Ebook Central – new platform from ProQuest

E-bookIf you regularly use the Library’s e-books, you may have noticed that we now have access to a new e-book platform. E-books which were hosted on the EBL and ebrary platforms have moved and are now available on ProQuest’s new Ebook Central platform.

How this will affect you

The interface of the new Ebook Central platform is very similar to the EBL platform so you may not even notice a difference! If you’ve bookmarked an EBL or ebrary e-book, you will automatically be re-directed to the e-book on Ebook Central. Links from the Library website will also take you to Ebook Central.

If you had created a bookshelf on EBL you will find that it has already migrated to Ebook Central.

If you had created a bookshelf on ebrary, you will be prompted to move your bookshelf contents to Ebook Central when you first log in to access an e-book.

Some features of Ebook Central

As with EBL and ebrary, you will be able to download E-book Central e-books for a limited time period using the free Adobe Digital Editions software.

You will now also be able to download e-book chapters as simple PDFs which can be read using the free Adobe Reader software and saved to your device.

Up to 40% of an e-book can be printed or downloaded in chapters, and up to 20% of an e-book can be copied. The exact pages available for you to print/download or copy will be displayed in each e-book.

To find out more about Ebook Central, take a look at ProQuest’s Ebook Central LibGuide.

If you have any questions or problems locating the content you need on Ebook Central, please get in touch with us by submitting a problem report form.

Can we help you keep to your New Year’s resolutions? Info tip

midnightclockAhhh, New Year’s Day, when so many of us wake up and resolve never to do *that* again! But it’s also a chance to look back over the year, and think about what we could be doing differently. If you’re resolving to change your ways this year, the Library and Study Advice can help!

Resolving to spend more time studying?

Maybe you’ve decided you really ought to spend a bit more time working? Make this extra work time a bit more pleasant by finding your perfect place and time to study. The Library has a variety of study spaces to choose from, including quiet and silent areas and spaces for group discussions. If you’re a night owl, we’re open 24 hours a day in term-time – though make sure you get enough sleep too. If you’re going to spend more time in the Library, make the most of what we have to offer by exploring our guidance on finding and using information to find the texts you need when you need them.

Resolving to spend less time studying?

If you feel like you’re spending all your time studying, you may need to think about how you can make sure you’re using your time most efficiently. Study Advice have a guide to managing your time with suggestions and strategies to make more hours in your day. To get organised, you might find our free folding year planners useful. Pick one up from the Study Advice offices in Room 103 on the 1st floor of the Library. There are also guides and video tutorials on two things that often eat up your time: reading and note-taking – see if our strategies can help you conquer these time-eating monsters!

pile of booksWant to get on top of your references?

Making sure your referencing is correct can be confusing, so if you’ve resolved to get on top of this have a look at our comprehensive guide on citing references. It has all the information you need to understand what to do and when to do it. It might also be a good time to set up a reference management program to keep track of all of your references in the future. We offer support, guides and training on EndNote, but do be aware that there are other programs you can use.

Or make sure you prepare for exams in good time?

Resolved to be more prepared for exams this year? Start by looking at the tips in the Study Advice Preparing for Exams guide on planning your revision. Get started now, and you could be the most relaxed person in the exam room! It’s also a good time to sit back and watch our brief video showing you how to place a hold on a Library book. Be the person who knows how to get their hands on the revision reading they need when they need it…

Do you want to boost your marks this year?

If 2017 is the year you’re going to get that 2.1, or that First, or another First (but this time knowing why you got it), you’ll probably find it helpful to book a one-to-one chat with a Study Adviser. We can look at how you’re studying and suggest ways to develop your skills, or go through your feedback with you to see what you might need to focus on. Or you could have a look at the Study Advice guides and video tutorials – 24/7 advice for successful studying! And while you’re getting to know us, check out how to find the Liaison Librarian for your subject; they can help you find the best resources for studying in your subject area.

And finally, if you want to make sure you stay well-informed?

