Assignment Deadline!

You can’t put it off any longer. Your assignment deadlines are looming and it’s time to focus!


Luckily the Library is open 24/7 so you can avoid all those distractions at home and come in and study whenever suits you best.

Make sure you choose the right study environment, whether you need to work in a group or in silence. We have now have a brand new group study room in LS105 at Sheila Silver Library and you can take a virtual tour of the room before you visit!

If you’re working on a group project you can also book a Student Meeting Room to help you prepare.141201_library-city_dsc_6761

Don’t forget to take regular breaks as well, and keep hydrated (water fountains are in JG250 in Headingley Library and on the first, second and third floors of Sheila Silver Library).

Or if you do study better at home you can access over 140,000 electronic resources from your own laptop; get advice 24/7 via Library Chat and even send your work to a Library printer and pick it up when you come in.

If you need help with formatting, page numbers and generally making your assignments look pretty then take a look at the Skills for Learning resources or book on one of their workshops. 

Please save your work regularly.   If you’re submitting your assignment in hard copy make sure you have topped up your Campus Card with credit and give yourself time to bind your work if you need to. Help on printing and binding is available on the Library website. And remember if you’re graduating this year only top up your print account with small amounts.

MyBeckett have a fantastic “Assignment Survival Guide” to help you if you are submitting online. (Go to the Assessment section and click Assignment Survival Guide). There’s also information about Turnitin if you’ve been asked to submit through this, including a video to guide you through the process.

But whether it’s online or in print please take the Library’s advice (we do have many years of experience!) and don’t leave it all until the last minute (or even hour!).  Skills for Learning’s assignment calculator is a great tool to help you plan your time.





Improve your study skills – free software workshops in the Library

We have lots of software on the PCs and laptops in the Library to support your studies. This includes software for making mind maps to represent your ideas visually, having text read aloud, managing your research sources and more.

Workshops on using the assistive software available in the Library are running throughout November. Why not come along and find out how it can help you? All workshops are suitable for beginners. Session details are below. Please click the links below the workshop titles to book.


Texthelp Read and write software: Reading, writing and scanning tools 

Tuesday 1 November 2016, 11:00 – 12:00, LS202, City Campus

Thursday 3 November 2016, 15:00 – 16:00, JG229, Headingley Campus

Outcomes: After this workshop you should be able to use some of the features of Texthelp Read & Write software, which is available on all Library PCs. This includes using the text to speech functions, converting text into sound files, spellchecking and dictionary functions. Texthelp Read & Write contains features beneficial to a wide range of students and staff. As the software is available on all University PCs why not see how you could benefit!


Mind mapping using Inspiration software – this is available on all Library PCs

Tuesday 8 November 2016, 12:00 – 13:00, LS107, City Campus

Thursday 10 November 2016, 12:00 – 13:00, JG219, Headingley Campus

Outcomes: This workshop will provide an introduction to the mind mapping package Inspiration,which is available on all Library PCs. Mind mapping is useful for visually representing different elements of a problem or idea and is an effective study technique which you can use to plan essays and reports as well as a memory aid for revision. The workshop shows you how to create a basic mind map and apply your own customisations such as design colours, images and notes. The software is currently available on every PC in the Library.


Mind mapping using MindView software – this is available on all Library PCs

Tuesday 15 November 2016, 12:00 – 13:00, LS107, City Campus

Thursday 17 November 2016, 12:00 – 13:00, JG229, Headingley Campus

Outcomes: This workshop will provide an introduction to the mind mapping package MindView, which is available on all Library PCs. Mind mapping is useful for visually representing different elements of a problem or idea and is an effective study technique which you can use to plan essays and reports as well as a memory aid for revision. The workshop shows you how to create a basic mind map and apply your own customisations such as design colours, images and notes. The software is currently available on every PC in the Library.


Texthelp Read and Write software: Research tools – this is available on all Library PCs

Tuesday 22nd November 2016, 12:00 – 13:00, LS107, City Campus

Thursday 24th November 2016, 15:00 – 16:00, JG229, Headingley Campus

Bookings for these sessions available soon via the Workshop timetable.

