Changes to overnight access to the Library

If you are a regular user of either Headingley or Sheila Silver Library in the evening or overnight you now need to have your Campus Card (also known as your staff or student card) with you from 19:00-08:30.

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This is a slight change from the previous card access hours of 21:00-08:30 in response to student feedback and increases the hours when the Library is only available to Leeds Beckett users. The Library is still open 24/7 to all Leeds Beckett students and staff. Please note you will be breaching student regulations if you lend your Card to anyone else.

However, just because the Library is open 24/7 doesn’t mean you should be studying in it all the time!  Why not take a look at our Skills for Learning pages on Time Management to develop techniques for using your time productively?  The pages include links to apps, a time management podcast and more.

It’s shaping up…

We donned our hard hats earlier this week to get some photos ofsome specific areas of the first floor.

As on the second and third floors, the largest space will contain group study and part of the book collection (Dewey numbers 001-599). Right now it makes a handy staging area for lots of bits and pieces for the project.

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Room 104 will provide a flexible study space where students can move the furniture around to take advantage of different layouts and user the power sockets provided along the walls.

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Instead of silent study, we’ll have additional group study with a variety of furniture on this floor in room 105.  It’s not as big as the book room, but you can see that it’s still a pretty sizable space.

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This floor will also include student meeting rooms and a Print Hub, as on the second and third floors, but we haven’t had a chance to photograph those yet!

As always, keep up to date with all the news on the Library refurbishment at#librefurb.

Work on the first floor continues

We’re eight weeks into the refurbishment of the first floor of the Sheila Silver Library and a lot has happened!

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All the demolition work is now complete and the new walls have been erected and plaster boarded.

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The electrics and other services are being installed including some new chilled beams. New ducting is also being put into place.

 

Our trusty book collector;  Terry has been helping us out again by collecting the books from the second floor as sections of the book stock have been unavailable due to the ongoing works.

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We’ll keep you up to date here with all the developments but you can also follow #librefurb at @BeckettLibrary or take a look at our FAQs on our website.

Library cats on World Cat Day!

Monday 8th August is World Cat Day and to celebrate we are embracing the stereotype that everyone who works in a Library must have a cat!

CatIt’s true to say that many Libraries do have resident cats – and not just so we can make endless bad cat / cataloguing puns.

We also have the World famous (probably) Carnegie Cat. He even has a namesake at Brazil Public Library (In Indiana, USA).

 

A quick poll of staff at Leeds Beckett Library showed that quite a few of us did have cats, but not as many as you might think! Here are just a few……

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First up we have….Handsome devil Bailey, he is around 7 years old. A former tramp, he was plucked off the mean streets of Leeds and  now lives a luxurious life with hot & cold running cat biscuits.  He enjoys prowling around,  glaring at the dog over the road and chasing wheelie bins. He dislikes THE VETS! He can often be found posing on Instagram.

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Next we have Pilchard who was adopted from the RSPCA 9 and a half years ago, when she climbed up the wire mesh of the pen and screamed loudly indicating that she was definitely going home with her new family. Her hobbies include bird watching, chasing spiders, and crime/murder mystery dramas.

 

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Then we have Flossie aged 12 who is a haughty tortie.  Her favourite food is anything, and her favourite person is whoever is currently serving her.  She rules her household with an iron paw minus the velvet glove.  She is allowed to stay because she’s the best bit of the interior decoration. And she goes with the sitting room curtains.

 

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Next up is Moglet, failing to understand how to sleep in a basket! She is the most non-destructive cat ever created – ‘clawing’ at furniture consists of gently rubbing her paws on the side of the sofa. She currently enjoys taking up most of her owner’s pillow when they are trying to sleep, looking adorable, and demanding food immediately by squeaking.

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Keeping a watchful eye out on the world we have Ozzy, who is  7 years old.  He is lover not a fighter, especially if you have salmon.

 

 

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Finally we have our “elder statescat” Pumpkin who is 20! She was adopted when she was 6 months old and has left her jumping and hunting days behind her. She finds life all a bit too much and likes to sleep, a lot!

Library closure Sunday 28th 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 Sundays in 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 as follows time:

 

Sunday 28th August

07:00 – 19:00 Headingley Library closed. Sheila Silver Library open.

On this day the following services will also be unavailable between 07:00-19:00

  • Access to P Drive (file store)

Don’t forget our Library website always gives you access to over 140,000 quality online resources!

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

 

MyBeckett upgrade 2016

It’s not just the Library that’s improving over the summer – MyBeckett will be undergoing its annual upgrade, which means new features and functionality for you!

Work to upgrade the system will take place between Wednesday 3rd – Thursday 4th August 2016.

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What does this mean?

This means MyBeckett will be taken down between the 3rd and the 4th August 2016 and will be unavailable during this time. This is necessary to complete the upgrade and test it to ensure MyBeckett is in full working order for when it comes back online on Thursday 4th August

What if I need to access links I normally get through MyBeckett?

You won’t be able to access your Modules and their content during this time, but there are still plenty of University Services which will be fully available so you can still gain access to important links and other information you would usually get through MyBeckett:

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What happens after the upgrade?

When upgrade period is over, the normal login page will be displayed and you will be able to log in and access MyBeckett as normal.