If you have a place to study on a postgraduate course here at Leeds Beckett after you finish your undergraduate degree there’s help available from the Library to keep your study skills on track:
- Access to the Library to borrow books expires as you graduate and you’ll need to return any loans and pay any outstanding charges. However, if you want to borrow resources to help prepare for your new course you can apply for interim Guest User membership.
- Our Academic Librarians have created a web page for people preparing for postgraduate study. This is aimed at students who have been out of education for a while but you should find some useful hints and tips and reminders of how to get the most out of the Library and continue to develop your academic skills. Each subject area also has its own page packed with links to key resources so take some time to browse these if you’re about to study something new.
- Similarly the Skills for Learning team has grouped together some of the key resources on their website to support students studying at postgraduate level. You’ll still need your username and password to access these off campus but this should be live until 30th September.
- The Alumni Tab on MyBeckett will appear once you finish your undergraduate course but this signposts you to lots of resources and information about being a postgraduate student if you’ve decided to stay with us.
We look forward to seeing you in the Library once again!
We’re open 24/7 during the vacation if you want to come in and study.
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 visit other university libraries via the SCONUL Access Scheme (remember to connect to the Eduroam wireless network before you leave Leeds so you can use your laptop when you go).
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.
Please remember to cancel any holds you no longer need so that others can use the stock, pay any fines and renew your books until next year.
If you need help you can: Visit Us on the Help and Information Points, Email Us or Chat with Us, Phone Us on 0113 812 1000, and Follow Us on Twitter @BeckettLibrary.
Have a wonderful time however you spend the summer!
We asked you for your hints and tips to help survive exams. Thanks to everyone who responded.
There were a few that we’re probably not allowed to repeat (!) but we thought we’d share some of them with you, alongside more information that you might find helpful:
“Ask your teachers for support” – but remember there is lots of help from staff right across the University if you are struggling, such as the Student Wellbeing Team who offer appointments and self-help guides.
“Plan” – sounds obvious but isn’t always easy; you might find mindmapping a useful technique: MindView software is available on all the Library PCs. And remember to make sure you know where and when your exam is!
“Be kind to yourself” / “believe in yourself” – take a look at our Wellbeing Pinterest Board for ideas or pop along to one of the SU #stressless events.
“Prep” / “Remember to read da question” – lots of information and advice is available on the Skills for Learning exam prep pages.
“Reward yourself after a few steps” – Colleagues in the Food Courts have special offers on to help you get through exams – £1 cakes after 2pm!
“Rehydrate (with wine)” – can’t offer the alcohol but there are water fountains in each Library.
“Take a break every ten minutes” – we have mindfulness colouring to stop you looking at your screens for a few minutes, but if you do take longer breaks remember to take your belongings with you.
“Early nights zzzzz” – we’re open 24/7 but that doesn’t mean you should be revising 24 hours, make sure you get lots of sleep whether you’re a night owl or an early bird. But remember to set your alarm so you don’t miss your exam!
And don’t forget to Contact Us if you need us.
We know how busy it gets in the Libraries at the end of the academic year when everyone is working on final assignments and revising for exams so we’re doing all we can to help you find the study space you need:
- Access to Sheila Silver Library is limited to Leeds Beckett students, staff and guest users to give you priority in finding study space. Remember to bring your Campus Card with you and also take it with you if you leave the Library for a break as you’ll need it to come back in!
- We’ve worked with the University to make extra rooms available so if it is too busy in the Libraries you can head over there. You can also use the study tables in City Students’ Union and the Living Rooms on both campuses.
- We’ve added information to our website to tell you about the most popular times and spaces are in Headingley and Sheila Silver Libraries to help you choose your study space.
- Timetables outside the IT Labs tell you when there isn’t any teaching taking place and if they are available for you to use. You can check PC Availability on the plasmas as you come into the Library or on the Leeds Beckett App to find out where there are free PCs.
- We’ll also check the bookings for Student Meeting Rooms to let you know if there are any free via Twitter #findyourspace.
- You can contact us if other students aren’t respecting the study environment – if you’re at Sheila Silver Library please quote the number of the study space so we know where to find you.
But please help your fellow students too:
- Don’t chat if you’re in the silent study areas and remember to turn your phones to silent.
- Don’t “occupy” spaces with your belongings and disappear for hours on end (we know most of you only take short breaks – and that’s a good thing – but if you do need to leave for more than 20 minutes please take your things with you).
- Don’t use PCs or laptops just for social networking when others need to use them for work.
- Remember to cancel your Student Meeting Room booking if you don’t need it.
As always please ask staff if you need any help.
It’s time to stop re-reading and commit to getting those final pieces of work printed!
But before you do remember to save and back up all that hard work.
The Library web pages have detailed information and videos about how to print your work, including locations of printers (hint, we have them on other floors of the Library so don’t waste time queuing on the ground floor). You can also use ones in the social learning spaces and Student Hub.
And did you know that you can send your work to print from your own device rather than having to log on to a University PC? Our YouTube video shows you how.
Make sure you have enough money on your Campus Card before you start to print – you can top up at the Kiosks on the ground floors of the Libraries or online. But if you’re graduating this year only add small amounts as all credit on your i-Print account will be cleared when you graduate.
Don’t let binding your work become a bind (!) – you can:
- bind it yourself at the City or Headingley Library. Buy a binding kit (binding comb, black card rear cover, clear PVC front cover) from the Library Help & Information Point for £1, and follow the instructions in our video
- or, for £2 the Print Room based at Headingley Campus will bind most assignments for you. Contact 0113 8123510 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (James Graham Building JG13) for more info
And, like everything else to do with using the Library just Contact Us if you need any help.
