Happy Easter to “ewe”!

The 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. sheep 2

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!

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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.

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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.

If you want it, request it!

HoldWe introduced our new automatic renewal system in October, meaning that we’ll keep renewing for up to 6 months unless someone else needs the item or you finish your course. So if you want to borrow something that’s already on loan you need to request it by putting a Hold on it.

But what happens when you place a hold on something?

If the item is already on loan an email is sent to the University email of the person who has it asking them to return the item, as it has been requested by another user. They then have 7 days to return the item (Offsite students and students with disabilities have slightly different arrangements – see their web pages for more information).

Once the item has been returned our Hold teams step in! They process the item and put it on the shelves for you to collect. If you’ve requested to collect your book at another Leeds Beckett Library, they put it in a box ready to be delivered.

Once your hold has been processed by the team, you will receive an email notification to your student email account to let you know that the book is ready to be collected!

If you’re not sure how to place a hold, there is a handy step by step tutorial available that allows you to place a hold on something you need as you work through it. Or, you can watch our Library Short: How to place a hold.

 

If you have a queries, speak to Library staff and please tell us what you think about this new system.

What’s new for 2017?

As always we’ve been busy over the summer improving our services to help you make the most out of studying in the Library. So, what’s new for 2017:

  • From October 2017 we’ll renew any books that you borrow to save you having to remember to do so. You’ll only have to return them when someone else needs them; see our news item for full details about how this works.
  • The changes to accessing Sheila Silver Library that we introduced in response to your feedback during the May exams are now permanent. This means you’ll need your Campus Card most of the time to enter the Library and at some times of the year, such as exams, only Leeds Beckett Card holders will be able to come in. You’ll also still need your Campus Card to access Headingley Library from 19:00-08:30.
  • We’ve introduced a peer mentoring scheme to enable new students to become more confident in their academic work with support from an experienced student.
  • MyBeckett has a new look log in page and has renamed some of the tabs. IT Support is now IT; Employability is Opportunities and Help is Support.
  • You can access the full Microsoft Office 365 suite including free copies of Office Online and up to ITB of cloud storage on OneDrive. You can download up to 5 copies onto PCs and MACs and also have access to the mobile apps.
  • Your University email account is now available via Outlook rather than Google with 50GB of storage. We’ve moved all your files and contacts across though so you don’t need to do anything. And you can still access Google Drive.
  • Turnitin’s new Feedback Studio makes it easier for you to find and navigate your originality reports, online marks and feedback. View our new guides for more info.
  • PebblePad has been redesigned with a clean, modern look and feel so that you can easily create great looking portfolios and blogs to evidence and reflect upon your work. Again, take a look at our guides for more info.
  • We’ve added Pro-Study software to all our PCs to help you collect and manage your research.
  • You no longer need to confirm your booking when you book a Student Meeting Room although the first time you do so this year you’ll need to log in.

As always if you need any help using any of our services just Contact Us.

Welcome back to the Library

We hope you’ve had a fantastic summer. Please see below for information about some of the key changes for 2017:

  • MyBeckett has a new look log in page and has renamed some of the tabs. IT Support is now IT; Employability is Opportunities and Help is Support.
  • You can now access the full Microsoft Office 365 suite including free copies of Office Online and up to ITB of cloud storage on OneDrive. You can download up to 5 copies onto PCs and MACs and also have access to the mobile apps.
  • Your University email account is now available via Outlook rather than Google with 50GB of storage. We’ve moved all your files and contacts across though so you don’t need to do anything. And you still have access to Google Drive.
  • From October 2017 we’ll renew any books that you borrow to save you having to remember to do so. You’ll only have to return them when someone else needs them; see our news item for full details about how this works.
  • The changes to accessing Sheila Silver Library that we introduced in response to your feedback at the end of the last academic year are now permanent. This means you need your Campus Card most of the time to enter the Library and at some times of the year, such as exams, only Leeds Beckett Card holders will be able to come in. You’ll also still need your Campus Card to access Headingley Library from 19:00-08:30.

Take a look at What’s New for 2017 for details of more changes to support you whilst you study.

We’ll renew for you! Changes to renewals and fines for 2017

We’re always working hard to make it as easy as possible for you to get the resources you need and help make using the Library as easy as possible. For 2017 we’ve made some changes to the way resources are renewed and fines charged:

  • We’ll renew for you so you don’t need to (excluding Laptop Loans, Short Loans and automatic renewal of Interlibrary Loans).
  • We’ll keep renewing for up to 6 months unless someone else needs the item or you finish your course.
  • We’ll email your University email account to tell you if you need to return your items.
  • You’ll need to return requested items within 7 days. Offsite students and those registered with Disability Services have different arrangements – please follow the links for more information.
  • Fines have increased to £2 per item per day but you’re only charged if someone else needs the resource and you don’t return it on time.
  • If you want to borrow something that is already on loan you’ll need to put a Hold on it so that it is recalled for you to use. Please ask staff if you need any help doing this.

 

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We’ve talked to the Students’ Union about this and you’ve also told us that one of the things that really annoys you is when someone hangs onto a book when a hold is placed on it.

Lots of other University libraries have changed their loan and fines system and their experiences show that if the fine is higher on a requested item it’s more likely to be returned on time and that there are far fewer fines charged overall.

We hope this will make it fairer for everyone to get the resources they need and not having to pay unnecessary fines.

We’ve increased the fine rate to £2 per day but remember you’ll only need to pay this if you don’t return a book on time that is needed by someone else. For all your other loans you will no longer need to remember to renew.

As always, ask Library staff if you have any queries and please tell us what you think about this new system.