Sorry we made a mistake….

…when we told you we were open 24/7 365 because this year we’re open 366 days!Library leap year plasma

Yes, that’s 8,784 hours of the Library being open and available for you to study – either on or off-campus.

To celebrate we’ll have Pop-Up Libraries across both Headingley and City campuses during w/c 29th February reminding you of how we can help you get the most out of your studies 24 hours a day.

We would also like to know what else you love about the Library as well as our 24/7 opening so please let us know on Twitter #leapyearlearning or tell us at one of the Pop-Ups.

And we’ve even created a “Music of Time” Spotify playlist for you to listen to as you study.

We’re also launching a competition for a new design for Library bags to go on sale in September 2016. More information is available in our latest blog post.

Celebrating 24/7 Library opening – can you design a new Library bag?

Leeds Beckett Library is one of only a handful of UK university libraries to offer 24 hour opening 365 days of the year. To celebrate this, we’re inviting students to submit a design for bags to be on sale in the Library from September 2016 onwards.Library-bag-mockup

The competition is open to all Leeds Beckett University students and the winner will receive £100 worth of high street gift vouchers.

Closing date for entries: Friday 15th April.

Your design must be created in black and include the 24/7 library logo, which can be positioned anywhere on the bag. The winning design must be easily reproducible and is subject to University brand approval.

To enter: Either download the logo or email us (llisocial@leedsbeckett.ac.uk) for a copy of the logo and then send your design as both a PDF and EPS file to llisocial@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

We look forward to seeing your entries!

Can’t remember which Library books you previously borrowed?

We’re all busy people these days with a thousand and one things to think about.

So, when you’re struggling to meet tight submission deadlines for your assignments, it can be really easy to return your Library books without writing down the reference details. Or maybe you used a really informative text a couple of months ago and would like to borrow it again, but can’t quite remember the title…..

Worry not! Leeds Beckett Library has a new feature available to students. You can now check your loan history going back to November 2015.

Here’s how:

Log in to the Library Catalogue. Go to the Self Service tab, then click on Review My Account and then Loan History:

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If you’ve borrowed any books since 12th November, you’ll see a list of books on screen, which you may either want to request again, or simply make a note of the reference details for use in your studies. You can sort the books by author, date borrowed or date returned.

So, no more racking your brains to remember those titles or authors……

LGBT History Month – events, Library resources and more…

February is LGBT History Month: a national event that celebrates and brings to light the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. It is marked nationwide and provides an opportunity to start conversations, raise awareness and learn about history that has previously been denied, unacknowledged or erased. This year’s theme is “Religion, belief and philosophy”, a topic which aims to open up much-needed dialogue between LGBT and faith communities and raise awareness of the ways in which they intersect.

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The Library has plenty of resources to help you celebrate, raise awareness or learn something new this February, including book displays in each Library. On our website we’ve put together a selection of books, ebooks, journal articles and online resources, including a playlist of films and TV programmes that you can watch from home with Box of Broadcasts. You can also check out our LGBT History Month Pinterest page for even more inspiration or find out about the research our staff have done in this area.

And to celebrate being in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index for the second year running our Rainbow Rose LGBT staff & student network were asked to chose their favourite tracks for inclusion on a specially prepared Spotify playlist. Follow the list ‘Rainbow over the Library’ – we’ll update it later in History Month with your requests of your favourite LGBT tune/artist/icon too if you let us know what you’d like to hear!

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A programme of events is running throughout the month at the University, launched by “In conversation with Stephanie Hirst”, a chance to hear the BBC Radio Manchester DJ talk about her experiences as a trans woman. Other events an after-work drinks meetup for staff and students hosted by the Rainbow Rose forum and an LGBT lunchtime walk, uncovering the hidden LGBT histories of sites around Leeds city centre.

There are lots of events taking place around the city and events are also taking place around the country as part of the National Festival of LGBT History. Our local hub is York, which is hosting a day of talks about LGBT history on Saturday 6th February, as well as over 40 other events throughout the month. Check out their full programme if you fancy a day trip!

National Libraries Day

National Libraries Day celebrates why libraries matter.  Saturday 6th February 2016 saw the fifth National Libraries Day, primarily highlighting the vital role of public libraries in supporting people, families and communities across the UK but giving all libraries a chance to love and be loved!

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So we thought we’d take the opportunity to explore some of the reasons to love Leeds Beckett Library. And, as it’s a leap year and that means an extra day of 24/7 opening we’re highlighting just a few of the things you can do any time of day or night:

  • Come into the Library to study – but don’t forget your Campus Card to enter
  • Access over 140,000 electronic books, journals, databases and newspapers – from on or off-campus
  • Borrow a book, renew it or pay your fine if it’s overdue!
  • Chat with Us or phone us on 0113 812 1000 for IT help
  • Access your resource list, modules, timetable, submit your assignment and much more via MyBeckett
  • Download software such as SPSS and Microsoft Advantage 365 to support your studies
  • Get help from our website or from the tutorials on our YouTube channel
  • Borrow a laptop
  • Book a Student Meeting Room or an appointment with your Academic Librarian
  • Use the Skills for Learning website to find out how to reference, manage your time and develop a wide range of academic and professional skills

So whether you use the Library at 2pm or 2am on National Libraries Day (or any other day!) we hope you’ll join with us in celebrating what a fantastic resource and service it is.