Borrow more books for longer!

As well as upgrading all our 7-day loan books to standard loan we’re making even more improvements so you can borrow more books for longer.  

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Items can be loaned at the Self-Service Points on the Ground Floor

What’s changing? 

From Tuesday 16 August

  • loan allowances will be increased 

All undergraduates, taught postgraduates, and associate members will be able to borrow up to 25 books.  

  • increased standard loan period  

We decided that all members of the University Library would benefit from the same 6 week loan period so all standard loans will be issued for 6 weeks, subject to recall. 

  • no more overdue fines (EXCEPT for overdue recalls). 

Overdue fines on items that are not in demand will no longer apply.  

Fines will only be applicable if you receive an email to say an item is recalled, and you do not return the item before the recall date. Overdue fines on term loans will no longer apply nor will fines be charged on overdue periodicals. In other words, apart from late return on recalled items, fines will no longer be charged. 

 

What about Short Loan? 

All Short Loan items (items which were previously overnight loan only) are now available for standard loan.  

Remember, due to changes to loan periods, these items can be borrowed for 6 weeks. A small number of very popular items have been made non-loan and they are shelved in the main collection. Photocopies are also non-loan and are shelved on the Ground Floor in the quiet study area. 

 

What if the item I need is on loan? 

If you’re already worrying that you won’t be able to get hold of the book(s) you need, please don’t – we’ve got that covered!  

If all copies of an item you need are on loan, please place a hold. This will ensure that the item is recalled and alerts us to the increased demand for the item. We have procedures in place which mean, if an increased demand is evidenced, we endeavour to buy further copies.  

By using the Library services and systems that are already in place you’ll find the new loan periods a real enhancement when borrowing print books.   

Remember – keep an eye on your account to ensure that you know  

  • what items you have on loan and  
  • how many you have. 

These improvements, along with keeping an eye on your account, should mean you need never get a Library fine again! 

As always, if you have any questions or wish to provide feedback on these changes, please let us know. 

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

Library open Saturday 16 July

Image of person with rucksack walking through library aisle

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

7-day loans are changing…

What’s happening? 

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.

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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

Our new look Enterprise!

Enterprise, our Library Catalogue, has had a refresh. We’ve done some updates, and brought the look more in line with our Library website.

Image shows a screenshot of the library catalogue.

Enterprise will now adjust the display depending on the device that you’re using, providing you with a better experience of searching and using the catalogue, whether you are on a laptop, or on your phone.

Image shows a screenshot of the library catalogue.

Additionally, Reading List links have been added to book records. Select ‘Reading List’ to see the list(s) that a book appears on, and click the name of the module to see the full reading list.

All the links and functions that were available in the older version can still be found on this one, so if you have any difficulty finding your way around the catalogue, let us know.

Have you tried our new look Enterprise yet? If you have any feedback, let us know!

Your Library Team

University of Reading Open Days 2022  

Refurbished Library building with extensive glass front and silvered cladding, behind young, llight green trees

Our stunning Library building

The Library will be welcoming Open Day visitors on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 June. Have you registered yet? If not, head over to our Open Days webpage to register and to find out more.   

Throughout our Open Days, prospective students and their families are encouraged to visit the Library building and take a self-guided tour around the facilities. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff and Student Ambassadors will be on hand to answer questions and queries and provide in-person tours.  

 

Things to check out:  

  • A range of study spaces to suit your needs – 

from the peace and tranquillity of the silent 5th Floor to our bookable Group Study Rooms complete with screens to facilitate group learning.  

  • Vast collections of books and journals –  

did you know we have over 1 million resources spread over miles of shelving? 

  • The Study Advice and Maths Support Desk on the Ground Floor –  

during term time, students can get help in developing their knowledge of resources from our team of qualified Librarians and expert help from our Study Advisors. There’s also a range of study spaces available by the desk for students to make the most of ‘quick queries’ sessions. 

 

A trip to the Library wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Library Café – a chance to refuel before setting off to explore our beautiful campus.  

Whatever subject you choose to study, the Library is key to your success, so come and see the ‘centrepiece of the campus’ and make the most of UoR learning.  

We look forward to seeing you!  

 

Your Library Team 

 

Please note, standard membership and enquiry services will not be available on Saturday 18 June as Library staff and Student Ambassadors will be on site solely for Open Day visitors. 

 

Happy Summer vacation – what’s changing at the University of Reading Library?

Opening hours

Friday 10 June marks the end of the Summer term at the University of Reading so signals a change in our opening hours.

During Summer vacation, the Library does not open on Saturdays or Sundays except Saturdays 16 July, 13 August and 17 September when we will be open 8:30 – 17:00.

Weekend services will resume on Saturday 24 September once we are back in term time.

