Using other University Libraries

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. sconul

Apply online via the SCONUL website – watch our short video to see how – but 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. However, many universities don’t 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 this, 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 but you caneduroam_120pix access the eduroam wireless network in other universities so you’ll still be able to access Leeds Beckett electronic resources, the Library website and MyBeckett. Remember to connect to eduroam 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.



Happy Easter to “ewe”!

sheep 2The Library will be open 24/7 over Easter, self service only over the Easter weekend with IT support (including password resets) available on 0113 812 1000 or you can Chat with Us. 

If you are coming onto campus don’t forget to bring your Campus Card with you.  You need this to access Sheila Silver Library at all times and to use Headingley Library 19:00-08:30.

If you’re studying at home over Easter you can:

We’ll continue to automatically renew your loans on loan over the Easter Vacation but we’ll also ask you to return an item if it is needed by someone else so please remember to check your emails. You’ll still have a few days to return the item and you can post it to us if you can’t get back to campus.

Happy Easter from the Library!

Do you Write Right?

The Library and the Students’ Union Advice Service are offering support and information to ensure you “Write Right” to develop good academic practice and maintain your academic integrity.

Look out for stalls at both campuses during w/c 12 March, alongside Skills for Learning workshops on Academic Writing, Avoiding Plagiarism, and lots of Referencing Refreshers and Referencing Surgeries over the next few weeks.

The Library website also has lots of information on avoiding plagiarism and referencing correctly, including a link to the indispensable Quote Unquote and other useful Skills for Learning resources. You can also access an online tutorial on academic integrity via the Assessment section of your modules in MyBeckett, get help from your Academic Librarian, or book a Referencing Help Appointment.


Avoiding the Beast from the East!

As the cold weather arrives and you don’t want to venture outside, you can access a huge range of resources from the comfort of your room!


Many of your academic resources are available online. Discover allows you to get started with your research, and searches most of your online resources for you. If you need an introduction to Discover there are videos on our YouTube Channel. There are lots of other useful tutorials on there too.

The Resources section of the Library website has quick links to online resources such as eBooks, subject specific databases and journals.  Our Youtube tutorial shows you how to find eBooks and we also have a step by step tutorial of how to access an eBook.

You can also use video research tools such as Box of Broadcasts and Kanopy, to access high quality TV programmes or video content to support your learning.  Or catch up with the news via PressReader which has a huge collection of local and national newspapers.

If you need a print book you can access the Library Catalogue online, so you can place a hold on books for next time you’re in the Library. Not sure how to do this? There’s a step by step guide. Remember that our autorenewal system also means we’ll renew any books that you borrow (unless they are requested by another user – if so you will still have a few days to return it so hopefully the thaw will have set in by then!).

If you have need help with accessing resources, you can contact the Library 24/7. Phone us on 0113 812 1000 or Chat with us. If you prefer to email us, we’ll respond within 3 hours between 08:30 and 18:30 Monday-Friday or within 24 hours overnight and at weekends.

Don’t get lost on your way to the perfect dissertation

There are many steps in writing the perfect dissertation and Library staff are on hand to help you on your journey, especially if you’re just starting out.

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Skills for Learning are running a themed week of workshops 19 – 23 February covering topics such as Finding Information for your Dissertation, Organising your Research using Pro-Study, Referencing Refreshers, Word for dissertations and Introduction to SPSS.

And we’ve added extra sessions to our existing programme:

Wednesday 21 February 12:00 – 13:00 Critical Thinking Workshop Headingley JG123

Wednesday 21 February 13:00 – 14:00 Literature Reviews Workshop Headingley JG123

Thursday 22 February 14:00 – 15:00 Dissertation Workshop City (room to be confirmed)

As well as workshops Skills for Learning has lots of guidance on their website and they can also help if the subject you’re studying means you need to produce a dissertation based on a product. Their Dissertation IT Kit provides a really good guide on how to produce a professional looking document and avoid the potential formatting errors.

The Library website includes information about finding past dissertations in the Library or obtaining Interlibrary Loans if you need to read something as part of your literature review that isn’t available in the Library.

Or use our Beckett Books Extra scheme to request a book that you think should be in stock – just click Recommend on the web page.

Searching Discover gives you access to thousands of resources for whatever topic you pick or you can use the Subject Guides to point you in the right direction. These are created by your Academic Librarian who has expert knowledge of all the journals, databases and other material available to you.

You can book an appointment with your Academic Librarian for one-to-one support on finding resources for your dissertation or project – see their contact information on your subject guide. And, of course, you can always contact the Library 24/7 and we’ll do our best to help.

Getting organised for Semester Two

As Semester Two gets underway we thought we’d pass on some reminders about making the most of the Library and being organised in your studies:

Get extra help in essay writing, finding information, referencing, analysing data or IT Skills via the Skills for Learning  programme of free workshops – just book via their website  or take a look at their web resources.

