Introducing Library Catalogue Plus

Library Catalogue Plus your new information discovery tool is now available for preview.

Library Catalogue Plus is a one-stop solution for the discovery and delivery of local and remote resources, such as books, journal articles, and digital objects.

  • Quick access to library selected content
  • Replaces both the existing catalogue and MetaLib
  • It will help you find book, journal articles, conference papers and other resources to better support your Learning, Teaching and ResearchLibrary Catalogue Plus

University Library's London Olympics projects

The Library has been working with the University’s Centre for Olympic Studies & Research on 3 projects about the London 2012 Olympics. These projects were funded by the UK’s Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA).  The results of these projects are available to all:

  1. The first one was in 2009 and gathered views from Loughborough people about previous Olympics, the Beijing Games and the forthcoming London 2012 Games
  2. In 2010, videos were produced of elite Loughborough University athletes talking about the Olympics, their aspirations and what their sport means to them
  3. Further videos were produced for the next project in 2011 exploring with various groups the perceptions of the impact and value of the Paralympics Games.

These are part of the Peoples Record project (managed by the MLA) which is the first co-ordinated record by a host nation of the public’s reaction to the Games. If you would like to know more about the Library’s contribution, contact Dr Graham Walton (

Image  produced by familymwr and available via Creative Commons licence on FlickR

National Reading Group Day

Already belong to a reading group or thinking about joining one? If so, you’ll be as thrilled as we are to hear that tomorrow, Sat. 25th June, marks the very first National Reading Group Day. This is a joint initiative between Reading Groups for Everyone and the Booksellers Association to celebrate everything that’s great about reading groups. A website has been set up specially to encourage participation from all types of reading group (adult, childrens, virtual, etc.) and a number of  other intiatives are being trialled this year to see what works best. Its main aim will be to promote where people can find a local group to join. Why not take a look and see for yourself what’s going on?

And don’t forget – the University has its very own reading group run jointly by the Library and Radar. Do come along to our next meeting on Tuesday 12th July at 12.30pm in the Music Centre (next to Towers) and meet us all. Contact Sharon Reid or Amelia Beavis-Harrison for further details. Everybody welcome.

Domesday Reloaded

Medieval Miracles, from the National Archives UK, catalogue reference 36/284

Interested in social and local history?  A unique snapshop of the UK in the mid-1980s is now available online for the first time.

The Domesday Project was a BBC initiative designed to capture everyday life across the UK using first-hand contributions from the general public. People were asked to write about everyday life and what they thought might still be of interest in a thousand years time! A million people took part, resulting in a fascinating archive of words and images.

Although made available for viewing at the time using the latest Laser-Disc technology, this rapidly became obsolete and the archive has been invisible for many years. Via Domesday Reloaded these personal memories and photos have been resurrected and made available for everyone to enjoy. To bring the project up-to-date and enable comparisons to be drawn, the public is being encouraged to re-photograph images and update text entries.

Overview  of the project: Story of Domesday

The Domesday project (1988?) [Video cassette]. London : British Broadcasting Corporation: 308.142/BRI

For a range of electronic social and historical resources see also the Social Sciences, Newspapers and History categories in MetaLib

Join the (book) club!

By brewbooks, taken from Flickr, used under cc licence

Calling all students and staff – in fact, anyone who loves to natter about books!

The University’s thriving book club, run jointly by the Library and the arts programme Radar, is always keen to welcome new members.  We meet for an hour at 12.30pm, with sandwiches and a drink provided, on Tuesdays every 6 weeks or so in the Music Rooms. Why not come along to our  next meeting and meet us all?

The next two books we’ll be discussing are:

Tuesday 7th June: Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee – winner of the 1999 Man Booker prize

Tuesday 19th July: When I Lived in Modern Times by Linda Grant – winner of the 2000 Orange Prize for Fiction

Take a look at the reviews for these books on the excellent GoodReads website: Disgrace ; When I Lived in Modern Times

If you’d like more information about the club, please contact:

Sharon Reid, Academic Librarian:

Amelia Beavis-Harrison, Programme Assistant, Radar:

Library life in Christchurch, New Zealand

Well, it’s my last day in the Pilkington Library as I’m heading off to take up a post of Academic Liaison Manager at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch.  University of Canterbury is recovering from the effects of the earthquakes in September 2010 and February 2011 and these photos show the main Library and one of the many tents that have been erected as lecture theatres, cafes and many other purposes to support teaching and research on the campus. Many thanks to all for making life at Loughborough such an enjoyable experience.
Peter Lund
UC Library

Books on the floor

Clyde precinct

Library Catalogue Plus to be launched during the summer!

During the summer the Library will be introducing its new solution for the discovery and delivery of information resources, both electronic and print, to you. Library Catalogue Plus will replace the existing Library Catalogue and MetaLib with one simple search box that allows you to search across the Library’s print holdings, electronic journals and e-books, and the information databases currently available via MetaLib. Library Catalogue Plus will be a quick and easy way to retrieve the multiplicity of resources that the Library provides.
Watch out for further announcements and details which will be made available shortly.

Free EU leaflets now available!

Anyone looking for free EU-related literature will be pleased to hear that leaflets and information sheets are now available from a designated area in the Library. Just pop down to the leaflet stand alongside the Information Desk on Level 2. A number of the slots have been stocked with leaflets and factsheets covering an array of EU topics including:

  • The European Union’s enlargement
  • The European Union’s budget
  • Road safety 2010: how is your country doing?
  • The European Disability Strategy 2010-20
  • Candidate and potential candidate countries

Just look out for the official EU emblem as displayed at the top of this post. Please feel free to take whatever you need.

Are you also aware that the Library houses a European Documentation Centre (EDC) –  an extensive collection of publications and documents of the European Union? Click here for more information and who to contact for further details.

Loughborough Students' Rag raising funds for Japan

Recently, the Library was delighted to receive a collection of books donated by the Nippon Foundation in Tokyo. Since then Japan has had to face a national crisis following the devastating earthquake and tsunami which hit the northeastern region of the country. The Library fully supports the Loughborough Students’ Rag initiative to raise funds to help the people of Japan at this time of great need. If you would like to make a financial donation please do so through the Just Giving web site:

Thank you

University Library 2011 photography competition

Do you want to win an Amazon voucher up to the value of £125? If the answer is yes, then why not enter the 2011 Loughborough University Library photography competition? The University’s Pilkington Library is in its 30th year and the photography competition is part of the celebrations taking place in 2011. The theme is “Celebrating 30 years of the Pilkington Library”. It is open to individual interpretation but entries must capture what should be celebrated about the University Library.

More information is provided on the University Library web pages:

The competition will be open until midnight on the 13th May 2011 and the prizes will be:

• 1st prize: Amazon vouchers to the value of £125

• 2nd prize: Amazon vouchers to the value of £75

• 3rd prize: Amazon vouchers to the value of £50

The winning photo from the 2010 competition is included below. If you need any further information, contact Brant Hickman (