New and replacement Campus & Library Cards unavailable

Library staff will not be able to print Campus or Library Cards from 15:00 on Wednesday 18 September until Monday 23 September inclusive.  

This is to facilitate the arrival and enrolment of our new students.

Normal service will resume at 09:00 on Tuesday 24 September.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience.

Rebecca Ashley, Library User Services

Get ready for summer vacation borrowing

Term will end on Friday 14 June and standard loans will be extended for all taught students from Thursday 6 June.

Any standard loans borrowed by undergraduates or taught postgraduates will have their due date extended until 1 October or until the end of your course, whichever is earlier and will not be recalled.

For all other Library members standard loans will continue as normal, meaning they can be recalled.

7-day and Overnight loans operate as normal throughout the vacation for all users.  Please continue to check your Library account as fines will accrue on any overdue 7-day and Overnight loan items.

Remember:

  • Standard loans – yours all summer if you are an undergraduate or Masters student!
  • 7-day loans – loan periods remain the same for all users.
  • Keep checking your emails and Library account for any recall notices.
  • Course Collection loans – remain the same, due back at 11:00am the next day.
  • Fines – pay online via the Campus Card Portal, in person at the Information Desk, or over the phone.

More Information

Please visit our website for more information.

Matthew Pearson, Library User Services

Book moves continue: 27 August

On Tuesday 30 July, books began moving to the newly reopened 2nd Floor.

This week

This week, Call Numbers in the normal size 100s and 200s will be moving from the 3rd to the 2nd Floor. Oversize books in the 000s, 100s, 200s and 300s will also be moving from the 3rd Floor to the 2nd Floor and basement. So if you’re looking for books about computer science, philosophy, psychology, religion, social science or law, they may have moved.

Journals in the 400s, 500s, 600s and 700s will be moving from the 4th Floor to the 3rd Floor. So if you’re looking for journals about languages, linguistics, science, technology, business, typography or arts, they may have moved.

Look out for signs on the shelves to point you in the right direction and please ask our friendly Library staff for help at the Welcome Desk on the Ground Floor if you get stuck. The Library catalogue will be updated to reflect the new locations, usually within a day.

More information

You can read more about the book moves here. We’ll also provide weekly updates on what is moving via this blog, Twitter (@UniRdg_Library) and Facebook (@universityofreadinglibrary).

Katie Winter, Academic Liaison Support Librarian

Delays to collection of closed access materials

Screenshot of the link to request closed access items on the catalogueYou may find that any Closed Access requests you make this week could be slightly delayed. Due to ongoing refurbishment works we are unable to access certain areas of our basement meaning that the collection of items from this area could take longer than usual.

We recommend that you wait for the confirmation email to tell you the request is ready for collection before visiting the Library to collect your requests.

Normal service should resume after this week, so please keep on placing your Closed Access requests as usual!

More information

For more information about placing requests see our website.

Polishing up your Masters dissertation

Students studying in the LibraryAs you get into the last few weeks of work on your Masters dissertation or major project, it should all be coming together. This post aims to give you the tools to get everything done in time – and make your dissertation a shining success!

Editing, proof-reading and referencing

At this stage, you should be starting to think about editing and proof-reading. It’s best not to leave this till the last minute as it’s rarely just a matter of checking your spelling. There may be missing citation details to find, arguments that would be better placed elsewhere, repetition to remove, and word count to reduce. All these things take more time than you think.

Study Advice have a guide on writing at Masters’ level which will help you to see what you need to aim at when editing your writing. There is also a guide on academic writing including tips for more effective proof-reading. If you have five minutes, you could watch one of their video tutorials on dissertations.

It can make a real difference to your mark to make sure your citations are all correct, complete and consistent. This can be a slow process so allow plenty of time. There is information about different referencing styles and how to reference more unusual sources in our Citing References guide. You could also look at the Study Advisers’ video tutorials on referencing. If you’re still not sure, ask your Academic Liaison Librarian or a Study Adviser.

Incomplete reference? What to do?

You may find you have a key piece of information, but not all the details you need for your bibliography. If you have some information, it still may be possible to find the complete reference.

For a journal article, try Summon or one of the Library’s databases; for a book, try checking your reading list, searching the Library catalogue, or a database specialising in books such as Worldcat or Library Hub Discover. You can also look back through your Library account to see the titles of books you’ve borrowed over the last 6 months.

If you want to use a direct quote from your reading but don’t know where it came from, try typing it into Google, framed with quotation marks e.g. “the City’s collusion with slavery”. Google will then search for the exact quotation. You may find it’s better to use a short phrase rather than a longer quote; try to find a grouping of words that stands out. What you must never do is invent details, or include things in your dissertation if you cannot be sure about the source. This may lead to accusations of academic misconduct.

For more help watch this brief video tutorial on how to find bibliographic details.

Get the edge with up-to-date information

The best dissertations include the most up-to-date research so, if you have time, you can check for recent publications that you may have missed in your literature review. Many databases allow you to re-run your search for an author or on a topic to find only the most recent items.

