Spring into a new term

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Find out how the Library can support you in your studies

 

Happy New Year! Are you gearing up for success this term?  Your Library team looks forward to continuing to support you with your studies so bookmark these pages to really get going. 

Whether you need advice or simply want to improve your chances of getting excellent results, our Academic Liaison Librarians and the Study Advisers will be happy to help. Visit our training and workshops webpage for details of the sessions that you can sign up for this term. 

How are you finding our study areas? Study space is available on all floors of the Library, including individual silent study on the 5th Floor. If you’re concerned about noise levels, please use our NOISYCHAT service and help us keep our dedicated silent area silent.   

Want to know more about booking a group study room? Watch our YouTube video (or watch on Yuja) and also see our Instagram tour to discover your favourite space.  

We have over 1,500 study spaces in the Library. This term we’ll be getting much busier so at peak times, you might want to know where else you can find study space. Visit Student essentials to find out about other spaces on campus.  

Last term, we saw a significant increase in littering. We’d really appreciate your help with keeping the building clean and tidy this term. You can do this by eating in the Library Café or other suitable areas on campus. Eating is not allowed in the Library and hot food should not be brought in at any time as it creates unpleasant smells and disrupts other Library users. Please continue to use lidded containers when bringing in drinks and take care to avoid spills. We have fantastic recycling facilities for single use cups, plastic bottles and other items so if you aren’t already an avid recycler, our handy facilities can help you begin.  

Remember to bring your Campus Card with you and keep it with you when visiting the Library. It’s really important that we know who is in the building for health and safety purposes; scanning your card in and out helps us to keep you, your peers and other Library users safe.  

More information about the Library rules and policies can be found here.  

 

Your Library Team 

Christmas vacation and the Library

Whether you’re on-campus or heading home this Christmas, make sure you know about the upcoming changes to our opening hours and plan ahead! 

When will the Library be open? 

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Getting ready for the Christmas holidays? Make sure you plan ahead!

The Library will be operating on reduced opening hours after term ends on Friday 9 December.  

  • From Saturday 10 December to Wednesday 21 December, the Library will be open from 08.30 to 19.00 on Monday – Thursday and 08.30 – 17.00 on Friday 16 December and Thursday 22 December. We won’t be open during the weekends. 
  • The Library will be closed Friday 23 December to Monday 2 January for the University Christmas closure. 
  • From Tuesday 3 January to Sunday 8 January, we re-open with reduced opening hours. Term-time service will resume from Monday 9 January. 

 

When do I need to return my books? 

You can borrow right up until the University Christmas closure. Standard loans can be borrowed for up to 6 weeks, but items may still be recalled until Friday 16 December. Please keep an eye on your University email account (and your Junk folder) for any recalls notices so that you can avoid fines.  

 

Last collections before Christmas closure  

If you want items which are not on the open shelves before Christmas, make sure that you get your requests in on time! 

  • Off-site Store items need to be requested before 08.30 Thursday 15 December.
  • Closed Access items need to be requested  before 13.30 Wednesday 21 December. 
Screenshot of the ‘Request from Closed Access’ button

Find the request button on the right of your screen on your PC. For mobile, select from the vertical dots.

Normal service will resume on Tuesday 3 January with our first Closed Access collection happening on Wednesday 4 January. Our first Off-site Store collection will occur 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. 

 

Accessing online information 

If you’re very keen to continue your studies during the University closure don’t worry, our Subject guides and Study Advice guides are always available online. Or why not get a head start by: 

  • …discovering how to create your reference lists using Endnote or Mendeley  
  • …checking out our Databases by subject guide and examining a new electronic resource 
  • …exploring some of the ‘further’ or ‘suggested readings’ on your reading list.
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Give yourself the gift of time to recharge. Photo by tijana drndarsk

 

Keep on top of your studies but don’t forget to enjoy a well-deserved break!  

Happy Holidays to you all.  

