Find items on your reading lists fast – info tip

Woman using laptopMany lecturers issue students with a reading list containing references to books, journal articles and other useful materials to help with assignments. There’s lots of help available to ensure you find what is on your reading list and so successfully complete your work.

Some reading lists can be very long. Check the Study Advice guide on managing academic reading for help on reading in a focused and selective way.

Online reading lists

To improve your learning experience, the University has invested in an online reading lists system. This session many more academic staff are taking up the use of the Reading Lists system which allows tutors to create annotated reading lists, accessible online via Blackboard or the internet. These lists give you real-time availability of University Library print material and links to online resources such as e-books, e-journal articles, external webpages and embedded multimedia. You will also be able to access scanned extracts of key readings directly from your reading list.

For a quick guide on how to get the most out of your online reading list, watch our video.

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How to find the items on your reading list (paper or online): start with the catalogue!

Start with our advice on understanding your reading list. This guide explains how to identify the different kinds of references and successfully search for them on Enterprise, the Library’s catalogue.


  • If you cannot find a book you might have mistyped your search – check the spelling of your search terms.
  • There might be a mistake, or typing error on the reading list – try searching for a few key words from the title.
  • If you have an online reading list, click on the title of the item to find real-time information about availability and where in the Library the item is located.

If you need further help searching Enterprise for a reading list item, ask at a Library information desk, or get in touch with you Liaison Librarian.


Getting hold of the books you need

When books are in high demand there are several ways you can ensure you get hold of the books you need by:

  • Placing a hold on a book
  • Booking an item in Course Collection
  • Accessing e-books

Placing a hold on a book

If a book you want is out on loan to someone else you can place a hold on (reserve) the book using Enterprise. To find out more about how to place holds watch our video below.

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You can see your place in the queue, if there is one, and can cancel your hold by logging into your account on Enterprise.

You will receive an email when your hold is available. You can then collect your hold from the Holds area within the Course Collection on the ground floor of the Library. There are detailed instructions on the Library website.

Booking an item in Course Collection

If a book you need is in the Course Collection, you can book it to ensure that you can use it at a time convenient to you.

You can book up to two Course Collection items for the 10:00, 16:00, and weekend slots (16:00 on Friday). You can book up to seven days ahead. When your booking time arrives just collect the book from the shelves and issue it on the Self-Service Point. Make sure you keep a note of the Call Number so that you can find the item on the shelves. You will have one hour to collect the item from the start time of your booking – no one else can borrow the item during that time.

More detailed instructions on how to book a Course Collection item are available on the Library website.

You don’t always have to borrow a print copy: accessing e-books

e-book search filterThe Library provides access to many e-books and these can be found through Enterprise, in the same way as print books. You can filter your search results to only show e-books by selecting the ‘Online’ access and ‘Book’ format options from the menu on the left hand side of the screen.

To read the e-book click on “Click here for online access to this book” and then just log in with your University username and password.


What if something on my list isn’t in the Library?

The Library contacts all departments to request reading lists before the start of each course. When lists are sent to us, we try to ensure we have all the items on the lists. A lecturer may recommend you buy your own copy of a book, or it may be readily available to you elsewhere, such as in a departmental resource centre.

Please tell your Liaison Librarian if an item on your list is not held in the Library and your list does not indicate it is available elsewhere.

If the item you need is in the Library, but there is high demand for it and you feel there are not enough copies, contact your Liaison Librarian, who can arrange for copies to be placed in the Course Collection. Your Liaison Librarian may also purchase extra copies, if appropriate, or an e-book version, if available.

Alternatively, consider going beyond your reading list by searching Enterprise for a particular topic or looking on the shelves for books with similar call numbers.

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

This tip was written by Kerry Webb, Course Support Co-ordinator.


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

Search results on SummonThe 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.

‘Careers on tour’ Library Tuesday: Millennium Capital Partners LLP

UoR Careersstudentsongroundfloor is on tour across campus this term. Most Tuesdays, 12:00-14:00, they will be bringing potential employers to meet you in the University Library Ground Floor foyer.

