Christmas in the Library 2016

The Library will be open 24/7 during the vacation – please see below for key dates:

christmas-2016

  • 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).

And:

  • 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.

xmas wishes

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Library behind the scenes: Meet the Library holds team!

At the Sheila Silver Library we have:

Sheila loves Motorsport – NASCAR, Formula 1, touring Cars & MotoGP, travelling on planes and Game of Thrones & The Walking Dead – she’s been to a two day Walker Stalker Convention. She doesn’t like tea, jazz, or being on a ship in the middle of the ocean.

Laura likes knitting (badly), watching Hammer Horror films and books (I work in a library, so I MUST like books). She doesn’t like celery, washing dishes or people who push in to queues.

Joanna loves eating toast, walking in the rain and swimming in the sea. She doesn’t like travelling by bus, waking up early in the morning or spending all day inside.

At Headingley Library we have:

James likes all things football and appreciates a fine piece of knitwear.

Suzy likes watching quiz shows, ten pin bowling and holidays by the sea.

Clare likes painting, collecting tarot cards and is always on the look out for the perfect leopard print coat.

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What happens when you place a hold?

The next morning at 8 o’clock a list is created with all the holds from the previous day. We print this off as early as we can and start searching.

Once we have found your hold, we process it and put it on the shelf in the High Demand Area (near the Help and Information Point). If you’ve requested to collect your book at another Leeds Beckett Library, we put it in a box ready to be delivered.

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

Our 3 top holds tips:

  1. Make sure you choose which Library you want to pick up the hold from – City or Headingley.
  2. Wait till you receive an email before coming to collect your hold! Unfortunately, it won’t be ready immediately and sometimes it can take a while to track books down if they’re being used by others regularly.
  3. When you come to collect your hold, you need to look for it under the first letter of your surname and the last four numbers of your Library ID.

There is lots of handy information about holds on our website  It also includes two videos showing you how to place a hold and collect a hold if you haven’t done that before.

If you have any questions about holds, we’d be very happy to help you. Please email: library@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

 

New helpers in the Sheila Silver Library!

Unfortunately we’ve had to close sections of the third floor of the Sheila Silver Library as part of the ongoing refurbishment work taking place. This has meant that students and staff have been unable to access the book stock and as a result we’ve been asking them to put holds on anything they needed from there. However we then foundCapture that Library staff were not allowed on the floor as large sections of the floor are missing!

So we found a solution by enlisting the help of two of the people who have been carrying on the electrical cabling work on the floor:

Introducing Terry and Harvey!

Terry and Harvey have been kindly collecting all the books on our holds (pickings) list off the shelves and putting them on a trolley ready for Library staff to pass onto the people who have requested them. They have even helped to put some of the books back on the shelves.

Terry consults the list ready to get picking!
Terry consults the list ready to get picking!

We thought it would be nice to introduce them and ask them a few questions. Neither of them have worked on the redevelopment of a library before although Harvey frequently uses his local public library for both himself and his family.

When asked about the finding the books using the Dewey system both Harvey and Terry said they hadn’t used it before but had found the books relatively easy to find. Terry added that he did think it would be easier if they were in alphabetical order! A nice idea but not that simple when you think of all the books with similar titles but very different subject areas.

We’re really grateful for all the help that they have provided as it has meant that we have been able to keep the service open and ensure that people have had access to the resources they have needed.

Harvey collects the books
Harvey collects the books

Terry and Harvey have done such a great job – we think they’re welcome to come in anytime and help us to find some of the over 33,000 holds requested each year or shelve one of 2,600 trolleys of books!

It’s been a busy week

Library staff and our suppliers and contractors have all had a very busy week as the Sheila Silver Library refurbishment has got under way. Work has started to clear the second floor ready for its update. The book stock is being moved and the PCs have been disconnected and packed up. The majority of the 186 bays of books moving to the first floor are now in their new home. That’s more than 33,480 books moved in one week! Remember if you’re looking for a book whilst all this movement is taking place, the best option is to put a hold on it. Please ask Library staff if you’ve not done this before, or have a look at our handy hold video Please note that your holds could take slightly longer to arrive than normal as we may have to check a number of trolleys / shelves on a number of floors to find the book! G28-29 The remaining books on the second floor will begin their journey to the ground floor next week. Two ground floor IT labs (G28 & G29) have been cleared to make way for them. IMG_0632 Meanwhile back at Headingley Library we’re loving our brightly coloured edition to the ground floor.  These are the lockers which have been installed for 24/7 self service laptop loans, due to be up and running for September 2015.

Let the “refurb” work begin!

Preparation work for the refurbishment of the second floor at the Sheila Silver Library has now started. The Academic Librarians have been on the move and can now be found in LS104 on the first floor of the Library, along with other members of LLI’s Academic Support Team.

The next big job is the removal of the book stock, PCs and furniture from the second floor. This will start on Saturday 23rd May and will take just over a week.

TDSC_1176he book stock is being relocated to the ground floor and the first floor. More information about their new home(s) can be found here

The second floor will be closed to all students, staff and visitors from Tuesday 26th May. If you need a book from the second floor whilst it is travelling around the Library to its new home, please put a hold on it or ask Library staff at the Help and Information Point.

Some of the book stock is being moved to the IT labs on the ground floor; G28 & G29. These labs will be closed from Saturday 23rd May so that the PCs can be disconnected and the furniture moved ready for the arrival of the book stock the following week.

MeaPerson fixing new shelvingnwhile at Headingley Library…..

Our Estates department have started to install the fixings for our new self service laptop lockers. This pilot scheme is due to start over the summer and will enable us to provide 24/7 access to laptops for the new academic year.

Picture of a refurbished IT lab in Headingley Library

Work in three IT teaching labs in the Headingley Library will also take place this summer.  Rooms 219, 221, and 225b will be given an new look and feel similar to the labs which were refurbished in 2014.