Ask our experts for support at the Study Advice and Maths support desk, Library, Ground Floor weekdays 10:00 – 16:00 or get in touch online.
Get to know your Academic Liaison Librarian, there’s one for every subject offered at Reading. They can support you in making effective use of the huge range of resources the Library has to offer for your studies.
Make the most of their advice by:
- Attending training sessions offered through your department – this will save you time and ensure you reference publications appropriately in your assignments.
- Exploring the key resources in your subject and online support through your subject guide. If you haven’t bookmarked it, now’s the time! It’ll be a useful way to keep track of resources and help you stay organised.
- Seeking individual support on finding suitable academic sources to use in your assignments. Have you considered boosting your referencing skills by starting to use a reference management tool, such as EndNote or Mendeley? It will save you time in the long run. You can email your librarian or make a one-to-one appointment (in person or online).
Stay ahead of the curve and find your Academic Liaison Librarian on the Library website now.
Jackie Skinner FHEA
Academic Liaison Librarian
In the morning, on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 February, DTS have organised for contractors to install extra Wi-Fi access points in the group study area on the 2nd Floor of the Library. The work will be noisy because they will be drilling into the concrete ceiling. The good news is, these extra access points should improve Wi-Fi connectivity in the building,
Please bear with us through this short period of disruption.
Whilst the work takes place, the area will be closed but if you still find the rest of the floor too noisy remember there is a range of alternative study space on campus to choose from, including
- Library – there are several alternative locations such as Ground Floor quiet study and the 5th Floor silent study area.
- URS building – study space is available in URS between 8:00 – 18:00 Monday to Friday.
- The Study @RUSU – visit the RUSU website for the most up-to-date information.
Visit Student essentials, Study space for more information about study spaces and locations.
Your Library team
This month is LGBT+ History month, an opportunity to learn about lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and non-binary history, and we wanted to share some resources with you all…
LGBT+ is an area of research that covers a wide range of academic disciplines so we would like to highlight the online guide to support research into LGBT+-related topics.
Taking the same format as our subject guides this guide focuses on the range of materials available from the Library and Special Collections relating to LGBT+ topics.
It is one of a series of cross-disciplinary research guides we have developed to support research in areas such as disability and inclusion, gender, and race and ethnicity.
It has been created, in consultation with staff and student representatives, 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 the guide, so let us know what you think!
Have you explored our collection of LGBT+ film resources?
Suggest resources to help diversify our collections
You can also help us to continue to diversify the Library’s collections by putting forward your suggestions.
If you would like to suggest other items for the Library, please complete our regular book suggestion form.
You can see all the Diversity fund titles purchased in current and previous academic years on our dedicated Library Diversity fund reading lists.
Library Diversity and Inclusion Lead
Tomorrow our Library Management System is undergoing scheduled maintenance. During the maintenance window on Wednesday 1 February 22:30 to 22:50 some services will be at risk.
You will still be able to …
But at times you won’t be able to log into Enterprise to …
If you have trouble accessing e-resources, you can contact the E-resources Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can fill in a Problem Report Form.
If you want to talk to someone about your account, you can contact the Library at email@example.com.
Lewis Mills – Library Systems Team
Next week our Library Management System is undergoing scheduled maintenance. During the maintenance window on Tuesday 24 January 23:00 to Wednesday 25 January 00:30 some services will be at risk.
You will still be able to …
But at times you won’t be able to …
If you have trouble accessing e-resources you can contact the E-resources Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can fill in a Problem Report Form.
If you want to talk to someone about your account you can contact the Library at email@example.com.
Lewis Mills – Library Systems Team
Our wellbeing collection may be able to help
Thanks to a generous donation from the Alumni and Supporter Engagement Team, the University Library has been developing a collection of books and e-books that fall under the general wellbeing category. We hope this will be of benefit to as many students and staff as possible – and be used in conjunction with all the other support services available at the University.
