Dark nights but we can illuminate your studies…

Now that the clocks have gone back and we are heading into the winter months we thought it might be worth reminding you about how you can access Library services and resources without leaving the comfort of your bedroom!  Not that we want to discourage you from coming in to the Library (and of course we’re open 24/7 so if you find you’re missing us you can pop in at any time)!james graham night1

Over 100,000 of our resources are available electronically eg journals, databases, ebooks and newspapers and can be easily searched via Discover. The subject guides prepared by our Academic Librarians also point you in the right direction for web resources and information linked to your subject. If you need more help from them you can book an appointment online or on a Skills for Learning workshop as well as booking Student Meeting Rooms for the next time you’re on campus.

If you’re working on your assignment at home make sure you’ve downloaded Microsoft Advantage for free and you can also access SPSS statistical analysis software via MyBeckett. Once you’re ready to submit you can submit online in MyBeckett (if your lecturer has set this up for your module) or send your document to print on one of the Library printers and collect it when you come in.

The Library Catalogue is available online, letting you search for resources, place holds, renew and pay fines. MyBeckett provides access to your modules, resource lists, timetables, university email, library resources, careers and employability information, Campus Card top up and much more.  And Skills for Learning lets you keep your academic skills in shape, check those referencing queries or listen to a podcast on topics such as time management. *

Or take a break from studying but still use Library resources! Box of Broadcasts and Leeds Beckett Media Player provide access to thousands of TV and radio programmes.

And of course there’s help available from the Library 24/7.  You can phone us on 0113 812 1000 or chat with us. If you send an email we’ll respond within 3 hours between 08:30 and 18:30 Monday-Friday or within 24 hours overnight and at weekends. Just Contact Us for more information.


* please note that the Catalogue is unavailable between approximately 02:00 and 02:30 on Tuesday-Saturday for essential backups and MyBeckett is also unavailable 01:00-05:00 on Friday mornings.


Starting your first university essay? – Find out how the Skills for Learning team can help you.

The Skills for Learning essay writing themed week proved very popular last week and increasing the number of students booking onto workshops since the start of term to over 800.

Students at the start of today's essay writing workshop
Students attending one of the essay writing workshops

To mark the occasion, there will be a prize for our 1000th booking. One lucky student will win a copy of Quote Unquote and a set of Little Books – it could be you!

Where the size of the classroom allows, we’ve already increased the maximum number of places for future workshops.

A quick reminder – if you do book a place and find you can’t come, please use the link in the email to cancel it, as there are waiting lists for most workshops.

Although the themed week on essay writing has now finished there are still lots of workshops running in the programme to help you; including mind mapping and effective writing skills.  The website also has useful information on the topic and Skills for Learning’s Academic Skills tutor Michael Shields was interviewed for an article on essay writing recently published on the Prospects website.

“Please let me live here”….. and other feedback on the Second floor

You may have noticed a number of whiteboards dotted about on the newly refurbished second floor of Sheila Silver Library asking you what you think about the refurbishment work.

We have had a brilliant response – thank you!

We’ve received lots of positive feedback and some really useful comments including some nice pictures. We’ve also enjoyed our conversations with you when we’ve responded to some of the comments you’ve posted.

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The comments seem to show that you like the:

  • Overall theme and lay out11.10.15 print room
  • Colour scheme
  •  Variety of furniture
  • Introduction of USB / Plug socketsboard




Some people commented that it is similar to the third floor, this was a deliberate design decision to help link the areas and hopefully make it easier to find key services. However we have made changes based on feedback from last year, for example clustering the Student Meeting Rooms to make them easier to find. We’ve also added some of the things you told us you’d like e.g. extra plug points and the introduction of USB points.

The boards will stay on the second floor for another week, so please continue to tell us your views. You can also tweet us @BeckettLibrary #librefurb.


Welcome to the second floor!

The second floor of the Sheila Silver Library is now open to students after its refurbishment!

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After a very busy summer of building work, all floors in the Library are open once again. The second floor now includes:

  • A similar look and feel to the third floor (refurbished in 2014)
  • Areas for group study and silent study
  • Six bookable Student Meeting Rooms with plasma screens
  • Postgraduate Research Room
  • Central support hub for printing and binding (which will be installed later this week)
  • Bookstock numbers 600-799
  • Electrical sockets and USB charging points on many desks
  • Moveable whiteboards

While most of the furniture is similar to that on the third floor, we’re trying something new in the area outside the Student Meeting Rooms where we now have two study booths which give students a comfortable place to do quiet group work:

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The first floor of the Library is now all study space and doesn’t have any bookshelves. This is because the first floor will be refurbished next summer, and moving books costs a lot of money … reducing what we spend on moving books this year increases the amount of money we have to spend on other parts of the project like furniture and technology. Books will be moved back onto the first floor in October 2016.

In the meantime, you can bring books and journals to the first floor while you’re studying, and feel free to leave them on a desk or a trolley when you’re done.


We’re excited about the results of the second floor refurbishment and hope students and staff will be thrilled with it. There are feedback walls available on the floor so please let us know your views.