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.
There’s lots of help from the Library and University to help you survive your exams:
- we’re open 24/7 so you can revise whenever suits you best. Remember you need your Campus Card 24/7 at Sheila Silver Library and from 19:00-08:30 at Headingley if you’re studying overnight. And don’t forget to take it with you if you leave the Library for a break so that you can get back in!
- we have silent study areas to help you concentrate and there are extra spaces booked across the University for you to use if the Libraries are busy
- you can use the IT Labs if there isn’t a class on or borrow a self-service laptop to access your notes
- there are some past exam papers available on MyBeckett. Click on the Modules tab and select “Exam papers online”
- we’ve lots of books on exam techniques – take a look at our displays in both Libraries – or you can have a look at our Pinterest Guide to Study Skills and our Key Resources Page
- you can request a tutorial or attend a workshop to help you prepare and there are also resources on exam preparation and revision and time management on the Skills for Learning website.
- find out where your exam is (and at what time!) before the day so that you know where you’re going – timetables are 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. There’s also a motivational list for you to listen to, depending on your mood!
- remember that everyone needs to share our study spaces fairly so please don’t chat when others are working in silence; use the PCs just for social networking or “save” study spaces by leaving your belongings on them.
Good luck! And remember to Contact Us if you need any help.
To help you Get Started with using our services staff will be running 10 minute demonstrations at 11:30 and 15:30 starting on 3rd October.
Monday – Finding books and other resources on the Library Catalogue
Tuesday – Borrow and return resources via the self service machines
Wednesday – Top Up your Campus Card for printing and copying
Thursday – Borrow a laptop to use in the Library
There’s no need to book, just turn up at the Meeting Point in either Headingley or Sheila Silver Library. If you can’t make these times please ask a member of staff at the Help and Information Points and they will show you how to use the services or answer any other questions you have.
Staff at Headingley have also been working hard getting the Library ready for the new academic year.
The book stock has been on the move in the main book room as the stock from the Language Resource Area on the ground floor is moving up onto the first floor.
If you need help finding any of the book stock whilst it is on the move, please speak to Library staff.
Work refurbishing the IT labs also continues. All the decoration work is now complete and the new PCs are currently being installed. New PCs are also being provided in the Student Meeting Rooms.
There is currently no access to the IT Labs on the second floor so please use the PCs on the ground floor or try out our new self service Laptop Loans. Staff will be happy to help show you how to use this.
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! 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. 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.
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.
The 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.
Meanwhile 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.
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.