Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Library Services For Distance Learners

It's National Distance Learning Week this week, so it's a good opportunity to tell you about the services the Library has for distance learners:

LAMP (LibrAry Materials by Post)
Students enrolled on official distance learning courses are entitled to postal loans of books held by Birkbeck Library free of charge. Photocopies of articles and loans of material not held at Birkbeck can be supplied at a cost of £1 per request. Click here for more details.

Proxy Borrower service
If you cannot visit the Library in person, and don't wish to use the LAMP service,  you may wish to use our proxy borrower service. This enables someone else to pick up your books for you. If you would like to take advantage of this service, please contact User Support on 020 7631 6369, lamp-library@bbk.ac.uk

The eLibrary
The Library makes available over 30,000 full text electronic journals in all subject areas and these can be searched from outside Birkbeck. See our eLibrary pages for more information and to search for ejournals.
Searching for articles on  a topic? The majority of the 90 databases we subscribe to can be searched from outside Birkbeck. For a listing of what we have, see Databases and online resources, or see your Subject Guide if you're not sure which one to use. You will usually need your ITS username and password in order to access ejournals and databases remotely.

Enquiries and help
We have an email and telephone enquiry service. You can contact our help desk on 020 7631 6063 or library-help@bbk.ac.uk. You can also try our searchable FAQs and our Library and Information Skills Moodle module. Your subject librarian can provide specialist subject help. See a list of subject librarians here.

For queries about the books you have on loan etc., please check the my account section in the Library catalogue or ring the Library issue desk on 020 7631 6239. You will need the barcode from your Birkbeck ID card.

Other libraries
As a member of Birkbeck, you are entitled to use the libraries of many other University of London colleges for reference. You can also borrow from other libraries via the SCONUL Access Scheme. This is a national scheme with over 170 member libraries throughout the country. See our Other Libraries web pages for more information on this and other access arrangements.

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