Thursday, 27 March 2014

Easter and beyond

As previously mentioned we are open throughout the Easter vacation. We will be open as normal except for the Easter weekend when we wil be open as follows:
  • Thursday 17th April 10.00 - 20.00
  • Friday 18th April 10.00 - 20.00 Self-service
  • Saturday 19th April 10.00 - 20.00 Self-service
  • Sunday 20th April 10.00 - 20.00 Self-service
  • Monday 21st  April 10.00 - 20.00 Self-service
  • Tuesday 22nd April 10.00 - 20.00
We won't be charging fines for the the six days mentioned above and items aren't due back then, but if you are going away for a holiday please remember to renew (or return) any books you have on loan. We will still be sending out reminders and information about requested items.

Day passes will not be issued - so please do not forget your ID card. You won't get in without it.

If you were planning to use any neighbouring libraries, or libraries at universities elsewhere, please remember to check their web sites before making a visit - they may be closed or have reduced opening hours. In particular UCL libraries and Senate House libraries are closed at Easter.

You should also check on any restrictions on access or applications for membership as we all approach the exam season. SOAS and LSE will have restrictions in place over the next couple of months. Where we know about these we will mention them on our web site.

We are pleased to say that room 109 will be available from within the library from 7th April - 22nd June giving access to nearly 100 PCs. There are a couple of days when it is booked for exams but these will be clearly advertised.

As usual, if you have any questions about using the library or our services please contact us, either in person, by email, or via our web site.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Access while Birkbeck web site is down

The whole of the Birkbeck web site is down at the moment, but you can still get access to the Library Catalogue here and the list of ejournals here You can access most of our online databases from this link

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Make Your Voice Heard!

Birkbeck Library and IT Services (ITS) are conducting a combined student survey. We want to hear your views, and you can win £100 in John Lewis vouchers.

Please submit your survey before Tuesday 1st April 2014 to be eligible for entry into the prize draw.

First Prize is £100 in John Lewis vouchers
Second Prize is £50 in John Lewis vouchers
Along with two further prizes of £25 in John Lewis vouchers

This survey is a chance for you to tell us about your use of the ITS and Library facilities and services, how important they are to you and how satisfied you are with the existing provision. Your feedback is important to us in addressing any shortcomings and helps us to improve what we provide to you.

The results of this survey will be reported to the Library Advisory Group and the IT Advisory Group.

Our thanks to all who took part in our surveys last year; we would like to hear from you again. A summary of the results of these are available from the survey page.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

SOAS Library's restricted access period 15/4 - 6/6

We have received the following from SOAS about restrictions on visiting during exam time:

Access During Exam and Deadline Period 2014.

Please note SOAS Library's restricted access period - Monday 15th April - Friday 6th June 2014.
  • They will not create any new cards during this period including SCONUL Access cards, and Day Passes. Including Saturdays during the period
  • They strongly advise that if you require access during that period, you get your card created at SOAS before the above period.
  • If you already have an existing SOAS membership card, you will not be affected.
  • If you forget to bring your existing SOAS card, you will not be offered a Day Pass.
External Academic Staff and Research Students
  • Academic staff and Research students (PhD) from external partners and the SCONUL Access Scheme can still have new cards created during the restricted access period, provided they have a valid staff/Research card from their institution.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Women's Library officially opened at LSE

The Women's Library will be officially opened at LSE later today and will be open to all.

The Women’s Library documents all aspects of women’s lives, with a particular emphasis on the lives of women in the UK and the great political, economic and social changes of the past 150 years.

The print collections include over 60,000 books and pamphlets and 3,000 periodical titles. The archive and museum collections include over 500 archives and 5,000 museum objects, including photographs, posters, badges, banners, textiles and ceramics.

More information on the official opening (BBC website)

More information on the Women's Library (LSE website)

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Reading Room closed 12th March until 11am

 Reading Room closed 12th March until 11am

On Wednesday 12th March, the Reading Room will be closed until 11.00 am whilst Estates carry out some essential repairs.

Please check our live space availability to see where alternative study spaces are available.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Library study space - live availability

If you've ever had difficulty finding a space to sit in the Library - here's some help. Screens at the Library entrance show how many free spaces there are on each floor (see the photos below) and you can also see this information on the web here

Don't forget you can also see the availability of PCs in the ITS computer workstation rooms on the web here

Happy World Book Day!

It's World Book Day today, so it's a good time to remind you that you can suggest books for purchase by the Library. Here's the link to the online form:

Your suggestions will be passed to the appropriate Subject Librarian and, if there is money available, we will purchase copies for Library stock.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Workshops on using the Internet safely and professionally

Our next two Library workshops are on using the Internet safely and for professional purposes.

Sat 08 March 11.00 - 13.30
Who am I? - My digital footprint 
In this workshop you will learn how to monitor and look after your personal profile on the internet.

You will know  what a 'digital footprint' is, how it is linked with your digital Identity, along with ways other people may use this information.

◾You will discover what the Internet knows about YOU and reflect on your findings
◾You will start constructing a strategy on managing your online reputation by relating theoretical knowledge to practice (optional assessment)

Sat 15 March 11.00 - 13.30
Manage your online reputation
This session builds upon the previous session entitled 'Who am I? My digital footprint. It targets the enhancement of employability, communication skills and global & digital citizenship, personal branding, LinkedIn and Social Media.

Book for these sessions

The workshops will be held in the Library Seminar Room on level 1 of the Library.