OwlWe are trialling a new database of images, ARTStor, for use in lectures, handouts and student work. Have a look and see what you think!

ARTStor contains over 1.8 million digital images covering the arts, architecture, humanities and sciences with collections comprising material from international museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists’ estates.

Once connected click on ‘enter here’ and you can then carry out a search.  You may register your own account using your university email address, and that will allow you to download images to try using them in presentations and documents.

This trial is available from campus PCs until 30 November 2014.

Let us know what you think!

Please let us know your opinion of this resource, to help us decide whether to take a subscription. Email the Art Librarians with your comments karenandruth@reading.ac.uk.

Scenes Of Outback Queensland, AustraliaWant to make sure you get the best possible marks by working smarter not harder? Enhancement week is the perfect time to review and develop the skills you need to succeed and work effectively in your studies. The Library and Study Advice have guides and training sessions that will help you achieve just this. And why not take one of our challenges and learn a new skill that will enhance your studying and help you to find excellent resources?

What do you need to develop?

Everyone starts from a different place and progresses through their studies at a different pace, so you will need to consider what your own needs are and how they are best met, but the suggestions below should have something for you.

Ten challenges to try something new

– Pick up a free year planner from Study Advice and get control over your deadlines.

– Learn how to access and use an e-book.

– Sign up to Evernote or Remember the Milk to keep yourself organised.

– Use Summon to find online journal articles and more on your topic – or try the advanced search function if you’ve already used it.

– Try a new learning technique – video or record yourself talking for three minutes on a topic from your course.

– Set up an EndNote Web account to store your references.

– Start a reading diary to record your reflections on what you’ve read (use a paper notebook or set up a private blog).

DSC_2918- Find a map that will help with your subject – they’re not just for Geographers!

– Watch a video tutorial on an aspect of study that you need to develop.

– Use Enterprise to find and borrow a film on DVD – we’ve lots to choose from.

What else could you do?

You might consider attending some training sessions:

Or have a look at our online guides:

  • The Library have guides on most asstudy guides screencap 2pects of finding and using resources, including understanding your reading list, using ebooks, journals and databases, evaluating websites and citing references.
  • Library videos take you through essential skills including finding books and articles, placing holds, using our new Summon search and ordering inter-library loans.
  • Study Advice have a comprehensive set of Study Guides on academic skills, including essay, report and dissertation writing, time management, preparing for exams, reading and note-taking and presentations.
  • They also offer brief video tutorials on aspects of essay writing, exams, referencing and dissertations.

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

This tip was written by Helen Hathaway, Head of Academic Liaison and Support, Kim Shahabudin, Study Adviser and Sally Smith, Liaison Librarian.

CafeLibro logo reversed on window, red tree behindFrom Monday 20 October, CaféLibro’s opening hours will be:

Monday-Friday    08:00 – 21:00
Saturday-Sunday 11:00 – 17:00

This timetable will remain in place over autumn 2014 and spring 2015.

Library opening hours in general are on the Library website.

Alternative catering options

Self-service machines for hot and cold drinks and snacks are always available at CaféLibro, and you can eat your own food here, even if the staffed cafe is closed.

Alternatively, check out University Catering‘s other campus outlets.

Rachel Redrup, Library Marketing Co-ordinator

University of Reading Library at nightPlease carry your Campus Card in the Library to prove you are a University member and entitled to access. This is especially important overnight during term-time 24-hour opening.

During the day, do use both the Library’s central revolving and side doors. However, from 19:00 to 08:00 please enter by the right-hand Library door - the revolving door is locked.

  • University members can gain automatic entry by placing their Campus Card on the ‘proximity reader’ beside the right-hand door.
  • Visitors and University members without their Campus/Library Cards will be asked to show ID and sign our Visitors’ Book.

The Library reserves the right to refuse access to anyone, including University members, who cannot identify themselves adequately.

Campus Card faulty?

Did your Campus Card fail to open the Library’s front door with the card reader overnight 19:00-08:00? Please ask Campus Card Services to fix the fault via their Campus Card non-residential door access report form or email cardfinance@reading.ac.uk.

Summer exam-time exclusive access

Please note that during the April-June examination period, we operate a ‘no card, no access’ policy 17:00-08:00 in order to preserve our fantastic University Library facilities for University members only.

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator

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 the collections held at the Museum of English Rural Life and the Special Collections Service (archives and rare books) – a one-stop-shop to find out about many of the collections held by the University.

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 searchThis year we have launched the Summon discovery service to enable 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.

One man and four women posing infront of a 'borrow, return, renew' notice in the Library

During Welcome Week the Library challenged new students to borrow a book, CD, DVD etc …. with the added incentive of winning a prize draw. We had two £25 book tokens and one £50 token to give three lucky winners a contribution to their next course text purchase … or leisure reading of course!

The lucky winners came into the Library to receive their prizes from Head of Academic Liaison, Helen Hathaway (centre) and Sam Tyler (left) of our Systems Team. The winners are: undergraduate Faiza Mohamed (second left), postgraduate Rebecca Rooney (second from right) and undergraduate Anna McNicol (right). Congratulations to them all!

Help for new students

If you would like to know more about using the University Library, see our previous posting for new students for further help on getting started.

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator

cardstaffStudents and staff can now pay their fines online, whatever the amount!

Use your Campus Card account

To pay your fines online you need to use your Campus Card account, the same one you use when topping up funds to use your Campus Card as a payment card. The money on your online account can also be used to pay for printing and photocopying.

