Using the Library over the Summer?

We’re open 24/7 during the vacation if you want to come in and study.  However because of essential maintenance Sheila Silver Library will be closed briefly:

  • Sunday 26 August Sheila Silver Library, City Campus, will be closed 06:00-13:00

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Work to refurbish the ground floor of Sheila Silver Library is now complete but the refurbishment of the ground floor and student meeting rooms of Headingley Library is still ongoing so there will be some disruption to those areas.

Remember to have your Campus Card to enter Sheila Silver Library during the day and both Libraries overnight.

If you’re at home you can still access your work on your P: drive via the Files tab in MyBeckett and use Discover for fast and easy searching of our books and journals. You can also visit other university libraries via the SCONUL Access Scheme (connect to the eduroam wireless network before you leave Leeds so you can use your laptop when you go).

If you don’t need your books over the summer vacation return them to the Library. Any item that you still have on loan will continue to renew every week unless another student reserves it, or it reaches the maximum number of renewals.  We’ll email your University email account if we need you to return your books so please remember to check it regularly. You’ll then have 7 days to return the item.  Please also remember to cancel any Holds you have so that other students can use the stock.

If you are graduating this year you should have returned all your books by 30 June, if you still have books on loan please Contact Us.

And if you want a break from studying take a look at our School’s Out! Pinterest board or listen to our Summer Spotify playlist  for inspiration.

If you  need help you can: Visit Us at the Advice Points (we’re available 08:30-17:00 during the Vacation), Email Us or Chat with Us, Phone Us on 0113 812 1000, or Follow Us on Twitter@BeckettLibrary.

Have a wonderful time however you spend the summer!

 

 

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Graduated this Summer? Things you need to do before 30 September

Summer is flying by and you may already be putting your new skills to good use in the world of work, but there are a few things you should do before 30 September:James graham angle B&W

  • Your MyBeckett, Microsoft student email account, P:drive (webfiles) and G Suite (Google Apps) will remain active until 30 September 2018.  Back up any files you’ll need and transfer all emails and contacts to an alternative account before then.
  • Your Microsoft Office 365 account will remain active until 30 September 2018, after that access to the full version will end and any installed software will become read-only. You will also lose access to your OneDrive on 30 September 2018, so make sure you move any saved work to a different storage location before then.
  • You can use Google Takeout to transfer docs, calendars and YouTube videos. The Alumni tab will appear in MyBeckett within five days of your award being confirmed and this will give you more information.
  • Creating a free Pebblepad Alumni Account will enable you to keep all of your work when you leave and store it in a new personal account. Our step-by-step guide shows you how to convert your account. If you want a PebblePad alumni account, please create it before 30 September 2018.
  • Our After Leeds Beckett web page directs you resources such as open access journals, websites and professional organisations that can help you in your professional practice or in securing that all important first job.
  • As a Leeds Beckett alumnus you can apply for Guest User Library membership at a reduced rate.
  • Make sure your personal data is up-to-date .

There’s lots of information on the University website about becoming an alumni but get in touch with the Library if you have any questions.

Find your space

A161205-1 Library HC-15cropWe know how busy it gets in the Libraries at the end of the academic year when everyone is working on final assignments and revising for exams so we’re doing all we can to help you find the study space you need:

  • Both Headingley and Sheila Silver Libraries are open 24/7, for details of when staff are here to help see the Opening Hours page. Please bring your Campus Card to access the Libraries.
  • We’ve worked with the University to make extra rooms available for revision, so if it is too busy in the Library you can head over there. You can also use the study tables in City Campus Students’ Union and the Living Rooms on both campuses.
  • We’ve added information to our website to tell you about the most popular times and spaces are in Headingley and Sheila Silver Libraries to help you choose your study space.
  • Timetables outside the IT Labs tell you when there isn’t any teaching taking place and if they are available for you to use. You can check PC Availability on the plasmas as you come into the Library or on the Leeds Beckett App to find out where there are free PCs.
  • You can contact us if other students aren’t respecting the study environment – please quote the number of the study space so we know where to find you. If you are working in the silent study areas and people are talking you can text us on 0113 320 7594 and we’ll get someone to investigate.

