October 2011

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RUSU Safety Bus staff and minibusesYou’ll want to make the most of the Library opening until midnight Monday to Thursday in term, but have you thought about how to get home safely, especially since it gets dark earlier now?

One option is to make use of the excellent RUSU Safety Bus. It operates Monday-Thursday half-hourly from 18:00 – 23:30. Meet the duty driver in the University Library’s CafeLibro. Look out for posters or fliers.

Check out this and other buses to/from the University online.


Fines and charges apply to everyone, including members of academic staff, and are designed to encourage borrowersPiggy bank to return Library materials on time so they can be made available to other members.

Here are some simple suggestions on how you can avoid paying fines:

  • Check due dates and renew loans online 24/7 via the Unicorn catalogue
  • Check your University email account regularly for Library messages – Standard Loan items can be recalled from you before the original due date
  • Print and keep a receipt as a reminder of when the book is due back
  • Do not lend your card to anybody else – you are liable for all items on your account returned late
  • Return Library materials via the Book Drop to the right of the main entrance whenever the Library is closed

If you have enquiries about your loans please contact us as soon as you can.


What has the University Library done for students lately? Here’s how we enhanced your central hub for study and interaction this summer.

Study space and technology enhancements

  • Refurbished Silent study desks on Library's 5th FloorWe’ve created more study spaces on the 2nd, 3rd and 5th Floors, where we’ve refurbished yet another room. We’ve also reserved all 5th Floor areas for Silent Study, expanding the number of places in this category since last year.
  • We’ve added plasma screens to two Group Study Rooms and two new Group Study Pods on the Ground Floor  – just plug in your laptop. Remember you can still book Presentation Practice Room 106 on the 1st Floor with its plasma screen.
  • Hand writing on a Smartboard screenWe’ve installed Smartboards to training rooms 107 and 108. You’ll benefit during Library and ITS training taught here or try them out for yourselves when the rooms are not booked.
  • We moved the ‘Quiet with PCs’ room to the quieter, far south side of  the 1st Floor – Room 109.

Stock moves, and a new Store

We created additional study space when we moved 14,000 shelves of books and journals. In addition, we’ve:

Our Collections Project will continue to provide further improvments over the next few years.

Library home for Study Advice & Maths Support

Student talking to Study Adviser Michelle ReidWe’ve built a new, permanent home for Study Advice, conveniently right next to the University’s largest PC area and IT Help counter, concentrating advisers right where they’re needed.

Rewiring project

The University installed up-to-date power distribution this summer and will rewire over the next few years, improving safety. We will press for an additional increase in plug sockets for laptop users.

Helping you – our ‘constant’

Librarian helping student at a PCThroughout every change, we remain passionate about helping you find the information you need to achieve the highest standards. Use our experience and training to get ahead. Contact us for help.

What did we do for you before?

Find out what the Library did for you over the last few years on a previous blog.



BookMyne for Apple devices

BookMyne logoiPhone, iPad and iPod touch users can download the BookMyne app from the Apple Store. This app allows you to search the catalogue, place holds and access your account.

Selecting University of Reading
When you first launch the app, you will see nearby libraries. Tap the star icon to the right of the University of Reading listing to add this Library to your personalised list. If you do not see University of Reading in the list you can increase the location range by using the slider.

Setting up your account
Set up your account with your University username and password and then log in to search for books, find reviews, create personalised lists and place holds. You can also see what you have out on loan and when it is due

Unicorn access for users of other mobile devices

Users of other mobile devices can access the catalogue from our mobile site. Although not designed specifically for mobiles it still works well on a smaller screen. SirsiDynix, the company who supply us with Unicorn, are developing apps for Android and other mobile operating systems.

Access other resources on your mobile

An increasing number of our e-resources are offering mobile versions or apps. To see a list go to our Mobile-friendly resources page.


Need to look something up? Your Library gives you access to many different respected resources - both in print and online - like dictionaries and encyclopedias.

Here is just this month’s list of new reference works!

New printed reference works

For more reference works, look up individual titles on the Unicorn catalogue.

The new Penguin dictionary of geology / Philip Kearey.
London : Penguin, 2001.

The coastal ocean : a derivative of Encyclopedia of ocean sciences, 2nd edition / editor: Karl K. Turekian.
London : Elsevier/Academic, 2010.

The upper ocean : a derivative of Encyclopedia of ocean sciences, 2nd edition / editor: Steve A. Thorpe.
London : Academic, 2010.

Marine geology & geophysics : a derivative of Encyclopedia of ocean sciences, 2nd edition / editor: Karl K. Turekian.
London : Elsevier/Academic, 2010.

International code of nomenclature for cultivated plants : (I.C.N.P. or cultivated plant code) incorporating the rules and recommendations for naming plants in cultivation.
Leuven : ISHS, 2009.

Encyclopedia of urban studies / edited by Ray Hutchison.
Thousand Oaks, Calif. : SAGE Publications, c2010.

The Oxford encyclopedia of ancient Greece and Rome / Michael Gagarin, editor in chief ; Elaine Fantham, associate editor in chief.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.

A political chronology of the world.
London : Routledge, 2011.

New online reference works

There were no new online reference works added this month.

To find existing titles go to our Online dictionaries and encyclopedias page  or search the Unicorn catalogue.

Other new resources

Other new books and new e-books are listed on the Unicorn catalogue.