Did you miss our Library photo competition this year? Or wish you’d known about our study advice seminar on writing an excellent essay? A good way to keep up-to-date with what’s happening in the Library and Study Advice is to follow us on social media. You can find Study Advice on Twitter at @UniRdg_Study, and the Library at @UniRdg_Library. The Library is also on Facebook at /universityofreadinglibrary and Instagram at @unirdg_library.

happynewyearSo, no excuses to miss all the good things coming your way in 2017. Happy New Year from all of us to all of you!


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

This tip was written by Kim Shahabudin, Study Adviser and Amy Rippon, Trainee Liaison Librarian.


Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas – Info Tip

Tis the season to be jolly and with over 600 festive-themed items the library has lots of great resources on hand to add a bit of Christmas cheer to your holiday.  So take a break from the text-books and journal articles and see what else the library has to offer!




classics xmas

The Night Before Christmas – C. C. Moore (1985); A Christmas Carol – C. Dickens (1983); The Snowman –R. Briggs(1987)

Christmas Favourites (for kids of all ages!)

Why not enjoy a little bit of festive nostalgia or introduce these Christmas classics to a new generation? If you’d rather try something new, there are many fun and beautifully illustrated options in our Teaching Practice collection too.


These books are designed for Education students to use in schools, but can be borrowed by all to enjoy over the break!




crafts xmas

The Christmas Craft Book – T. Berger(1990) and Christmas Crafts – H. Devonshire, J. Lancaster, L. Wright (1990)

Getting Crafty!

If you enjoy being creative or need a last minute gift, you might get some fun ideas from our Christmas crafts books!  There are some lovely ideas for lanterns, candle holders and of course, that perfect accessory for any student or bookworm, bookmarks!






cds for xmas

CDs: Christmas Music (2003) and Christmas Around Europe (2002)

A (not quite) Silent Night

If your eyes are weary from all of your course reading, maybe some peaceful seasonal music will help your holiday spirit.  The Library has classical Christmas CDs that are perfect for relaxing after a busy day of festive fun.






Bah humbug

top100 If Christmas crackers and carols aren’t for you, you could escape reality with one of the 100 greatest British novels.  BBC Culture recently polled 82 critics from around the world to get a new perspective on the best of British literature.  You’ll find the full list here but for a starter, here are the top three: Middlemarch – George Eliot; To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf; Mrs Dalloway – Virginia Woolf



DVD Delights

xmas dvds

DVDs: Shrek (2001); Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) and Gladiator (2005)

If all else fails, pick out some classic films from our DVD collection to enjoy with some turkey sandwiches and the last of the mince pies!



Any problems?

All the items in this post can be found on the Library Catalogue. Remember to keep renewing your loans whilst you are away, as loan periods now remain the same all year.



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

This tip was written by Louise Cowan, Liaison Librarian for Classics and Philosophy.

No minimum for online Campus Card top-up!

Need to top-up your Campus Card but don’t have cash for the kiosk? We have good news for you!


You can now top-up online using your debit / credit card with any amount, no matter how small – there’s now no minimum amount. So if you’re paying a Library fine online, or need to top-up for some printing, there’s no need to overspend – just top-up with the exact amount you need.

Top-up online anytime with the Campus Card portal.

Find your Library microclimate, roll on refurb

Hot, cold or just right in the Library? Here are some tips for finding your favourite Library environment, how to ask us for local adjustments and most importantly, news of University investment in the system.

Find your microclimate!

Grey desks with purple dividers and lamps beside windows and book shelvesDifferent people prefer different study areas and temperatures.

  • Dislike chills?Avoid sitting right under vents on the 5th Floor which alternately blow warm and cooler air.
  • Like it warm? Try open tables beside warm radiators on our 3rd Floor, north side (illustrated).
  • Like it bright and hot? If the sun is shining, sit on the south Pepper Lane side in the afternoon or the western Whiteknights House side late afternoon/early evening.
  • We recommend wearing layers to the Library so you can adjust to the day’s and each area’s conditions.

