New helpers in the Sheila Silver Library!

Unfortunately we’ve had to close sections of the third floor of the Sheila Silver Library as part of the ongoing refurbishment work taking place. This has meant that students and staff have been unable to access the book stock and as a result we’ve been asking them to put holds on anything they needed from there. However we then foundCapture that Library staff were not allowed on the floor as large sections of the floor are missing!

So we found a solution by enlisting the help of two of the people who have been carrying on the electrical cabling work on the floor:

Introducing Terry and Harvey!

Terry and Harvey have been kindly collecting all the books on our holds (pickings) list off the shelves and putting them on a trolley ready for Library staff to pass onto the people who have requested them. They have even helped to put some of the books back on the shelves.

Terry consults the list ready to get picking!
Terry consults the list ready to get picking!

We thought it would be nice to introduce them and ask them a few questions. Neither of them have worked on the redevelopment of a library before although Harvey frequently uses his local public library for both himself and his family.

When asked about the finding the books using the Dewey system both Harvey and Terry said they hadn’t used it before but had found the books relatively easy to find. Terry added that he did think it would be easier if they were in alphabetical order! A nice idea but not that simple when you think of all the books with similar titles but very different subject areas.

We’re really grateful for all the help that they have provided as it has meant that we have been able to keep the service open and ensure that people have had access to the resources they have needed.

Harvey collects the books
Harvey collects the books

Terry and Harvey have done such a great job – we think they’re welcome to come in anytime and help us to find some of the over 33,000 holds requested each year or shelve one of 2,600 trolleys of books!


It’s not just the staff at City Campus that have been busy…………

Staff at Headingley have also been working hard getting the Library ready for the new academic year.

The book stock has been on the move in the main book room as the stock from the Language Resource Area on the ground floor is moving up onto the first floor.

Books moving

If you need help finding any of the book stock whilst it is on the move, please speak to Library staff.

Work refurbishing the IT labs also continues. All the decoration work is now complete and the new PCs are currently being installed. New PCs are also being provided in the Student Meeting Rooms.

IT lab







There is currently no access to the IT Labs on the second floor so please use the PCs on the ground floor or try out our new self service Laptop Loans. Staff will be happy to help show you how to use this.

Library closures 22nd and 23rd August

Every year we have to implement Library closures in order to carry out essential electrical maintenance on some of our University buildings. This year the work is taking place over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd August.

This essential work helps to ensure the smooth running of the Library and also help us to maintain our 24/7 opening. To help minimise disruption we never close both Libraries at the same time. This year we plan to close at the following times:

Saturday 22nd August

08:00 – 18:00 Sheila Silver Library closed. Headingley Library open.

IT systems will be “at risk” so please save your work regularly

Sunday 23rd August

08:00 – 18:00 Headingley Library closed. Sheila Silver Library open.

There will also be changes to some other services on this day:

  • There will be no printing available at Headingley Library from 06:00
  • MyHub and SNAP will be unavailable 06:00 – 15:00
  • Password changes from 06:00 will not take effect until after 14:00

We are very sorry for any inconvenience these changes and closures may cause.

It’s never too early to start!

As work continues on the second floor of Sheila Silver Library Library staff are already starting to work with our Estates team on plans for the first floor refurbishment which will be taking place in summer 2016.

An initial meeting took place recently to discuss both what and who will have to move off the floor, including furniture, printers, PCs and people!  Academic Librarians and other Library staff are currently based on the first floor so temporary accommodation will need to be found for them as well as new longer term homes.

We’ve also started to count the number of bays of books on the first floor to work out how much space will be needed for current stock and areas of growth as our curriculum continually changes.


If you have any thoughts or ideas about what you would like to see as part of the ongoing refurbishment or find useful to support your studies please let us know. You can Contact Us via the Library website or tweet us @beckettlibrary #librefurb

August Already?!!

We are now well into the Summer Vacation (but still waiting for the sunshine!) and we’re pleased to report that all the refurbishment work is on track.  Over the last week:

  • New walls have been erected on the second floor of Sheila Silver Library and are being plastered.
  • Cabling is being fed from the third floor into the second floor ceiling for fire alarms, lighting etc.
  • Installation has begun on the air conditioning units.


Meanwhile at Headingley Library the labs that are being refurbished now have new carpets and lots of cabling:

carpets and cabling


As a result of the work the third floor of Sheila Silver Library is currently unavailable but staff are working with the contractors to provide a collection service for books. Please ask Library staff for help or put a hold on a book if it is shelved on that floor and we will get it to you as quickly as possible.

In addition at Headingley Library the labs that are not being refurbished are being used by our University’s A-level results confirmation and clearing team at the moment so don’t make the trek up there for a PC – there are plenty available on the ground and first floors.

We apologise for the disruptions but hope you are looking forward to seeing all the finished work in the Autumn – we are!