The ground floor of Sheila Silver Library is now open after the refurbishment detailed below and all services are now available although in new locations on the floor – please see new signage or ask staff for help.
After a pause in the project last year, the ongoing refurbishment of the Sheila Silver Library at City Campus is now underway again!
This year focuses on the ground floor. The layout will be improved to allow for better arrangement of study space and service desks. This will include the creation of a reception desk at the entrance to enable us to assist visitors coming into the Library, and a new advice point area providing Student IT support and library advice.
Additionally, the carpet, paint, and furniture will be refreshed, improving the look of the ground floor significantly!
The Library will remain open and operational throughout the project, and parts of the ground floor will always remain accessible. However, the location of some services, for example self-issue and return, may change at different stages of the project—please look for signs if you are visiting, or check our Webpage and FAQs.
From 29 May, you can find:
- Self-issue and return of books: ground floor
- Holds (requested books) pickup: second floor, just outside the central print hub area (LS236)
- Campus Card kiosks for topping up printing accounts: ground floor
- Laptop lockers: ground floor
- Student IT support and library advice: second floor (in the central print hub area)
- Media Equipment and Staff IT Support: ground floor
The work will be completed in 5-6 weeks, in time for Graduation (16-20 July).
Stay tuned for details about the project, and about the similar refurbishment of the ground floor at the Headingley Campus Library later this summer!
As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, Academic Librarian, Kirsty Bower, describes a project to expand Library collections to help support staff and students:
“To support mental health awareness events Library staff selected books from the main collection to support awareness around this subject. It soon became apparent that, as an academic institution, some of the books we offered may not appeal to everyone due to their clinical textbook approach.
However, through working with other University, public and NHS Libraries, an opportunity recently came about to submit a request for additional external funding to develop our collection in this area. The aim was to develop a collection of titles which offered a more ‘personal’ account of dealing with a particular illness or condition.
But why would a University Library be interested in patient accounts of living with an illness – surely this is the remit of the Public Library? Our interest in the project was inspired by a request from a GP trainer who wanted to help her trainees to develop more understanding and empathy for their patients. The aim of the project is to encourage these necessary skills through making patient stories available in an academic setting to the next generation of healthcare staff at the outset of their training and education.
Fortunately we were successful in our bid, the result being the personal stories collection which highlights the personal impact of a particular illness, on individuals and their families (patient stories), rather than just the clinical diagnostic features of the condition or management techniques.
This collection is not solely aimed at Health students but all students to enable them to support a friend, family member, housemate or work colleague with a specific condition or illness.”
A sample of some of the titles can be seen below some of the titles are available to borrow now, some will be available within the next few weeks from the Library.
We’re open 24/7 during the vacation if you want to come in and study. However because of essential maintenance Sheila Silver Library will be closed briefly:
- Sunday 26 August Sheila Silver Library, City Campus, will be closed 06:00-13:00
Work to refurbish the ground floor of Sheila Silver Library is now complete but the refurbishment of the ground floor and student meeting rooms of Headingley Library is still ongoing so there will be some disruption to those areas.
Remember to have your Campus Card to enter Sheila Silver Library during the day and both Libraries overnight.
If you’re at home you can still access your work on your P: drive via the Files tab in MyBeckett and use Discover for fast and easy searching of our books and journals. You can also visit other university libraries via the SCONUL Access Scheme (connect to the eduroam wireless network before you leave Leeds so you can use your laptop when you go).
If you don’t need your books over the summer vacation return them to the Library. Any item that you still have on loan will continue to renew every week unless another student reserves it, or it reaches the maximum number of renewals. We’ll email your University email account if we need you to return your books so please remember to check it regularly. You’ll then have 7 days to return the item. Please also remember to cancel any Holds you have so that other students can use the stock.
If you are graduating this year you should have returned all your books by 30 June, if you still have books on loan please Contact Us.
And if you want a break from studying take a look at our School’s Out! Pinterest board or listen to our Summer Spotify playlist for inspiration.
If you need help you can: Visit Us at the Advice Points (we’re available 08:30-17:00 during the Vacation), Email Us or Chat with Us, Phone Us on 0113 812 1000, or Follow Us on Twitter@BeckettLibrary.
Have a wonderful time however you spend the summer!
Summer is flying by and you may already be putting your new skills to good use in the world of work, but there are a few things you should do before 30 September:
- Your MyBeckett, Microsoft student email account, P:drive (webfiles) and G Suite (Google Apps) will remain active until 30 September 2018. Back up any files you’ll need and transfer all emails and contacts to an alternative account before then.
- Your Microsoft Office 365 account will remain active until 30 September 2018, after that access to the full version will end and any installed software will become read-only. You will also lose access to your OneDrive on 30 September 2018, so make sure you move any saved work to a different storage location before then.
- You can use Google Takeout to transfer docs, calendars and YouTube videos. The Alumni tab will appear in MyBeckett within five days of your award being confirmed and this will give you more information.
- Creating a free Pebblepad Alumni Account will enable you to keep all of your work when you leave and store it in a new personal account. Our step-by-step guide shows you how to convert your account. If you want a PebblePad alumni account, please create it before 30 September 2018.
- Our After Leeds Beckett web page directs you resources such as open access journals, websites and professional organisations that can help you in your professional practice or in securing that all important first job.
- As a Leeds Beckett alumnus you can apply for Guest User Library membership at a reduced rate.
- Make sure your personal data is up-to-date .
There’s lots of information on the University website about becoming an alumni but get in touch with the Library if you have any questions.