Request an adjustment!

  • Windows can be opened on the Library’s 1st to 4th Floors. Reach lower ones yourself or ask for help with high ones, either at a floor Information Desk Monday-Thursday 09:00-17:00 & Friday 10:00-17:00; or the Ground Floor at other times.
  • Heating and air conditioning is controlled remotely by University Estates and Facilities (E&F) according to heat sensor information. If you feel it is not working correctly, please use our new online heating & ventilation form to tell us exactly when and where you had a problem so we can pass it on.

Refurb opportunity

The University acknowledges our 50-year-old Library presents challenges to balancing energy efficiency against contemporary consumer demand. Its vast open spaces, surrounded by aging windows, are still heated with 196os panels plus an ambient air circulation system and radiators in the 1985 extension. A new but separate 5th Floor heat exchange system blows warm air when sensors register 18°C or cool at 24°C.

Forthcoming Library refurbishment will address heating and ventilation systems, window replacement, external cladding and roofing and should improve our environmental credentials by 40%.

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

Library refurbishment noise, early December

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

Try alternatives if you hear work on the other side of hoarding walls.

Please be aware that you may hear drilling throughout the day on the south (sunny/Pepper Lane) side of the Library during early December. This is due to essential survey work to prepare the now hoarded-off staircase for demolition, before we create a new lift shaft here.

Do remember that, as outlined in October’s post and emails sent to all students by University Communications, you can find study space on the opposite side of the Library, The Study at TOB2, The Study or elsewhere across campus using the Free Room Finder and list of alternative space.

Further information on our Library refurbishment project can be found at www.reading.ac.uk/library/refurb. A project of this scale means that noisy works will be unavoidable at times although the loudest phases of work will cease by 10:00am.

Rachel Redrup, Library Marketing Co-ordinator


Loan periods same over vacation – keep renewing!

Pine tree covered in snowWith textbooks in increasingly high demand even after the end of term, we’ve made sure our policy ensures fair access to all. It will be ‘business as usual’ with all loan periods remaining the same in vacation as all term. This means that items will not be issued to cover the whole Christmas vacation.

So just keep renewing your loans unless or until someone else recalls them. If the book needs to come back, we’ll email you … so keep checking your University account! You can even return loans by post if you prefer. If your account is blocked please contact the Library and we will discuss the situation with you.

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

What about Christmas holidays and Uni Closure?

We know the short Christmas break also spans public holidays and the Christmas University Closure (Friday 23 December to Monday 2 January – see our Opening hours page for more information), so we’ve made special allowances. Any journals, 7-day loans or Course Collection items borrowed from Friday 16 December until the Christmas University Closure will be due back on Tuesday 3 January (by 10:00 for Course Collection items). No items will be due back between Friday 23 December and Monday 2 January.

Happy holidays!

Lucy Shott, Library User Services

E-books: access key texts wherever you are! – info tip

A tablet containing an electronic book on a bookshelf with printed books.

Are all the print copies of the book you need to read out on loan? Have you reached the limit on the number of books you can borrow at any one time from the Library but you still need to read more? Is it cold and raining or you just don’t want to leave your room? No problem – the Library may have an e-book! E-books are available to you 24/7 from any device which is connected to the internet so are great when you’re off-campus. If you haven’t used e-books before, or want to make sure you’re getting the best experience, have a look at our LibGuide on e-books.

Finding e-books

You can find e-books using either Enterprise or Summon. Enter your search terms into the search box, then refine your results. On Enterprise you will need to choose the Online and Book filters on the left-hand side; on Summon you can select the Publication Type E-book from the filters on the left-hand side. See the Library’s guide on Summon for tips on how to make your results even more specific to what you need.

Accessing e-books

It’s important to know that our e-books are not all available on the same platform. Take a look at the Library’s page on e-books for a list of the different available platforms and more information on what they will let you do.