But please help your fellow students too:

  • Don’t chat if you’re in the silent study areas and remember to turn your phones to silent.
  • Don’t “occupy” spaces with your belongings and disappear for hours on end (we know most of you only take short breaks – and that’s a good thing – but if you do need to leave for more than 20 minutes please take your things with you).
  • Don’t use PCs or laptops just for social networking when others need to use them for work.
  • Remember to cancel your Student Meeting Room booking if you don’t need it.

As always please ask staff if you need any help.

 

Welcome to new students

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.

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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.

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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.

Want a £10 gift voucher? Take us on a tour of the Library…

We’re looking for volunteers to take us on a tour round the Library!

A161122-2 Library City Campus-40We’d like you to take us on a tour of how you use the Library so you can tell us which are your favourite places to study, which services and resources you use, what you do if you need help and anything else you’d like to share! Staff will record and take notes of the tour and photograph things of interest.

The tours will form part of the work we’ve been doing over the last year or so to gather feedback on how you use your Library space. You may have already left a comment on one of our feedback walls, or seen staff out and about with clipboards and laptops counting the number of students in different areas, or we might have come up to you and asked you why you were sitting in a particular study space.

If you’re able to help, simply sign up for one of the time slots available. The tour should take about 30 minutes and you’ll receive a £10 gift voucher. If the times don’t work for you but you’d still like to get involved please email Helen Loughran (h.loughran@leedsbeckett.ac.uk) to arrange an alternative time.

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!

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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.

Popping up but trying not to scare you!

headingley-1Last week was a week of Library Pop ups!

We ran a spooky Halloween pop up at both campuses asking you whether there was anything you found “scary” about the Library. (Apart from this photo!)

Our Skills for Learning team also ran pop ups telling people about their essay writing week and highlighting their websiteworkshops and publications.

 

So what did you tell us?………………………

You said that you found finding information “scary.”

Deciding where to start can feel overwhelming but there’s lots of ways to make it easier:

  • Use Discover for fast and easy searching of our books and journals. We have a number of Discover videos to help you get started
  • Take a look at your subject pages for loads of useful information that will be specific to your topic
  • Make an appointment with your Academic Librarian – book an appointment online from your subject pages
  • Book on a “Finding Information for your Assignments” workshop from Skills for Learning. Or use their online tutorial to help you
  • Come and see us on the Help and Information Point in either Library

You said that you found assignments “scary.”

Again knowing where to start, which topic to choose and writing that first sentence can be hard, but follow our tips to help you get going!

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You said you found finding books “scary.” But don’t struggle and leave the Library empty handed!

You said you sometimes found it “scary” finding a PC or somewhere quiet to study

  • Use PC availability to help you find a free PC when you arrive
  • Have a look at our webpages to help you find the place that’s right for you to study

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Finally don’t forget there’s lots of help available from the Library, please don’t be afraid to ask!

 

 

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

 

Changes to overnight access to the Library

If you are a regular user of either Headingley or Sheila Silver Library in the evening or overnight you now need to have your Campus Card (also known as your staff or student card) with you from 19:00-08:30.

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This is a slight change from the previous card access hours of 21:00-08:30 in response to student feedback and increases the hours when the Library is only available to Leeds Beckett users. The Library is still open 24/7 to all Leeds Beckett students and staff. Please note you will be breaching student regulations if you lend your Card to anyone else.

However, just because the Library is open 24/7 doesn’t mean you should be studying in it all the time!  Why not take a look at our Skills for Learning pages on Time Management to develop techniques for using your time productively?  The pages include links to apps, a time management podcast and more.

Work on the first floor continues

We’re eight weeks into the refurbishment of the first floor of the Sheila Silver Library and a lot has happened!

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All the demolition work is now complete and the new walls have been erected and plaster boarded.

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The electrics and other services are being installed including some new chilled beams. New ducting is also being put into place.

 

Our trusty book collector;  Terry has been helping us out again by collecting the books from the second floor as sections of the book stock have been unavailable due to the ongoing works.

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We’ll keep you up to date here with all the developments but you can also follow #librefurb at @BeckettLibrary or take a look at our FAQs on our website.