Tomorrow morning (Friday 8th March) contractors will be in the Library to do some data cabling work in the foyer and other areas of Level 3. They are hoping to get the majority of the ceiling work done before the Library opens at 8.30 but other works will continue throughout the morning. The works are to sort out some issues which have arisen with the network.
Facilities Management and IT Services have apologised for
any inconvenience this may cause.
At the Library we pride ourselves on our openness to feedback, comments, and, when necessary, criticism. And thanks to you, we’ve made a number of changes to the ways we can help you get the best out of your studies.
We’d like your help to help us help you again! We’re running a Library Focus Group on Wednesday 13th March at 12.15pm in Library Seminar Room 1 to get your feedback about how we’re doing. We’re open to discussion on any subject related to the Library – our resources, study spaces, skills support, anything you like.
By way of an added incentive, we’re throwing in a free lunch as well!
Important information for people using the CiteULike reference software – their website is closing! If you are a user of the site, you have until 30th March 2019 to download your saved citations. After that date CiteULike will no longer be accessible.
Loughborough University has an Institutional subscription to Mendeley, which is our recommended reference management software. Check out the videos on Learn (https://learn.lboro.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=3539) to discover how Mendeley can help you in your studies.
In order to complete some planned system maintenance, Dawson Books have advised us that their Dawsonera Ebook platform will be unavailable for a brief time this Saturday (9th February) between 8pm to 11pm.
Dawson Books apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any queries about any of these planned sessions, please contact Dawson Books by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Need to buy some printer credits for your coursework in a hurry? Of course you can buy them from us at our Level 3 Enquiry Desk, but what if it’s after midnight and the desk is closed?
You can still buy printer credits on the go and at any time of the day or night via IT Services ePayments SafeCom system online, using a debit or credit card (minimum £5), which are instantly allocated to your user account. If you are off campus you will need to use the VPN service before you can use the ePayments systems (and if you haven’t already downloaded the VPN, we recommend you so, because you can also use it for all sorts of off-campus access).
Worrying about your exams? Don’t panic – there are a wide range of resources available on campus to help you through the stresses and strains of the exam period, ranging from a wide variety of study spaces (that’s right, not just us!), IT help and personal and medical advice if things are getting on top of you. Visit the University’s one-stop exam support page here – https://www.lboro.ac.uk/students/exam-support/ – for more info.
Want to check the availability of a PC workstation from the comfort of your armchair? IT Services have just launched a trial version of a real-time availability service to identify what PCs are available to use inside the Library, across all four levels. Try it out via the link below:
Our 24-7 Opening for the January exam period begins when we open for the start of term on Monday 7th January at 8.30am, and will run until 2am on Thursday 31st January.
A few extra things to note:
Extra Study Space in Seminar Room 1. Additional study tables will be placed inside our largest seminar room on Level 3 and this will be open for students to use from Monday. No need to book, just go in and grab a seat!
Desk Clearing. Busy library means fewer spaces, and sometimes people aren’t always considerate about how much space they take up! As usual we’ll be patrolling the floors and removing any items left unattended for more than 30 minutes to free up space.
Noise Alert Text Service. Following the successful trial of our text-message noise alert service last year, we will be running it again throughout January, so if anyone is being noisy or disruptive you can let us know quietly and confidentially. Full details will be advertised from Monday.
Restricted Access for External Visitors. Owing to how crowded our study spaces can get during 24-7 we have taken the decision to restrict access to the Library during January to current students and staff of Loughborough University only. External visitors will only be admitted providing they have proof of the necessary level of SCONUL membership. And to keep all of our PCs free for our students use, no guest username & passwords will be issued during January. It is therefore vital that all of our students should carry their ID cards to gain entry – quite apart from the fact that it is a University regulation to keep your card with you at all times, we will still be applying our ‘Three Strike’ rule.
Social Media Updates. If you haven’t already subscribed to our Twitter and Facebook feeds, now is a good time! We’ll be keeping everyone up to date with any relevant service updates and announcements, including study room availability.
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.