Other methods of payment

You can still pay fines using the designated Self-Service Machines or at the Ground Floor Information Desk. If your fines are over £5 you can pay by credit/debit card, either in person or by telephone.

Anna Richards, Library User Services

Fire exit sign in libraryThere will be a series of Library fire evacuation drills during the month of October. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience as we fulfil our legal obligation to ensure your safety this way. Please take the opportunity to become familiar with the evacuation procedure. You will not know whether it is a genuine emergency or a practice until afterwards.

This is in addition to the regular Monday 08:00 test of the firm alarm.

What to do when the evacuation alarm sounds

When the fire alarm (a voice interspersed with a siren and red flashing strobe lights) sounds:

  • collect your belongings.
  • leave by the nearest fire exit. Take safe stairs at the edges of the building. Avoid lifts (think ‘oven’) and central stairs (think ‘chimney’).
  • go to the Library’s Assembly Point under the URS building overhang.
  • await further instruction.

Read more, including information for disabled users, in our Making the most of your Library guide, p20.

Rachel Redrup. Marketing Co-ordinator

Grey desks with purple dividers and lamps beside windows and book shelvesHave you seen the results of this summer’s Library refurbishment project yet? We’ve made some amazing changes to our now colourful Library.

  • 5th Floor (Silent Study): new soft pods for personal study added to the central area, in addition to refurbishment completed last year
  • 4th Floor (Social Sciences): has been repainted in duck-egg blue. New blue individual study pods are built around the printed material, plus a new adjustable table for users with disabilites. Find new group study tables and small four- and six-person glass pods in the front section.
  • 3rd Floor (Arts and humanities): has been refurbished in purple and blue including painting, carpeting, new study pods and desks, with new adjustable tables.
  • 2nd Floor (Sciences): is now fully painted in dusky green. You probably already know the areas created last year for collaborative (group) study toward the front and quiet study around the printed material areas.
  • Staircases: Our main central staircases have been repainted with accent walls matching the floor colours to help you find your way. Our lift lobby stairs have been refloored and lobbies refurbished.
  • Toilets: We are delighted to announce our Ground Floor toilets have reopened as fantastically refurbished, single-sex facilities, more popular than the previous unisex arrangement. Our single-sex 5th Floor toilets were refurbished last year.

What do you think?

At Open Day, one potential student said “This is the coolest library ever!” Two brothers said they had been to five or six universities and felt the library at Reading was by far the best, and really made you feel ready to study. Someone else said, “Your toilets are lovely! I’m always going to use them when I’m on campus.”

Further information

Concrete mixer and wheelbarrow in middle of empty library reading roomFor day-to-day information, select the ‘Refurbishment‘ category on University Library news or follow the Library on Twitter or the Library on Facebook. An overview of the 2014 refurbishment project is on a previous blog post.

We apologise for any inconvenience but thank you for your co-operation.

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator

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 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 23 September (module selection day).
  • Coming to the Library Fair on Wednesday 24 September. Held in the Library, this is a chance for you to talk to Library staff, start to find your way around, 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.


International students at the University of ReadingYou will probably have lots of questions at the moment about your new life at the University of Reading and how you can make the most of your time here. We at the Library are here to help support you in your studies and provide you with access to all the information you need to succeed in your course. For a brief introduction to our facilities and services watch our welcome video.

Studying in the UK may involve different skills to those you used in your home country and we have plenty of suggestions that can help your transition to this new way of learning. You can always get in touch with the Study Advice team or your subject liaison librarian if you have more questions.

Understanding university study in the UK

The University Study Advisers have developed a set of webpages to help those moving up to higher education in the UK to understand what is expected, through exercises and tips. There is also a series of study guides and video tutorials to help you develop the skills you will need for study success, including dedicated advice on assessment by examination in UK Higher Education.

Other useful guides include UKCISA’s study tips and the Prepare for Success website (University of Southampton).

There is also general information for International students at the University, including links to advice on visas, accommodation and budgeting.

Developing effective practices for UK study

There are various books in the Library written for students on developing your study skills. Many can be found on the 4th Floor with classification numbers beginning 378. Why not have a look on the shelves to see what is available? Or search the online Library catalogue, Enterprise for “study skills”. Alternatively, you can download a free ebook, Help Yourself to a Better Degree, written by the University Study Advisers specially for Reading students.

To make the most of the Library, check out the following guides:


Good luck and we hope you enjoy your time at the University of Reading.

Charlie Carpenter, ISLC Liaison Librarian/Support Coordinator (international students), and Rosie Higman, Trainee Liaison Librarian

Our new guide for agricultureThis summer we have been working on producing new and improved online support for all subjects taught at the University.

By moving to a new system, called LibGuides, we are able to provide more focused and flexible support for your studies. We’ve been updating and restructuring the existing content, as well as adding new features, such as:

  • embedding Enterprise and Summon search boxes where you need them
  • adding RSS feeds of news from relevant organisations
  • embedding videos to help you make the most of our resources
  • publicising new books in your subject

Use the orange tabs to switch between information on finding different types of publication and resources, and for links to further help.

Accessing our subject guides

To access the guide for your subject just click on the “Explore our subject guides” button in the Subject resources section of the Library homepage.

Any comments?

We hope that you find the new guides even more useful than the old ones. If you have any suggestions for improvement, or questions about your subject, please contact your subject liaison librarian.

Jackie Skinner, Library Web Manager

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