Restricted Library/URS entry for exam-time

Rows of small tables and chairs set out for examsFrom Monday 3 April until Friday 9 June, overnight and all weekend Library space is reserved for University Campus and Library Card holders only. This is to prevent disruption to our own revising students from non-University members, right until their last exam is over.

Restrictions apply to both our buildings:

  • Library Building (Monday to Sunday 17:00 – 22:00)
  • URS Building (Monday to Thursday, 17:00 – 08:00; Friday 17:00 – Monday 08:00)

We operate a ‘no card, no access policy’ and reserve the right to refuse access to anyone, including University members, who cannot identify themselves adequately.

How card-holders get in

University of Reading Campus Card-holders and Library Card-holders are welcome at all times. However, during restricted times, when other doors are locked, please enter by the right-hand doors of both the Library and URS Buildings.

  • University members gain automatic entry by placing their Campus Card on the ‘proximity reader’ beside the right-hand door.
  • Library Card holders must show their card to staff to gain entry. Please knock for attention if staff are not right beside the door.

Restrictions for visitors

3 April – 9 June 2017  Members of the public without cards are only admitted weekday daytimes:

  • Library Building (Monday to Friday 09:00 – 17:00)
  • URS Building (Monday to Friday 08:00 – 17:00)

Regrettably, they may not use study spaces here as these are required by our own students revising for exams. Visitors are encouraged to look to their own school, college or public library for study space.

As always, our policy is that children in the Library must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

We apologise to visitors unable to use Café Libro during restricted periods. Please try another outlet on campus or at Christchurch Green.

UoR campus card faulty?

Should your University Campus Card fail to open our doors with the card reader, please ask Campus Card Services to fix the fault via their Campus Card non-residential door access report form or email cardfinance@reading.ac.uk.

Alternative study space during Library refurb

UoR students can also use additional study space listed on the Library Refurbishment Project page.

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator for
Sue Egleton, Associate Director (Systems & Services)

Library refurbishment works: up to 10 April

Image of refurbished University Library surrounded by seating, trees and hedges.Until 10 April the following construction/internal work is expected to be carried out on the Library Building:

  • Re-cladding the outside: Work around the outside of the Library continues as our contractors focus on re-cladding the Library’s exterior. These works involve drilling and so may be noisy – details of alternative study space are available on the Library Refurbishment Project page.
  • Ground works: Ground works continue around the perimeter of the Library.
  • Internal works:
    • Activity will continue around the staircase enclosed behind the white hoardings.
    • After the end of term, furniture will start moving into the URS Building. See our study furniture pack-up itinerary post for details.

For details of alternative spaces and the latest project news, please visit our Library Refurbishment Project page: www.reading.ac.uk/library/refurb.

Rachel Redrup, Library Marketing Co-ordinator for University Communications

Using University Special Collections for your dissertation – info tip

Are you planning your dissertation? You might want to consider using the University’s Special Collections of archives, manuscripts and rare books.

Why use Special Collections?

Rare book spinesOur collections include rare books, manuscripts, records, letters, photographs, maps and drawings. Using this type of material can add a unique dimension to your work and enliven your dissertation. You could, for example, encounter the annotations of previous readers in a book and discover what they thought of a text, get a glimpse of the inner workings of a farm or a publishing company by looking at their records, or find out how new discoveries in your discipline were communicated and disseminated at the time.  You are also much more likely to produce original research, which will help you gain you a better mark, and you will develop valuable research and critical thinking skills.

Walking into Special Collections can sometimes seem daunting – but it doesn’t have to be! We’re helpful folk down here, and we’re always happy to get you started. The University’s Special Collections are available for all students in the University, and you can access over 150 important collections covering a wide range of arts and humanities, science and social science discipline areas.

