Little Face, Big Success!


Our World Book Night event on Tuesday morning was another popular success as visitors partook of cake and the opportunity to enter a draw to win a copy of Sophie Hannah’s critically acclaimed thriller Little Face. 80 lucky winners will shortly be receiving emails requesting their presence at the Level 3 desk to claim their prize.

Thanks to everyone who took the time on what was not only a busy but gloriously warm & sunny day to participate, and if you weren’t among the lucky winners, I’m sure you can find something else to tempt your literary appetite among our ever-expanding Leisure Reading collection on Level 3!

Help Us Celebrate World Book Night


Tuesday April 23rd is World Book Night and after the roaring success of last year’s event (pictured above) we’re cordially inviting everyone to help us celebrate it again this year!

We’ll be running a stand between 11AM-1PM in the foyer inside the entrance to Open 3 where you will be able to partake of free homemade cakes & snacks and take part in a prize draw to win a copy of a thriller novel by a award-winning writer (in the true tradition of thriller fiction we’ll keep you in suspense as to what it is!). Our ever friendly and obliging staff will be hand to discuss all things literary and hopefully incline your attention towards our ever expanding Leisure Reading range!

See you there!

National Libraries Day

NLD_FBplusStrapIt’s National Libraries Day next week, and to mark the occasion we’re hosting a couple of displays in the Library on Monday and Tuesday.

On Monday we’ll be extolling the virtues of our leisure reading collection and our new student book club, Club 790, which launches on Wednesday February 13th.

On Tuesday we’ll be running a survey on the use of mobile technology in the Library and promoting our new Library app, which you can access here.

Both stands will be running between 11AM to 2PM, and free goodies will be available by way of incentive!

National Libraries Day is a country-wide celebration of all things library, highlighting the positives things libraries and librarians contribute to people, families, communities, workplaces, the economy and society. To find out more about it, visit their homepage here:

Christmas is Coming!

It’s nearly December and time for the start of the festive season. If you haven’t already begun to stock up on goodies for the Christmas hols, or are looking for a Christmas present or two, why not visit one of the Christmas fairs being held on campus this month?

Next Tuesday, 4th December, from 10AM to 4PM, there will be a Farmer’s Market on the Fountain Lawn outside the Student Union. As well as stalls selling a wide range of locally produced goods and comestibles, there will be a choir and other special events.

Then on Thursday 13th December, from 10.30AM to 3.30PM, the Student Union will be hosting its own Christmas Fair, featuring stalls, raffles and all sorts of tasty treats, with all proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

For further information, visit the University Events page here:

Sweet or Sour?

If you’re feeling at all peckish this week, why not join in with a pair of food-themed celebrations in honour  of two of the great staples of student diet, chocolate and curry?

Chocolate Week and National Curry Week both aim not only to celebrate their delicious subjects but to highlight the positives both food stuffs bring to our lives through a series of specially themed events happening across the country.

You don’t have to go very far in the Library to satsify either your sweet tooth nor a craving for something more savory – both our Cafe 641 and shop, Paper 676, serve a wide range of chocolatey snacks and treats to keep you going while you study, while the Cafe serves a mean Chicken Tikka filling for its rolls and jacket potatoes.

More into home cooking? Look no further than our cookery section on Level 1. We’ve got some of the latest guides to quick & easy meals by celebrity chefs such as Ainsley Harriott, Nigella Lawson and Gordon Ramsey.  Happy eating!

Chocolate box image by Eszter, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

'Elevenses' in the Library

“Summer Elevenses”
Have your cake and eat it!
Research Summer School in the Library

Every Wednesday at 11 over the summer, why not down-tools and head over to the Library for a slice of cake and a morsel of research training. Come and network with colleagues whilst picking up a hint or tip on a wide range of research-related topics. Each slot is a manageable coffee-break-sized 30 minutes – just enough time for a breather before you return to your desk refreshed and informed!


Making a name for yourself with a Google Scholar Citation Profile

11 July 2012

 Presented by Helen Young.

 Building Google Sites

18 July 2012

Presented by Martin Ashby

 In full bloom? Managing your research output in LUPIN and the Institutional Repository

25 July 2012

Presented by Angela Crawford, Naomi Dungworth and Katie Appleton


Managing your Research data – use it or lose it?
1 August 2012

Presented by Lizie Gadd

Managing your Research data – use it or lose it?


Research, organise and share it with Mendeley

8 August 2012

Presented by Frank Parry and Tariq Abdullah

 Find funding the easy way with Pivot

15 August 2012

Presented by Tracy Wootton

 Mobile apps for research

22 August 2012

Presented by Martin Ashby

Social Media – what’s hot?

29 August 2012

Presented by Ginny Franklin

All sessions are 11.00 – 11.30am in Library Training Room 1

To book your place please visit the Staff Development booking system or follow the hyperlinks in the table above.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Having Our Cake… And Eating It!

Although the weather proved a bit of a dampener for the Jubilee Weekend, one lucky CivEng student at least had very good cause to be happy!

He was the lucky winner of a raffle held in the Library to win a special Jubilee Cake, baked by our very own Master Chef Frances from the Customer Services Team.

The raffle was held in support of LOROS, the Leicestershire and Rutland Hospice Charity, and ultimately raised £47. You may not be surprised to hear we’re all cake aficionados in the Library, and we hope Mr O’Hara (and friend – both pictured left after receiving their prize) enjoys the cake as much as we would have done… and that it helps fuel them to exam success!