We have a wide range of books about wellbeing to choose from
Students and staff have been providing recommendations for this collection throughout 2022, helping us to make it as broad as possible. We have bought 100s of items on topics from mindfulness and mental health to student life and resilience. From stress and anxiety to autism and ADHD.
Take a look at the list of everything we’ve purchased so far – Wellbeing books 2022.
It is a living and growing collection so if you spot an area that you think is missing, or can recommend a book that has helped you, it’s not too late to add to the collection. Simply fill in the book details on this suggestion form.
You may find a useful gem that could inspire you or help you get back on track. There are so many fantastic books that can provide all sorts of help, but don’t forget our brilliant Counselling and Wellbeing service based in the Carrington building on Whiteknights campus. They work throughout the year to help with a wide range of issues. The service offers support including one-to-one (either face to face, on the phone or over Teams), groups, workshops, online guidance and onward referrals to other support services, and is open to all registered students (undergraduate or postgraduate) at the University, free of charge.
Counselling and Wellbeing service – A guide to accessing the service.
Diversity and Inclusion Lead
University of Reading Library, September 2022.
To improve your access to, and experience of using Library print books, we’re making some changes! The first of these is to loan types. On Tuesday 12 July 2022 we’ll be making all 7-day loan books standard loans so you can borrow them for longer – nearly 40,000 item records will be updated to become ‘standard loans’.
Standard loans are either 6 weeks for staff and research students, or 3 weeks for all other Library members with borrowing rights.
We hope this will improve your experience of borrowing books and help you manage your Library account more easily.
Changes to book loans are underway
What will happen to my loans?
All 7-day loan books that are currently on loan will automatically be made standard loan and renewed. Please check your account for your new due date(s).
There are many other changes to come, all designed to make borrowing easier. Keep up with further information about updates to Library loans and allowances via our social media, our blog or get in touch.
Your Library Team
From Monday 28 March until Monday 18 April, the Study Advice and Maths Support desk on the Ground floor of the Library (where you ask quick queries about your studies) will be closed.
Over the Easter vacation, (except during the University closure period, Wednesday 13 April until Monday 18 April), if you’ve any questions for your Study Adviser or Academic Liaison Librarian, you can contact us by email and request an online or face-to-face appointment.
Contact your Academic Liaison Librarian – for questions about finding books, journal articles, literature searching, referencing styles or referencing software.
Contact Study Advice – for questions about any aspect of academic skills development such as: structuring your essay, time management, exam revision strategies or understanding assignment feedback.
You will also find lots of help on the Study Advice guides, and in your Library subject guide.
The Study Advice and Maths Support desk is open until 14:00 on Friday 25 March so if you have a study query that you want to discuss in person before the Easter break, make sure you visit us by then.
Kim Coles, Academic Liaison Team Manager & Sonia Hood, Study Advice Manager
A term in, it’s time to reflect on what has worked and what new strategies we need to try to keep on top of our studies. Study Advice have some videos to help you, a new webinar series and some top tips to starting the New Year on the right track.
Tip #1: Reflect on the last term
Regular reflective practice is an important part of doing well at university. It involves looking back on a recent period of study, evaluating your approaches, and setting yourself targets for further development. Before you start planning for the coming term, think back on how the term just gone went:
• What did you enjoy the most? Can you think of why you enjoyed it so much? Equally, what did you enjoy the least, and why?
• Was there anything you did particularly well at? What did you do that worked so well?
• Was there anything you could have done better? If you had to do something similar this term, how might you approach it differently?
• Did you get the support you needed last term? If not, do you know where to find it?
Tip #2: Make a plan
If you don’t have a study timetable, now’s the time to make one. Follow these 5 steps to make a workable weekly plan and ensure you keep on top of your studies this term:
1. Note down everything you need to complete each week. For instance: watching videos, attending seminars, working on assignments, and reading around your subject.