In the past, students have used Special Collections to research a wide range of subjects, including:

  • A collection of historical postcardsMills & Boon romantic fiction
  • Botanical illustration
  • Robinson Crusoe
  • The publishing industry
  • Mathematics
  • Bees
  • Farming records
  • Women’s history
  • Children’s literature
  • Architectural history

Finding items on your research topic

You may be surprised at the variety of material you can access to support your research! See the A-Z list of collections or our list of featured items for a flavour of what’s available.

Try the following to see if there is useful material for your research project:

Using Special Collections

A Wizard of Oz illustrationItems from our collections cannot be borrowed, but they can be consulted in our reading room. You’re advised to plan ahead and contact Special Collections prior to your visit, so that we can have the material ready for you for when you arrive. We are based on the London Road campus, in the same building as the Museum of English Rural Life.

Go to the Special Collections website for more useful information on using the service.

This is one of a series of tips to help save you time and effort finding or using information.

This tip was written by Erika Delbecque & Claire Wooldridge, UMASCS Librarians.

Study furniture pack-up: remember alternative space

Please be aware that contractors are packing up study Library furniture from some floors in order to reassemble it in the URS Building, ready for opening on 18 April. As study spaces in the Library building gradually reduce over the Easter vacation, please remember you can find campus study space beyond the Library listed on the Library Refurbishment Project page. This includes a list of spaces, the Free Room Finder and information about RUSU’s The Study and The Study@TOB2.

Study space within Library

If you wish to study within the Library, please note reduced availability of study space UNTIL MIDNIGHT, 11 APRIL 2017.

At times the main stairs may be cordoned off for your safety, whilst removers carry down large pieces. They may also requisition one lift. Please take care. The lift lobby, other lifts and other stairs will remain available.

The Library – with the rest of the University – will be closed for the University Easter closure, 12-17 April. On 18 April, the Library reopens for access to resources at 09:00, the URS Building opens for study space and services at 08:30.

Rachel Redrup, Library Marketing Co-ordinator

Library visitor arrangements change after 18 April

Three femal studetns walk infront of orange building with protruding sturts and undercroft on a sunny dayArrangements will be different for non-UoR visitors to this Library from 18 April until at least August 2018 whilst we operate from two buildings: the Library Building (no 2 on the Whiteknights campus map) and the URS Building (no 33 ).

SCONUL Access users

Users of the SCONUL Access scheme for students and staff from other universities:

  • SCONUL members in Bands A, B and C: You can borrow materials from the Library Building and use study spaces in the URS Building. Please call at the URS Building Information Desk to collect your Library card.
  • SCONUL Band R full-time undergraduates from other institutions: You may view and copy stock in the Library Building, but you may not borrow or take material to any other building. You will be able to use your own resources in URS Building study space.

Visiting as a member of the general public

You may view and copy stock in the Library Building, but there will be no study space here. We are sorry, but whilst Library services are relocated to URS, we will be unable to provide guest access to e-resources as a ‘walk-in user’.

Children

Unaccompanied children will not be permitted in the URS Building, in line with current rules on children in the Library building. Unfortunately, we will be unable to accommodate school visits until after August 2018.

Further information

See why Library study space moves to URS in a previous news post. For further information, see our Library Refurbishment Project page.

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator for
Sue Egleton and Nick Hollis, Library User Services

Café Libro hours, Easter and Summer 2017

CafeLibro logo reversed on window, red tree behindCafé Libro will move to the 2nd Floor of the URS Building ready to re-open on the first day of the summer term, Tuesday 18 April. (See the Library website for general Library and URS Building opening hours.)

Easter Vacation

Tuesday 11 – Monday 17 April 

  •  CLOSED – to allow us to pack and move to URS Building! (Library is open Tuesday 11 April but closed Wednesday 12 – Monday 17 April, for University Easter Closure.)

Summer Term – extra exam-time hours

We re-open on the 2nd Floor of URS at 08:30 on Tuesday 18 April and will be into our extended hours after that.