 

Remaining external Library membership groups return

We are pleased to announce that from Monday 13 June, the final categories of membership, which were suspended during and in the wake of the pandemic, will resume.  This means all External Borrower membership options and day access are available again.

Visit our website for more information about joining the Library. Please be aware that new memberships will not be available on Open Day, Saturday 18 June.

 

Open Days

The University Library is pleased to be part of Open Days 2022.

Please visit our Open Days blog for more information or get in touch if you have a question about the Library services through Summer vacation.

 

Your Library Team

Our Masters Dissertation Fair is nearly over, where else can you find help?

Image shows a student studying, all in purple colours, with the text Masters Dissertation Fair on top.Today’s the final day of our Masters Dissertation Fair.  We hope you’ve found the sessions useful if you attended.  But don’t worry if you couldn’t make it!  The slides from the sessions are available on the dissertation fair guide and we have lots of other support for you…

Support for your studies is always available, both online and in the Library.  The Study Advice guides are here and we also have some links here to some of the online guides you might want to look at for further help on specific topics: 

Literature searching 

Systematic reviews  

Citing references  

Free resources  

You can get in touch with your Academic Liaison Librarian for help with finding resources, and referencing  or you might like to book an appointment or use the videos and guides from the Study Advice Team for help with time management, organising your writing and other academic skills.

Academic Liaison Librarians and Study Advisors

Library staff recommend diverse reads for Empathy Day

With Empathy Day on the 9 June and the end of term on the horizon, the Library’s Diversity & Inclusion group have been dipping into some of the good reads purchased from our Diversity and Wellbeing funds to see what life feels like in someone else’s shoes.

The right sort of girl, by Anita Rani

Chosen by Sharon Hill, Collections Services

Sharon says: You may know Anita Rani, presenter of Countryfile and Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour among other things. But how well do you really know her? What was it like growing up in a Sikh household in Yorkshire but being the only Punjabi girl at school? How did she navigate being too ‘gori’ (white) at home but too ‘brown’ at school? This book is full of good advice, immense humour and conveys the warmth and love of a Punjabi community as well as the hopes, expectation and dreams placed upon the shoulders of this second generation British Indian. It took me back to my school days and helped me understand the path trodden by my Sikh best friend.

 

 

That’s the way I think, by Dr David Grant

Chosen by Tim Chapman, Academic Liaison Librarian

Tim says: This book is written with great empathy. As a non-dyslexic reader, it really helped me to understand a range of difficulties that people with dyslexia, dyspraxia, and ADHD diagnoses encounter – beyond just reading. It takes a holistic approach across these conditions and I feel it makes a pretty good stab at attempting to encourage people with neurodiverse conditions to embrace, and understand themselves – treating these conditions not as learning difficulties but as the very things that make them unique, and who they are.  It’s written in a non-academic way with lots of personal experience and anecdotes. Fascinating stuff.

 

 

 

Small Island, by Andrea Levy

Chosen by Sharon Hill, Collections Services

Sharon says: Returning to Britain after fighting with the RAF in the Second World War, Gilbert Joseph doesn’t find himself feted as a hero by his beloved Mother country – quite the reverse!  Turned down for jobs and accommodation he finds post-war Britain a shabby, decrepit and prejudiced country.  If you want some idea of the experience of the Windrush generation, you can do no better than read this compassionate account of post-war immigration.

 

 

 

Want to recommend a title to diversify our collections? Find the link under the Books tab of any of our Diversity LibGuides or contact your Academic Liaison Librarian.

Library Diversity & Inclusion Group

Book your place for the Masters Dissertation Fair this week!

Purple background shows image of a student studying. Text reads Masters dissertation fair, 6-10 June, Booking now!Wondering about how to start researching and writing your Masters dissertation or project?  Why not book onto the Masters Dissertation Fair that’s being run by our Academic Liaison and Study Advice team?

Choose from a selection of different webinars, workshops and drop-ins running this week until Friday 10 June offering advice on all elements of your dissertation planning, researching, and writing.

For more information on each session and to book, take a look at our Masters Dissertation Fair Guide

Our friendly sessions include topics such as:

  • Managing your dissertation project
  • Overcoming writer’s block
  • Critical writing
  • Systematic literature searching
  • Finalising your research question
  • Writing your literature review
  • Literature searching tips
  • Finding information beyond the UoR Library
  • Reference management tools
  • Writing your discussion

More help available

You can also book a 1-2-1 session with a Study Adviser, who can offer advice to enable you to manage your project, write critically and ensure academic integrity and your Academic Liaison Librarian who can support you with researching and accessing the material you need and how to reference it correctly. And for those that prefer self-paced online resources, we have a suite of videos and guides on dissertations, major projects and literature reviews.

Remember, you can always discover key resources in your subject area in the liaison team’s guides and use our guide for Taught Postgraduates.

Academic Liaison Librarians and Study Advisers