We’d like to wish you a great big welcome from all the staff at the University of Reading Library! Although we’re doing things a little differently this year, we still have a great variety of events planned for you for Welcome Week and beyond. Here’s a rundown of what’s going on:
New student Libguide
An online guide telling you about how everything is working in the library including useful videos, answers to questions, where to get help and all our welcome week events.
Introducing your library
We are running online workshops to guide you through some basics about using the Library, and how we can help you in your studies at UoR.
We know there’s a lot happening during Welcome Week, so if you want to just take things at your own pace we’ve created a self-paced tour for you to go through online.
Virtual Escape Game
An online time travel escape game that you can play solo or with friends to introduce you to some slightly usual events in the Library! Time yourself as you play and let us know how speedy you are on social media!
UoR Library reading challenge
A month by month reading challenge including both e-books and hard copy books. Why not take some downtime from your studies and try something you might not have otherwise read? Share your reading finds with us on our social media channels.
UoR Library virtual crafts
Take a quick 3 minute break to learn how to make an easy origami bookmark!
If you join in with anything don’t forget to let us know on social media! You can find us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
From today you can make bookings for Library study spaces for Monday 14 September and going forwards. We hope that being able to book your slot will help you organise your time, and help us ensure that our study space can be shared as safely as possible.
One of the available study spaces.
We’ve tried to label all the zones and types of furniture in the Library as descriptively as possible so you can choose to book the space that suits you best. We’ve created a document with a list of the labels and pictures of the furniture to help you make your choice. Once you’ve chosen the type of space you want you can opt for a one, two, or three hour slot within the restrictions of the building’s opening hours. You can make a booking up to 7 days in advance.
To make a booking you can use the widget in the ‘booking a study space’ section of our Current Library Services LibGuide or you can use a booking form via this direct link.
Please make sure you make the booking in the same name that is printed on your Campus Card and bring your card and booking confirmation email with you when you come to the Library. You will need both to access the building. Please note that from Monday 14 September you’ll need to have made a booking in advance of coming to the Library and we will not be able to give you access without one.
Please observe the following points of etiquette when visiting us:
- Bring your booking confirmation email and your Campus Card.
- Observe the one-way routing around the building by following signage and checking out the floorplans. (You may move freely in the bookstacks when fetching books, please maintain social distance when doing so).
- Use the stairs if possible. Lifts are for individual use only.
- Sanitise yourself and your workspace using the hand gel and wipes provided on every floor.
- Sit where chairs are sited. They’ve been laid out to ensure everyone can study 2m apart.
- Eat elsewhere to help us keep your study space hygienic and clean for everyone.
- Stick to your booking slot, someone else will have booked the space after you.
- Maintain your social distance from other Library users.
- Be kind and patient with other Library users and staff as we navigate these unusual circumstances
If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to help you.
Sue Egleton, Associate Director (Systems and User Services)
LGBT+ is an area of research which can cover a wide range of academic disciplines. Continuing our celebration of February’s LGBT+ History Month, the Library would like to highlight the online guide to support research into LGBT+-related topics.
Taking the same format as our subject guides this guide focusses on the range of materials available from the Library and Special Collections relating to LGBT+ topics.
It is one of a series of cross-disciplinary research guides we have developed to support research in areas such as disability and inclusion, gender, and race and ethnicity (forthcoming).
It has been created, in consultation with staff and student representatives, to help you find some of the key resources the Library can provide in this area, as well as point you towards other useful online resources, libraries and archives.
We’d love to hear your feedback on the guide, so let us know what you think!
Suggest resources to help diversify our collections
You can also help us to diversify the Library’s collections by putting forward your suggestions for Library materials to help support a more diverse curriculum.
If you would like to suggest other items for the Library, please complete our regular book suggestion form.
You can see all the Diversity fund titles purchased in current and previous academic years on our dedicated Library Diversity fund reading lists.
Tim Chapman, Academic Liaison Team Manager
We’re really excited to welcome all new students starting this week, with various events to help you get to know your Library.
- Why not take a self-guided tour of the Library? Grab a ‘Your Library Tour’ map from the Library Welcome Desk on the Ground Floor of the Library and explore the building.
- Come and chat with our friendly staff at the Induction Marketplace on Wednesday 15 January 13:00-17:00.
- You are all welcome to attend a Library Leisure Time event, Friday 17 January 13:00-15:00.
- Did you know that we have fiction too besides your course text books at the Library? Not sure which to choose? Come along to borrow one of our lucky-dip print books!
- Take a moment to relax by crafting your own origami bookmark with us!
For more information and help with Library resources ask at the Welcome Desk or have a look at our YouTube channel. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for library updates.
Ruth Ng & Karen Drury, Academic Liaison Librarians
Please help us share the study space in the URS building fairly. It is fine to pop over to the Library building for a book and return to your desk within a short time. However, we think it unfair for students to reserve desks with their belongings for long periods when other students want to use that space.
If you find unattended study places apparently ‘booked’ with clothes, stationery and the like, please ask Library staff for support at either the URS Reception desk by the main entrance or the URS Information Desk next to the Course Collection on the ground floor. We will give you a timed warning card you can place on the abandoned stuff. Put the belongings to one side and sit down. If the owner returns within the hour, they are entitled to the space back. If not, you can sit there. Also ask staff to help explain, should anyone returning after an hour complain.
Where unattended stuff hasn’t been moved overnight, staff will remove it to URS Reception. If it is not claimed by the next morning, it will be taken to Palmer Reception, the centre for all lost property in the University.
Ruth Ng, Liaison Librarian on behalf of
Sue Egleton, Associate Director, Systems & User Services.