  • Monday–Friday        08:00–23:00
  • Saturday                     11:00–16:00
  • Sunday                        11:00–23:00

Alternative catering options

New self-service machines for snacks and drinks will be provided after the move to the URS Building. Your can eat your own cold food in Cafe Libro but hot food, including takeaways, are specifically excluded from Library areas by Library rule 14. Alternatively, check out University Catering’s other campus outlets.

Rachel Redrup, Library Marketing Co-ordinator, for Martin Batt, Catering

What’s going where in URS and Library

We’re getting ready to run Library services and facilities from two buildings from 18 April: the URS Building (no 33 on the Whiteknights campus map) – further away from construction noise – and the Library Building (no 2 ). We are preparing URS signage and our webpages will show where everything is from this date but here’s a preview!

Services moving to URS BuildingThree femal studetns walk infront of orange building with protruding sturts and undercroft on a sunny day

URS Study space and IT facilities

We will move modern study furniture (with power sockets) currently on 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Floors of the Library Building into the the URS Building 2nd and Ground Floors, mainly over the Easter vacation. Some of the 16 large 2nd Floor rooms will be designated as group study space, some quiet study and some silent study space. The silent study rooms will contain some more traditional desks and some individual workbays.

The URS Ground Floor will mostly consist of 145 fixed PCs, with printing facilities nearby.

URS Course Collection and Self-Service Points

Our Course Collection of in-demand texts on reading lists will move to the URS Ground Floor, along with study space and Self-Service Points to borrow and return Course Collection items. You may also save yourself a short walk and return Library Building items here too.

URS Services

  • CaféLibro will transfer to the 2nd Floor of the URS Building.
  • On the URS Ground Floor, you will be able to get help from:

URS Building Hours

The URS Building will adopt the 24 hour opening during term (except closing 21:00 Saturday to 08:30 Sunday) as is currently the case in the Library.

URS Security

For security reasons, everyone will enter URS by the one main entrance, closest to Whiteknights House, by the pond. We will adopt the same security that we employ now for the Library and transfer this to the URS building.

Library Building

Univeristy Library in springYou will be able to borrow all printed material (other than Course Collection items in URS) from the University Library, open 09:00-22:00 in term.There will be no study desks in the Library Building so you will need to take them either to the URS Building or find alternative study space on campus (see top right of Library Refurbishment Project page).

We recognise this is less convenient than having printed books in the same building as study space but hope that the Library hours we have been able to achieve will serve the majority of students – our usage statistics show that almost all borrowing activity occurs before 22:00.

Library staff will be on duty to help you during core hours.

Construction work will continue during weekdays in the Library Building whilst we strive to complete the project as soon as possible, so you may experience considerable noise whilst using this building.

Further details

For further information, see the Library Refurbishment Project page at www.reading.ac.uk/library/refurb.

If you have a disability and have any concerns about using either the Library or URS Building facilities, please contact Matthew Holtby, Library Disability Co-ordinator.

If you have any other queries, please email library@reading.ac.uk.

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator for
University Library Director and Associate Directors

Loan periods same over Easter vacation – keep renewing!

Basket of eggsRevising this Easter vacation? It’s not all bad! The Library makes getting those crucial textbooks even easier for you. It will be ‘business as usual’ with all loan periods remaining the same in vacation as all term.

So keep checking your account and renewing your loans unless or until someone else recalls them. If your loans are recalled, we’ll email you! You can return items at the Library or you can even post them back to us.

This also means you can still place holds on books on loan in vacation. The threat of fines on non-returned books should help Library users return them for you!

Extra time for closure days!

We know the short Easter break also spans public holidays and the Easter University Closure (Wednesday 12 April to Monday 17 April – see our Opening hours page for more information), so we’ve made some special allowances.

Any journals or 7-day loan items borrowed from Wednesday 5 April until the Easter University Closure will be due back on Tuesday 18 April. Any Course Collection items borrowed after 16:00 on Tuesday 11 April will be due back by 10:00 on Tuesday 18 April.

Where do I return items after vacation?

