library ever reach capacity (goodness forbid!) we will notify users appropriately through our OWN social media channels and if necessary direct them to the alternative facilities mentioned above. We also reserve the right to restrict access to external users during the exam period.
If you experience any difficulties using or accessing Library facilities at all, please contact a member of staff – we’re here to help as much as we can to make this busy time pass as smoothly as possible for all concerned.
It’s that time again! Summer-time means exam time, and that in turn means that the Library will opening its doors 24-7 for the rest of term, starting from 8.30am on Thursday morning (21st May) and running through until midnight on Wednesday 17th June.
As is customary, we’d like to issue a few gentle reminders for those of you who haven’t experienced the full Summer 24-7 effect before. Space is ALWAYS at a premium during exam time, and sadly there are always a few who feel the need to take up more space than they actually need – even when they’re not actually in the building! So please, be kind and considerate and don’t leave your stuff lying about when you’re not there, as you’re depriving other people of a much-needed place to study. We WILL be removing any items left unattended to free up space (assuming someone else doesn’t help themselves to your stuff first!).
We’d also like to remind you that Levels 1,2 and 4 are intended to be areas for quiet study – please remember to keep the noise levels down to an absolute minimum on these floors, or you will be asked (nicely, by us, probably not so nicely by your fellow revisers!) to desist. If you want to chat – or have a snack – Level 3 is the designated social area.
Our bookable study rooms, carrels and pods are pretty busy even off-peak, but during exam periods they’re especially popular. Please remember that you have to book them first before you can use one – don’t just turn up and sit down assuming the space is available, because it probably isn’t! And if you do book a space, please remember to actually come and use it. We give people 15 minutes to claim their reservation, otherwise we will allow someone else to use it – it’s simply not fair on other students to leave rooms unclaimed & unused.
Please remember, if you experience any problems at all regarding any of the Library facilities, just ask a member of staff, or contact us through our Twitter and Facebook feeds – we’re here to help you as best we can. As mentioned in the post below, we are unfortunately experiencing some difficulties with our air conditioning system at the moment, so please bear with us on that.
Best of luck with your exams!
Owing to circumstances beyond our control, the Library is presently experiencing problems with its air conditioning system, resulting from issues with the air flow to and from the building cooling plant. We are working closely with colleagues from University Facilities Management to resolve these issues, but unfortunately they are unable to provide a time frame for when the situation will be dealt with.
The unsettled weather we are presently experiencing may result in some fluctuations with the building temperature, particularly in some study areas. Obviously this is not ideal as we enter the hectic end of term exam season when the Library will be particularly busy & the building fully occupied. We can only apologise for any inconvenience and ask you to bear with us while we get the problem dealt with. In the mean time, if you are studying in the Library you might want to consider bringing an extra layer of clothing with you in case the rain and the temperature continues to fall (!) and making sure you keep topped up with water should summer start to show its sunny face again!
We will keep you informed of any updates as & when work progresses.
Every year the Library holds a competition and this year the focus is to create a short video (Vine). We would like a Vine that captures 6 seconds of what makes your University Library great!
We are keen to ensure our media presence is useful, providing news and information about our services but we also want it to be eye catching, engaging and relevant for students, staff and prospective students and this is where you come in.
Maybe you want us to highlight the many resources we have, show off our refurbished spaces or perhaps you simply want us to be more fun.
Whatever your take we want your Vine!
Our 2015 competition will run from April 27th to May 15th 2015
- Entrants can submit up to 3 of your own Vines.
- Each entry must have a title and may include an optional description.
- There are no restrictions in the use of any digital enhancements.
- The competition is open to Loughborough University employees and students.
- Entrants must obtain permission from anyone appearing in their entry.
When Vines are submitted, entrants to the competition should provide their name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and also their position in the University and where the Vine was taken. The University Library will only ever use your personal details for the purposes of administering this competition, and will not publish them or provide them to anyone without your permission.
We will select a number of Vines to go on our Facebook page and then the University Library marketing group will make the final decision. Selection will take place at the end of May and a message will be placed on our Facebook page.
The 3 best entries will receive £20 Amazon vouchers each.
Entries should be sent as an email attachment to email@example.com by May 15th 2015.
For further details and rules & conditions, visit this link:
The International Student Book Club will be meeting again next Tuesday evening (19th May) in the Library between 5-6pm, when Mike Wilson from the Workers’ Educational Authority will be leading a discussion about poetry.
The discussion will focus on two poems, Edward Thomas’s Adlestrop and Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken, both reproduced above.
If you would like to know more, please email Sara Bosley ( firstname.lastname@example.org ). All students are welcome to the established Loughborough University Student Book Club where we discuss longer novels. For more information, please contact Sharon Reid at the Library ( email@example.com ) or why not join the discussion at the Club’s Facebook page?
The Student Union is participating in a local initiative to raise awareness of mental health this week – particularly relevant at this busy time of year for students!
The Charnwood Mental Health network, which is made up of organisations from across Charnwood, is supporting the campaign to encourage people to take time out of their daily routines to relax and help improve their wellbeing. The activities will take place from Monday, May 11th to Friday, May 15th. The full timetable of events is displayed above. Activities will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Don’t forget that the Library has a wide variety of different resources to help you cope with the stresses and strains of academic life, including an extensive range of self-help reading among our Mood Boosting and Books on Prescription range on the shelves of our Leisure Reading section up on Level 4.
For more information on Mental Health Awareness Week visit http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/
Why not take the edge off your exam preparations by joining in with the next meeting the Student Book Club on Monday 18th May, when the novel up for discussion is Emma Healey’s award-winning thriller Elizabeth is Missing.
We’ll be meeting in the Library Staffroom as usual at 7pm – just ask at the Customer Services Desk for directions. All copies of the book have now been borrowed for the meeting, but you can still buy it for your Kindle or from local booksellers
For more information about the Club, please contact Sharon Reid at the Library: S.D.Reid@lboro.ac.uk, ext. 222403, or why not join the discussion on our Facebook page?
We are presently experiencing difficulties with the ‘Select Databases’ option on Library Catalogue Plus freezing the screen whenever a user is signed into Library Catalogue Plus. Until we get this fixed, please DO NOT sign in to LCP if you wish to use ‘Select Databases’.
We apologise for any inconvenience.