Avoid those Library fines – Top Tips!

Piggy bankAvoiding fines is so easy that you can do it at home, away from home, online and offline. Save your money! How? Let’s find out now.

  • Return or renew your loans on time.
  • Keep track of your loans by logging into Enterprise to view your Library account.
  • Check your University emails regularly for Library messages.

So remember keep your Library account in good order and you’ll save money!

Joe Veale, Library User Services

‘Go back’ on Library catalogue PCs

Student using Library catalogueTime for a fast fact! If you’re browsing the Enterprise catalogue on Library catalogue PCs, did you know you can go back to a previous page, despite no ‘back button’ showing on these machines?

It’s really quick and easy:

Pressing the Alt + Left Cursor Key will take you to the last page you visited.

Pressing the Alt + Right Cursor key  will also take you forward towards your original page after you’ve gone back.

If you’re browsing the Enterprise catalogue on any other machines, you should be able to use the regular browser back button.

Going home!

Did you know? If you need to restart your search you can also press the little house icon, located left of the ‘All collections’ tab, to return to the Enterprise catalogue homepage.

Joe Veale, Library User Services

The Library website: your gateway to information – info tip

Spider's webThe Library website contains a wealth of help and information to support your studies.

Where to find what…

Use the menu on the left of every page to explore the site.

  • Using the Library – information on facilities and services, including borrowing, opening hours, floor plans and photocopying
  • Finding information – help and guidance on finding information, including details of resources in your subject
  • E-resources – links to e-journals, e-books and databases, and information about accessing them
  • Contacts & support – people, sites and services
  • About us – policies, facts and figures
  • Libraries beyond UoR – using other libraries or getting items via inter-library loan

Up front

Library homepageThe things you want most frequently are on our homepage.

  • Enterprise catalogue search box – most people come to the Library website to search the catalogue, so it takes centre stage
  • Summon search box – our new discovery service allows you to find online journal articles and book chapters on a topic
  • Opening hours – this week’s opening hours are on the homepage, enabling you to check them quickly and easily
  • Subject resources – jump straight to our subject guides to find the most relevant resources and information for you
  • E-resources – quick links to our databases, e-books and e-journals; all available 24-7
  • Library news – keep up-to-date with the latest Library news (or follow us on Twitter or Facebook)

Scroll to the bottom of our homepage for more useful links, including guidance for specific groups of Library users, and links to related services.

Enterprise – more than just books…

Enterprise is the Library catalogue. Use it to find items in the Library including books, journals, DVDs, theses etc. You can also search Enterprise to find our e-journals and e-books – so you don’t even need to set foot in the Library to make use of our resources! Just search for a book or journal as you usually would and you may find a record that links you to the online version.

You can also use Enterprise to check your account to find out when your books are due and to renew your loans. Just login with your University username and password.

Enterprise also covers many of the collections held across the University, including those at the Museum of English Rural Life and the Special Collections Service (archives and rare books) – a one-stop-shop to find out about the wealth of materials you could use for your dissertation.

To find out more about Enterprise, and tips on using it, go to our Help using Enterprise.

Summon online materials for your studies

Results from a Summon searchThe Summon discovery service to enables you to easily find full-text articles and book chapters on any subject.

Everything you find should be available to read as the results are limited to articles and chapters covered by the Library’s subscriptions.

You will also find definitions from reliable encyclopedias and dictionaries related to your topic. Other materials covered include newspaper articles, standards, conference proceedings, government documents, trade publications and book reviews.

To find out more about Summon, and tips on searching it, go to our Help using Summon.

Hidden depths

Some pages you might not have discovered…

  • Jargon buster What does ‘folio’ mean? I need to use an ‘Institutional login’ – what is it? What is a ‘hold’? Answers to these and more in our Jargon buster
  • How to… – quick links to answers to our most frequently asked questions
  • Wikipedia alternatives – online dictionaries and encyclopedias you can rely on

Can’t find what you are looking for?

