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.

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.

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.

Beating Stress the Library Way!

As today is National Stress Awareness Day, it’s a good time to remind you of the many ways the Library can help you to keep calm and carry on.

We offer a useful range of online advice sheets, covering everything from essay writing to revision skills – and stress busting!  We stock also stock an extensive range of self-help reading among the Mood Boosting and Books on Prescription range among our Leisure Reading section up on Level 4. To say nothing of the vast array of the latest fiction, biographies and graphic novels to help take your mind off your textbooks.

And if you’re getting stressed about finding information for your coursework, don’t panic – ask your Academic Librarian! Not only are they specialists in the knowledge areas for your particular Schools, they’re also very friendly and just love being asked questions! They also run, throughout the year, a series of Get the Know How sessions about practically every aspect of academic advice – sort of like our advice sheets, only with a friendly human face 🙂

Outside the Library, the University also provides specialist help with the mental rigours of academic life courtesy of the University Counselling Service, which offers a broad range of services ranging from one-to-one meetings with their experienced staff of fully trained counsellors, to online self-help resources and workshops tackling a variety of issues and topics including homesickness and meditation.

National Stress Awareness Day raises awareness about stress, how to prevent it and how to manage it once it occurs. Further resources on beating stress can be found on their website.

(Sadly Charlie the Cat isn’t available to borrow!)

IT Services Start of Term Survey – Help Them to Help You!

Fancy £30 to spend on Amazon for just a few minutes of your time – and help fellow and future students into the bargain?

IT Services are running a Start of Term Survey 2018, and it’s a golden opportunity for you to give them feedback on your experience here at Loughborough University and to ultimately help them improve their services.

The survey will take a few minutes to complete. And! For a chance to win a £30 Amazon Gift Card simply enter your student ID and follow IT Services on Twitter via @LboroITServices (assuming you haven’t already!)

To complete the survey visit the link below:

https://lboro.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/start-of-term-survey-2018

Take Something Horrible Home This Halloween!

Trick or treating not your thing? Then why not experience the spooky season from the comfort of your armchair by taking a dip into our very own Twilight Zone of horror & the supernatural here in the Library… if you dare!

We have an ever-expanding stock of horror novels among our Leisure Reading collection upstairs on Level 4, including Stephen King, Neil Gaiman and Iain Banks, as well as graphic novels such as Alan Moore’s From Hell and the first book in the ever-popular Walking Dead series, as well as a wide selection of more classic spine-chillers downstairs in our literature section on Level 2 including Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and a wide range of classic supernatural tales by M.R. James, H.P. Lovecraft and Algernon Blackwood.

If your taste for the macabre is more visual than textual, then we have a comprehensive selection of books exploring every aspect of the horror genre on the big (and small) screen among our cinema & television collection down in the 791 section on Level 2, ranging from Alfred Hitchcock to Hannibal Lecter and Dr Jekyll to Dr Who.

Don’t forget that you can also explore the cobwebbed vaults of the British Film Institute and Box of Broadcasts (BoB) online if you’re looking for something creepy to watch… just don’t watch it alone!

PC Clinic and Software Downloads Module page on LEARN

Want to keep track of the latest IT developments across campus, as well as news about software and hardware upgrades? Self-Enrol onto the PC Clinic and Software Downloads Module page on LEARN.

The PC Clinic page features essential information while highlighting the key IT services available to students such as printing and computer lab availability. Including tutorials for Printing and connecting devices to the Wi-FI.

The Software Downloads page features download links to a range of different software with FREE access to Microsoft Office 2016 also, including specialist software such as MatLab and SPSS.

While You’ve Been Away… Changes in the Library Over the Summer

A warm welcome back to all of our returning students! As usual we haven’t been resting on our laurels during the long summer break, and we’ve made a few changes since June…

Single Sign On. Over the summer we’ve begun work on streamlining access to our electronic resources by moving away from Athens authentication to a single sign on process using the University username & password. The project is ongoing and so you need to be aware that there are:

  • Some resources which have moved from Athens log in to Single sign on
  • Some resources are in progress
  • Some resources are still Athens authenticated.
  • You can keep up to date on developments through our news link here.

Self Collection of Hold Requests. We have started storing hold requests on the shelves in the High Demand section on Level 3 so that users can collect them and issue them without having to ask for them at the main desk. This only applies to our stock – Inter Library Loans will still be stored in the office behind the desk.

It’s very easy to use – books can be found in alphabetical order on the shelves filed under the first three letters of the user’s surname and the last three numbers of their ID. For example, our own Matt Cunningham would be CUN331. Where a user only has two letters in their surname, just use those two letters followed by the last 3 digits of their ID number.

New Decor. All the old workstation desks on Levels 1 & 2 have been replaced with new ones. We’ve added plasma screens displaying booking details outside of every Group Study Room in the Library, and the Help Desk on Level 4 has been removed to expand the study area.

Wifi Upgrade. IT Services completed their upgrade of the Wifi coverage throughout the building, so hopefully you won’t encounter any more dead spots!

Oh yes – and as you can see from the picture above, we had the Red Arrows fly over for the Graduation Ceremony. As the old police recruitment poster used to say – “Dull it isn’t!”