We know it’s a busy time of year as you finish your assignments or dissertations and prepare for exams, but if you’re graduating this year please see the list below. It gives you lots of useful information and reminds you about a few things you need to do before you graduate.
- Your MyBeckett, student email account and associated apps and P:drive (webfiles) will remain active until 30 September 2017. Back up any files you’ll need and transfer all emails and contacts to an alternative account before then.
- You can use Google Takeout to transfer docs, calendars and YouTube videos. See the Alumni tab in MyBeckett for more information.
- Your i-Print account will be cleared when you graduate so only top up with small amounts during your last few weeks around campus.
- 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 after you’ve handed in all of your work and before 30 September 2017.
- 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.
- You need to return all your books and pay any outstanding charges by 30th June. If you think you have lost your books please Contact Us as soon as possible.
- 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 so you receive any final communications from us and your certificate if you can’t attend your graduation ceremony.
There’s lots of information on the University website about your ceremony and becoming an alumni but get in touch with the Library or Graduation Team if you have any questions about finishing your studies with us.
There’s lots of help from the Library and University to help you survive your exams:
- we’re open 24/7 so you can revise whenever suits you best. Remember you need your Campus Card 24/7 at Sheila Silver Library and from 19:00-08:30 at Headingley if you’re studying overnight. And don’t forget to take it with you if you leave the Library for a break so that you can get back in!
- we have silent study areas to help you concentrate and there are extra spaces booked across the University for you to use if the Libraries are busy
- you can use the IT Labs if there isn’t a class on or borrow a self-service laptop to access your notes
- there are some past exam papers available on MyBeckett. Click on the Modules tab and select “Exam papers online”
- we’ve lots of books on exam techniques – take a look at our displays in both Libraries – or you can have a look at our Pinterest Guide to Study Skills and our Key Resources Page
- you can request a tutorial or attend a workshop to help you prepare and there are also resources on exam preparation and revision and time management on the Skills for Learning website.
- find out where your exam is (and at what time!) before the day so that you know where you’re going – timetables are on the Student Hub pages plus advice on what to do if you are ill and what you need with you for the exam
- make sure you take regular breaks – water coolers in each Library can help you keep hydrated
- look after your wellbeing – see our Pinterest Board for ideas, or listen to our relaxing music playlist. There’s also a motivational list for you to listen to, depending on your mood!
- remember that everyone needs to share our study spaces fairly so please don’t chat when others are working in silence; use the PCs just for social networking or “save” study spaces by leaving your belongings on them.
Good luck! And remember to Contact Us if you need any help.
Until the end of Semester 2 access to Sheila Silver Library will be limited to Leeds Beckett students, staff, and guest users. You will need to have your Campus Card (also known as your staff or student card) with you at all times to access the Sheila Silver Library.
Remember: If you leave the library to take a break or to get a drink or a snack, don’t forget to take your Campus Card with you, as you will need it to get back in!
This change is in response to your feedback, to help support your learning, and to give you priority in finding study spaces within the Library.
If you forget your Campus Card, you’ll still be able to enter the Library after a brief delay to sign in. If you have your Campus Card you’ll be able to enter immediately by scanning your card at the gate.
If you’ve lost your Campus Card you can get a replacement from the Student Hub. You’ll also need your card to prove your identity for your exams so now is a good time to sort this out.
If you don’t have a Campus Card but you’re attending an event in the Library such as an Open University Lecture staff will be able to sign you in.
Headingley Campus Library remains open to the public during the day as usual, as the infrastructure currently in place in the James Graham Building does not allow for restricted access.
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.
The Library will be open 24/7 over Easter, our Opening Hours page provides further information of when staff are available to help.
If you are coming onto campus don’t forget to bring your Campus Card with you to issue or return books or use the Library overnight.
Please Note! From Monday 24 April you will need to your Campus Card with you at all times to access Sheila Silver Library
If you need your PIN to borrow books, a laptop or top up you can look them up on MyBeckett – your Library PIN is available via the Library tab, and your Kiosk PIN via the IT Support tab.
You can also top up for i-Print via MyBeckett, access SPSS software, check Quote Unquote for a referencing query and much more.
IT Help is available on 0113 812 1000 or you can Chat with Us but it’s a good idea to set up your challenge and response questions in the self service password manager in case you forget your password.
If you’re studying at home over Easter you can:
Happy Easter from the Library!
Leeds Beckett students and staff can use other university libraries via the SCONUL Access scheme. For full-time undergraduates this is for reference only but other students and staff can usually borrow as well.
Apply online via the SCONUL website – watch our short video to see how – but make sure you pay any outstanding fines on your Leeds Beckett Library Account beforehand. The website also lists the University Libraries you can visit, their opening hours and any restrictions. Please note, many Universities do not allow access during busy periods such as exams so make sure you check before making a trip.
Leeds Beckett Library staff will authorise your application by email within 3 working days. Once you have received your email, take it (either in print or on your mobile) plus your Campus Card to the library you want to visit. Your email will tell you whether you have reference access or borrowing rights.
SCONUL Access doesn’t usually give you access to PCs and electronic resources. You can however access the eduroam wireless network in other universities so you will still be able to access Leeds Beckett electronic resources, the Library website and MyBeckett. You need to connect to eduroam and log in before you leave Leeds Beckett.
If you’re looking for a book or journal that Leeds Beckett Library doesn’t have in stock you might want to visit the British Library or apply for an Interlibrary Loan. This service is mainly for final year and postgraduate students, but please contact your Academic Librarian if you’re not in your final year and can’t find what you need in the Library. You can also use the Beckett Books Extra scheme to recommended material for stock – just fill in the form in the Library Tab of MyBeckett.
Ask staff if you need any help.