Changes to Accessing Online Resources

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The Library is currently working with IT Services to remove Athens authentication for accessing online resources and moving to Single Sign-On using your University username and password. This means that when you access resources that previously required your Athens username and password, you will be taken to a University sign on page and prompted to enter your University username and password.

Some resources have already switched including Box of Broadcasts and ProQuest resources. Over the course of the next few months we will be continuing to switch other online resources to Single Sign-On. In most cases you should notice no difference when accessing resources on campus. While we are in a transition phase, we recommend that you use the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client to access resources off campus.

We will update the list of resources that are changing on this post as they make the switch. If you have any queries or experience any issues with logging in to resources during the changeover please contact us at library@lboro.ac.uk

The following resources have made the transition:

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, My True Love Gave to Me… Apps!

Over the last two weeks of term we’ve been running our very own Twelve Days of Christmas countdown in a 21st century style by highlighting some of the great free apps that you can download onto your phone or tablet.

Ranging from the academic to the irreverent, the helpful to the funny, we hope there’s something to tickle your Christmas fancy. The complete rundown is on our Twitter and Instagram feeds (if you’re not following us already, please do, we’d love to hear from you!) and can also be viewed complete in PDF form via this link: 12 Apps of Christmas.

From all of us to all of you going home for the vacation this weekend, we wish you safe journeys and hope you have a very Merry Christmas, and look forward to seeing you all in 2019. Cheers!

Inter-Library Loan Service Over the Christmas Vacation

The University Library will close on Friday 21st December 2018 and will re-open on Wednesday 2nd January 2019. Because of this and because of the probable delays to the post during the Christmas period, the Inter-Library Loan service will be temporarily suspended from Monday 17th December 2018 onward.

Any Inter-Library Loan or document supply request that we receive on or after Monday 17th December 2018 will not be ordered until Wednesday 2nd January 2019.

If you wish us to order something for you from another library before Christmas, please request it by Sunday 16th December at the latest.

LU Arts New Year Creative Writing Course

LU Arts Creative Writing evening class is back again in 2019 for another series, which is designed to hone your creative writing skills in any form. During this 10 week course, you will learn how to develop characters, utilize senses, create dialogue that will develop character and so much more. Their experienced tutor will focus on fiction but will be able to adjust course content to cover your particular writing needs!

“I loved the creative writing classes, particularly the variety of exercises and the balance between being encouraged to read work out and there not being any pressure to do so. Marianne was very encouraging and created a laid-back, inclusive atmosphere. The exercises she suggested helped me to think about my writing in different ways – the ‘crusty mustard’(!) exercise was especially useful in helping me to stop procrastinating and start writing something I could work with.” – Class Attendee (2018)

Places are now on sale and cost £50 for students and £100 for staff and the general public. To book classes, please follow this link: https://store.lboro.ac.uk/short-courses/lu-arts-lua/art-classes

The class will run every Wednesday evening 7-9pm from 9th January until 13th March 2019.

Library Opening Hours During the Christmas Vacation

Terms ends next week (doesn’t time fly?) and so we’ll be switching to a Vacation Opening Hours schedule from Monday 17th December until Saturday 5th January. Here are what our revised opening hours will be.

Term ends next Friday, 14th December. The Library remains open as normal on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th December, then on Monday 17th we switch to a revised shorter opening schedule for the holiday period as follows:

  • Monday 17th – 09.00 – 17.30
  • Tuesday 18th – 09.00 – 17.30
  • Wednesday 19th – 09.00 – 20.00
  • Thursday 20th – 9.00 – 17.30
  • Friday 21st – 9.00 – 17.30

As usual during vacations, last entry to the building is fifteen minutes before closing time, when we begin clearing the building.

The Library will be closed for the rest of Christmas from Saturday 22nd December to Wednesday 2nd January, when we re-open on the following schedule:

  • Wednesday 2nd – 09.00 – 02.00
  • Thursday 3rd – 09.00 – 02.00
  • Friday 4th – 09.00 – 02.00

We’re open as usual on Saturday and Sunday, and then when term starts on Monday 7th January, we re-open at 8.30 as usual, and thereafter we switch to 24-7 opening for the rest of January.

Free Times Newspaper Subscription for all Loughborough Students

Loughborough University is partnering with The Times and Sunday Times to offer all students a complimentary subscription to the newspaper’s digital content.

For the next 12 months, students will have digital access to The Times website and its smartphone and tablet apps.

The newspaper will also be hosting a series of exclusive events over the next year featuring its journalists and key political figures.

As a subscriber, you’ll be able to access a number of benefits, including:

  • Smartphone and tablet apps with exclusive interactive features
  • Access to special events with journalists, movie previews and private views
  • Get Odean 2-for-1 cinema tickets every weekend
  • Exclusive access to Premier League and Premiership Rugby video highlights
  • Download a free ebook each month from Times+

To start your subscription, simply follow the instructions you will have been sent to your student email.

Print Service Maintenance, Monday 17th December

On Monday 17th December, the University Print service will be unavailable from 7pm as part of a major upgrade. The service is expected to be restored on the morning of 18th December.

During this time, students will not be able to add print credit to their accounts.

Further information can be found on the student and staff IT webpages. If you have any questions, please contact IT Services by calling 01509 222333 or emailing IT.Services@lboro.ac.uk.

Borrowing Books Over the Christmas Vacation

With Christmas and the end of term looming, we’ve already received several enquiries asking when our Christmas vacation loan period begins.

From Friday 7th December all Long, Week Loan and Leisure Reading books borrowed or renewed can be kept over the Christmas vacation.

1st & 2nd Year Undergraduate loans will then be due back on Wednesday 9th January.

Finalist & Postgraduate loans will be due back on Friday 11th January.

Book recalls will also be suspended from Friday 7th December, resuming again on 4th January, meaning as usual we will NOT be recalling books over the Christmas vacation, although please note that any books requested & borrowed from our Hold shelves with outstanding requests on them will still only issue for one week.

Hall Arts Takeover 26th-30th November

LU Arts has an exciting jam-packed week of FREE creative activities for you to get stuck in to!

From the 26th–30th November, all halls on and off campus will have the opportunity to bring their creative flair and inspire their inner artist. With a wide variety of performances and workshops lined up over the course of a week, there is something for everyone to get involved with!

All workshops will be open to students from all halls and will feature in places such as common rooms and dining rooms, although you will need to book first in order to attend. Visit this link for booking information and a full details of the scheduled events – http://www.arts.lboro.ac.uk/calendar/event/hall_arts_takeover/