 

 

Your Library team 

Disability and inclusion resource guide for UK Disability History Month

This UK Disability History Month, check out the Library’s guide to disability and inclusion-related topics.

Black text on a yellow blackground saying Disability history month, University of Reading.

The guide takes the same format as our other subject guides but focuses on materials from across our Library and Special Collections, as well as pointing you towards other useful online resources, libraries and archives.

 

Suggest more diverse library resources

Homepage for the University of Reading disability and inclusion guide

Bookmark our guide for a wealth of information

Visit our dedicated Library Diversity fund reading lists to see Diversity fund titles purchased in current and previous academic years and help us to build this important collection.

Can you help us diversify Library collections further by suggesting books, DVDs, topics or authors for purchase? We’re keen to hear from you if you notice an area you feel is currently underrepresented. Just complete our Diversify our collections suggestion form and we’ll do the rest!

Library Diversity & Inclusion Group

Upcoming University of Reading Open Days

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Come and visit the centrepiece of the campus

The Library will be welcoming visitors for Open Days on Saturday 8 and Saturday 15 October 2022. Have you registered yet?

Make the most of visiting the Library, get to know our spaces and learn more about whats available. Our teams of friendly, knowledgeable staff and University Student Ambassadors will be on hand throughout the day to answer questions, provide in-person tours and help you take full advantage of your Open Day visit. 

Check out our:

  • Study spaces: Whether you are collaborating on a group project or prefer to study alone, we have a range of spaces to suit your needs. From bookable group study rooms to silent study spaces, you can be sure of finding your new favourite spot.
  • Wide range of print resources: Explore our vast selection of print books and journals spanning across three floors.
  • Study Advice desk: Learn about our Study Advisers and how they can help you get better results and discover how our Academic Liaison Librarians can help with your subject-specific queries.

Or, if you need to refuel, why not stop at the Library Café before exploring the rest of the campus?

Out of time but still want to see the Library? Watch one of our self-paced tours to learn more about the Library in your own time.

No matter what you choose to study, the Library is ready to welcome you. Come and visit, and find out how we can support you..

We look forward to seeing you.

 

Your Library team

Library closed Bank Holiday Monday

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The Library will be closed Monday 29 August for the August Bank Holiday. Please see our opening hours for information.

Although the building may not be open, registered staff, students and Associate members can still access our wealth of e-resources 24/7.  

If you’re looking for a PC, don’t worry! PC labs are still available on campus for registered students.  

Please note that collections from Closed Access will not be available at this time, but they will resume Wednesday 31 August. 

 

Your Library Team 

Library open Saturday 13 August

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The second of our summer Saturdays takes place on Saturday 13 August. The Library will be open 8:30 – 17:00 so why not stop by for a visit?

 

Browse our vast range of print materials, find out about our e-resources or discover your new favourite study space. Library members can borrow via the Self-Service Points and our friendly staff will be available to answer your questions.

 

We won’t be able to deal with 1-to-1 subject enquiries but information and guidance is available via our Study Advice and our Subject resources and guidance webpages.

 

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Come and make the most of our print resources or maybe find your perfect study spot

 

Please be aware that the IT Service Desk and the Library Café will not be open.

We look forward to seeing you.

 

Your Library Team

 

 

Library open Saturday 16 July

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We’ve got a wide range of resources. Why not come have a look? Image by Redd from Unsplash

 

During summer vacation, the Library is open on 3 Saturdays 8:30 – 17:00. This Saturday, 16 July, will be the first of these, so why not come for a visit? 

Examine our vast range of print materials, find out a bit about the e-resources that we provide access to,  and explore the array of study spaces available to find your perfect spot. If you have a Library membership, you can still borrow via the Self-Service Points, and our friendly staff will be available to answer your questions. 

We won’t be able to deal with 1-to-1 subject enquiries but information and guidance remains available via our Study Advice and our Subject resources and guidance webpages.  

Please be aware that the IT help desk and the Library Café will not be open during this time. 

We look forward to seeing you. 

 

Your Library Team