Convenience now comes as standard

Student using a self-service kiosk“The library borrowing system works well and is convenient; I particularly like the automatic renewal of books!”

No-one wants to worry about whether they have renewed their books, so we made all our books renew themselves automatically until someone requests them. That’s one less thing to worry about!


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Celebrating LGBT History Month

February is LGBT History Month.  Discover one of the hidden sides of History: the Film Society is showing an LGBT film series, there is a drop-in to talk about LGBTQ equality in the UK being organised by Chaplaincy as part of Global Week, and we have both a colourful display on the first floor landing and a book display beside the Library café.

LGBT History Month 2018 display

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Celebrating PD James’ work

PD JamesPublishers Faber & Faber have engaged the services of Bookswarm to develop a new website to showcase the work of crime-writing legend PD James, who opened the latest extension of the University Library. The new site was launched on 3rd August 2017, the anniversary of her birthday, three years after her death.  The site includes photos of the author, her signature, a short biography, links to review articles, awards, and her own words.
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Love it? Lock it!

Bicycle racks in Ravelin ParkDon’t lose your bike to cycle thieves.  Chat to the police and council cycle security advisers about how you can make sure your bicycle more secure between 1-3 pm every Thursday from 8 February until 22 March, with the exception of 1 March.  They are also selling D-locks for £20.  Security marking your bicycle, registering it on, and securing it to one of our bicycle stands with a D-lock that meets British Standards makes it much less attractive to opportunistic thieves.  Look for our bicycle stands outside the main entrance and on your right as you enter Ravelin Park.

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Designing in beauty


Artists' books on display

“I absolutely love taking a few minutes away from my studies to look and think about the portrayals and skills involved in producing them. It really aids my work!”

You told us how having an attractive study environment made coming to the Library more attractive and that you found changing display spaces and exhibitions a beneficial diversion.

Carrying through the clean, curved lines of nature that inspired the ground floor refurbishment, we rationalised and redesigned our signage, creating a clean and uncluttered space for you to think or just be.  Beauty inspires, and so we created a display of our most visually inspiring books in the Atrium and brought together displays of creative work by our students and staff to create a naturally lit enclave on the first floor landing to inspire contemplation and creative thought.

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New eBooks – January 2018

What follows is a list of new electronic books received by the Library during January 2018 ordered by title. More complete details, as well as listings from previous months, are available on our website’s New Books page in the form of downloadable Excel spreadsheets.

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New Books – January 2018

What follows is a list of new books received in the Library during January 2018 ordered by classmark. More complete details, as well as listings from previous months, are available on our website’s New Books page in the form of downloadable Excel spreadsheets.
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Pharmacy e-textbook changing platform today

Essentials of anatomy and physiology by Gerald J. Tortora, an important Pharmacy e-textbook, is moving platform today from ProQuest to DawsonEra.  This change follows a change of contract between the publisher (Wiley) and the e-textbook platform providers.  The new link will be published on the library catalogue as soon as the new version of this e-book is available.

Loss of electronic annotations

We regret that any notes made to the old version of the e-book will not transfer across to the DawsonEra platform.  Anything you do not copy and paste into a separate document before the platform shift occurs today will be permanently lost.
We have no control over this and regret that we were given very little notice.  Please pass this message on to anyone you think might be affected.  We apologise for any inconvenience and loss of any annotations.
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Individual silent study redesigned around you

“I really liked the library and the services available. It is comfortable and easy to use.”

Students working with laptops in Area 1BYou told us that “A lack of enforced quiet areas also makes it difficult to concentrate.”  We better arranged the study zones so when you want to study in silence no background noise can reach you, and introduced movable desk dividers to reduce the temptation to talk.  We also increased the number of staff patrols through areas where noise was reported and trained our staff to be more effective at maintaining the quality of study environment you deserve.

For those times when essential building work has to take place or you absolutely require total silence to concentrate without any risk of interruption, we now offer free ear plugs.  Now, at last, you can be certain of a silent day’s study.

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Celebrating student led change

“Love the library: it is a good place to do virtually everything academic.”

3D floor plans showing the new Individual Silent Study zonesChange is the only constant and the Library never stands still.  The last three years have seen the library transformed as we have introduced more of what we observed our clients liked the most and built on your feedback to adapt the Library to better suit your needs.

The recent ground floor refurbishment gave the Library a modern look and feel, but observing you at work we could see there were still many ways to adapt the Library to better support you in the way you showed us you want to work.  We have introduced hundreds of new loanable laptops and freed up more study space every year so you can work more comfortably, flexibly and with more personal space anywhere you choose.

Over the next few weeks, you can expect a scattering of blog posts revisiting some of the ways the Library has improved as we observe changes in the way you work and in response to student feedback.  If you have a suggestion or something you would like changed, let us know by posting us a suggestion into our suggestions postbox in the library or our Online Suggestion Box.

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