Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Christmas break arrangements

As you know the library will close today at 15.45 and will reopen on Monday January 4th at 08.30. During this time there won't be any responses to emails sent to the Help Desk and other library accounts. We will deal with any messages after the holiday.

The Library IT Team will be monitoring library systems including the catalogue and the proxy server and we hope that all systems will be available throughout the holiday. Our colleagues in IT Services will also be monitoring the networks and other systems. Details of their holiday arrangements can be found here. Workstation room 536 will be available throughout the holiday.

If we have written to you about items requested items being held we will continue to keep these behind the issue desk for a few days at the start of term. If you no longer require a requested item please cancel your request on the library catalogue. No library notices will be sent out over the holiday until the weekend of the 2nd/3rd of January when we will send out reminder notices about items that are due for return along with notices advising readers if an item they have on loan has been requeted by another reader.

There will be study space available in Rooms B29 and B30 from Monday 28th December to Sunday 3rd January inclusive from 10.00am – 5.00pm. Last year the college buildings were unheated during the closed period so you may want to wrap up if you are coming in, and it may be a bit chilly when we open on the 4th! The library book bins will be accessible at these times so you can return items. We will take them off your record on the 4th. No fines are charged for the days we are closed.

And finally ... we would like to wish all our users a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Friday, 11 December 2009

The end of another term and the move of the store

As today is the end of another term we hope it went well and that you get a bit of a break from your studies over the vacation. As mentioned previously you can find our Christmas opening hours on the website. Note that during the first week of the vacation we are operating on term-time hours.

We are issuing 3 week loan material over the vacation now and these books are due back in the first week of January. One week loan items will similarly have their loan periods adjusted to to take account of our closed days in due course. Remember that you can renew your books, unless they have been requested, throughout the vacation and even when we are closed.

At very short notice we have had to stop fetching material held in the library store. We were asked to vacate the store in preparation for building works in the basement and the contents of the store are being crated and up and moved to their new home in Russell Square. As this was sooner than we expected we are not sure when the material will be available but as soon as we get a date we will advertise it and restore the requesting service as soon as we can.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Library web site survey - please give us your views

We will be redesigning the Library web site over the next few months and would like your help in planning the redesign. Please fill out our survey and you will be entered in a draw for a £20 store voucher.

Please note that this survey refers to pages with URLs beginning - other pages, such as our Library catalogue and ejournals platforms, are products that we have limited control over.

Click here for the survey

Thanks for your help.