A huge congratulations from all the Library staff to everyone graduating this year!
Please see below some important dates and things you need to do:
- Your MyBeckett, Microsoft student email account, P:drive (webfiles) and G Suite (Google Apps) will remain active until 30 September 2018. Back up any files you’ll need and transfer all emails and contacts to an alternative account before then.
- Your Microsoft Office 365 account will remain active until 30 September 2018, after that access to the full version will end and any installed software will become read-only. You will also lose access to your OneDrive on 30 September 2018, so make sure you move any saved work to a different storage location before then.
- You can use Google Takeout to transfer docs, calendars and YouTube videos. The Alumni tab will appear in MyBeckett within five days of your award being confirmed and this will give you more information.
- Your i-Print account will be cleared when you graduate so only top up with small amounts during your last few weeks around campus.
- Creating a free Pebblepad Alumni Account will enable you to keep all of your work when you leave and store it in a new personal account. Our step-by-step guide shows you how to convert your account. If you want a PebblePad alumni account, please create it after you’ve handed in all of your work and before 30 September 2018.
- Our After Leeds Beckett web page directs you resources such as open access journals, websites and professional organisations that can help you in your professional practice or in securing that all important first job.
- You need to return all your books and pay any outstanding charges by 30 June. If you think you have lost your books please Contact Us as soon as possible.
- As a Leeds Beckett alumnus you can apply for Guest User Library membership at a reduced rate.
- Make sure your personal data is up-to-date so you receive any final communications from us and your certificate if you can’t attend your graduation ceremony.
There’s lots of information on the University website about your ceremony and becoming an alumni but get in touch with the Library or Graduation Team if you have any questions about finishing your studies with us.
After a pause in the project last year, the ongoing refurbishment of the Sheila Silver Library at City Campus will soon be underway again!
This year focuses on the ground floor. The layout will be improved to allow for better arrangement of study space and service desks. This will include the creation of a reception desk at the entrance to enable us to assist visitors coming into the Library, and a new advice point area providing Student IT support and library advice.
Additionally, the carpet, paint, and furniture will be refreshed, improving the look of the ground floor significantly!
The Library will remain open and operational throughout the project, and parts of the ground floor will always remain accessible. However, the location of some services, for example self-issue and return, may change at different stages of the project—please look for signs if you are visiting, or check our Webpage and FAQs.
From 29 May, you can find:
- Self-issue and return of books: ground floor
- Holds (requested books) pickup: second floor, just outside the central print hub area (LS236)
- Campus Card kiosks for topping up printing accounts: ground floor
- Laptop lockers: ground floor
- Student IT support and library advice: second floor (in the central print hub area)
- Media Equipment and Staff IT Support: ground floor
The work will be completed in 5-6 weeks, in time for Graduation (16-20 July).
Stay tuned for details about the project, and about the similar refurbishment of the ground floor at the Headingley Campus Library later this summer!
As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, Academic Librarian, Kirsty Bower, describes a project to expand Library collections to help support staff and students:
“To support mental health awareness events Library staff selected books from the main collection to support awareness around this subject. It soon became apparent that, as an academic institution, some of the books we offered may not appeal to everyone due to their clinical textbook approach.
However, through working with other University, public and NHS Libraries, an opportunity recently came about to submit a request for additional external funding to develop our collection in this area. The aim was to develop a collection of titles which offered a more ‘personal’ account of dealing with a particular illness or condition.
But why would a University Library be interested in patient accounts of living with an illness – surely this is the remit of the Public Library? Our interest in the project was inspired by a request from a GP trainer who wanted to help her trainees to develop more understanding and empathy for their patients. The aim of the project is to encourage these necessary skills through making patient stories available in an academic setting to the next generation of healthcare staff at the outset of their training and education.
Fortunately we were successful in our bid, the result being the personal stories collection which highlights the personal impact of a particular illness, on individuals and their families (patient stories), rather than just the clinical diagnostic features of the condition or management techniques.
