A new Accessibility page has been added to the eBooks guide on the Library website. The page features FAQs explaining how you can make eBooks more accessible, including instructions for each different platform on changing the text size, changing the font and background colours, and having eBooks read aloud.

As a Distance Learner you may be a regular user of eBooks and find these handy tips helpful for your studies.

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Happy Easter from everyone in the Offsite team! Staff from the team will be here to help Monday to Friday 08:30 – 19:00 throughout the Easter vacation with the exception of Good Friday (March 25th) and Easter Monday (March 28th) when we will be at home eating chocolate!

The Library remains open 24/7 throughout the Easter period if you are visiting us in person. You can also contact The Library 24/7 for any IT support on 0113 812 1000 or via our Chat with Us service.

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Poetry and the Library ……. Monday (or any day!)

Did you know that Monday March 21st is World Poetry Day?

‘In celebrating World Poetry Day, March 21, UNESCO recognizes the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind. A decision to proclaim 21 March as World Poetry Day was adopted during UNESCO’s 30th session held in Paris in 1999. One of the main objectives of the Day is to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities.’

UNESCO, n.d. (not dated), World Poetry Day 21 March [Online]. Available from: <> [Accessed 16th March 2016].

As a random exercise, members of the Offsite team searched the Library’s resources…….

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A search of the Library catalogue under the search term ‘poetry’ revealed ….. a massive 1472 entries when searching by subject and an even more phenomenal 1644 entries when searching by words/phrases.

As for Discover, the Library’s search engine, entering the word poetry led to a  staggering 1, 545, 942 results. Yes, that’s a search result in Discover of over a million and a half entries under poetry!

Why not celebrate World Poetry Day by dipping into some of the Library resources on offer – from 18th Century Women Poets and their Poetry, to Medieval Persian Court Poetry, there’s something for everyone. Many of the resources are available electronically too, for a quick and easy read.

Remember too, that whether you want help with poetry, or any other subject, the Academic Librarians are experts in the resources for their subject area, so why not take a look at the resource suggestions on the Library’s subject support pages?

You can also contact us here at Offsite, we’d love to hear from you!


Offsite students with disabilities can now borrow books for 6 weeks

In response to feedback from Offsite students, students who are registered with both the Offsite and Disability Advice services can now borrow books for 6 weeks. This allows an extra 2 weeks in addition to the standard Offsite loan period of 4 weeks. Please contact Offsite to request this extended loan period so that we can update our records.

You can also find out more about the Library support available for disabled and dyslexic users.


Planning on visiting the Library over the Easter break?

Even though it was snowing in Leeds this morning, spring is definitely in the air – the daffodils are blooming and that means it’s not long to the Easter vacation. Thinking ahead, some of you may be planning on visiting the Library in person during the holiday. Remember that 24/7 access to both the Headingley and City campus libraries is imageavailable all year round, so why not take the chance to call in to the Library? If you’re planning on visiting outside of staffed hours, please remember to bring your student card with you, as you will need this to be able to stay in the Library.

You may also want to visit another university library nearer to your home. Most university libraries in the UK belong to a reciprocal borrowing scheme known as Sconul Access. Please check using other libraries for information on this scheme and for the link to the application form including a video on how to apply. Before travelling to other libraries, it’s usually best to contact them to check the level of access and borrowing rights which they offer to visitors, as these can differ. Once you’ve completed the online application, a member of Leeds Beckett Library staff will process your application within 3 working days. You will then be sent an authorisation email to take along to your chosen university libraries. This is another occasion where you’ll need to take your Leeds Beckett student card.

If you want to use the internet on your laptop during your visit just log in to Eduroam before you go and you’ll be automatically connected in hundreds of libraries in the UK and abroad.

If you don’t have a student card yet, your course administrator should be able to help. You can find their details by going to the University course finder, finding your course, then clicking on the staff info icon on the right of the screen.

If you’re looking for a book or journal that Leeds Beckett Library doesn’t have in stock you might want to visit the British Library  or apply for an Interlibrary Loan. This service is mainly for final year and postgraduate students but please contact your Academic Librarian if you are not in your final year but can’t find what you need in the Library.

You can also contact us here at Offsite for help in finding details of your course administrator, or for any enquiries related to the Library. We’ll also try to help with any queries related to your learning.

Enjoy the spring flowers – more daffodils and less snow please!