24-7 Opening Begins on Monday

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.
  • Talk to Us! Above all, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you need any kind of assistance or support – we’re here to help as best we can!

Spotlight On… Mendeley & Referencing

As more assignment, project and dissertation deadlines loom after Christmas, are you confident about your referencing of resources?  Do you know your in-text citations from your bibliographies or reference list?  Are you getting your commas in the right places?  If referencing stresses you out, come along to our Spotlight stand in the foyer next week to find out more about:

  • What you need to reference
  • Why you need to reference
  • How you should reference correctly
  • What can help you

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 8th January 12-2pm and Thursday 10th January 2-4pm.

If you can’t make these times, and want to know more about or help with referencing, don’t worry, you can always contact your academic librarian: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/students/contactus/academic-librarians/

‘Reading Ahead’ Launch – Book Reading Event

The Student Union will be visited by an acclaimed literary guest at the launch of a new reading initiative next week in the form of alternate history, fantasy and contemporary crime author Rob Duncan, whose novels have been shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick Award, the East Midlands Book Award and the John Creasey Dagger of the Crime Writers’ Association. 

Rob will be reading an excerpt from his brand new novel The Outlaw and the Upstart King followed up with an exclusive interview and Q&A conducted by Loughborough University academic Deirdre O’Byrne.

Reading Ahead is an initiative spearheaded by the Reading Agency which is run in different workplaces by UNISON. The launch event will be a chance to browse their book selection, receive a complementary reading diary and meet other people from the challenge, plus the chance to enter a prize draw. There will also be literary-themed activities, a mystery book raffle and refreshments will be available.

All staff, students and friends and family are welcome to attend, though booking is necessary – check this link for further details: https://loughboroughuniversity.unison.site/events/unison-reading-ahead-2019-launch-event/

The launch commences at 12pm on Wednesday 9th January in Cognito at the Student Union. Rob will be presenting between 12:30pm and 1:30pm.

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