  • Site search – use the search box at the very top of the screen, or to limit your search to pages on the Library site use the ‘Site search’ Useful link at the bottom of the page
  • Site index – this ‘Useful link’ gives an alphabetical list of what’s on the website

Any comments?

If you have any comments about the Library website, or suggestions for improvement, just fill in the Website comments form or contact the Library Web Manager Jackie Skinner.

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

This tip was written by Jackie Skinner, the Library Web Manager.

Place a hold, get the book!

Need a book from your reading list but they’re all out on loan?

If you’ve got an eye on a book but some keen bean has beaten you to the punch – hold it! Did you know you can reserve a copy for yourself by placing a hold?

But how do I place a hold?

Good question.

Luckily, it couldn’t be simpler. Find the item you want to borrow on our Enterprise catalogue and if they’re all out on loan, look for the Place Hold button and give it a click. When prompted, type in your university username and password and finally click the Place Hold button to secure your hold! Told you it was simple, right?

Here are some top tips to help you make the most of placing holds:

  • Holds can be placed on both standard and 7-day items currently out on loan
  • Once the hold is placed, standard loans will be recalled and 7-day loans will be made non-renewable
  • You will receive an email when your hold is available to collect
  • Once you receive your email, you have seven days to collect your hold from the hold shelf
  • It is not possible to place holds on journals or Course Collection materials

For more information, check out the video tutorial on how to book a hold!

So don’t delay, place that hold today!

Joe Veale, Library User Services

Making the most of your Library – info tip

Typography students on a laptopYou don’t need to visit the Library to discover about the range of resources we provide!

  • Need to know how to find things in the Library?
  • Unsure how to search for books and journals on Enterprise?
  • Need to find books on your subject which aren’t on your reading lists?

Try LibLearn!

LibLearn is an online course that you can do when you have time and at your own pace. It is available 24/7 via Blackboard, the University’s online learning system. Divided into three sections, LibLearn includes documents to read, and quizzes to test yourself on how much you’ve learnt and to provide more tips.

New to the University?

Then LibLearn One is for you. It will help you to:

  • find your way around the Library
  • search for books on your reading lists on Enterprise
  • locate books in the Library

Been at the University for a while or doing a Masters or PhD?

LibLearn Two and LibLearn Three will help you to:

  • find journals in the Library
  • find material on a subject using Enterprise and Summon
  • find academically reliable material on the web
  • evaluate what you find
  • understand the principles of copyright and referencing
  • develop effective search strategies
  • search databases for information, particularly journal articles

How do you access LibLearn?

  1. Go to Blackboard
  2. Log on by following the instructions on the Blackboard login page
  3. Click on the Enrolments tab at the top of the screen
  4. Scroll down the screen to the Course Search box; type in LibLearn and click on Go
  5. Click on the ‘arrows’ (options menu) next to the course ID
  6. Click on the enrol button
  7. Click on the submit button on the Self Enrolment screen and OK at the bottom of the next screen

You will now be taken to the course pages. Next time you log on to Blackboard the course will be listed in your Courses box in the Enrolments tab.

Or watch one of our videos!

If you were unable to come to one of our ‘Finding your way’ workshops for new students, or just want to find out more about the Library and what we do, then check out our series of introductory videos.

Some of the videos currently available are:

Library staff…happy to help!

Although there is a wealth of information and help on our website, Library staff are here to help you, so please ask if you have any questions. You can always contact your subject liaison librarian for guidance on locating resources in your subject.

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

This tip was written by Learning Support Co-ordinator Sally Smith and Library Web Manager Jackie Skinner.

Closed access/Store requests just got easier!

request linkWhether you’re a hardened library veteran or one of our newer students, requesting those bibliography-boosting texts from our stores just got even easier! Users who request items from Closed Access or Off-site Store will now be emailed as soon as their request is ready to collect. Not only that, we’ll tell you exactly where to collect it from too.