Outcomes: This workshop will cover the Research features of Texthelp Read & Write software, which is available on all Library PCs. Use the Fact Folder to collect all of your research sources into one place and create a bibliography of all your sources which can easily be exported into a Word document. The Study Skills tool allows you to add coloured highlights to sections of text in Word documents and web pages. These could be useful information for assignments, quotes or things you need to research further. Extract these highlights into a new document, including the bibliography of where you found the highlighted text, which is useful when researching for assignments. You can also create your own vocabulary lists.


The Library website gives details of the full range of software available on Library PCs and laptops and specific information on assistive software.

If you have any queries about software in the Library please contact us.

Sheila Silver Library Refurbishment: choices and compromises – responding to your feedback

While we’re really excited about the newly refurbished first floor of the Sheila Silver Library, we know it’s not perfect.  We’ve received a lot of comments on the whiteboards we put out for your feedback asking us why we made the changes we did—many students really liked having the bookstock on the ground floor and the big open study space on the first floor!  So we thought we’d share some background about why we made the changes we did, and what you can look forward to in the future.

To summarise what’s happened: before this phase of the refurbishment, books 001-599 were temporarily located on the ground floor.  During 2015-16, the entire first floor book room was full of study tables and PCs. Now that we’ve refurbished, the first floor is similar to the second and third floors and the book room contains a mixture of bookshelves and group study furniture and PCs. Rooms 104 and 105 are also available for group study.

Why did you move the books back onto the first floor?

Rooms G28 and G29 (which temporarily contained bookstock) had to be turned back into teaching labs for 2016-17. These are some of the only labs on campus large enough to hold the larger student groups of 40 or more. So we had to move the books out of those rooms and replace them with as many PC desks as possible—these rooms are an essential part of University teaching space.

By the way, don’t forget that any time a lab isn’t timetabled for a class, you can walk in and use a PC!  That’s 44 PCs in G28 and 43 PCs in G29, plus a few extra desks in each room if you want to use a laptop.  This is in addition to the other teaching labs on the first, second, and third floors.

But you could have left the books in the area near the entrance and still had some extra study space on first.

Yes, but we are expecting the ground floor to be refurbished in the near future, and that would require the books to move.  Book moves are very costly (that’s your money we’re spending!) and, more importantly, they’re very disruptive for you—every time we move books from one floor to another, those books are unavailable to you for at least some of the time.

Both the temporary location of the books on the ground floor and their recent move to the first floor are part of a larger plan to keep the bookstock available to you (and reduce costs) as much as possible over the course of the larger project in which we refurbish the entire Library one floor at a time.

You could still fit more study tables on the ground floor near the entrance.

You’re right! This phase of the project didn’t include funds to purchase new furniture for the ground floor, so we’ve reused our old furniture that would connect to the floor sockets (so you have more convenient plug points on top of the tables).  We are currently working on getting some more tables to fill in the gaps in this area.

The books take up too much space.

We have to balance between providing study space and providing the resources you need for your coursework—we know both of these things are important to students from the feedback we receive. We do our best to keep the balance right:

  • we buy eBooks and ejournals whenever we can—no shelf space needed!
  • we assess the collection regularly and remove items that are out of date
  • we have a section of compact shelving on the third floor which takes up less space than ordinary bookshelves. However, compact shelving is very expensive and also too heavy to use safely across the entire floor of the Library.

Why do you let college students take up space in the Library?

We need an upgrade to the infrastructure of the entrance gate in order to be able to turn it on all day long without inconveniencing you even more with multiple gate breakdowns. We expect this situation to improve soon and to be able to implement better balanced visitor policies that will prioritise the needs of our students to use study space.  You can help with this by getting in the habit of carrying your Campus Card with you at all times!

Your feedback about needing more study space and more areas with large tables for groups to spread out and study together has been passed along to Leeds Beckett Estates, as they ultimately make the decisions about University facilities.  We will be working with Estates on the next phase of the refurbishment of this Library (fourth floor, Summer 2017) and the ground floor refurbishment.  We’ll do everything we can to increase study space and provide the kind of environment you need as we participate in these projects!

Using Sheila Silver Library overnight

Want to study in the Sheila Silver Library in the evening or overnight? There are a few things that you need to know!

The issues with the fire alarms have now been resolved (October 26th) and all study areas are open 24/7.


Don’t forget if you’re coming in to study in the evening or overnight you must have your Campus Card card with you from 19:00 – 08:30.