Remember! When you return for the beginning of Summer term (Tuesday 18 April) many Library services will have moved to the URS Building.

From Tuesday 18 April you should return:

  • Course Collection items to the URS Building
  • Standard loan, 7-day loan and journal items to the Library Building

Lucy Shott, Library User Services

Planning your revision – info tip

Boy reading in sunshineEaster’s coming up fast, and you’re probably still completing assignments for the end of term. Exams might still seem a long way off now but they’ll be here before you know it. It’s a good time to start thinking about your revision – and the Library and Study Advice are here to help.

Working out a schedule

It’s important to have a plan, to make sure you have time to cover all the topics you need to. Avoid making your revision plan too detailed and prescriptive though – you will need to build in time for relaxation, exercise – and the unexpected!

Our Guide on preparing for exams includes tips for planning your revision, including more on how to work out your schedule. We also have a Study Seminar on this topic: Wed 8 March 2017, 2-3 in Palmer 105 – no need to book. And why not pick up a free year planner from the Study Advice office? They’re perfect for making your revision plan!

Finding materials for revision

You will probably start by reading through your lecture notes, and then looking at texts on your reading list. The Library has guidance on finding different types of publication as well as videos that will help you to get the most out of the Library.

You should also check the subject resources and guidance for information resources in your topic – much more reliable than ‘just Googling it’. And remember that, whether you’re revising on or off campus, our ebooks and ejournals are accessible 24/7.

Where will you revise?

With the current refurbishment continuing in the Library, you might be concerned about noise. But don’t worry – the University are making an alternative study space available in the URS building (the ‘Lego’ building, next-door to the Library). Study pods and PCs will still be available in this space and opening hours will remain the same, so there’ll be plenty of options for studying. You can also use the sleeping studentFree Room Finder to find classrooms that are not currently in use if you want an alternative place to revise on campus. Or see the list of alternative study spaces.

Wherever you revise, remember to take breaks. We may be open 24 hours but that doesn’t mean you have to work through the night – your brain needs rest and time for processing information.

Making your revision effective

If you can find six minutes in your busy schedule, you have enough time to watch our video tutorial on Effective revision – and save yourself a lot of wasted time. Our guide on preparing for exams also has tips on revision and memory techniques. If you’re taking exams in the UK for the first time, have a look at our information on assessment by examination in UK higher education to give you a clearer idea of how they may differ from what you have done in the past.

Remember that the purpose of revision is not to memorise everything you can find about the subject, but to prepare yourself to answer exam questions. Check the Past Paper archive on the Exams Office website to find examples of questions for your modules which you can use to write practice answers – to time and by hand, ideally. We have a Study Seminar on this topic: Wed 15 March 2017, 2-3 in Palmer 105 – no need to book. And have a look at our video tutorials on exams for guidance on the best way to prepare for different kinds of exams.

 

This is one of a series of tips to help you save time and effort finding or using information.

This tip was written by Kim Shahabudin, Michelle Reid, Sonia Hood and Erika Delbecque (Study Advice team).

Help stop Library study desk hogging!

Library's 'Looking for study space?' card in red and greyIt is so unfair when students try to reserve study space by leaving their belongings behind. You think so and so do we. If this affects you, please ask Library staff to support you by placing warning cards on unattended stuff. If it is not moved after an hour, you will know you can sit there. Just ask us to help explain if anyone returns after this time and complains to you.

Leaving things overnight is particularly underhand. Between midnight and 08:00, staff will remove property left unattended for more than an hour to ‘lost property’ at Library Reception. If not claimed, the next morning it will be taken to Palmer Reception, the centre for all lost property in the University  (open 10:00-14:00 or in exam-time Monday to Friday, 13:00-14:00 only).

For more information, see our ‘Help stop study-desk hogging’ post from when we initiated this service in exam-time 2016.

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator for
Sue Egleton, Head of Systems and User Services.

