From fishy freshers to spin the clock: the Library at the Freshers’ Fair!

To celebrate another Freshers’ week we’re looking back at all the different stalls and games we’ve hosted to promote the Library at the Students’ Union Freshers’ Fairs over the years. We’ve trawled back through our photo albums and come up with a few of our favourites!

24/7 – spin the clock

One of our most successful stalls has been the 24/7 with its trusty clock/wheel. This has promoted our 24/7 opening hours and anyone who spins and lands on a 24 or a 7 has won one of our ever popular “time beings”.  And in a year when we offered you a whole extra day of 24/7 opening (Leap Year Day 29th February 2016) how could we not revisit it. But this year we’ve given you a chance of an extra prize – just hand in your prize draw ticket into the Library by 3rd October to win an Amazon voucher.clock-and-tickets-1


Fishy Freshers 

An adaptation of the fair favourite “Hook a duck” you had to hook a fish to win a fish themed toy. With an additional quiz for the chance to win a DVD player or some fish themed films there was plenty to keep people busy. And why “fishy”? Because staff are Friendly, Informative, Supportive and Helpful!!

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Web 2 Books

A card based game with a spiders web theme to promote the physical and online resources provided by the Library. People could win book vouchers, mugs or some of our Skills for Learning “Little books”

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To promote our new Discover search engine we used a lucky dip to encourage students to find out how easy and simple it is to discover more (see what we did there?) using the new search tool.  With a chance to win a wind up space hopper, and with a bright orange space theme this was a great stall and also very easy to spot!

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2015 saw a new stall promoting our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE): MyBeckett. Another lucky dip style game, with a MyBeckett “bucket” aimed at encouraging our students to learn more about the services provided on the VLE  and to promote the Blackboard Mobile App, with a chance to win an “octopus” USB charging cable!








A BIG welcome to all new and returning students!

We’ve been mainly using this Blog to talk about the refurbishment work that has been taking place in the Library over the summer vacation. The wait is almost over and we’re really excited about the second floor at the Sheila Silver Library reopening  in the next few weeks. Until then we thought it would be good to tell you a bit about our Libraries and all the other changes that have taken place over the summer.

We have two libraries, open 24/7, every day of the year: Sheila Silver Library in the Leslie Silver Building at City Campus and Headingley Library in the James Graham Building at Headingley. You can use both of these plus over 100,000 electronic resources including ebooks and journals, on and off-campus.

As a Leeds Beckett University student you can install Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus for free for the duration of your studies so you don’t need to buy it. Don’t worry if you don’t have your own device, we have over 800 PCs with a PC Availability service to make finding a free one easy or you can borrow a laptop to use in the Library.

Over the summer we have also:

  • Installed self service Laptop Loan lockers at Headingley Library. They are due to be installed at Sheila Silver in the next few weeks.
  • Refurbished some more of the IT Labs at Headingley Library and put new PCs into the Book Room on the first floor and the Student Meeting Rooms
  • Made it easier to find books by adding location maps to the Library Catalogue.
  • Created a new IT Support tab in MyBeckett to make it easier to access functions such as Password Manager and print from home.
  • Installed Office 13 and Adobe Creative Suite on all Library PCs.
  • Made changes so you can now access your reading lists via your modules in MyBeckett – just click on the “Resource List” link.

Please don’t be afraid to ask Library staff if you need help in using the Library. The Help and Information Points on the ground floor of each Library are open 08:30-19:00 Monday-Friday and 11:00-17:00 on Saturdays and Sundays during term. You can also Phone Us or Chat with Us 24/7 – just see the Contact Us page.

September successes

The first full week in September saw lots of progress in the second floor refurbishment. Sewell who are in charge of the project are managing all the different requirements of the sub contractors as “everybody always seems to want to work in the same room at the same time”! They supplied us with a list of all the works completed so far (there’s lots of it we don’t understand but we’re still impressed!):

  • Site set up / accommodation
  • Floor coverings removed
  • Suspended ceilings stripped out
  • Demolition of partition walls
  • M&E isolations
  • Setting out of the new walls
  • 1st fix IPS
  • Ductwork
  • Plastering to new walls
  • Internal walls / plasterboard
  • 1st fix M&E
  • Plaster patching
  • Mist coating to walls
  • Pre finished screens
  • Suspended Ceilings

And this week Library staff had access to the floor to take photos of the glass going in to partition the new Student Meeting Rooms:


Painting is also well underway and the fixed furniture such as the printing tables is being installed.

We’ve always known that the floor wouldn’t be opened until a few weeks into term but we also know that it will be worth the wait!


The third floor returns

Blog imageWe have just got full access to the third floor Book Room back after the recent work that has been taking place. Although we’re sad to say goodbye to our New Helpers : Terry and Harvey it’s really good to have the floor back in use.

We’ve missed the books, the views, the stripy chairs, large letters (!) and being able to browse all the latest journals.

There is now full access to the following book stock and resources on the third floor:

  • Books 800 – 999
  • Law Collection (340 – 349)
  • Journal Collection
  • Statistics

The Print hub, Disability Resource Area, Student Meeting Rooms and Silent Study are also open.

The Postgraduate Research Room remains closed as some work still needs to be completed. The AET IT labs (LS304 and LS305) are also still closed whilst further IT upgrades take place.

We’re really looking forward to the start of term and the reopening of the second floor early in the Autumn term.