Tuesday 11 October is the turn of Millennium Capital Partners LLP. Rob Newton, The European CIO, will be here to discuss potential careers in the hedge fund industry, explain the business and talk about the summer 2017 internship program and the roles Millennium are recruiting for.

UoR students can find further information at the Careers Centre’s My jobs online website.

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

Presenting BoB – our new resource for TV & radio

Our newest e-resource is Box of Broadcasts (BoB) – BoB is a resource that allows you to record and view TV and radio programmes from over 65 free-to-air channels.


Also available is an archive of over 2 million programmes from the 1990s to the present day – ready to watch. Includes content from; BBC TV and radio, ITV, Channel 4, Film4, some foreign language channels, the BBC Shakespeare Archive and lots more! Check the full list of available channels.

Use BoB’s integrated tools to;

  • Create clips & playlists and share
  • Link to BoB content in BlackBoard or play in lectures
  • Find programmes and create clips on your topic by searching across programme transcripts and subtitles

Programmes available in BoB are made available to members of the University under the ERA licence and are for educational and non-commercial purposes only. BoB is only available to users in the UK for copyright reasons.

For more information on how you may use the content available, please check the access page or have a look at Box of Broadcast’s FAQs

If you plan to use BoB to enhance your teaching we’d love to hear about it! Contact Natalie Guest with your ideas.

Natalie Guest, Document Delivery Co-ordinator

Alternative study spaces during Library refurbishment

Image of refurbished University Library surrounded by seating, trees and hedges.Our Library has begun its £40 million transformation into a state-of-the-art centre for learning and development. Key improvements will be the creation of extra space for individual and group study, enhanced borrowing and lending services, better access and building security, and a significant reduction in energy usage and carbon emissions.

We’re taking measures to minimise disruption wherever possible – the Library will stay open for the entire refurbishment project, and all books will remain available inside the building.

Image of red rubber hammer over text

A banner on hoarding around where new lifts are being created

A project of this scale means that noisy works will be unavoidable at times. The loudest phases of work will cease by 10:00am, but there may be times where sound may carry across various parts of the building. Library staff will be able to advise on noisy works on a day-to-day basis

As a precaution, the University has identified alternative areas across our Whiteknights and London Road campuses that should be available during the autumn term for quiet study (subject to teaching timetabling and departmental use).

Do I really need to leave the Library? 

Students studying at tables in front of white hoarding walls with images on

Try alternatives if you can hear noise on the other side of hoarding walls

If you encounter noise inside the Library, there are several things you could try first before choosing to relocate. The University and RUSU advise the following:

  1. Move desks or floors: Many areas within the Library will remain quiet even when work is being carried out. You may find that moving to an area in the opposite direction of noise or to a different floor will be much quieter and easier to work in. Ask our Library staff for recommendations on where to go.
  2. Close any nearby windows: Work taking place on another floor may sound much closer if windows are left open – something as simple as closing a window can make a huge difference to how far sound travels.
  3. Take a break: Use noisy outbursts as an opportunity to take a break – you may find that noisy work has stopped by the time you return to your studies. Being hungry or thirsty can also affect your concentration, making you more susceptible to distractions – grab a snack and take a few minutes out!
  4. Adjust your study routine: Altering the time you use the Library to study may make a difference too. Instead of visiting during the afternoon for instance, why not alter your routine so that you use the Library in the evening instead?

Try experimenting with different tactics first before choosing to study in an alternative location – relatively small changes can make a real difference to your study experience.

List of alternative spaces

A list of alternative space has been prepared to highlight rooms available for quiet study.  Please check details given alongside each room in case any conditions apply. Locations featured on the list can be checked against our Whiteknights and London Road campus maps.

You may also find our live list of available PCS helpful in choosing where to study.

Introducing Study@TOB2

Brought to you in conjunction with RUSU, The Study@TOB2 is a brand new area created within the converted music practice rooms in TOB 2, Earley Gate.

The Study@TOB2 provides an additional 64 spaces for individual and group study. The study area includes a printer, full Wi-Fi and plenty of plugs for laptops. The study area is very convenient for students based at Bridges and Wessex Halls, as well as those studying in TOBs 1 and 2, Harry Pitt, Agriculture, Psychology and Meteorology. Access is open to all registered students holding a campus card.

