Your student email is changing

On 7 September your University email changed from one provided by Google (Gmail) to a new Microsoft Outlook email.  You can access your new Microsoft email account via MyBeckett.  Your email address and password remains the same.

There is no need to move your old Gmail emails as the University has used a service to move all of your content (including contacts and email categories) to your new account.

You can still access your old Gmail account until 15 December 2017 (and we’ll send you emails reminding you of this) but from 7 September all new emails will be in your new Microsoft Outlook email account.

You will need to update your own devices to ensure they access Outlook rather than Googlemail/Gmail. Our IT support pages provide instructions on how to do this and if you encounter any problems please ask Library staff for help. Our FAQ “I have added my student email to the Outlook app – why am I not receiving any new emails” should help.

You can still access Google Drive using your University email address and password or via MyBeckett.

Please note that the use of email, software and apps provided by Leeds Beckett University must be used in accordance with our data protection and IT policies. Don’t open any attachments or follow any links that you think might be suspicious.



Access Microsoft Office 365 for free!

As a Leeds Beckett University student you can access Microsoft Office 365 for free for as long as you are studying with us.

This gives you:

  • Full versions of Microsoft Office 2016 (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, OneNote) on up to 5 Windows and Mac PCs
  • Unlimited access to the online and mobile app versions of Microsoft Office, Sway and Forms
  • Up to 1TB of cloud storage on OneDrive
  • Access to your University email address with 50GB of mailbox storage

Log in to the Office 365 portal with your University username and password to access this.

Our IT Support pages include information about downloading the software, systems requirements and frequently ask questions and you can also Contact Us if you need more help.

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


Library closure Sunday 27 August

Every year we have to implement Library closures in order to carry out essential electrical maintenance on some of our University buildings. This year the work is taking place over Sundays in August.

This essential work helps to ensure the smooth running of the Library and also help us to maintain our 24/7 opening. To help minimise disruption we never close both Libraries at the same time. This year we plan to close as follows:


Sunday 27 August

06:00 – 13:00 sheila Silver Library, City Campus closed. Headingley Library open

Don’t forget our Library website always gives you access to over 140,000 quality online resources!

We are very sorry for any inconvenience this closure may cause.

Change of date – MyBeckett upgrade


We recently publicised that we were due to carry out an upgrade to MyBeckett starting on Monday  31 July.  Unfortunately a technical issue with the new version has meant that we have decided to postpone the upgrade until early January 2018.

Even though we are unable to carry out the full upgrade we will still be making some changes to the system:

New / updated tabs for students


The new Jobs tab gives students access to Jobs, Placements and Opportunities resources and key contacts. It’s been redesigned and replaces the current Employability tab.


Replacing the current Help tab, the Support tab brings together Academic Support and ‘Student Life’ Support options and contacts e.g. Money, Accommodation, Wellbeing etc.

New / updated tabs for staff

Staff Home

Last year, we developed the Course tab for students – a personalised homepage on MyBeckett containing some key Course related information.

This year, staff will have access to a Staff Home tab, giving access to key information when you log in. This tab will replace the current Home and Groups tabs.


Staff will be given access to a new Research tab to complement a similar tab that is already available for Research Students. It will help you to get involved in Research, find information about resources, manage and update your information, and provide links to Library Research support.

Other changes

The scheduled Turnitin and PebblePad upgrades will still go ahead as planned, as part of this upgrade Turnitin will be unavailable on Saturday 5th August between 15:00 and 21:00.

The existing Blackboard App “Mobile Learn” will be unavailable from 1 August and will be replaced with a new updated App available on all iOS, Android and Windows devices.

Library behind the scenes – more than just tidying the shelves!

“In the summer, do you just tidy the book shelves for a few weeks?”

This is a question I’ve been asked more than once. And to be fair, it’s not an unreasonable one.  Exams are over. The libraries and lecture theatres are largely empty. People go home. Many academic and support staff go on holiday –  it’s not surprising that there’s a perception of things slowing down, of taking it easy between the end of one academic year and the start of the next. For the Library Collections and Acquisitions (C&A) team however, summer is one of the busiest times of our year.20170608_150754 - Copy

It really begins in mid-May, when we start to think about two things in particular – the Financial Year End, and the “stock usage reports”.

The first involves a process of chasing-up with our various suppliers any unfilled or outstanding orders, in order to getting the materials into stock quickly, or cancelling orders that won’t be fulfilled, so we can free-up the money and invest it elsewhere before year-end. Ebooks are always a good option, as they are generally accessible within three days of the order being placed, and are always in high demand by both on-campus and distance learners. So year-end (actually July 31st, but in practice, for us, somewhat earlier) is heralded by a period of cancelling and ordering, of re-allocation of funds and of careful targeting of the remaining resources budget.

