Tell Us Why You Love #Lborolibrary and Win £50!

Love is in the air! It’s nearly Valentine’s Day and to mark the occasion we’re running a competition asking you to tell us what you love most about your lovely library!

Express yourself and what you love most about the library through any creative medium that takes your fancy – a photo, a poem or limerick, even a song or an interpretive dance! Share it with us online on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with the tag #lovelborolibrary or send it via email to Everybody who enters will be eligible for the grand winning prize of a £50 Amazon voucher!

The competition will run from 2nd February  to 15th February 2018.

  • Participants can submit up to 3 entries.
  • Each entry must have a title.

If submitting a photograph there are no restrictions in the use of any digital enhancements.

  • The competition is open to Loughborough University employees and students.
  • Entrants must obtain permission from anyone appearing in their entry.

By entering this competition, you agree to let Loughborough University use this work for promotional purposes.  Examples of this include but are not limited to, being included on the library’s website or in promotional materials produced by the library.

We will select a number of entries to go on our Facebook page and then the University Library marketing group will make the final decision. Selection will take place after 15th February and a message will be placed on our Facebook page.

We’ll also be running a stand in the foyer all next week with a special ‘Love Your Library’ theme, so look out for that too!

Spotlight On… Your Library

The Library is here to support all new and returning students in their learning and research needs. Come along to our stand to find out:

  • What we can provide
  • How to use e-books
  • What types of information resource you might need to use
  • How to find the books, articles and other resources you need
  • Where the resources are in the building or online
  • Who can help you throughout your time at Loughborough

When: Tuesday 17th October, 12-2pm and Thursday 19th October, 2-4pm.

Where: University Library foyer, Loughborough campus.

Why: Find out in this short video (

University Open Days 30th June – 1st July

The University will be holding Open Days on Friday 30th June and Saturday 1st July. Visitors, students and staff should be aware that campus, and in particular the Library, will likely be extremely busy on both days.

As usual the Library will be hosting several displays and stands by other support services within the University on both days, and they will be taking up temporary residence this week on Level 3. As such, certain study areas on this level will be unavailable during this time and will be cordoned off from public use.

Referencing Software Event, Library Foyer, 16th-18th May

Do you have a system for managing your references?

Do you struggle to import references into your work?

Have you previously used RefWorks or RefMe?

Find out how Mendeley could help you organize your research, collaborate with others, and discover the latest research.

Loughborough University is changing its site-wide licence from RefWorks to Mendeley. It is envisaged that the switch over to Mendeley will be complete by the start of the new academic year 2017/18.

The Institutional version of Mendeley allows:

  • documents in PDF format to be added effortlessly to Mendeley
  • social networking and collaborative benefits
  • increased storage space (from 2GB to 100GB)
  • ability to set up unlimited private groups of up to 100 collaborators

Come and visit members of the Academic Services Team in the Pilkington Library foyer, Tuesday 16th – Thursday 18th May, 12-4pm to find out more about Mendeley and how it could benefit you.

Enter our free prize draw – stop by our stand to be entered in a draw to win one of several integrative presenters, USB Wireless PowerPoint Presenter with Laser Pointer pens.

Details of our workshops and drop-in sessions on Mendeley can be found here:  

Online guidance, including help sheets and videos, can be found on the Managing References module on Learn:

If you have any enquiries at this stage about the transition to Mendeley please contact your Academic Librarian:

Take One Book Exhibition

take one bookThis Easter the Library will be hosting a new collaborative art project, Take One Book, based around the work of best selling author Jeanette Winterson (Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit).

Open Secret is a group of twelve artists consisting of current staff and alumni of Loughborough University School of Art and Design. Not wanting to lose the value of being part of a creative community, the group came together as a collective and embarked on their first joint project, choosing the literary work of Jeanette Winterson as a focus to express their response in a variety of different media.

The exhibition opens on Level 4 of the Library on Wednesday 1st April and runs until Thursday 23rd April. For further information visit the artists website here:

Library Gallery Now Open!

07 Gallery

We’re very proud to announce that we’ve just launched our very own Library art gallery, containing many of the winning images from Library photo & image competitions held down the years, as well as artwork by the Library artist-in-resident.

The gallery can be found in the stairwell between level 3 and 4 on staircase ‘B’ (those are the stairs closest to the PC Clinic). We will be changing the images on display periodically, so come back often to see what’s new!

Join Us for a World Book Night Celebration on Thursday

world book nightTo mark the start of term we’re celebrating World Book Night (a little later than advertised, granted!) with a FREE book (and cake!) giveaway in the Library foyer this Thursday lunchtime between 12.30 – 2.30pm (or whenever we run out of books and cake!)

We’ll be giving away copies of five books & novels (we’ll leave their identities as a surprise until the day!) along with a selection of home-made cakes and snacks. Judging from the popularity of the displays we’ve run previously the books and cakes may go like… well, hot cakes (!), so you may want to pop along early to avoid missing out on a real treat. 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:

Going Postal with the Olympic Games at the British Library

A new exhibition at the British Library this summer takes a look at the history of the Olympic Games through a slightly different media – postage stamps!

Olympex 2012 offers a unique insight into the history, symbolism and iconography of the Olympic movement, beginning with a long run up to the first modern Games in 1896, pacing the distance of the London Games of 1908 and 1948, before a sprint finish to London 2012.  The exhibition is drawn largely from the collections of private collectors and includes over 2500 stamps and postal items as well as other intriguing pieces of related Olympic memorabilia.

Our own Library isn’t short of an item or two of Olympic memorabilia itself, and some of it is still currently on display in our Olympic exhibition on Level 3, including a genuine Olympic Torch from the London 1948 Games. Why not pop in and have a look?

Olympex 2012: Collecting the Olympic Games runs from July 25th until 9th September and is free to visit. For further details visit the British Library website here:

1948 Olympic stamps first-day cover image courtesy of footysphere, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Our World In Motion

This week is National Science & Engineering Week, and to mark the occasion the Library is hosting a special exhibition celebrating this year’s theme, ‘Our World In Motion’.

No, don’t worry, it’s got nothing to do with a certain dodgy World Cup football song of 1990’s yore! The display celebrates the invention and innovation in applications of human movement from human powered forms of transport, through leisure and recreational activities to new devices which convert human effort into power in a sustainable way, illustrating not only human movement in all its diverse forms and some of the methods developed over the years for recording it, but how human movement can be used to power a variety of devices from simple hand pumps to human-powered aircraft capable of sustained flight.

For more information about other NSEW events and activities which Loughborough University will be providing from 9th-18th March, visit the website