For example, Web of Science allows you to save your searches to re-run against the latest updates to its databases. You can also set up feeds and citation alerts so that you are notified when someone cites your key articles. Watch the saving your search and setting email alerts video for detailed instructions on how to do this.

This service isn’t only available in the sciences, however – you can set up alerts in services such as BrowZine to find the latest articles across all disciplines and subjects. Most databases will have this function available, but each one will work slightly differently. If you want to set up alerts for a particular database but aren’t sure how, get in touch with your Academic Liaison Librarian.

For more, see our further tips on keeping up to date.

Student studying in the LibraryStaying motivated

It can be difficult to motivate yourself to get to the finishing line, and it’s easy to underestimate how long the finishing touches may take. Breaking your remaining tasks down and setting deadlines to get each ticked off can help. You might turn these into a Gantt chart and pin it up on your wall, so you can see your targets at a glance. Study Advice have some further suggestions on staying motivated.

Layout and binding

Find out ahead of time what is expected in terms of layout and binding and you are likely to save yourself from last-minute panic. The Study Advice website has some general principles on finishing up. More specific information should be in your course or module handbook. It may also be possible to look at past dissertations in your department to see how they have laid out their work: ask your tutor.

You do not need to hard bind your work, but if you choose to do so, do be aware that you will have to leave considerably more time. The Library have teamed up with experienced university binders Hollingsworth & Moss to offer a hard and soft bound printing and binding service.

Acceptable binding styles include thermal binding with a hard or soft cover, spiral and comb binding. These can be done at many print shops with a little notice, including Mail Boxes Etc in the RUSU building on Whiteknights campus.

If you have any last-minute queries, you can always come and ask your Academic Liaison Librarian or a Study Adviser.

No access to 1st Floor 10-19 August

The 1st Floor of the Library will be closed during the week of 10 to 19 August so that the space can be used for Clearing.

With Clearing itself taking place on 15 and 16 August 2019 in the 1st Floor of the Library, it will be closed from 10 to 19 August to allow for setup and strike down of the equipment necessary for Clearing.

Study space will still be available on the ground, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Floors throughout this time, including a few PC spaces on the 4th Floor. There are also a variety of alternative study spaces across campus, including 24-hour PC labs in Agriculture GL20, Meteorology GL68 and Palmer G.09.

Katie Winter, Academic Liaison Support Librarian

Book moves to 2nd Floor start

From Tuesday 30 July, books will start moving to their final locations on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Floors.

This week

This week, Call Numbers in the 300s will be moving from the 4th to the 2nd Floor. So if you’re looking for books about social science or law, they may have moved. Look out for signs on the shelves to point you in the right direction and please ask our friendly Library staff for help at the Welcome Desk on the Ground Floor if you get stuck. The Library catalogue will be updated to reflect the new locations, usually within a day.

More information

You can read more about the book moves here. We’ll also provide weekly updates on what is moving via this blog, Twitter (@UniRdg_Library) and Facebook (@universityofreadinglibrary).

Katie Winter, Academic Liaison Support Librarian

Book moves to the 2nd Floor

What’s changing?

With the Library refurbishment drawing towards its later stages, the 2nd Floor is nearly ready to be reopened. The next phase involves moving stock to their final locations on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Floors.

When will it start?

We anticipate that the book moves will start in the week beginning 29 July, though this is subject to approval from Building Maintenance. We’ll keep you updated on this blog and on Twitter (@UniRdg_Library) and Facebook (@universityofreadinglibrary).

Can I still access my books?

Yes! In keeping with our strategy to maximise access to stock throughout the Refurbishment Project, all books will remain accessible as far as possible throughout the move. Each shelf will be unavailable for around thirty minutes whilst the stock is being moved. The Library catalogue will also be updated to reflect the new locations, usually within a day.

Where will I find my books after the move?

Normal size books, large books and journals of the same Call Number will all be found on the same floor.

2nd Floor

000s – computer science

100s – philosophy, psychology

200s – religion

300s – social sciences, law

3rd Floor

400s – languages, linguistics

500s – science

600s – technology, business, typography

700s – arts

Teaching Practice

4th Floor

800s – literature

900s – history, geography, archaeology

Where can I get help?

Library staff will still be available at the Welcome Desk on the Ground Floor – please contact them if you can’t find what you’re looking for.

More information

Keep up to date with the latest study space and Library refurbishment news on our Library refurbishment webpage.

Katie Winter, Academic Liaison Support Librarian

Closed Access request delays

You may find that any Closed Access requests you make over the next two weeks may be slightly delayed in their collection as work continues on the Library refurbishment project.

Library staff will be unable to access certain areas during the week meaning that the collection of user Closed Access requests could take longer than usual to be ready for collection for users.

We recommend that you wait for the confirmation email to tell you the request is ready for collection before visiting the Library to collect your requests.

Normal service should resume after the two weeks so please keep on placing your Closed Access requests as usual!

More information

For more information please visit our website. 