2. Allocate time. Work out how much time you have for each task each week. You should see studying as a full-time job, so aim to allocate 35-40 hours a week to studying.
3. Schedule in time. Using a weekly planner, add in your fixed appointments, then begin slotting in your other study activities. Use the times that you are motivated for study and mix up reading, writing, and listening tasks within a day.
4. Making it easy to stick to. Try to have a set routine, starting study at the same time each day, plan in regular breaks and move things around if your plan is not working for you.
5. Plan backwards from assignments. Give yourself weekly targets to work towards. Try using a termly planner and put it up near to where you study.
Tip #3: Read actively
It’s called ‘reading for a degree’ for a reason: no doubt you’ll be asked to read lots of articles, book chapters and other material to support your learning. But if you find that you read without knowing why you’re reading, you don’t think about what you’re reading or you fail to make connections along the way, then you’ve fallen into the trap of passive reading. Instead, consider why you’re reading, what question might it answer? And consider if you agree with what’s been said. How does it fit in with your course material and other ideas you have come across? In short: think more and read less.
Tip #4: Be more proactive
• Start working on your assignments sooner, even if it’s just setting up a way of organising your lecture notes according to which assignment they’ll be useful for.
• Make sure you’ve done enough preparation before going to your lectures. Give yourself enough time to engage with the required reading, screencasts, or other materials. Take active notes where you are not just summarising the content, but also processing your own thoughts, identifying key terms you don’t understand, and noting down your questions. Using your notes this way will help you participate in class more actively!
• Look for support sooner: don’t ever think you will be penalised or judged for needing support. Students succeed because they use the support available to them, not because they are ‘naturally’ good students.
Watch our new short videos on Organising your studies and Reading academic texts; and see our Time Management Guide
Visit our Study Advice website for more resources, to book a 1-2-1 or attend a webinar this spring term. Our webinar on the 12th January is: ‘work smarter not harder’ and is essential if you want to use your study time more effectively.
We’re excited to announce that you no longer have to book a study space in the Library. From Monday 6 September onwards you can turn up when you like and sit wherever you choose. Just remember to bring your Campus Card to swipe through the gates. This is the first change to Library services that we’re making since government restrictions eased in the UK and we prepare for the start of the new academic year. We’ll post more information as other changes happen.
Library study areas – sit wherever you choose!
We’re also pleased to be able to offer some group study spaces again. The 1st Floor group study rooms will remain bookable, just as they were before the pandemic. The booth seating around the building and the Study Pods on Floors 2 and 4 will return to group space too.
There may be a few less chairs in some spaces. You’ll also notice some windows open to help provide a good air flow.
Please continue to use the one-way system around the building and we encourage you to wear your face covering when moving around indoors.
Watch this space and our website for more changes over the next few weeks. If you have any queries or concerns, please do speak to us.
Your Library Team
We are updating the way you log in to your Library account in Enterprise to renew loans, place holds etc, bringing it in line with other University systems.
From Thursday 17 June, you will start to see changes with how you log into Enterprise. For University of Reading members it will look the same as the page you see when you log into other University services such as your emails or other Office 365 services. This also means that you will need to use a different username to log into Enterprise. Where previously you only used your two letter and six digit username (e.g. ab123456) to log in, you will now need to add the suffix of your email address (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org). This is the same username you will already use to log into services such as Blackboard. Your password will not change.
Logging into Enterprise will look the same as other University systems
If you are an External borrower – this new log-in procedure won’t apply to you. We will contact you by email shortly to advise on how you will be able to log in to your Library account.
As ever, if you have any problems accessing your Library account or would like help with renewing or placing a hold, please contact the Library User Services team on email@example.com
Natalie Guest, Document Delivery Coordinator
Library User Services
Apologies for the technical problems we were experiencing with the study space bookings system this morning. The situation has been resolved, and the bookings form should be working as usual again.
If you have any further issues, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will try to get back to you as quickly as possible.
Library User Services