If you’re searching for information for your assignments or dissertations take a look the Subject Guides on the Library website. These will direct you to the right information for your topic and if you still need help you can book a one-to-one appointment with your Academic Librarian.


Connect your mobile devices to eduroam for the fastest and most secure access to the internet when you’re on campus and  download Microsoft Office 365 and SPSS so you have the software you need wherever you are working. But always save and back up your work so you don’t lose it and have to do it all again!

Don’t leave sorting our your references and bibliographies until the very end of your piece of work – keep a record as you go along and use Quote Unquote as a guide.

If you ever get stuck with MyBeckett or Turnitin we have online guides to talk you through finding your way around and submitting assignments and when it comes to submitting your Semester 2 Turnitin assignments, remember to check your file type and file size against Turnitin’s rules and requirements before submitting.

Searching for information, writing and printing your assignments can often take more time than you think – use the Assignment Calculator to help you plan. And book your Student Meeting Room in plenty of time to get together to discuss any group assignments.

If you’ve forgotten your Library PIN or you’re not sure how to collect a Hold or access an eBook our YouTube Library Shorts will give you quick and easy guidance on using the Library and all the services and support available to you.  But remember you can always Contact Us for help as well.


Welcome to new students

Welcome to new students joining the University for Semester Two.

The Library opens 24/7 every day so you can study whenever suits you best. We offer both silent and group study spaces plus bookable Student Meeting Rooms so you can also choose the type of study space that suits your needs.

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If you’ve brought a mobile device with you to University you’ll need to get it set up on the wireless network, eduroam, and you can also download Microsoft Office 365 for free. If you don’t have a laptop you can borrow one for use in the Library.

Please take some time to explore our Library website as it is full of information about all our services and the thousands of resources available to you on and off-campus. We also have dedicated information pages for international students and students studying part-time. And MyBeckett provides access to your modules, reading lists, timetables, student email and much more. Take a look at the Get Started tab to do just that!A161122-2 Library City Campus-105

You should have a Library induction in the first few weeks of your course where you will meet your Academic Librarian and find out more about all the help available to you, such as your Subject Guide and our Skills for Learning workshops and resources.  But please just contact us if you have any questions at all.

We look forward to seeing you in the Library before long.

Welcome to 2018!

Welcome back to the Library – we hope you had a wonderful Christmas break.

If you were lucky enough to receive a shiny new laptop or mobile for Christmas you need to connect to eduroam as soon as you’re back on campus and download your free copy of Office 365.

We know exams are not the best way to start a new year but there is plenty of help available for you – with extra study space, motivational playlists and hints and tips.


And don’t forget that if you want a book that is on loan to someone else you need to put a hold on it so that they are prompted to return it. Otherwise it will be automatically renewed under our new system. If you’re not sure how to do this have a go with our interactive tutorial.

We’ve made it easier for you to access the hundreds of databases we subscribe to with a one-click link from the Library website to the A-Z Databases List, which now includes some helpful FAQs. And new for 2018 is an online subscription to the weekly journal Nature, with coverage since February 1999.

Please contact us if you need any help.

Exam success

There is lots of help available from the Library and University to support you during your exams:

  • because we’re open 24/7 you can revise at whatever time of day suits you best
  • if you need silence to revise we can help with that too – there are silent study areas in each Library
  • if you need a PC to work on remember you can use the IT Labs if there isn’t a class in progress (see the timetables outside the rooms) or borrow one of the self-service laptops
  • we have lots of books on exam techniques (see our display on the ground floor of the Library)
  • have a look at our Exam Success Wake for advice and links to help you with your revision
  • you can request a tutorial to help you revise and prepare for exams and there are also resources on exam preparation and revision and time management on the Skills for Learning website

But please:

  • find out where your exam takes place (and what time!) before the day so that you know where you are going – there is information 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 plus a motivational list too for you to listen to depending on your mood!
  • don’t chat when others are working in silence
  • don’t use the PCs for social networking when others need to work
  • and don’t “save” study spaces by leaving your belongings on them

Good luck! And remember to Contact Us if you need any help

Access to Google student email after 15 December

From 15 December 2017 you will no longer be able to access the archived copy of your Gmail account. This is because in September 2017 the University introduced new Microsoft student email accounts for all students.

We moved all your content (including contacts and email categories) to your new account at that time. If you re-started your course after 31 October you’ll need to contact Student IT Support for help to move content from your old Gmail account.

To access your Microsoft email account login with your University email address and usual login details via the Office 365 portalOffice365 square

If you’ve not yet set up your devices to receive your emails or are encountering any problems please see our IT Support pages for help.

You can still use all the other Google applications including Google Drive.