Unfortunately due to health and safety concerns caused by issues with the fire alarm system we are unable to open all areas 24/7. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Ground floor and Third floor

  • The ground floor and third floor are open as normal, with all areas open 24/7.

First floor

  • The first floor book room is open 24/7 with full access to the book stock (000-339 & 350 – 599), group study and open access PCs
  • The print hub, Student Meeting Rooms and IT labs are open during staffed hours
  • The new flexible study room (LS104) and group study room (LS105) are open during the day but closed in the evening and overnight

Second floor

  • The second floor book room is open 24/7 with full access to the book stock (600-799), group study and open access PCs
  • The print hub, Student Meeting Rooms and IT labs are opened during staffed hours
  • The Postgraduate Room (LS204) and Silent Study (LS205) are are open during the day but closed in the evening and overnight

Library behind the scenes: Meet the Library holds team!

At the Sheila Silver Library we have:

Sheila loves Motorsport – NASCAR, Formula 1, touring Cars & MotoGP, travelling on planes and Game of Thrones & The Walking Dead – she’s been to a two day Walker Stalker Convention. She doesn’t like tea, jazz, or being on a ship in the middle of the ocean.

Laura likes knitting (badly), watching Hammer Horror films and books (I work in a library, so I MUST like books). She doesn’t like celery, washing dishes or people who push in to queues.

Joanna loves eating toast, walking in the rain and swimming in the sea. She doesn’t like travelling by bus, waking up early in the morning or spending all day inside.

At Headingley Library we have:

James likes all things football and appreciates a fine piece of knitwear.

Suzy likes watching quiz shows, ten pin bowling and holidays by the sea.

Clare likes painting, collecting tarot cards and is always on the look out for the perfect leopard print coat.


What happens when you place a hold?

The next morning at 8 o’clock a list is created with all the holds from the previous day. We print this off as early as we can and start searching.

Once we have found your hold, we process it and put it on the shelf in the High Demand Area (near the Help and Information Point). If you’ve requested to collect your book at another Leeds Beckett Library, we put it in a box ready to be delivered.

Once the book is processed, you will receive an email notification to your student email account to let you know that the book is ready to be collected!

Our 3 top holds tips:

  1. Make sure you choose which Library you want to pick up the hold from – City or Headingley.
  2. Wait till you receive an email before coming to collect your hold! Unfortunately, it won’t be ready immediately and sometimes it can take a while to track books down if they’re being used by others regularly.
  3. When you come to collect your hold, you need to look for it under the first letter of your surname and the last four numbers of your Library ID.

There is lots of handy information about holds on our website  It also includes two videos showing you how to place a hold and collect a hold if you haven’t done that before.

If you have any questions about holds, we’d be very happy to help you. Please email:


Sheila Silver Library first floor is open!

Following redevelopment the first floor of Sheila Silver Library, Cdsc_0057ity Campus has reopened

Over the last week approximately 55,000 books have been moved from the ground floor up onto the newly refurbished floor.

Book stock 001 – 339 and 350 – 599 is now held on the floor. This includes; Journalism, Psychology, Cultural Studies, Politics, Economics, Social Work, Criminology and Education.dsc_0028

The refurbished floor has additional group study space, Student Meeting Rooms and IT Labs.dsc_0053




Work will continue during the week to activate PCs and power points and staff will be on hand to answer any queries.

The ground floor has reverted back to group study space and IT Labs G28 and G29 have been reopened and are available for teaching and studying.

The great book move!

As part of the final stages of the refurbishment of the first floor of Sheila Silver Library the books are on the move as they are transferred to their new home on the first floor.

The great book move will start on Thursday 6th October, with different sections moving at a time:

  • Thursday 6th October (G28) Book numbers 350 – 599
  • Monday 10th October (G29) Book numbers 306.4 – 339.99
  • Wednesday 12th October (Ground floor, entrance area) Book numbers 000-306.39

If you’re looking for a book whilst they are being moved the best thing to do is to put a Hold on it. Please ask Library staff for help if you’ve not done this before, take a look at our web page or watch our video


Please note that your holds could take slightly longer to arrive than normal as we may have to check a number of trolleys / shelves on a number of floors to find the book! We will also be offering a collection service for urgent items. Please speak to staff at the Help and Information Point about this.

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.