Getting ready for Easter vacation

Artificial chick on grass, surrounded by colourful eggs with ribbons

Before hatching plans for Easter vacation, make sure you’re prepared. Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay

The Easter vacation is fast approaching, and so are changes to our opening hours.

 

When are we open?

Between Monday 25 March – Wednesday 27 March, we’ll be open at the following times:

  • Monday 25  March: Open until 19:00
  • Tuesday 26 March: 08:30 – 19:00
  • Wednesday 27 March: 08:30 – 17:00

We’ll be closed between Thursday 28 March – Tuesday 2 April for the University Easter closure period.

 

Term time Library opening hours will resume from 08:30 Wednesday 3 April.

Please see our opening hours page for details on opening times and information about our Summer term hours.

 

When do you need to return your loans?

Loan periods and due dates will not change, so make sure you regularly check your Library account for individual return dates on your books.

Recall notices will be sent to your University email address so keep track, return your materials on time and avoid fines.

Library closed? You can return books 24/7 via the external Book Drop. If you do receive a recall notice and you can’t return the item in person, you can always return them by post.

 

What are the last collection dates for Off-site Store and Closed Access?

Screenshot of the ‘Request from Closed Access’ button

You’ll find the request button on the right of your screen on your PC. For mobile, select from the vertical dots.

Off-site Store and Closed Access collections will not take place during the University closure period, so please submit your requests on time.

  • Closed Access items need to be requested before 13:30 Tuesday 26 March.
  • Off-site Store items need to be requested before 08:30 Wednesday 27 March.

 

What if you’re not on campus?

If you’re away from campus but still want access to a library space, you may be able to do so via the SCONUL access scheme. See Using other libraries for more information about other libraries you may be available to visit.

 

If you have any questions, please get in touch.

Your Library Team

Library is open Saturday 16 September

Stay ahead of the term time rush and come and make the most of our final summer vacation Saturday opening.

On Saturday 16 September, we’re open 08:30 – 17:00 and our friendly staff will be on hand all day to answer your questions.

Student looking at laptop in study booth

Time to focus in one of our many study spaces

So, if you’d like to enjoy some quality study time, or maybe just browse and explore our resources before the busy autumn term kicks off, this is a date to put in your diary.

Looking for more specific help from a Library professional within your subject area? Visit our online guidance or make an appointment as we won’t be able to deal with specific one-to-one subject enquiries on the day.

Please be aware that the Library Café will not be open and the IT Service Desk will be working on Registration – further information about their service hours can be found on their webpages.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Your Library team

The summer deep clean

If you’re visiting the Library for access to study space, please be aware that deep cleaning works are underway.  

Member of staff filling up carpet cleaner with water from yellow bucket

The carpet cleaner is a vital part of the summer deep clean

During the summer vacation, Library Support Services work to clean and refresh the Library, ready for the upcoming Autumn term. As part of this essential maintenance, we go beyond the usual areas and reach into the spots which aren’t covered by the day-to-day clean. This includes relocating chewing gum to the bins and washing all the carpets.   

In order for this essential cleaning to be done as quickly as possible, some study areas will be temporarily closed off during the summer vacation. 

We apologise for the inconvenience. Please ask at the Welcome Desk if you need help finding an alternative study space. 

 

Your Library Team 

Using the Library over summer vacation

With the end of term and the beginning of summer vacation, there are a few changes coming to the Library. 

The Library building behind a green lawn

Opening hours 

Summer term will end on Friday 9 June, which means our opening hours will be changing too. Between 10 June – 17 September, we’ll be open between 08:30 – 17:00 during weekdays. The Library will be closed at the weekends except for our three Summer Saturdays on 15 July, 12 August and 16 September. If you’re returning Library materials outside of these hours, the external Book Drop is always open and can be found to the right of the main entrance. 

Vacation loans

If you’re an undergraduate or taught postgraduate student, you can borrow items for the whole summer without needing to renew, as long as your course doesn’t end before 26 September 2023. Find out more on our ‘Borrowing over the summer’ blog. 

Continued support from your Academic Liaison Librarian and the Study Advice Team 

Although the Library opening hours may have changed, your Academic Liaison librarians and Study advisors are still here to support you over the summer. Why not book a 1-2-1 appointment or check out the range of resources on our website? 

If you have any questions during the summer vacation, you can contact us at library@reading.ac.uk or call on 0118 378 8770.  

Enjoy the summer! 

 

 

Your Library Team 

Borrowing over the summer

Image containing a stack of books against a blurred background of trees.

Vacation loans are here again.

Summer term will be coming to an end Friday 9 June, and we will be making some temporary changes to our borrowing policy over the Summer vacation period starting Thursday 1 June. 

If you are an undergraduate or a taught postgraduate, any standard or term loan item you borrow will be due back on Tuesday 26 September and will not be subject to recall. If your account expires before then, you will need to return the item before your course ends. 

Borrowing for staff, research postgraduates, Associate and External users will remain the same, so please continue to keep an eye on your University email account and Library account to ensure you return or renew items on time and avoid fines. 

If you are unsure about your due dates or just have a question, you can still contact us via email or by phone. We will be moving to vacation opening hours soon so watch this space for more information! 

