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.

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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.

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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.

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