Both Closed Access and Store requests can be made on Enterprise by clicking on the ‘Request Closed Access or Store Items’ link on the right-hand side of the display. Once the form has been sent, items can be picked up from the Hold shelves in Course Collection or from the Ground Floor Information Desk.

For Closed Access, requests can be made until 10:30 Monday to Friday. Requests should be made in advance of a visit, just specify the dates you want the item when you fill in the request form.

For Off-site Store, requests can be collected from 15:00 on Mondays or Thursdays. The deadline to make requests on collection days is 08:30.

For more information and detailed instructions, check out the ‘Requesting items from Store and Closed Access‘ information page. And remember, look out for that email!

Joseph Veale, Library User Services


Lidded drinks allowed! Need our travel mug?

Red and grey Library lidded travel mug You may take your hot or cold non-alcoholic drinks anywhere in the Library – as long as they’re in lidded containers – now we’ve changed Library rules on drinks.

Did you know Cafélibro give you 5% discount on drinks if you bring your own cup – but you’ll need a lidded travel mug to take it inside the Library.

Library lidded mugs £5

To celebrate our rule change, Cafélibro are selling the Library’s own stylish, lidded mug produced in red and grey at £5 – a competitive price!

We gave away the first 50 free to Library users mentioning the phrase ‘I’m keeping a lid on it in the library’ when buying a Cafélibro drink. They were so popular, they were all owned by happy customers by the end of lunchtime on the first day!

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator


Changes to Library printing and photocopying

close up of photocopierNew printer/copier/scanners have been installed in the Library as part of the new University-wide Managed Print Service. The new multifunctional devices allow you to print, copy, and scan to email anywhere on campus, often in colour as well as black and white. We apologise for any inconvenience during transition to the new system.

Where are the Library devices?

You can now print, copy or scan on more Library floors than before! Public devices are located on:

  • 4th Floor – north side
  • 3rd Floor – north side
  • 2nd  Floor – north side
  • 1st Floor (Rooms 105, 108, 109 and large PC area)
  • Ground Floor (Course Collection)

How do I use them and pay?

Print queues to select include:

  • FollowMe-BW on uorprint.rdg.ac.uk
  • FollowMe-Colour on uorprint.rdg.ac.uk

Students: Devices are activated using your Campus Card – hold it against the white ‘card in a circle’ sticker – or login with your username and password. Pay via your online account – top up online or with £1/£2 coins or £5 /£10 notes at the new Library Top-up Kiosk.

Staff: you also need your Campus Card to activate devices – ask in your department about permissions.

Visitors:  Please buy a £1.50 copy card from the Ground Floor Information Desk and top up with cash at the Ground Floor Top-up Kiosk. (If you still have an ‘Off the Glass’ card from our previous system, please exchange it for a new one, free of charge, at the Ground Floor Information Desk. To transfer an existing balance to your new copy card please email campuscard@reading.ac.uk quoting both card numbers.)

When can I use them?

Throughout Library opening hours, but please be prepared to complete copying/printing 15 minutes before closing time.

What are the costs?

Prices initially remain as before but revised prices will be advertised shortly.


All faults with any device should be reported directly to IT quoting the Konika number on the front. Phone 0118 378 6262, use the Self Service Help Desk at www.reading.ac.uk/it or email it@reading.ac.uk

Rebecca Ashley, Library User Services and Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator

1,2,3 lifts on!

sign above lift saying '1'We are pleased to say we now have all three Library lifts working again.

Thank you to University Estates & Facilities who worked to have them all back in operation within a few weeks. A half-ton piece of equipment had to be removed from the top of each of two non-operational lift shafts, be repaired, and then reinstalled. The building construction meant it was a difficult and costly task, but something we were committed to do.

Looking to the future, it is anticipated that work commissioned now will act as enabling works for eventual lift replacement.

