Find your space

A161205-1 Library HC-15cropWe 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.

 

Printing and Binding

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.

A161205-1 Library HC-194The 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: theprintroom@leedsbeckett.ac.uk (James Graham Building JG13) for more infoDSC_9026

And, like everything else to do with using the Library just Contact Us if you need any help.

Exam survival 2017

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.

But please:

  • 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.2015-04-14 14.01.48

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

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!

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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:

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Happy Easter from the Library!

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 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. eduroam_120pix 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.

 

Want to mentor another student and improve your own skills?

A161122-2 Library City Campus-241Our Skills for Learning team are looking for paid study mentors to be part of a new scheme which will run in Semester One 2017-18.

Are you a Level 4 or Level 5 student? Do you think you’d be able to help new students with academic writing, referencing or finding information in the library?

You will need to have 70% average marks and excellent interpersonal skills.

To apply download the Application form and Job description, or email skillsforlearning@leedsbeckett.ac.uk for more details.

  • Rate of pay £9.70 per hour (£8.79 per hour plus 91p holiday pay)
  • One day’s training course (five hours) – paid at same hourly rate

If you’d like to have a short chat about this opportunity please phone Karen Croft, Lindsey McDermott or Marie Scopes on: 0113 8123905.

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 12 noon on Friday 7 April 2017.

Choose the right place to study

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Now that it is busy in the Libraries it’s important that you choose the right place to study. Whether you need to work in a group on an assignment or want to revise for exams we have the space for you, available 24/7 every day of the year. (Please remember to bring your Campus Card with you to access the Libraries – from Monday 24 April you’ll need it 24/7 for Sheila Silver Library and overnight at Headingley)

Both Headingley and Sheila Silver Libraries have silent study and group study space and there are also other social learning spaces around campus.  Have a look at our Studying in the Library web page for more information.  You can also book Student Meeting Rooms. Remember to book these in advance, as they can book up quickly.

Disability Resource Areas are also available in the Library for students registered with the Disability Advice Team. These areas are open 24/7 for independent, silent study.  If you need to work with others please book a Student Meeting Room.

You can also use the IT labs if they are not being used for teaching: just check the timetables outside; and use PC Availability so you know where the free PCs are before you come into the Library. If you’re bringing your own laptop with you make sure you’re connected to eduroam wi-fi or why not borrow one of our Library laptops.

Finally please don’t “claim” study spaces or use a laptop  at a PC study space. This isn’t fair, and takes valuable study space away from other library users.2015-04-14 14.01.37

Want a £10 gift voucher? Take us on a tour of the Library…

We’re looking for volunteers to take us on a tour round the Library!

A161122-2 Library City Campus-40We’d like you to take us on a tour of how you use the Library so you can tell us which are your favourite places to study, which services and resources you use, what you do if you need help and anything else you’d like to share! Staff will record and take notes of the tour and photograph things of interest.

The tours will form part of the work we’ve been doing over the last year or so to gather feedback on how you use your Library space. You may have already left a comment on one of our feedback walls, or seen staff out and about with clipboards and laptops counting the number of students in different areas, or we might have come up to you and asked you why you were sitting in a particular study space.

If you’re able to help, simply sign up for one of the time slots available. The tour should take about 30 minutes and you’ll receive a £10 gift voucher. If the times don’t work for you but you’d still like to get involved please email Helen Loughran (h.loughran@leedsbeckett.ac.uk) to arrange an alternative time.