Library study space: relocation to URS

Image of refurbished University Library surrounded by seating, trees and hedges.From Tuesday 18 April, a significant amount of study space furniture will have moved from the Library over the Easter Vacation into the URS Building and there will be no study space available in the Library Building. This means that:

  • Moving study space from the Library to URS will provide a quieter environment for study.
  • It’s still close to the Library, so you won’t have to travel far for a quieter place to study.
  • The Course Collection will move into URS to enable easy access to essential materials.
  • Other resources will remain in the Library for borrowing as usual.
  • The majority of Library staff will move into URS, but there will still be staff in the Library to help you. Information Desks will be set up in each building.
  • Opening times for URS will be the same as the Library is now – URS will be open 24/6+ during term time (closed Saturday nights).
  • The Library will open for additional 24/6+ hours during the Easter vacation from Monday 3 – Tuesday 11 April for revision purposes. From Tuesday 18 April the Library will open from 09:00– 22:00 seven days per week during term time.
  • These arrangements will be in place until August 2018, at which facilities will move back into the Library.

Library access – Easter vacation and Summer term 2017

As part of the moving preparations over the Easter vacation, study space inside the Library building will gradually reduce somewhat until Tuesday 11 April. Please note, on this day, there will be no IT available in the Library building.

See our Library opening hours page for details, but note:

  • The Library will be closed on the weekend of Saturday 1 – Sunday 2 April (closing at 17:00 on Friday 31 March) and over the University closure days at Easter (Wednesday 12 – Monday 17 April), with the Course Collection moving into URS during this time.
  • The Library will open for additional 24/6+ hours during the Vacation from Monday 3 – Tuesday 11 April for revision purposes.
  • From the beginning of the summer term, Tuesday 18 April, the Library building will open 09:00–22:00 seven days per week during term time. URS will be open 24/6+ during term time (closed Saturday nights).

Alternative study space across campus

The Library refurbishment is a complex project – we’re doing everything we can to minimise disruption to you and your studies wherever possible. Besides URS, there are many other spaces across our campuses for quiet study, subject to teaching timetabling and departmental use. 

Options are on the top right of the Library Refurbishment Project page including our:

  • List of alternative space across our Whiteknights and London Road campuses.
  • Live list of available PCS – helpful in choosing where to study.
  • The Study@TOB2 – a new area created at Earley Gate as sister to RUSU’s The Study, it provides an additional 64 spaces for individual and group study, a printer, full Wi-Fi and plenty of plugs for laptops.
  • Need a room quickly? The Free Room Finder lets you find rooms available for immediate use – simply choose an area of campus and let the finder do the rest.

Several of the spaces marked as available will be used for teaching and other departmental activities at certain times, so please be sure to treat each space with respect. Please read our Classroom Rules before using alternative study spaces. Spaces within each building will be available on a first-come first-served basis; however, priority will be given to students wanting to use alternative study space within their subject-area building.

Further details

If you have any queries, please email library@reading.ac.uk. If you have a disability and have any concerns about using either the Library or URS Building facilities, please contact Matthew Holtby, Library Disability Co-ordinator.

Further information on the Library refurbishment project can be found at www.reading.ac.uk/library/refurb.

Rachel Redrup, Library Marketing Co-ordinator for University Communications

Library refurbishment works 6 – 27 March

Image of refurbished University Library surrounded by seating, trees and hedges.Between 6–27 March the following construction/internal work is expected to be carried out:

  • Re-cladding the outside: Work around the outside of the Library continues as our contractors focus on re-cladding the Library’s exterior. These works involve drilling and so may be noisy – details of alternative study space are available on the Library refurbishment project page.
  • Ground works: Ground works continue around the perimeter of the Library.
  • Internal works: Activity will resume around the glass-fronted staircase (behind the white hoardings). Later in this period furniture from the 2nd and 4th Floor group study areas will start moving into the URS Building – we’ll be sharing more details of the URS move very shortly.

For details of alternative spaces and the latest project news, please visit our Library refurbishment project page.

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator for University Communications