This collection is not solely aimed at Health students but all students to enable them to support a friend, family member, housemate or work colleague with a specific condition or illness.”
A sample of some of the titles can be seen below some of the titles are available to borrow now, some will be available within the next few weeks from the Library.
We’re open 24/7 during the vacation if you want to come in and study. However because of essential maintenance each Library will be closed briefly and MyBeckett will also be unavailable for a short time:
- Sunday 5 August Headingley Library will be closed 06:00-13:00
- Sunday 5 August 20:00 until Tuesday 7 August 17:00 MyBeckett will be unavailable due to its annual upgrade
- Sunday 26 August Sheila Silver Library, City Campus, will be closed 06:00-13:00
Work to refurbish the ground floor of Sheila Silver Library began at the end of May and will take place at Headingley Library later in the summer so there will also be some disruption to those areas.
Remember to have your Campus Card to enter Sheila Silver Library during the day and both Libraries overnight.
If you’re at home you can still access your work on your P: drive via the Files tab in MyBeckett and use Discover for fast and easy searching of our books and journals. You can also visit other university libraries via the SCONUL Access Scheme (connect to the eduroam wireless network before you leave Leeds so you can use your laptop when you go).
If you don’t need your books over the summer vacation return them to the Library. If you’re graduating this year you need to return these by 30 June. Any item that you still have on loan will continue to renew every week unless another student reserves it, or it reaches the maximum number of renewals. We’ll email your University email account if we need you to return your books so please remember to check it regularly. You’ll then have 7 days to return the item. Please also remember to cancel any Holds you have so that other students can use the stock.
And if you want a break from studying take a look at our School’s Out! Pinterest board or listen to our Summer Spotify playlist for inspiration.
If you need help you can: Visit Us at the Advice Points (we’re available 08:30-17:00 during the Vacation), Email Us or Chat with Us, Phone Us on 0113 812 1000, or Follow Us on Twitter@BeckettLibrary.
Have a wonderful time however you spend the summer!
We know how busy it gets in the Libraries at the end of the academic year when everyone is working on final assignments and revising for exams so we’re doing all we can to help you find the study space you need:
- Both Headingley and Sheila Silver Libraries are open 24/7, for details of when staff are here to help see the Opening Hours page. Please bring your Campus Card to access the Libraries.
- We’ve worked with the University to make extra rooms available for revision, so if it is too busy in the Library you can head over there. You can also use the study tables in City Campus Students’ Union and the Living Rooms on both campuses.
- We’ve added information to our website to tell you about the most popular times and spaces are in Headingley and Sheila Silver Libraries to help you choose your study space.
- Timetables outside the IT Labs tell you when there isn’t any teaching taking place and if they are available for you to use. You can check PC Availability on the plasmas as you come into the Library or on the Leeds Beckett App to find out where there are free PCs.
- You can contact us if other students aren’t respecting the study environment – please quote the number of the study space so we know where to find you. If you are working in the silent study areas and people are talking you can text us on 0113 320 7594 and we’ll get someone to investigate.
But please help your fellow students too:
- Don’t chat if you’re in the silent study areas and remember to turn your phones to silent.
- Don’t “occupy” spaces with your belongings and disappear for hours on end (we know most of you only take short breaks – and that’s a good thing – but if you do need to leave for more than 20 minutes please take your things with you).
- Don’t use PCs or laptops just for social networking when others need to use them for work.
- Remember to cancel your Student Meeting Room booking if you don’t need it.
As always please ask staff if you need any help.
It’s time to stop amending and re-reading and commit to getting those final pieces of work printed!
But before you do remember to save and back up all that hard work.
The Library web pages have detailed information and videos about how to print your work, including locations of printers. We have printers all floors of the Library so don’t waste time queuing on the ground floor. You can also use ones in the social learning spaces and Student Hub.
And did you know that you can send your work to print from your own device rather than having to log on to a University PC? Our YouTube video shows you how.
