Stephen Hawking 1942-2018

Visionary scientist Stephen Hawking has died aged 76.

Famed for his study of black holes and relativity, he wrote several best-selling science books including most notably A Brief History of Time, which sold over ten million copies worldwide.

At the age of 22 he was given only a few years to live after being diagnosed with a rare form of motor neurone disease, which left him confined to a wheelchair and unable to speak except through a voice synthesiser, but he defied the odds and overcame his disability to become the scientist widely regarded as the greatest since Albert Einstein.

He gained immense popularity outside the academic world, including appearances in popular TV shows including The Simpsons and Star Trek: The Next Generation. In 2014, he was portrayed by Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything, a dramatic reconstruction of his early life and struggles.

We have several works by and about Stephen Hawking in the Library, including A Brief History of Time – you can find them here –

Library Opening Hours During the Easter Vacation

After term ends on Friday, from next Monday 19th March the Library will be switching to a vacation opening hours schedule until the start of the Summer term on Monday 16th April. 

Our opening hours will be as follows:

Sunday: Closed

Monday: 9.00 – 8.00

Tuesday: 9.00 – 8.00

Wednesday: 9.00 – 8.00

Thursday: 9.00 – 8.00

Friday: 9.00 – 8.00

Saturday: Closed

The Library will be closed along with the rest of the University over the Easter Bank Holiday period for six days days from 8pm on Thursday 29th March, through until 9am on the following Wednesday, 4th April. Do please note our later opening time – 9am instead 8.30am – plus the fact that we are closed every weekend during the vacation until Saturday 14th April.

Additionally, the PC Clinic will be switching to its vacation opening schedule as well, which is Monday to Friday, 11am to 3pm. Out of these hours, you can contact the IT Services Help Desk, which is staffed 8.30am-5.30pm Monday-Friday.

Looking slightly further ahead, our Summer Term 24-7 exam period opening begins on Monday 21st May.

Have a good holiday!

Easter Vacation Loan Period

Our extended Easter vacation loan period begins this Wednesday, 7th March. All books borrowed from the Library or renewed after this date will be issued until the following dates for the following users:

  • Long Loan and Week Loan books for Undergraduates, will be due for return on Wednesday 18th April.
  • Long Loan and Week Loan books for Undergraduate Finalists and  Postgraduates will be due for return on Friday 20th April.
  • All Leisure Reading Books will be issued until Wednesday 18th April.

Please note we do NOT recall books over the Easter vacation, but any reserved books borrowed from our hold shelf which still have outstanding requests may only be borrowed for one week – as always, please check the issue date when borrowing or renewing a book to avoid any fines.

Database Trial – Oxford Art Online/Grove Art Online

Art students and art lovers alike will find our latest database trial of great interest, as we take a trip through the archives of Oxford Art Online’s Grove Art Online.

This trial provides access to the foremost scholarly art encyclopedia, covering both Western and non-Western art. First published as the landmark 34-volume Dictionary of Art, edited by Jane Turner, the content of Grove Art encompasses all aspects of visual culture.

To begin searching go to:

No need to sign in as access is via IP address.The trial is available until 21st March 2018

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn – – with your comments.

Phishing via Spam Emails

IT Services would like to advise all users that several university accounts are receiving Phishing attacks via email. The emails can be seemingly sent from student or staff accounts reporting to share files, obtain exam results, or confirm your email is active, by following a link.

IT Services encourage you to please beware of links sent via emails, even those sent by people you trust as if they are compromised your account is at risk of being compromised too.

If you have received a phishing email, please delete it now, if you have not done so already.

If you have received a phishing email, clicked on the link, and provided your university credentials (username and password), please contact the IT Service Desk ( or 01509 222333) so we can check your university mailbox and take recovery action. If you receive anything of this nature in the future or are unsure if an email is genuine or not, please do not hesitate to contact our service desk who will be able to advise.

More information can be found at:

*Phishing is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money) by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

Ethical and Environmental Week February 26th – March 4th

Loughborough University’s annual Ethical and Environmental Week is making a return next week, putting green thinking and sustainability in the spotlight.

From clothes swapping to looking at ‘bad’ bananas, E&E Week offers staff and students the opportunity to participate in a variety of Earth-friendly activities and events across campus.

For the full programme of events, visit the link below:

Remote Working Service Upgrade (Off-Campus Access)

IT Services will be carrying out an upgrade to improve security on the Remote Working Service – also known as the VPN service – a service that provides staff and students with secure access to resources when working away from campus.

As part of this change, IT Services will:

  1. Upgrade the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client service2
  2. Retire the web link Remote Working Portal ( service

These changes are scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 11th April 2018.

Remote Working Service (VPN)

  • There will be a brief outage to users connected to the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client service (between 7am – 8am) while the upgrade occurs.

Remote Working Portal

  • IT Services will be contacting users of the web link Remote Working Portal service ( to recommend they move to the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client service.

For further information please visit Staff / Students or alternatively contact the IT Service desk at, or visit the PC Clinic based in the Pilkington Library.

#Lovelborolibrary Competition Winners

Our heartiest congratulations to Mayu Greenaway-Harvey for winning our Valentines’ Day themed ‘#lovelborolibrary’ competition. Mayu was presented with her prize, a £50 Amazon voucher, by the Library’s Assistant Director Helen Curtis.

Here’s her winning entry, a rather lovely Ode to the Library!

We were also very taken with these two entries, by Vani Naik and Madeleine Oakley respectively, which we award the status of ‘Highly Commended’!

Thank you to everybody who took part.