We started this blog back in May 2015 to help you keep up to date with everything that is happening in the Library. It has served us well and has proven to be a useful way of communicating changes, new services and updates.
With this is mind we have decided to update our blog and move it to a new home. As such, this will be the last post on this site.
We will be posting all future posts on our new blog. All the old content has been moved onto the new site, so you don’t need to worry about missing any of the old posts.
Thank you for all your support of our this blog and we look forward to welcoming you to our new blog very soon!
Work to refurbish the ground floor of Headingley Library is now underway. The Library will remain open and operational throughout the project.
The main central area of the ground floor will be cordoned off, and access to and from the Library will be via the corridor running round the edge of the central area.
The refurbishment, which is due to be completed by early September, will lead to a better arrangement of study space and service desks. A new reception desk will be created to enable us to help visitors coming into the Library. There will also be a new Advice Point 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 location of some services may change at different stages of the project—please look for signs if you are visiting, or check our webpage and FAQs and Twitter. Information about key services can be found below:
- Student IT support and library advice: JG133 on the first floor (the Print Room)
- Borrow and Return: ground floor
- Kiosks for topping up printing accounts: ground floor
- Laptop lockers: ground floor
- Holds: on the corridor outside JG132a
- Printers: black & white and colour printers can be found in the first floor Book Room
- Media Equipment and Staff IT Support: ground floor
This summer also sees the refurbishment of the Student Meeting Rooms. When completed they will include:
- New IT/AV equipment, similar to those in the student meeting rooms at the Sheila Silver Library. Each room will feature a large display screen which can be used either with your laptop or the PC provided.
- New furniture, carpet and decor
- A mixture of different furniture layouts for more options for group work.
The rooms should be available again at the start of term. In the meantime please ask at the Advice Point if you need help finding somewhere to study.
The Disability Resource Area is also currently unavailable as it undergoes refurbishment. The Disability Resource Area in Sheila Silver Library is available to use. Equipment from the Disability Resource Area is available to borrow from the Advice Point on the first floor (JG132a) and the CCTV magnifier has been moved to the first floor print room (JG133). There is a range of assistive software available on all Library PCs, please see the Software page for more information.
We are moving our online reading lists to a new system which will have a new look and feel (but still accessible via MyBeckett) and make it easier to customise and navigate.
Because of this you won’t be able to access your current list from 9 July to 17:00 7 August. We appreciate that this may impact you if you are studying on accelerated and distance learning programmes and have therefore recommended to teaching staff that they create a Word version of the list for you to use during this time.
Academic Librarian(s) or LLIResourceLists@leedsbeckett.ac.uk are able to help staff do this and can also answer any queries. Staff should also continue to send requests for new resources to Academic Librarian(s) throughout this period as this will ensure that resources are ordered before the start of Semester One.
Thank you for your patience as we move to our new system which we’re sure will improve the student experience. Once the system is available we will provide more information about how to use it.
What if I need to access links I normally get through MyBeckett?
Although you won’t be able to access Turnitin or your Modules and their content during
this time, there are still plenty of University services which will be fully available:
What happens after the upgrade?
When the upgrade period is over, the login page will display as normal and you will be able to access MyBeckett.
The ground floor of Sheila Silver Library is now open after the refurbishment detailed below and all services are now available although in new locations on the floor – please see new signage or ask staff for help.
After a pause in the project last year, the ongoing refurbishment of the Sheila Silver Library at City Campus is now 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 Sheila Silver Library will be closed briefly:
- 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 is now complete but the refurbishment of the ground floor and student meeting rooms of Headingley Library is still ongoing so there will 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. 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.
If you are graduating this year you should have returned all your books by 30 June, if you still have books on loan please Contact Us.
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!
Summer is flying by and you may already be putting your new skills to good use in the world of work, but there are a few things you should do before 30 September:
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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 .
There’s lots of information on the University website about becoming an alumni but get in touch with the Library if you have any questions.
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.