New disability and inclusion research guide

New Library research guide

Disability and inclusion is an area of research which can cover a wide range of academic disciplines. In celebration of this weekend’s Disability Awareness Day, the Library has introduced a new online guide to support research into disability and inclusion-related topics. The guide takes the same format as our subject guides but focuses on the range of materials available from the Library and Special Collections relating to disability and inclusion.

It has been created to help you find some of the key resources the Library can provide in this area, as well as point you towards other useful online resources, libraries and archives.

We’d love to hear your feedback on our new guide, so let us know what you think!

Suggest more diverse library resources

You can also help us to diversify the Library’s collections by putting forward your suggestions for Library materials to help support a more diverse curriculum. All you need to do is suggest a book, DVD, topic or author for purchase in an area you feel is currently underrepresented in our Library collections and we’ll do the rest!

To put forward your requests for consideration just complete our Diversify our collections suggestion form.

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

New titles purchased in 2018-19

Examples of material purchased from this fund include:

You can see all the Diversity fund titles purchased in current and previous academic years on our dedicated Library Diversity fund reading lists.

Kerry Webb, Associate Director (Academic Liaison and Support)

Library refurbishment: return to a single Library building

Chairs in front of a long enquiry counter where on the other sides a librarian sits talking on phone. Two people are talking across the far end of the counter.

Come to the Library building Welcome Desk where Library staff have relocated to assess all your library-related queries!

Library refurbishment has reached the significant point where services and study space return to one single building! Most services are already up and running in the Library building, with our contractors moving study space furniture and PCs back from the Library@URS building over the next days. The Library@URS building is now closed, as of 2 July 2019.

Services in the Library building

Books on shelves to left of table and chairs with packing crates sticked to right.

Overnight loan books moved back to the Library building to form Short Loan (formerly Course Collection) on the Ground Floor. You also collect ‘Holds’ here now.

Services now returned to the Library building include Library User Services’ Ground Floor Welcome Desk; the Short Loan collection of overnight loan material (formerly Course Collection); and the Holds shelf where you can collect requested material. Come to the Library building once more to receive Study Advice and Maths Support, or help from your subject’s Liaison Librarians.

Small beared-person behind counter helps long-haired person sitting on a stool infront of him.

Receive IT help in person at the IT Service Desk on the Library’s 1st Floor!

The IT Service Desk is now restablished on the 1st Floor, where more and more PCs will arrive to create an area for individual and group PC study, with two teaching rooms.

People sit on seats outside large building with glass front and metalic brown cladding.

Try out communal benches for groups or single seats for individual reading outside the Library Café this summer!

You may already know the well-established Library Café, but do try out the smart, new outside seating which includes communal benches for groups, and single seats for individual reading.

Coming to the Library building soon!

Quiet and group study area seating is due to return to the 3rd and 4th Floors over the next weeks. (We anticipate refurbishment of the 2nd Floor to be completed in time to reopen in August.)

View of construction site from above,. One shelter is roofed, another has beams raised above a concrete pad.

New cycle shelters are under construction, in line with the University’s environmental policies.

Work continues in several areas, including on new cycle shelters – which can be viewed from the new lift stairs – so note that there may still sometimes be noise and disruption in the Library building. Although the Library@URS is closing, a variety of alternative study space options remain across campus.

Further information

Library refurbishment forms part of the University’s ambitious 2026: Transform capital investment programme, which focuses on improving campus facilities and supporting the student experience by the University’s 100th anniversary of its charter.

To keep up to date with the latest Library refurbishment news, please visit the Library refurbishment webpage and look out for posts on this Library blog.

Rachel Redrup for University Communications

System upgrade 2 July – some services disrupted

Open laptop with notepadNext week we are upgrading our Library Management System. During the upgrade on Tuesday 2 July, between 19:00 and midnight, (after the Library buildings are closed) some services will be unavailable.

You will still be able to …

  • search the Library catalogue, Enterprise.
  • access all our E-resources – so any e-books or e-journals you find on the catalogue will still be available via the ‘Click here to access’ links.

But you won’t be able to …

The upgrade is planned to be finished by Wednesday 3 July, but the system will be ‘at risk’ for the rest of the week whilst our Systems Team make sure everything is working correctly.

Sam Tyler, Systems Manager

Getting help out of staffed Library hours!

Blue and grey web icon used for Virtual Enquiry Service online chat

Did you know that if you have a library-related problem when University of Reading Library staffed services aren’t available you can chat online via the blue ‘Virtual Enquiry Service’ box on the Library webpage?

The Virtual Enquiry Service is available outside of normal staffed hours (See our opening hours webpage for more information).

The service is staffed by professional librarians from around the world working remotely to answer your queries from our website and other information we’ve supplied. So please don’t be alarmed if you find yourself chatting with a Librarian from the United States!

You can keep an email transcript of the chat. If they can’t resolve a particular issue they’ll refer you back to us during our staffed hours.

During staffed Library service hours, please do continue to contact UoR Library staff to help with your enquiries!

Matthew Pearson, Library User Services.