Develop your academic confidence with support from successful students

Please note this programme is now closed for semester one 2017-18. If you need help with your academic skills please see the Skills for Learning website, attend one of the workshops or contact your Academic Librarian.

Skills for Learning are offering study mentoring in academic skills to Level 4 (first year) students during Semester One 2017-18.

During (up to) four regular meetings with one of our specially selected and trained study mentors, you will get helpful, friendly advice about things such as: planning assignments, using the Library, academic writing, and referencing.

If you’d like more information about the scheme please email



We’ll renew for you! Changes to renewals and fines for 2017

We’re always working hard to make it as easy as possible for you to get the resources you need and help make using the Library as easy as possible. For 2017 we’ve made some changes to the way resources are renewed and fines charged:

  • We’ll renew for you so you don’t need to (excluding Laptop Loans, Short Loans and automatic renewal of Interlibrary Loans).
  • We’ll keep renewing for up to 6 months unless someone else needs the item or you finish your course.
  • We’ll email your University email account to tell you if you need to return your items.
  • You’ll need to return requested items within 7 days. Offsite students and those registered with Disability Services have different arrangements – please follow the links for more information.
  • Fines have increased to £2 per item per day but you’re only charged if someone else needs the resource and you don’t return it on time.
  • If you want to borrow something that is already on loan you’ll need to put a Hold on it so that it is recalled for you to use. Please ask staff if you need any help doing this.


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We’ve talked to the Students’ Union about this and you’ve also told us that one of the things that really annoys you is when someone hangs onto a book when a hold is placed on it.

Lots of other University libraries have changed their loan and fines system and their experiences show that if the fine is higher on a requested item it’s more likely to be returned on time and that there are far fewer fines charged overall.

We hope this will make it fairer for everyone to get the resources they need and not having to pay unnecessary fines.

We’ve increased the fine rate to £2 per day but remember you’ll only need to pay this if you don’t return a book on time that is needed by someone else. For all your other loans you will no longer need to remember to renew.

As always, ask Library staff if you have any queries and please tell us what you think about this new system.



Library behind the scenes – “Copyright” is not a dirty word!

Whether it’s Pharrell Williams getting into trouble for copying Marvin Gaye’s music, J.K. Rowling winning numerous law suits or wrangles over a monkey selfie,  something called ‘copyright’ can impact on culture and society in many ways.

Rachel Thornton, the University’s Copyright Clearance Officer, based within the Library, tells us more: “Copyright gives legal protection to the original, recorded expression of ideas and it is often argued that without copyright there would be little incentive to create and innovate. Copyright allows creators to control how their works are used, as well as gaining reward for their endeavours.”

The first copyright law came into force in England in 1710, its good intentions demonstrated by its title: “An Act for the Encouragement of Learning”. This early statute only applied to the copying of books. Since then, copyright law has spread across the world, been updated and amended and has needed to take into account new forms of delivery and expression (the internet, social media!!).

But copyright can also be seen as a barrier; too prohibitive and complicated to follow. My role is to advise staff and students on how to reuse another person’s work without infringing copyright or being in breach of a licence, and to seek ‘copyright clearance’ when permission from a rights holder is required. Details of the Copyright Clearance Service are available on the Library website.

This can lead to some interesting tasks: clearing cartoons for inclusion in a published textbook, investigating music licensing for a drama deap conference cakesproject, tracking down photographers for a history presentation and contacting rights holders across the world for permission to use their material. I also contacted Orcid  to ask permission to use their logo on promotional cup cakes!

A large part of my role is also managing the Digitisation Service, which supports staff and students by providing digitised readings for use in teaching. We create digital copies of book chapters and journal articles under the terms of the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) Licence. These are then accessed from module reading lists in MyBeckett. During the last academic year there were 446 modules using a total of 2,140 licensed digitised readings. That was a lot of activity for our book scanner (both person and machine)!

Another area I support is the Alternative Formats Service, obtaining accessible formats of library texts for students with a print impairment. This involves contacting publishers and requesting an electronic copy of a book on behalf of a student who would otherwise not be able to read it in print (or online, if an eBook is inaccessible). We also use RNIB Bookshare to request and download titles – 157 accessible books were downloaded from this site alone for our students last year.

I haven’t quite been in this role since the 1700’s and that first law, but over the 20 years I have been a Copyright Officer, I have seen many changes and faced the challenges of interpreting new exceptions and restrictions to enable the University to make the best use of all the research, information and resources potentially available to us”.

Copyright guidelines and full details of all the services offered can be found on the Library website.



Welcome to new students

Welcome to the Library to all our new students. We look forward to meeting you at your Library induction, Freshers’ Fairs, out and about around campus and, of course, in the Libraries!

We have two Libraries, open 24/7, every day of the year: Sheila Silver Library in the Leslie Silver Building at City Campus and Headingley Library in the James Graham Building at Headingley.

Both Libraries offer different types of study space so you can choose if you want to work in silence or in a group study area, or book a Student Meeting Room online.

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We’ve got lots of ways to help you Get Started with using the Library and studying at University:

  • The Get Started tab in MyBeckett enables you to learn how to use MyBeckett, access free Wi-Fi, access your email and timetable, download the apps you need, and prepare for your studies.
  • The Library’s YouTube channel has lots of quick videos showing you how to use our key services.
  • Become more confident about your academic work with support from an experienced student through our Skills for Learning mentoring scheme.
  • If you follow us on Twitter(@BeckettLibrary) we’ll be posting lots of #getstarted hints and tips.
  • And we know that getting all the passwords and PINs you need to access our systems can be a bit confusing at first but staff are on hand to get you through the early days. Although if you created a password for the Welcome System you may need to change this when you arrive on campus.

We also have over 140,000 electronic resources including eBooks and journals, available on and off-campus. And it’s really easy to find the books and journal articles recommended for your course. Just click on the Reading List link alongside your modules in MyBeckett.

As a Leeds Beckett University student you can install Microsoft Office 365  for free for the duration of your studies so you don’t need to buy it. This will also give you access to up to ITB of cloud storage on OneDrive and a University Microsoft email address and 50GB mailbox. And don’t worry if you don’t have your own device, we have over 900 PCs with a PC Availability service to make finding a free one easy or you can borrow a laptop to use in the Library.


Please don’t be afraid to ask Library staff if you need help in using the Library. The Library and Student IT Advice desks on the ground floor of each Library are open 08:30-19:00 Monday-Friday and 11:00-17:00 on Saturdays and Sundays during term. Staff will also be out and about in the first few weeks of term to help you with any questions you have.

You can also Phone Us or Chat with Us 24/7 – just see the Contact Us page on our website.