Going home for Easter? Did you know you can study in another university library?

sconulAs a student or staff member of Leeds Beckett University you can use other university libraries via the SCONUL Access scheme, and you might be eligible to borrow books. You can apply online via the SCONUL website http://www.sconul.ac.uk/sconul-access – watch our short video to see how.  You just need to make sure you pay any outstanding fines on your Leeds Beckett Library Account before you apply.  Visit the SCONUL website to find lots of useful information about the scheme, and check out which University Libraries you can visit.

Once you have applied, Leeds Beckett Library staff will authorise your application by email within 3 working days.  You can then take your Campus Card and the authorised email, and off you go to the libraries of your choice. You don’t need to print the email – you can show it on your phone or mobile device.

Your email will tell you whether you have reference access or borrowing rights. SCONUL Access doesn’t automatically give you access to PCs and electronic resources – check this beforehand with the library you’re visiting. eduroam_120pix You can however access the eduroam wireless network when visiting other university libraries; before you go make sure you configure your device here and log in to eduroam with your Leeds Beckett login.

It is also worthwhile to plan your visit beforehand; check the website of the library you intend to visit for opening times, guest user facilities and any possible restrictions. You are representing our University when you do visit, so please respect the other institution’s code of behaviour.

And don’t forget if you are looking for specific resources we can help here at Leeds Beckett Library – contact your friendly Academic Librarian, they are always happy to help you find the key resources you need for your subject.  You can find a link to your subject pages here http://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/subject_support

Best wishes for your visit – bon voyage!


What’s happening to AV Loans?

The AV Loans Counters in Headingley and Sheila Silver Libraries are being refurbished to create new and exciting spaces for the University’s IT Service Desk which supports staff with IT queries and lends audio-visual equipment to staff and students.

IT Services aims to create a streamlined area for staff needing help with IT/AV queries and for both staff and students to borrow equipment to support teaching and learning. These new spaces will also enable staff to drop in to the Service Desk for help with their own devices.  The diagram below shows the new layout for the area in Sheila Silver Library.


Construction of the new area at Headingley begins on 4th April and at City on 11th April and is due for completion by the end of May 2016.


We’re sorry that this work is happening during term-time and we’re doing everything we can to keep noise and disruption to a minimum, with the noisiest work taking place in the early morning before the Libraries get too busy. Please use alternative study spaces in the Library if you are disturbed by the noise.


During the refurbishment you will still be able to borrow some AV equipment and get help from:

  • JGG41a on the ground floor of Headingley Library
  • CL116 in Calverley

But you might want to check first that the equipment you need is in stock by:

If you have any questions about the relocation or refurbishment of the Help Services areas, please contact Eleanor Draycott, Help Services Manager on x.27585 or e.draycott@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

Build on your professional skills!

Skills for Learning is running a new week of workshops (7th – 11th March) devoted to the theme of ‘Professional Skills’. There’ll be a variety of sessions, designed to help you as you move towards the world of work – and in your University career too.


Topics will include report writing, research skills for employment and successful time management, amongst others. We’ll also be running a number of practical sessions, including giving a presentation, formatting your dissertation and help with data analysis and SPSS.

Look out for the Spring-themed yellow timetables for more details, or go to the workshop calendar on the Skills for Learning website to book your place.


In a deep, dark corner….

Well, hopefully it’s not deep or dark – but you do need to follow the signs to get to a corner of Headingley Library to find our School Practice Library!

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Like a Matryoshka doll, School Practice is a Library within Headingley Campus Library.  The School Practice ‘collection’ is aimed at Leeds Beckett students working towards a teaching qualification.  While teacher-development resources: learning theories and other academic texts are kept in the main collection, resources that can be used directly with children are kept in School Practice. These include books, big books, story sacks and more.

And to celebrate World Book Day (3rd March 2016) there is a display of prize winning books in our School Practice collection – look out for these local, national and international awards:

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Blue Peter Book Awards Book Trust

Carnegie Medal Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals

CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award) Centre for Literacy in Primary Education

Information Book Awards School Library Association

Kate Greenaway Medal Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals

Leeds Book Awards Leeds School Library Service, Leeds City Council.

National Book Award National Book Foundation [US]

Roald Dahl Funny Prize Book Trust

UKLA Book Award UK Literacy Association