Woman using laptopAlthough all our e-books can be accessed from any device with an internet connection, most e-book platforms do not automatically re-format the size of the text to fit your device. For the best viewing experience we would recommend accessing our e-books from a PC or laptop computer.

Most of our e-books use online e-reader software which is integrated into the platform, so you should not need to download any additional software. For some e-books you will need to download the relevant chapters in PDF format to view them. You will need Adobe Acrobat to read these.

Some of our e-books can be downloaded in full, but you may be prompted to install Adobe Digital Editions software to view them on your device. This software is different to Adobe Acrobat.

How can e-books help you to study smarter?

E-books have features which you can use to help you in your studies. For instance, you can search the text electronically to find key words or phrases. You can easily print off specific pages from most e-books, saving you the trouble of photocopying (though remember that rules about Copyright and the amount you can copy still apply). You can also annotate the e-book, writing your own notes which you can print or export. Don’t try doing this on a paper Library book!

If you’re using reference management software like EndNote, you may be able to directly export the details you will need for your citations. Do remember to use details for the e-book version, as page numbers may not be the same as in the print version. For more information on referencing, see our Citing References guide, or the Academic Integrity Toolkit.

ebookWhy can’t I access this e-book?

Some platforms, such as MyiLibrary and EBSCOhost only allow an e-book to be viewed by one or sometimes three people at a time. If you get a message saying the e-book is already in use, take a quick break and try accessing it again after a few minutes.

Any problems?

If you’d like more help on how to find and use e-books effectively, get in touch with your Liaison Librarian. If you’re experiencing technical difficulties accessing e-books, please contact the E-resources Team via the Problem Report Form.


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

This tip was written by Rachael Scott, Content Manager and Kim Shahabudin, Study Adviser.

Get Closed Access/Off-site Store requests in soon!

People at University Library entranc in snowThe Christmas break is drawing nearer! So if you need items from the Off-site Store or Closed Access make sure that you get your requests in on time! You will need to request:

  • Off-site Store items before 08:30 on Thursday 22 December
  • Closed Access items before 10:30 on Thursday 22 December.

Normal service for Closed Access will resume on Tuesday 3 January, the day we reopen after Christmas and our Off-site Store collection service on Thursday 5 January.

For more information and detailed instructions on how to make Closed Access and Store requests, check out the ‘Requesting items from Store and Closed Access‘ information page and our opening hours page.

Lucy Shott, Library User Services

Love #UoRLib competition winners

Julia Munro presents red prize bag to student

Social media competition winner Imane received a goodie bag prize from University Librarian Julia Munro for images of her favourite Library study area

Entries to our  recent Week 6 ‘love #UoRLib’ competition reflected how much you love Library study space, our great views and most especially the opportunity to study peacefully in our beautiful 5th Floor Silent Study reading rooms, as depicted in the three winning entries below.

Winners each received a Library goodie bag including ‘I’m keeping a lid on it in the Library‘ lidded travel mugs, USB sticks and stationery.

Twitter post showing girl in woolly hat in Library 5th Floor reading room

Twitter post showing University of Reading Library 5th Floor Silent Study reading room

Sunlight falls across desk with lamp and wall with inspiratinnal text inlucidng 'Common sense is not so common'. Keep in touch!

For more news about the Library, follow our social media accounts:

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordiator

‘Careers on tour’: 29 Nov: Morrisons

studentsongroundfloorCall in to the University Library Ground Floor foyer on Tuesday 29 November, 12:00-14:00, to chat to the team from Morrisons. They are brought to you by UoR Careers, who are  ‘on tour’ across campus this term and drop in to the Library most Tuesday lunchtimes.


Morrison say, “Find out more about Morrisons nationwide graduate programme with opportunities in finance, logistics, manufacturing, trading, corporate, retail and IT. Members of our graduate programme are here tell you about all our exciting projects, what life is like at Morrisons and answer any questions you may have.”

Further information

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