We 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 Semester Two gets underway we thought we’d pass on some reminders about making the most of the Library and being organised in your studies:
Get extra help in essay writing, finding information, referencing, analysing data or IT Skills via the Skills for Learning programme of free workshops – just book via their website. Alternatively you could watch or listen to one of their recorded workshops or podcasts or take a look at their web resources.
If you’re searching for information for your assignments or dissertations take a look the Subject Guides on the Library website. These will direct you to the right information for your topic and if you still need help you can book a one-to-one appointment with your Academic Librarian.
Connect your mobile devices to eduroam for the fastest and most secure access to the internet when you’re on campus and download Microsoft Office 365 and SPSS so you have the software you need wherever you are working. But always save and back up your work so you don’t lose it and have to do it all again!
If you ever get stuck with MyBeckett or Turnitin we have online guides to talk you through finding your way around and submitting assignments and when it comes to submitting your Semester 2 Turnitin assignments, remember to check your file type and file size against Turnitin’s rules and requirements before submitting.
Searching for information, writing and printing your assignments can often take more time than you think – use the Assignment Calculator to help you plan. And book your Student Meeting Room in plenty of time to get together to discuss any group assignments.
If you’ve forgotten your Library PIN or you’re not sure how to collect a Hold or access an eBook our YouTube Library Shorts will give you quick and easy guidance on using the Library and all the services and support available to you. But remember you can always Contact Us for help as well.
The first full week in September saw lots of progress in the second floor refurbishment. Sewell who are in charge of the project are managing all the different requirements of the sub contractors as “everybody always seems to want to work in the same room at the same time”! They supplied us with a list of all the works completed so far (there’s lots of it we don’t understand but we’re still impressed!):
Site set up / accommodation
Floor coverings removed
Suspended ceilings stripped out
Demolition of partition walls
Setting out of the new walls
1st fix IPS
Plastering to new walls
Internal walls / plasterboard
1st fix M&E
Mist coating to walls
Pre finished screens
And this week Library staff had access to the floor to take photos of the glass going in to partition the new Student Meeting Rooms:
Painting is also well underway and the fixed furniture such as the printing tables is being installed.
We’ve always known that the floor wouldn’t be opened until a few weeks into term but we also know that it will be worth the wait!
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.
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
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!
The use of furniture, including how it is moved to create new types of spaces.
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
This is the first post on our new Library Blog, we’ve set this up to keep you up to date with the next stage of the Sheila Silver Library refurbishment. We’ll also let you know about other developments and changes in both campus Libraries.
Following on from the refurbishment of the third floor last summer, work starts at the end of May on the second floor. This will continue into the Autumn term and the floor is due to be reopened in early November. It will mean some disruption at the start of term but we’re sure it will be worth it! The new floor will provide an improved study environment with a similar design and colour scheme to the third floor.
We’ve listened to your feedback as you’ve used the third floor during the year and your comments and suggestions have been fed into the planning process. As a result the newly refurbished floor will include another Postgraduate research room, a printer hub, a separate silent study area and plug and USB ports at the study spaces. Book stock for health, business and the arts (600-799) will be available on this floor.
We will also be creating some smaller meeting rooms so that there will be a variety available throughout the Library and clustering them so they are easier to find.
The Library will remain open 24/7 and staffed as usual throughout, with existing services and study spaces available in temporary locations. Books will be located throughout the Library including in G28 and G29 on the ground floor so please ask staff for help or pick up a leaflet to find out where they are.
To keep up to date with what’s happening in the Library take a look at our website or follow us on Twitter @beckettlibrary.