Have you discovered the Library yet?

A161122-2 Library City Campus-296 cropOur two University Libraries, Sheila Silver Library in the Leslie Silver Building at City Campus and Headingley Library in the James Graham Building at Headingley are open 24/7 365. They have different types of study space so you can choose to work in silence or in a group study area, or book a Student Meeting Room.

We also have over 140,000 electronic resources including eBooks and journals, available on and off-campus, easily accessible via our Discover search engine.. And it’s really easy to find the books and journal articles recommended for your course. Just click on the Resources List link alongside your modules in MyBeckett.

Our Skills for Learning team offer workshops and tutorials in academic communication, IT, maths, research and referencing. They are also running a peer mentoring scheme so you can get support from experienced students to help build your confidence.

Hopefully you will have already met your Academic Librarian for your course and have started to find your way around but there’s lots more help available for you. Take a look at the Get Started tab in MyBeckett and on our Library news pages.

You can also Phone Us or Chat with Us 24/7 – just see the Contact Us page on our website. And follow us on Twitter (@BeckettLibrary) for all the latest information.


Discover the new features in Discover!

Discover is the best place to start your research and we’ve added some new features to it to help you search for information and articles:

  • We’ve moved our A-Z eJournals list into Discover so you can enter the title of a journal and search within it.
  • The Subject Support pages’ Discover search box enables you to search resources just for your subject area.
  • A few of the databases we subscribe to aren’t searchable from Discover. So , to find these, click on Other Resources for your Subject on the right hand side of the Search Results in Discover.
  • Research Starters can be useful to help when you are at the first stages of your research. These are encyclopedia descriptions of popular terms to provide a basic understanding of the subject. They also link to other key terms which you can use to perform a more in-depth search.
  • Remember if you want to retrieve your search results or articles you’ll need the permalink! This is a permanent and stable link that will last. Don’t just copy the URL from your browser’s address bar as this won’t work after you have closed your session.

Check out all of these videos for more information on these features in Discover!

It’s best to create a My EBSCOhost account to save your search results (EBSCO is the provider of Discover). Once you have registered an account you can add articles to your folder to easily access the ones you want to view. Don’t save your results to the temporary folder as anything saved here will be lost when you log out of your session. For more information about saving your search results check out this video

If you need any more help with any of these aspects of Discover then Contact Us.  We are also aware that some users are seeing a blank screen when using Internet Explorer to access Discover and electronic resources.  We recommend using Firefox for Windows operating systems but please Contact Us if you need any help.

The Wonderful World of Interlibrary Loans

We work hard with departments to ensure that we have the books, journals and other resources you need to complete your work. But what should you do if you need something that The Library doesn’t have it in stock? In times like these our Interlibrary Loans team is here to help you!



Sue and Karl are based in Sheila Silver Library at City Campus and (a different!) Sue and Tom are at Headingley.  They manage the service which provides access to resources which are not held by the Library or other local libraries. You can request whole books or chapters, journal articles, reports and many other types of materials. More information about the service can be found on the Library website.

Our 5 top Interlibrary Loan tips

  1. Check the Library catalogue and Discover to make sure we haven’t got it in stock before you request it.
  2. It is quicker and easier to request online via the Library tab on MyBeckett.
  3. Provide as much information on the Interlibrary loan form as possible.
  4. Where possible request a digital copy. In most cases we receive digital copies much quicker than hard copies as they do not have to go through the postal service.
  5. If in doubt, we’re here to help.

Dissertations – don’t let them daunt you…

If you are starting to think about your dissertation or final year project there is lots of help available for you from the Library:

Skills for Learning has lots of guidance on their website and they are providing a wide range of workshops and support for research in February. They can also help if the subject you’re studying means you need to produce a dissertation based on a product.

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.

You can also use our Beckett Books Extra scheme to request a book that you think should be in stock – just fill in the form on the Library Tab of MyBeckett.



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. One, of these, Laurence Morris, who looks after many of the health courses, gives us an insight into his role in this Library Behind the Scenes article.

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.

It’s snowing …. well, it was!

If the first snow and cold weather of the year means you don’t want to move from your room and a constant supply of warm drinks…you can still access a huge range of resources and all you need is an internDSCF0006et connection!

Many of your academic resources are available online. Discover allows you to get going with your research, and searches most of your online resources for you. Need an introduction to Discover? Check out our 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, research databases and journals.

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, and renew any loans you already have.

Want to catch up with the news? PressDisplay has a huge collection of local and national newspapers.

If you’re looking for a film or TV show for a ‘snow day’ or relaxing evening in, Box of Broadcasts and Leeds Beckett Media Player have over 1 million programmes.

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.

Christmas wishes (and useful information – remember we are librarians!)


It’s Christmas!!!

The Library will be open 24/7 during the vacation and our news page tells you all about key dates for holds, short loans etc.

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.

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.

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 over Christmas!

The laptop loans service will be unavailable 24th December – 3rd January inclusive. Please use the networked PCs in the Library instead.

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). The Eduroam wireless network also lets you use your laptop in many other universities (don’t forget to set this up before you leave campus).


  • If you have a deadline and need to submit online over the vacation take a look at our survival guide for help.
  • If you’re revising for your post Christmas exams there are hints and tips on our exam web 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.

And if you need a break from studying why not select a festive film from our Box of Broadcasts playlist or take inspiration from our Bah Humbug! Pinterest Board .

The Library wishes you all a Merry Christmas!xmas wishes

Dark nights but we can illuminate your studies…

Now that the clocks have gone back and we are heading into the winter months we thought it might be worth reminding you about how you can access Library services and resources without leaving the comfort of your bedroom!  Not that we want to discourage you from coming in to the Library (and of course we’re open 24/7 so if you find you’re missing us you can pop in at any time)!james graham night1

Over 100,000 of our resources are available electronically eg journals, databases, ebooks and newspapers and can be easily searched via Discover. The subject guides prepared by our Academic Librarians also point you in the right direction for web resources and information linked to your subject. If you need more help from them you can book an appointment online or on a Skills for Learning workshop as well as booking Student Meeting Rooms for the next time you’re on campus.

If you’re working on your assignment at home make sure you’ve downloaded Microsoft Advantage for free and you can also access SPSS statistical analysis software via MyBeckett. Once you’re ready to submit you can submit online in MyBeckett (if your lecturer has set this up for your module) or send your document to print on one of the Library printers and collect it when you come in.

The Library Catalogue is available online, letting you search for resources, place holds, renew and pay fines. MyBeckett provides access to your modules, resource lists, timetables, university email, library resources, careers and employability information, Campus Card top up and much more.  And Skills for Learning lets you keep your academic skills in shape, check those referencing queries or listen to a podcast on topics such as time management. *

Or take a break from studying but still use Library resources! Box of Broadcasts and Leeds Beckett Media Player provide access to thousands of TV and radio programmes.

And of course there’s help available from the Library 24/7.  You can phone us on 0113 812 1000 or chat with us. If you send an email we’ll respond within 3 hours between 08:30 and 18:30 Monday-Friday or within 24 hours overnight and at weekends. Just Contact Us for more information.


* please note that the Catalogue is unavailable between approximately 02:00 and 02:30 on Tuesday-Saturday for essential backups and MyBeckett is also unavailable 01:00-05:00 on Friday mornings.