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Welcome to Loughborough University Library. Here are our quick tips for getting started with using our resources and services. Follow us on Twitter for the latests news and announcements or to ask us any questions. 

 

Support from the Library

We offer support on using the Library resources and getting to grips with your studies

Academic Librarians

Academic Librarians are available to assist all University staff and students, offering specialist advice on any information related query including academic skills, referencing, conducting a literature review and getting published. They have all developed expertise in the subject areas of their Schools and are happy to help. 

Enquiry Desk

The Library offers an Information & Enquiry Service during standard office hours (Monday - Friday 9:00 am to 5:30 pm).  User Services staff will be able to help you with most of your enquiries and if necessary will refer you to a colleague with more specialist knowledge. This may take the form of an online consulation as some staff are working remotely.

So if you have queries about any of the following: how to successfully find the information you need, Inter Library Loans, booking rooms, IT problems and queries about borrowing items please just ask.

Evenings and weekends

The Enquiry desks are staffed until 10pm on weekdays, and 9am-5.30pm on Saturdays and 10am - 9pm on Sundays, except during vacations. The staff will be able to help you with most of your enquiries but may need to refer you to a daytime member of staff for detailed assistance. 

Workshops

The Library offers a wide programme of courses and training opportunities for students, doctoral researchers and academic and research staff. Due to the current situation, these workshops have moved online and most are available as on-demand learning opportunities within Learn

Ask the Library

If you are not in the Library building, you are welcome to contact us with any queries you may have about our resources or services by emailing library@lboro.ac.uk or phoning us on 01509 222360

PC Clinic

Loughborough University IT Services is pleased to provide support for your personal devices at the PC Clinic.

We can provide support and advice on a wide range of issues including getting your devices connected to the campus and Hallnet networks, connecting to the University’s printers, accessing your file store on One Drive, and support with software installation issue.

We are normally based on the main floor of the Library but as this year we cannot take walk up visits at the desk inside, so for the first few weeks of term, we have set up a PC Clinic outside. You can find us in the tents directly opposite the Library entrance where we will be able to offer a range of support, information and you can also pick up cables to connect you to the wired network for a better connection.

We are open from 10 till 5 Monday to Friday. 

If you need support outside these times email it.services@lboro.ac.uk and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Content

The Library provides resources to help you succeed on your programme.

Academic books and journals

The Library provides access to a huge number of books and journals to support your studies - many of which are available online. 

You can borrow a wide range of material from the Library using the self-service machines located on level 3. You will need your University ID card to borrow items. You can borrow up to 50 items at a time and will receive email reminders when books are due to be returned. To return books, simply place them in the drop boxes situated inside the Library on the left hand side of our Enquiry Desk. We also have a drop box outside the building if you can't get in for any reason. Books will be kept in quarantine for 72hrs before being removed from your account by Librarty staff. 

Search tools

The Library Catalogue Plus and the A-Z databases link are the gateways to the Library's collections.

If you need any help accessing materials, please contact your academic librarian, the Enquiry Desk on Level 3 of the Library if you are in the building or email library@lboro.ac.uk 

Remote access

Accessing online resources

To access online resources including ebooks and journals follow the links from Library Catalogue Plus or from the database you are using. If you are on campus these links will take you straight to the selected resource.

Accessing online resources off campus

We recommend that you use the University's Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client to use online resources off-campus. You can download and install the VPN via the links below.

Alternatively once you have found the database platform you want to search look for the login options and search for Loughborough University in the list - this is usually called institutional or shibboleth login. You will then be able to login using your University IT account username and password.

Reading lists

Reading is an important part of the learning process and underlies many of the courses provided by the University. Reading lists form an essential part of this, allowing academics to guide students to relevant material to support their studies. The system provides students with up-to-date reading lists and checks availablity of material against the Library catalogue.

Subject guides

Subject Guides are your starting point for finding information in a specific subject area. They provide quick access to key resources for finding journal articles, books and other information for your studies. They also provide help and details of your Academic Librarian, who has carefully selected all of these resources for you.

The Library building

The University Library is the largest open access study space on campus. Open to all staff and students at the University and home to a Library cafe and a PC Clinic. You need to bring your student ID card with you to access the building as this is how we implement the University's Connect and Protect system.

There is lots of signage both inside and outside the building that will help you navigate the building and ensure it is safe for both yourself and other users. Please make sure you follow any instructions on the signage.

Stay and study

We have 450 individual study spaces in the Library situated on all 4 floors. We also have PCs on all 4 floors that have a range of commonly used software on campus available to use.  All our study spaces are socially distanced, but you must wear a mask while in the Library to protect yourself and others. The only exceptions to this are if you have a medical exemption and wear a lanyard (provided by Student Services); if you are eating/drinking, or if you are in an individual study room with the ability to close the door. Library staff will remind anyone they see who is not wearing a mask that they need to wear a mask. If you are concerned by other users' behaviour, please contact a member of Library staff.

Opening hours

The Library will be open seven days a week, 8.30am - 2am Monday to Friday, Saturday 9am-2am and Sunday 10am-2am during term time. We are always staffed - either by Library staff or Security staff from 10pm until closing, so you will always have someone in the building with you to make it a secure working environment.

During vacations we will be open 9am-5.30pm Monday to Friday.

We keep an up to date list of opening hours on our webpage.

Browse and borrow

Our shelves will be open to all users. As with the rest of the Library building, face coverings are required when browsing and floor signage is in place to allow for social distancing and a one way route. We ask that all our users only touch books that they are interested in looking at/borrowing where possible.

NB – in order that staff can re-shelve items some areas may be cordoned off. If a book you require is in an area not available for this reason, please let a member of staff know. 

You can borrow a wide range of material from the Library using the self-service machines located on level 3. You will need your University ID card to borrow items. You can borrow up to 50 items at a time and will receive email reminders when books are due to be returned. To return books, simply place them in the drop boxes situated inside the Library on the left hand side of our Enquiry Desk. We also have a drop box outside the building if you can't get in for any reason. Books will be kept in quarantine for 72hrs before being removed from your account by Librarty staff. 

Library cafe

The Library hosts a cafe which provides a selection of hot and cold food and drink. It is open 7 days a week during term time. As there are no tables in the cafe area at present, you can eat and drink on all 4 floors of the Library. The only exception to this is in the Silent Study area on level 4 of the Library.

Printing/copying/scanning

The Library provides basic A4/A3 monochrome and colour printing and copying facilities. There are eight combined printer/photocopiers (known as multi-function devices or MFDs) in the Pilkington Library. Two on level 4, Three on level 3, two on level 2, and one on level 1 All the Library PCs are set by default to print to these devices.

Before you print or photocopy you will need to purchase printer credits.