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.

To bind or not to bind? Library behind the scenes

During the summer we start a number of our behind the scenes projects that we don’t always have the time to do during busy term time. One of these jobs is journal binding……

Journal binding may sound like a simple job, put journals in box – send them to the binders. However there’s more to it than meets the eye.jn1

Firstly we have to decide what we need to get bound. To do this we consider a number of things:

  • Is the journal a very old edition?
  • Is the journal well used and prone to damage?
  • Is the journal on lots of reading lists?

jn3Once we have agreed on the journals to be bound they are collected from the rolling stacks. Notes are made of missing issues, either to make a search for later or to identify where volumes are incomplete. The issues are made into bundles identifying what can be bound into one book.
When a journal is being bound for the first time the team get to use their artistic licence, choosing what colour the fabric of the volume is going to be!jn2

When the journals return from our Leeds-based binders, Hollingworth and Moss, the team has to check that they have been bound correctly and the title details are accurate. Each individually bound volume gets a new barcode and security tags and then we add them to the catalogue, ready to be found by our users!


Library behind the scenes: Print Journals Teams

The print journals teams at the Sheila Silver and Headingley Libraries look after the 550 print titles to which we currently subscribe. These include a range of academic journals in subjects from advanced nursing to vacation marketing and also foreign language titles such as Stern and Le Point, trade journals such as The Grocer and Building, and magazines such as New Statesman and Prospect.

As well as the current subscriptions, we maintain back issues of hundreds of journals. A separate team, based at Headingley Library, sets up and maintains access to the thousands of electronic journals available via Discover and the ejournals A-Z list.

Current Journals Display closeDuring the summer we continue to record which new journal issues we receive, chase up any missing issues, and order new print and online journal subscriptions. We carry out an annual renewal process for all subscriptions and, carry out some of the most basic jobs – but arguably the most important! – sending titles off for binding, tidying and finding the “hidden” titles that have been secreted around the Library and making sure there is room for all new journals on the shelves.

Our oldest title is the January-June 1846 volume of the Illustrated London News, which includes coverage of Corn Law debates, Faraday’s Royal Institution lecture on “Magnetism and Light”, and a West Riding election in which “not the slightest excitement is manifested in any part of the Riding.”

Our more recent titles offer insight into upcoming fashion trends (Vogue, Collezioni Trends and Uomi Collezioni) and the technical side of the latest movies (International Cinematographers Guild Magazine and Cinefex).

So come and have a browse of our display shelf or colourful rolling stacks – you might be surprised at what you’ll find!

The third floor returns

Blog imageWe have just got full access to the third floor Book Room back after the recent work that has been taking place. Although we’re sad to say goodbye to our New Helpers : Terry and Harvey it’s really good to have the floor back in use.

We’ve missed the books, the views, the stripy chairs, large letters (!) and being able to browse all the latest journals.

There is now full access to the following book stock and resources on the third floor:

  • Books 800 – 999
  • Law Collection (340 – 349)
  • Journal Collection
  • Statistics

The Print hub, Disability Resource Area, Student Meeting Rooms and Silent Study are also open.

The Postgraduate Research Room remains closed as some work still needs to be completed. The AET IT labs (LS304 and LS305) are also still closed whilst further IT upgrades take place.

We’re really looking forward to the start of term and the reopening of the second floor early in the Autumn term.