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

Note arrangements for 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

CaféLibro hours, Easter and Summer 2017

CafeLibro logo reversed on window, red tree behindHere are opening hours for CaféLibro, which remains in the Library Building until mid-vacation, and then moves 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.)

Spring Term

Normal term-time hours until Sunday 26 March

  • Monday–Friday          08:30–21:00
  • Saturday & Sunday    11:00–16:00

Easter Vacation

 Monday 27 March – Monday 10 April

  • Monday–Friday          08:30–16:00
  • Saturday & Sunday    CLOSED (as is whole Library)

 Saturday 8 – Sunday 9 April

  • Saturday & Sunday    11:00–16:00

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

At CaféLibro, there are also self-service machines for snacks, and hot and cold drinks, and you can eat your own cold food here. (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

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

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

Resolved – access problems with LexisLibrary

Open book on a laptopWe are pleased to say that the problems with access to LexisLibrary have been resolved, and you should be able to use this resource as normal.

Some users may need to clear their browser cache and cookies before using this resource again.

If you experience further problems, please do get in touch with us via an e-resources problem report form.

Our apologies for any inconvenience this has caused.

Lucy Ardill – E-resources Team

 

Illustrate to communicate – make your point with an image! – info tip

The Library has a number of sources of copyright-cleared images which you can use in your assignments and University work. Why not explore some of the resources listed below in order to enrich your projects with pictures that illustrate your point?

Images can be a persuasive addition to your argument, but remember to consider them critically as with any source and reference images appropriately, giving credit to the original source.

Finding images

The main resource for images is Britannica Image Quest – it includes over 2.7 million images from various collections including National Geographic, Getty Images, National History Museum and more.

There are lots of other databases that provide images, or include both text and images but allow you to search for images only. See what’s available on our Image and sound page.

Image search engines

There is also a wealth of images available online, some of which are made available for non-commercial use in project work and presentations. These are labelled as Creative Commons images.

You can find these by using a number of search engines and photo-sharing websites, including Xpert search and attribution. Xpert searches Creative Commons licensed material and allows you to download the image with the appropriate attribution and licence details integrated – easy!

For further guidance on using images legally, see the University’s advice on copyright

University image collections

The University has several image collections students can use to improve their work. Special Collections have many images of the items in their collections on their website which can be used in unpublished and non-commercial works. Special Collections covers many areas including Samuel Beckett, early English coins, early anatomy books and publishers’ archives. Please contact them if you want to know more about using these images.

Citing images

Like everything you refer to in your academic work, you need to cite the author of your image and where you got it from – see our advice on how to cite an image

Need further advice?

For more guidance contact your subject liaison librarian

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

This tip was written by Natalie Guest, Multimedia Manager.

‘Careers on tour’: 7 March: Apollo Teaching

Speaker by large screen addresses audience seated at tablesWant to be introduced to a job assisting in schools with this agency? Chat to Apollo Teaching Services on Tuesday 7 March, 12:00-14:00 on the Library’s Ground Floor – where you will find UoR Careers most Tuesday lunchtimes, sharing their expertise and introducing employers. 

Apollo say, “There is a huge demand for teaching assistants and cover supervisors within schools in the Berkshire region. Apollo Teaching Services provide free certified training, and temporary or permanent vacancies for support staff in schools. You can earn between £75 and £100 per day and work around your schedule.

If you believe you can have a positive effect on the learning experience of children in primary and secondary schools, we want to meet you. Meet us in the Library on the 7 March from 12:00-14:00 or get in touch on 0118 334 0100 for an informal chat and find out how we can broaden your career opportunities.”

Further information

For more from Careers follow UoR Careers on Twitter. (UoR Job Shop covers news of part-time or vacation work).

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator for
Isabella Masciaga, Careers Events Assistant

 

Bibliotherapy for Mental Health Awareness, 2 March

Have you seen the Library’s bibliotherapy display on our Ground Floor promoting a new Bibliotherapy online reading list. It is just one of several initiatives promoting University Mental Health Day on Thursday 2 March include themed talks and walks – which begin at the Chaplaincy behind the Library.

‘Bibliotherapy’ means therapeutic reading to help us understand our mental and emotional troubles, and how to cope with them. The Library holds a selection of self-help books on a variety of challenges including stress, anxiety, addition, bereavement and insomnia, to name but a few.

Reading students can use our Talis Aspire Bibliotherapy online reading list to see which books are available to them online or are loanable from the Library. Alternativly pick up a leaflet from the display or check out the useful resources, including guides and bibliotherapy lists, produced by UoR Counselling and Wellbeing.

Maybe one of these bibliotherapy books can help you begin to turn your world around – after all, 2 March is also World Book Day!

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator

Suggest titles to diversify Library stock

Drawing of books piled up and swathed in chainsIn celebration of RUSU’s ‘Liberate my curriculum’ conference on Wednesday 1 March, we’re asking students to suggest books, DVDs or CDs to help Library collections support a more diverse curriculum. Would you like more on your specialism representing more ethnic or LBGT groups or geographical areas? Complete our new Diversify my curriculum suggestion form to help us spend a special £1,000 fund, over and above resources supporting existing reading lists.

It’s great if you can suggest specific titles, but we still want to hear from you where you feel we just need more in a certain area. For example:

  • [name] is underrepresented in your collection, can you buy more of her novels/poetry?
  • I would like more books on the construction industry in Africa – are there any that can be bought?
  • there aren’t any books on the history/political situation in [country]
  • can you purchase some more books on LBGT issues in higher education?

Your subject Liaison Librarian will be dealing with your suggestions. She or he can also help you with other Library matters, including queries about items on reading lists.

If you would like to suggest other items for the Library, please complete our regular book suggestion form.

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator
for Helen Hathaway, Head of Academic Liaison and Support

‘Careers on tour’: 28 February: Three

Black outline of large 3 with black flame-like lines insideFancy working for Three? Call on them Tuesday 28 February, 12:00-14:00 on the Library’s Ground Floor – where UoR Careers come to share their expertise and introduce employers most Tuesday lunchtimes.

Three say, “We’re an innovative communications company, driven by a passion to reinvent the rules and make mobile better. We believe everyone has the power to think outside the box and use their imagination to reinvent and make a real difference. We are visiting the University of Reading to talk about opportunities at Three and within the telecommunications industry.

We will also be letting you know about our three-day training programme for undergraduates, Reimagined Learning, where you get to visit us at HQ to work and deliver a business project with employees from across the business. This is a great boost for your CV, experience and confidence in presenting and team projects. Come along to our pop up stand in the Library to find out more and chat to us! We look forward to seeing you there.”

Further information

For more from Careers follow UoR Careers on Twitter. (UoR Job Shop covers news of part-time or vacation work).

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator for
Isabella Masciaga, Careers Events Assistant