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14 September 2005 PR 05/86

University’s Library set to Inspire

Loughborough University’s Library has signed up to a national scheme aimed at supporting learning for everyone.

The Scheme, called Inspire, ultimately aims to link library resources in the 875 higher education institutions with the 4610 public and three national libraries across all regions in England. In practice this would mean that any learner or those wanting to learn will have access to the most appropriate research materials, irrespective of the location of the materials.

The Pilkington Library on campus is home to 700,000 volumes as well as videos, dvds, cds and microfilms. It also has a wide range of printed journals. It has always been open for local people to use for reference, but signing up to Inspire means it will be working with other libraries across the country to support opportunities for lifelong learning.

Mary Morley, University Librarian says: “We are delighted to sign up to Inspire to demonstrate our commitment to learning opportunities for all. We have a wealth of material that I am sure will be of use to many, not just our students.”

Anyone interested in using the library as part of the Inspire scheme should contact the enquiry desk when they visit the library.

The Inspire initiative is led by the Society of College, National and University
Libraries (SCONUL) and the Society of Chief Librarians in partnership with The British Library, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.

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Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place Loughborough in the top flight of UK universities, and industry highlights Loughborough in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 45% of the University’s income is for research. The University has been awarded four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; and for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development.

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