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator
for Robin Hunter, Facilities Manager

Online ‘Reading Lists at Reading’

Reading list screen shotTo further improve students’ learning experience, the University has invested in an online reading list and digital content management system from Talis Aspire. It will be phased in over this academic year. You will link via Blackboard to lists owned by your tutor which give real-time availability of University Library print material and direct links to scanned reading and online resources.

When do I start?

You should hear through your department when you are moving over to this new reading list format. The first phase brings in reading lists from:

  • a number of selected departments;
  • tutors who arrange legally scanned reading for their students, which will be linked to your online reading list.

Over the coming academic year this will extend to even more departments, with further lists made available by September 2016. Though you may find some of your tutors have chosen to create online lists for you before then.

Where can I find out more?

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator

New student? Learn how to use the Library – info tip

Student reading an e-book on the 2nd FloorWelcome!

The University Library and its staff are here to support your studies, providing you with access to information – online, multimedia or printed – and the skills to make the most of it.

Read our Making the most of your Library guide or watch our Welcome video for a general introduction to the Library and our services.

Learning how to use the Library

A large academic library can be confusing and hard to find your way around.

Get a head start in Welcome Week by…

  • Coming to a one-hour Finding your way workshop at the Library to find out how to search the catalogue and find items on the shelves. These workshops also run during Week 1 of Term.
  • Visiting the Library stand in the Dome on Tuesday 22 September (module selection day).
  • Coming to the ‘Explore your Library’ day on Wednesday 23 September. Held in the Library, this is a chance for you to talk to Library staff, start to find your way around, compete for prizes and pick-up a freebie from one of our suppliers.

Develop your skills throughout your course by…

  • Trying one of our LibLearn Tutorials to find out how to use the Library and search the catalogue. Available 24/7 on Blackboard, the University’s online learning system.
  • Watching our videos – these cover a variety of topics ranging from placing holds on books, to doing your literature search.

Subject liaison librariansGet individual help

Contact your subject Liaison Librarian for individual help with any subject related enquiries.

For more information…

For extra guidance see Information for new Library users on our website.



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

This tip was written by Learning Support Co-ordinator Sally Smith and Library Web Manager Jackie Skinner.

UoR Library and Collections Services join RLUK!

Research definition


Reading’s University Library and Collections Services (ULCS) has become a member of Research Libraries UK (RLUK), which represents the leading and most significant research libraries in the UK and Ireland and is an influential community that shapes the research library agenda. Our support for research is counted among the very best the United Kingdom has to offer.

The centre stage of research

RLUK has always aimed to optimise the contribution that research libraries and their collections make to the United Kingdom’s economic, technological and cultural success. It all began in 1983, with seven university libraries taking up the cause, and although membership has increased over the years, it has always been reserved for the institutions making the most significant contribution to supporting research. Fast-forward to 2015 and it is Reading’s University Library and Collections Services’ turn to join this elite group as one of the top research libraries in the country.

Julia Munro, Head of Reading’s University Library and Collections Services, says:

“I am both delighted and proud that Reading’s University Library and Collections Services (ULCS) is now a member of RLUK (Research Libraries UK). As such, ULCS joins an important and influential community that shapes the research library agenda into the future. We will contribute to, and benefit from, RLUK-led initiatives and innovations for outstanding research support services and collections in a digital age.”

Our research resources

Want to get a taster for the types of research we do? Visit the Museum of English Rural Life, Cole and URE Museums and other designated Special Collections such as the Archive of British Publishing and Printing and our famed Samuel Beckett collection.

ULCS also hosts two longstanding and successful research projects: the Location Register of English Literary Manuscripts and Letters and the WATCH project (Writers and their Copyright Holders).

ULCS takes a lead role in supporting research across the University, driving forward Open Access initiatives. The University’s institutional repository, CentAUR, managed in ULCS, currently holds nearly 3,000 peer-reviewed full texts available on Open Access.

Joe Veale, Library User Services