 

Your Library Team 

Preparing for Easter closure

Artificial chick surrounded by colourful eggs on a brown background

Egg-cited for the Easter vacation? Make sure you’re prepared. Image by Couleur from Pixabay

The Easter vacation is fast approaching, so make sure you know about the changes to the Library opening hours!

When are we open?

Between Monday 27 March – Wednesday 5 April, we’ll be open at the following times:

  • Monday 27 March: Open until 19:00
  • Tuesday 28 – Thursday 30 March: 08:30 – 19:00
  • Friday 31 March: 08:30 – 17:00
  • Saturday 1 April: 08:30 – 21:00
  • Sunday 2 April: Open from 08:30
  • Monday 3 – Tuesday 4 April: 24 hours
  • Wednesday 5 April: Open until Midnight

We’ll be closed between Thursday 6 April – Tuesday 11 April for the University Easter closure period.

Term time Library opening hours will resume from 08:30 Wednesday 12 April.

Please see our opening hours page for details on opening times and information about our Summer term hours.

 

When do you need to return your loans?

Loan periods and due dates will not be affected by the University closure, so make sure you regularly check your Library account for individual return dates on your books.

Recall notices will be sent to your University email address so keep track, return your materials on time and avoid fines.

Library closed? You can return books 24/7 via the external Book Drop. If you do receive a recall notice and you can’t return the item in person, you can always return them by post.

 

What are the last collection dates for Off-site Store and Closed Access?

Screenshot of the ‘Request from Closed Access’ button

You’ll find the request button on the right of your screen on your PC. For mobile, select from the vertical dots.

Off-site Store and Closed Access collections will not take place during the University closure period, so please submit your requests in good time.

  • Off-site Store items need to be requested before 08:30 Thursday 30 March.
  • Closed Access items need to be requested before 13:30 Wednesday 5 April. 

 

What if you’re not on campus? 

If you’re away from campus but still want access to a library space, you may be able to do so via the SCONUL access scheme. See Using other libraries for more information about other libraries you may be available to visit. 

 

If you have any questions, please get in touch. 

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? 

Image of hanging gold and white baubles

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.
Image of Christmas parcel on white background.

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 

Library open Saturday 17 September

Stay ahead of the term time rush and come and make the most of our final summer vacation Saturday opening.

On Saturday 17 September, we’re open 8:30 – 17:00 and our friendly staff will be on hand all day to answer your questions.

Student looking at laptop in study booth

Time to focus in one of our many study spaces

So, if you’d like to enjoy some quality study time, or maybe just browse and explore our resources before the busy autumn term kicks off, this is a date to put in your diary.

Looking for more specific help from a Library professional within your subject area? Visit our online guidance or make an appointment as we won’t be able to deal with specific one-to-one subject enquiries on the day.

Keen to stay hydrated? Although the Library Café won’t be open, water fountains are available on most floors. You’re also welcome to bring your own lidded drink.

Please be aware that the IT Service Desk will be working on Registration – further information about their service hours can be found on their webpages.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Your Library team

Library closed Bank Holiday Monday

Image of University Library from a distance

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

An image of the outside of the Library building

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.

 

Student using a laptop in the Library

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

 

 

Clearing 2022 

From Monday 8 August until Friday 26 August, the 1st Floor of the Library and the Ground Floor PC lab G12, will be closed for setting up and housing Clearing 2022 

As in previous years, Clearing staff will be joining us in the Library to take calls and help prospective students from A Level results day (Thursday 18 August) through until Monday 22 August.  

Study areas, including spaces with PCs, remains available on all other floors of the Library but please ask us if you need help finding a suitable space. There are also a variety of alternative study spaces for University staff and students across campus, including The Study (RUSU), 24-hour PC labs in Agriculture GL20, Meteorology GL68 and Palmer G.09. 

The IT Helpdesk will remain available for the period of Clearing, but whilst the 1st Floor is closed to study, support will be via telephone, email or the IT Self Service Portal. 

Your Library Team

Beryl’s back in action!

If you are visiting the Library for access to study space, please be aware that deep cleaning works are underway.  

Member of staff filling carpet cleaning machine with water to wash carpets as part of the annual summer big clean

It’s thirsty work for Beryl…

Our wonderful Library Support Services Team are making everything lovely and clean in preparation for the Autumn term, which means that some areas may be temporarily closed whilst the clean progresses through the building.   

For those who aren’t aware, the annual Library deep clean is an intensive process where all the usual places are thoroughly cleansed and additionally, we reach into the areas which aren’t covered by the day-to-day clean. A substantial volume of chewing gum- glued to the undersides of seats and tables- is relocated to the bins; hair and lint is excavated from trolley wheels and carpets are painstakingly washed, using our powerful carpet cleaner, who we’ve named Beryl.  

Most of the floors have now been thoroughly cleaned and are looking significantly improved, little wonder! Just look at what’s been coming out of the carpet!!!  

Changing the water. Carpet washing means frequent water changes

Mucky business – but worth it!

So, if you do see (or hear!) Beryl though the summer vacation, please accept our apologies if it feels disruptive and ask us for help with finding an alternative study area whilst cleaning is underway.

Your Library Team