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:

  • Access to Sheila Silver Library  is limited to Leeds Beckett students, staff and guest users to give you priority in finding study space. Remember to bring your Campus Card with you and also take it with you if you leave the Library for a break as you’ll need it to come back in!
  • We’ve worked with the University to make extra rooms available so if it is too busy in the Libraries you can head over there. You can also use the study tables in City 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.
  • We’ll also check the bookings for Student Meeting Rooms to let you know if there are any free via Twitter #findyourspace.
  • You can contact us if other students aren’t respecting the study environment – if you’re at Sheila Silver Library please quote the number of the study space so we know where to find you.

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.

 

Exam survival 2017

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.

But please:

  • 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.2015-04-14 14.01.48

Good luck! And remember to Contact Us if you need any help.

Welcome back to the Library

We hope you all had fantastic summers and are ready for your next year of studies. We thought it might be useful to give you a quick update on what’s been happening in the Library and let you know about changes for 2016-17:

The first floor of the Sheila Silver Library is being refurbished and will be reopened fully by October. This also means that the books on the ground floor and in G28 and G29 will move up onto the first floor,  with the labs available for teaching once again.

DSC_0210 aAt Headingley Library there is new adjustable seating at all PC study carrels and group study tables as well as a clearly defined social seating area, which includes a newspaper stand and book displays.  Quick reference has been streamlined to ensure core texts are easily accessible and moved nearer to the student study space. The Student Meeting Rooms also have whiteboards to help you with your group work.

In response to your feedback we’ve extended our “overnight” hours so that only Leeds Beckett staff and students can use the Library from 19:00 (instead of 21:00). This means that you will have to have your Campus Card with you if you’re using the Library between 19:00 and 08:30.

Library PCs now have Windows 10 installed and the wi-fi across the campus has been upgraded. This may mean that you’ll need to reconnect but there will be plenty of staff on hand to help with this.

We’ve worked really hard alongside your lecturers to get as many reading lists as possible into MyBeckett so that material for your course is just a couple of clicks away. Select Resource Lists from the left hand side menu once you are in your module.

The Home tab on MyBeckett has been replaced with a Course tab containing all the SU tabinformation you need for your course and School, including key contacts and access to key Library resources and there is a new tab for information from the Students’ Union. Access to your timetables is no longer via Google Calendar; we’ve got a new system called CMISGo which lets you sync your timetable to your smartphone calendar.

Oh, and you can now pay by Contactless if you’re buying a binding kit or paying Library fines and charges.  And, as always, if you need any help just Contact Us!

And so it begins…

It’s been a busy week for the start of the refurbishment of the first floor in Sheila Silver Library:

  • 31 members of staff moved offices: Academic Librarians are now in rooms 402 and 403 and our Learning Systems team have headed off to Queen’s Square House
  • We’ve moved the PCs from the first floor into storage and the labs have been emptied of furniture
  • All the furniture from the rest of the floors will be moved by Monday 6th June

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In addition Media Loans and Staff IT Services have started the move back into their lovely refurbished spaces in both Headingley and Sheila Silver Libraries.

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Week beginning 6th June sees:

  • signage arriving to signpost you to where services can be found during the refurbishment
  • a colour printer moving to the ground floor
  • contractors setting up their cabins ready to start work on Monday 13th June

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.

How do you use your Library?

As part of the Library redevelopment work we looked at how you used the refurbished third floor area during the few weeks after Easter to revise for exams and write your end of year assignments.

Staff noted how busy certain areas were and also took photos of how different spaces were being used. Some key observations included:

  • The most popular areas:
    • Desks near windows
    • Desks with a PC
    • Student Meeting Rooms
    • Some of the  large “pod” chairs in the corners of the floor
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  • The number of “claimed” empty spaces, particularly in the Silent Silent Area where there were 32 spotted at one point during this period!
  • The number of different mobile devices you bring with you when you study and the fact that they are often all in use at the same time.
  • The full use of desk space with all necessary supplies!

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  • The use of furniture, including how it is moved to create new types of spaces.

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The aim of this work is to help ensure that the way you use Library space feeds into future redevelopment decisions. We’d also be happy to hear your comments about how it feels to use Library spaces. You can also tweet us your views @BeckettLibrary #librefurb