Please see RUSU’s guide to The Study@TOB2 for further details.

Don’t forget that in addition to The Study@TOB2 RUSU also provide extra space at The Study, which is situated behind the Students’ Union building near Car Park 4.

Free Room Finder

Need to find a room quickly? UoR has created Free Room Finder, a handy website that provides details of rooms suitable for quiet study available for immediate use by students for ad-hoc study activities. Simply choose the area of campus you wish to search in and let the finder do the rest.

Treatment of spaces

We are sure you already do this, but if you choose to use another part of the University for your studies, please be sure to treat each space with respect.

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. So, for example, a Classics student will have priority over a Biological Sciences student wanting to use a Classics space within the HumSS building on a particularly busy day.

As the autumn term is underway, don’t forget that some of these areas may be used for teaching or other departmental needs at certain times.

Please read our Classroom Rules before using any of the rooms suggested.

If you encounter problems when using any of the alternative study spaces you may report these to the Library at who will refer the issue on to the School/Department or other manager of the space.

Further information on our Library refurbishment project

… can be found at

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator for
UoR Communications

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.

Library refurbishment work: October

A picture of the second floor of the Library with white hoardings behind the Information Desk. The edges of a group study table and a group study pod are visible.

Work currently focuses on preparing to demolish the old, glass-fronted staircase, now enclosed by hoarding walls.

During October 2016, Library refurbishment work focus on preparing to demolish the old glass-fronted staircase, now enclosed by hoarding walls on all floors. However, all Library services are operating as usual.

Outside the Library, activity focuses within the closed-off contractor area, fitting out new office space. If you’re travelling around this area please be mindful of your surroundings.

As usual, the noisiest work will cease by 10:00am. Please ask Library staff where to find study areas furthest away from current works.

For more details on immediate construction works please see the floor-by-floor work plan and our contractor’s newsletter. See our dedicated Library refurbishment and 2026: TRANSFORM webpages for further details of overall University strategy.

Rachel Redrup, Library Marketing Co-ordinator
for UoR Communications

Authentication system fixed

The authentication system, including Talis, are back up and running as usual.  Library users should have no problem accessing e-resources from off-campus.

Thank you for your patience with this, and apologies for any inconvenience caused last night and this morning.

‘Careers On Tour’ Library Tuesdays: Frontline

UoR Careersstudentsongroundfloor is on tour across campus this term. Most Tuesdays, 12:00-14:00, they will be bringing potential employers to meet you in the University Library Ground Floor foyer.

Tuesday 4 October kicks off  by showcasing Frontline. Their message to job seekers is this:

“Are you looking for a graduate career with a difference? Do you want to make a positive impact on society and transform the lives of vulnerable children and families? Do you want to develop your leadership skills? Then Frontline is for you.

“Frontline’s mission is to transform the lives of vulnerable children by recruiting and developing outstanding individuals to be leaders in social work and broader society.

“Our unique two-year on-the-job leadership programme will offer high-achieving graduates and career changers the opportunity to join one of Britain’s most challenging, and most rewarding, professions.

“Participants will work as Frontline children and families social workers in Local Authorities undertaking child protection work which will change lives.”

UoR students can find further information at the Careers Centre’s My jobs online website.

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


‘Finding your way’ workshops continue this week

Library workshopNot sure how to use the Library? Don’t panic! There are still places available on our one-hour ‘Finding your way’ workshops. They will continue to run during Week 1 of Term (26 September – 30 September).

Workshops cover:

  • searching the Enterprise Library catalogue to find books on your reading lists
  • interpreting your catalogue search results, so you know where to find the item you need
  • going to the shelves to find a book
  • borrowing and returning books
  • plus other tips on making the most of your Library

Take the opportunity to find your way to the books you need before your reading starts to pile up!

Book your place via the ‘Library course bookings’ link, located in the ‘Actions’ tab on the RISISweb Portal.

Sally Smith, Learning Support Co-ordinator