At the same time, we run the stock reports which show us which items in our Libraries are being used, and which are not. These usage statistics are cross-checked with Reading Lists and double-checked by Academic Librarians. We want a “hard working” Library collection, which reflects the courses and subjects being taught on each campus, and gives access to content in formats our users can engage with. Different subject areas have different needs and preferences – for example, a Law student might need up-to-the minute statutes available to consult on-line; whereas in Cultural Studies, a twenty-year-old classic edition might be the definitive text on a particular topic.

Materials no longer needed, unused works, or those superseded by newer texts and editions, are then withdrawn from stock. We don’t throw them away – the overwhelming majority are sold on to a charity called Better World Books, which in turn generates income for the Library whilst also supporting international literacy initiatives.

Meanwhile, we’re thinking about the new books, eBooks, CDs, DVDs, and so on that will fill these spaces and further enhance the usability, accessibility, and relevance of the Library collection. We place approximately 600 orders per month- averaging over 1,000 new items coming into the Library on a monthly basis all year round, with late August and early September the busiest times of all, just ahead of the start of the new Academic Year. We collect and input Reading Lists, identifying stock gaps and order new materials, with over 3000 Lists guiding individual users via their My Beckett page to the right materials they need for their studies. . Each year the module codes change, modules disappear or are added, new courses start…C&A are responsible for administrating this highly complex system.

The summer is also the time when we review our processes and workflow, and trial new approaches and working styles – things like faster, more efficient ways to order; more streamlined methods of receiving stock; new ways of accessing content; reviewing the performance of our suppliers; and looking to see what working practices and technologies are out there which could help us to improve the service we deliver.


And then, when we’ve done that, we tidy the shelves…

Eric Jackson, Collections and Acquisitions Manager




Team Photo:

Back l-r Eric Jackson, Phil Todd, Paul Scholes, Dawn Elson.

Front – Amy Campbell, Ellie Windle, Sarah Dacre, Donna Easton

WannaCry ransomware attack

We are sure you have heard the “WannaCry” ransomware attack over the weekend of 13th / 14th May which has affected more than 200,00 computers across 150 countries.  IT Services are working to protect University networks and may mean that services, such as your P: Drive and the internet may be taken down to further update our network.  Whilst we will try and keep you updated with as much notice as possible, the situation may mean that we are unable to warn you of services and/or the network going down.

Please ensure you are saving your work regularly and keeping back-up copies of everything you are working on.  Full details of our advice on saving your work can be found here:

Please check Twitter for further updates.

Sheila Silver Library – Campus Card required for access

card-2019Until 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.

Have a cracking Easter!


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!

Making eBooks more accessible – latest news

We told you in a previous post about a project to audit and improve the accessibility of eBooks, which has now been completed. Sue Smith and Vicky Dobson from Library Disability Support worked on the eBook Accessibility Audit project as part of a team from across the UK. This also included Jamie Phillips from Leeds Beckett University, and colleagues from the University of Kent, the University of Liverpool, Manchester Metropolitan University and York St John University.

NAG ebook awardWe’re thrilled to tell you that the project has won the 2017 National Acquisitions Group award for Excellence sponsored by Nielsen Book. The project was also shortlisted in the Project Initiative Category for the 2017 ABC International Excellence Award for Accessible Publishing.

eBooks are digital versions of printed books and the Library has lots of them available. There are many advantages to eBooks. For example they are available both on and off-campus and most titles can be accessed by multiple users at the same time.

The eBook Accessibility Audit looked at how accessible eBooks are for students with print impairments – difficulties accessing printed text, usually due to a visual or physical impairment or a Specific Learning Difficulty such as dyslexia.

Although eBooks have the potential to be very accessible and if they are compatible with assistive software they can be adapted to the needs of individual students, unfortunately, due to the design of some eBooks, this is not always the case and they are not all fully accessible.

The eBook audit set out to identify how accessible 44 of the most widely used eBook platforms in UK Higher Education are, including 15 of the platforms we subscribe to at Leeds Beckett University.

The results are now available on the eBook Accessibility Audit website. If you would like to know how accessible a particular eBook collection is, the Individual Platform Feedback Reports section of the website has a report for each platform detailing how well it met each of the accessibility criteria. The table on page 6 of each report gives a useful overview of this.

If you’re wondering what makes an eBook accessible, you can find out here: Key elements of eBook accessibility

The next steps in the project are to work with providers to achieve improvements in accessibility and increase awareness of the accessibility features of different eBook platforms amongst Library staff to help them support students using eBooks.