Make sure you have enough money on your Campus Card before you start to print – you can top up at the Kiosks on the ground floors of the Libraries or online. But if you’re graduating this year only add small amounts as all credit on your i-Print account will be cleared when you graduate.
Don’t let binding your work become a bind (!) – you can:
- bind it yourself at the City or Headingley Library. Buy a binding kit (binding comb, black card rear cover, clear PVC front cover) from Library staff for £1, and follow the instructions in our video
- or, from £2.50 the Print Room based at Headingley Campus will bind most assignments for you. Contact 0113 8123510 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (James Graham Building JG13) for more info. You will need to pay for this service in cash or by credit/debit card. You are not able to use the credit on your i-Print account.
And, like everything else to do with using the Library just Contact Us if you need any help.
Leeds Beckett students and staff can use other university libraries via the SCONUL Access scheme. For full-time undergraduates this is for reference only but other students and staff can usually borrow as well.
Apply online via the SCONUL website – watch our short video to see how – but pay any outstanding fines on your Leeds Beckett Library account beforehand. The website also lists the university libraries you can visit, their opening hours and any restrictions. However, many universities don’t allow access during busy periods such as exams so make sure you check before making a trip.
Leeds Beckett Library staff will authorise your application by email within 3 working days. Once you have received this, take it (either in print or on your mobile) plus your Campus Card to the library you want to visit. Your email will tell you whether you have reference access or borrowing rights.
SCONUL Access doesn’t usually give you access to PCs and electronic resources but you can access the eduroam wireless network in other universities so you’ll still be able to access Leeds Beckett electronic resources, the Library website and MyBeckett. Remember to connect to eduroam before you leave Leeds Beckett.
If you’re looking for a book or journal that Leeds Beckett Library doesn’t have in stock you might want to visit the British Library or apply for an Interlibrary Loan. This service is mainly for final year and postgraduate students, but please contact your Academic Librarian if you’re not in your final year and can’t find what you need in the Library. You can also use the Beckett Books Extra scheme to recommended material for stock – just fill in the form in the Library Tab of MyBeckett.
Ask staff if you need any help.
The Library will be open 24/7 over Easter, self service only over the Easter weekend with IT support (including password resets) available on 0113 812 1000 or you can Chat with Us.
If you are coming onto campus don’t forget to bring your Campus Card with you. You need this to access Sheila Silver Library at all times and to use Headingley Library 19:00-08:30.
If you’re studying at home over Easter you can:
We’ll continue to automatically renew your loans on loan over the Easter Vacation but we’ll also ask you to return an item if it is needed by someone else so please remember to check your emails. You’ll still have a few days to return the item and you can post it to us if you can’t get back to campus.
Happy Easter from the Library!
The Library and the Students’ Union Advice Service are offering support and information to ensure you “Write Right” to develop good academic practice and maintain your academic integrity.
Look out for stalls at both campuses during w/c 12 March, alongside Skills for Learning workshops on Academic Writing, Avoiding Plagiarism, and lots of Referencing Refreshers and Referencing Surgeries over the next few weeks.
The Library website also has lots of information on avoiding plagiarism and referencing correctly, including a link to the indispensable Quote Unquote and other useful Skills for Learning resources. You can also access an online tutorial on academic integrity via the Assessment section of your modules in MyBeckett, get help from your Academic Librarian, or book a Referencing Help Appointment.
We are looking volunteers to tell us what they think of the Library website. Registration now closed.
Thank you to everyone who has registered on the sessions to give us feedback about the Library website. Registration is now closed.
However, if you would still like to give your views you can send your thoughts to email@example.com.
We’re keen to get feedback from our students about how you use the Library website.
Do you find it easy to find the information you need? Do you use our FAQs? Or do you get lost in a maze of pages and struggle to find what you’re looking for?
It doesn’t matter if you go directly to the website, get there via a web search or use the Library tab in MyBeckett we’d still like to hear from you.
We’re looking for volunteers to provide feedback on their experience of using our web pages. The information we gather will feed into plans to update the website and will hopefully make it easier to navigate and use.