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.
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!
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.
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
- 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
Libraries Week takes place 9-14 October and is a chance to showcase some of the amazing things that your Library offers such as:
And if you decide to take a break from studying why not listen to our latest Spotify playlist “The Great Library Songbook” full of library and literature related songs! Or come along to Leeds Beckett Book Club’s meeting on Wednesday 11 October to discuss The Famished Road by Ben Okri.
Welcome to the Library to all our new students. We look forward to meeting you at your Library induction, Freshers’ Fairs, out and about around campus and, of course, in the Libraries!
We have two Libraries, open 24/7, every day of the year: Sheila Silver Library in the Leslie Silver Building at City Campus and Headingley Library in the James Graham Building at Headingley.
Both Libraries offer different types of study space so you can choose if you want to work in silence or in a group study area, or book a Student Meeting Room online.
We’ve got lots of ways to help you Get Started with using the Library and studying at University:
- The Get Started tab in MyBeckett enables you to learn how to use MyBeckett, access free Wi-Fi, access your email and timetable, download the apps you need, and prepare for your studies.
- The Library’s YouTube channel has lots of quick videos showing you how to use our key services.
- Become more confident about your academic work with support from an experienced student through our Skills for Learning mentoring scheme.
- If you follow us on Twitter(@BeckettLibrary) we’ll be posting lots of #getstarted hints and tips.
- And we know that getting all the passwords and PINs you need to access our systems can be a bit confusing at first but staff are on hand to get you through the early days. Although if you created a password for the Welcome System you may need to change this when you arrive on campus.
We also have over 140,000 electronic resources including eBooks and journals, available on and off-campus. And it’s really easy to find the books and journal articles recommended for your course. Just click on the Reading List link alongside your modules in MyBeckett.
As a Leeds Beckett University student you can install Microsoft Office 365 for free for the duration of your studies so you don’t need to buy it. This will also give you access to up to ITB of cloud storage on OneDrive and a University Microsoft email address and 50GB mailbox. And don’t worry if you don’t have your own device, we have over 900 PCs with a PC Availability service to make finding a free one easy or you can borrow a laptop to use in the Library.
Please don’t be afraid to ask Library staff if you need help in using the Library. The Library and Student IT Advice desks on the ground floor of each Library are open 08:30-19:00 Monday-Friday and 11:00-17:00 on Saturdays and Sundays during term. Staff will also be out and about in the first few weeks of term to help you with any questions you have.
You can also Phone Us or Chat with Us 24/7 – just see the Contact Us page on our website.
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 during the vacation – please see below for key dates:
- The Help and Information Points close at 12:30 on Friday 23rd December and reopen at 08:30 on Tuesday 3rd January.
- Emails received after 12:00 on 23rd December will be replied to on 3rd January.
- Chat with Us all through Christmas; or phone 0113 812 1000 for IT support from 24th December to 2nd January.
- Books borrowed over Christmas are due back on 12th January; Short Loans borrowed on 23rd December are due back on 3rd January.
- SCONUL applications and holds submitted between 23rd December and 2nd January will be processed on 3rd January.
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 (from 19:00- 08:30).
If you need your PIN to borrow books 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.
Before you go home:
If you’re studying at home over Christmas you can:
- Access your P: drive via the Files tab on MyBeckett.
- Use Discover for fast and easy searching of our resources and access thousands of ebooks and journals.
- Visit another University Library – the SCONUL Vacation Access Scheme enables you to access other university libraries (check they are open first).
- If you have a deadline and need to submit online over the vacation there is lots of help available on the MyBeckett Support pages.
- If you’re revising for your post Christmas exams there are hints and tips on our exam news page.
- If you’re lucky enough to receive a shiny new laptop from Santa don’t forget you can download Microsoft Office 365 for free as a Leeds Beckett student.
We know Christmas can sometimes be hard so there is information available via the Student Hub pages if you need any wellbeing support.
We hope you all had fantastic summers and are ready for your next year of studies. We thought it might be useful to give you a quick update on what’s been happening in the Library and let you know about changes for 2016-17:
The first floor of the Sheila Silver Library is being refurbished and will be reopened fully by October. This also means that the books on the ground floor and in G28 and G29 will move up onto the first floor, with the labs available for teaching once again.
At Headingley Library there is new adjustable seating at all PC study carrels and group study tables as well as a clearly defined social seating area, which includes a newspaper stand and book displays. Quick reference has been streamlined to ensure core texts are easily accessible and moved nearer to the student study space. The Student Meeting Rooms also have whiteboards to help you with your group work.
In response to your feedback we’ve extended our “overnight” hours so that only Leeds Beckett staff and students can use the Library from 19:00 (instead of 21:00). This means that you will have to have your Campus Card with you if you’re using the Library between 19:00 and 08:30.
Library PCs now have Windows 10 installed and the wi-fi across the campus has been upgraded. This may mean that you’ll need to reconnect but there will be plenty of staff on hand to help with this.
We’ve worked really hard alongside your lecturers to get as many reading lists as possible into MyBeckett so that material for your course is just a couple of clicks away. Select Resource Lists from the left hand side menu once you are in your module.
The Home tab on MyBeckett has been replaced with a Course tab containing all the information you need for your course and School, including key contacts and access to key Library resources and there is a new tab for information from the Students’ Union. Access to your timetables is no longer via Google Calendar; we’ve got a new system called CMISGo which lets you sync your timetable to your smartphone calendar.
Oh, and you can now pay by Contactless if you’re buying a binding kit or paying Library fines and charges. And, as always, if you need any help just Contact Us!
If you are a regular user of either Headingley or Sheila Silver Library in the evening or overnight you now need to have your Campus Card (also known as your staff or student card) with you from 19:00-08:30.
This is a slight change from the previous card access hours of 21:00-08:30 in response to student feedback and increases the hours when the Library is only available to Leeds Beckett users. 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.
However, just because the Library is open 24/7 doesn’t mean you should be studying in it all the time! Why not take a look at our Skills for Learning pages on Time Management to develop techniques for using your time productively? The pages include links to apps, a time management podcast and more.
…when we told you we were open 24/7 365 because this year we’re open 366 days!
Yes, that’s 8,784 hours of the Library being open and available for you to study – either on or off-campus.
To celebrate we’ll have Pop-Up Libraries across both Headingley and City campuses during w/c 29th February reminding you of how we can help you get the most out of your studies 24 hours a day.
We would also like to know what else you love about the Library as well as our 24/7 opening so please let us know on Twitter #leapyearlearning or tell us at one of the Pop-Ups.
And we’ve even created a “Music of Time” Spotify playlist for you to listen to as you study.
We’re also launching a competition for a new design for Library bags to go on sale in September 2016. More information is available in our latest blog post.
Leeds Beckett Library is one of only a handful of UK university libraries to offer 24 hour opening 365 days of the year. To celebrate this, we’re inviting students to submit a design for bags to be on sale in the Library from September 2016 onwards.
The competition is open to all Leeds Beckett University students and the winner will receive £100 worth of high street gift vouchers.
Closing date for entries: Friday 15th April.
Your design must be created in black and include the 24/7 library logo, which can be positioned anywhere on the bag. The winning design must be easily reproducible and is subject to University brand approval.
To enter: Either download the logo or email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a copy of the logo and then send your design as both a PDF and EPS file to email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing your entries!