Studying over the summer

Library staff are here all through the summer to help with your enquiries, and, if you’re signed up for the Offsite postal loans service, you will still be able to request items for posting out to you.

If you are borrowing books over the summer, please remember that the auto-renewals system will stay in place. This means that you will still need to check your student email in case anyone else has requested the books which you have on loan.

If you are graduating this summer, congratulations! Please take a look at our blog post from 9th May which explains what happens to your student email after graduation, and how you can stay in touch with the university.

And remember, staff in the Library are always happy to help, so if you have any queries, please do contact Offsite or the Library for additional support 24/7.

We’d love to hear from you!

 

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Accessing resources at a distance

If you are on an eligible distance course and you live in the UK or within Europe, you can sign-up for postal loans via the Library tab in MyBeckett.

Not sure how to do this?  See our handy video on the Offsite Welcome web page.

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Once you have signed-up you can place holds to request your books by mail via the Library catalogue.

blog pic 3All Offsite students can access ebooks, and locate journals and databases online for your study.

Find relevant resources for your study via your subject support pages, your Academic Librarian has created web pages with subject specific help and support.

And remember, you can also apply to use other University Libraries nearer to your home via the Sconul Access scheme.

If you have any queries, please do contact Offsite or the Library for additional support 24/7.

We’d love to hear from you!

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Distance Learners can join the Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community on Google+ to ask questions and find information and guidance from peers and the Distance Learning Unit.

Looking forwards to the summer….

Some important Library-related things to remember in the run-up to the summer:

The auto-renewals system will remain in place over the summer months. Please remember there is a possibility that another Library user could place a book on hold. This would mean that the book might be recalled from you. To avoid overdue fines, do please keep an eye on your student email to make sure that any Library books on loan haven’t been recalled. If one of your books is recalled, the Offsite team will still be here beavering away, so you will be able to post them back to the Library over the summer. Please see our contact details.

If you wanted to visit the Library in person (which you can still do 24/7), please check out the Library opening hours also. Please remember your Leeds Beckett campus (student) card if visiting in person.

If your course finishes this year, checkout our Offsite blog post from 9th May for news of access to MyBeckett and your files once you’ve graduated. You’ll also need to return all of your Library books and pay any outstanding charges by 30th June. You can check your Library account by logging into the Library catalogue using your MyBeckett login details.  If you think you have lost any books please contact Offsite or the Library as soon as possible.

If you are still working on modules please be kind to yourself – take regular breaks away from your screen and books and stay hydrated. The Student Wellbeing Team can help if you’re feeling under pressure. They also have a self-help page offering you resources to promote your wellbeing.

And remember, staff in the Library are always happy to help, so if you have any queries, please do contact Offsite or the Library for additional support 24/7.

We’d love to hear from you!

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Distance Learners can join the Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community on Google+ to ask questions and find information and guidance from peers and the Distance Learning Unit.

Graduating this year?

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Many congratulations from the Offsite team!

  • Your MyBeckett, Microsoft student email account, P:drive (webfiles) and G Suite (Google Apps) will remain active until 30 September 2018.  Back up any files you’ll need and transfer all emails and contacts to an alternative account before then.
  • Your Microsoft Office 365 accountwill remain active until 30 September 2018, after that access to the full version will end and any installed software will become read-only. You will also lose access to your OneDrive on 30 September 2018, so make sure you move any saved work to a different storage location before then.
  • You can use Google Takeout to transfer docs, calendars and YouTube videos. The Alumni tab will appear in MyBeckettwithin five days of your award being confirmed and this will give you more information.
  • Creating a free Pebblepad Alumni Account will enable you to keep all of your work when you leave and store it in a new personal account. Our step-by-step guide shows you how to convert your account. If you want a PebblePad alumni account, please create it afteryou’ve handed in all of your work and before 30 September 2018.
  • Our After Leeds Beckett web page directs you to resources such as open access journals, websites and professional organisations that can help you in your professional practice or in securing that all important first job.
  • You need to return all your books and pay any outstanding charges by 30th June.  If you think you have lost your books please Contact Us as soon as possible.
  • As a Leeds Beckett alumnus you can apply for Guest UserLibrary membership at a reduced rate.
  • Make sure your personal data is up-to-date so you receive any final communications from us and your certificate if you can’t attend your graduation ceremony.

There’s lots of information on the University website about your ceremony and becoming an alumni but get in touch with the Library or Graduation Team if you have any questions about finishing your studies with us.

And remember, staff in the Library are always happy to help, so if you have any queries, please do contact Offsite or the Library for additional support 24/7.

We’d love to hear from you!

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Distance Learners can join the Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community on Google+ to ask questions and find information and guidance from peers and the Distance Learning Unit.

Do you have Library books on loan or have you placed a book on hold?

It’s an exceptionally busy time of year here in the Library, what with exams, assignment due dates and dissertation hand-ins. We’d like to wish all Leeds Beckett students the best of luck in completing their studies.

Some print books are very heavily in demand currently and the Library does its best to have ebooks of popular titles. To make borrowing easier (and also fairer for all), if there’s a particular print book which you would like to use, it’s best if you place it on hold. For Offsite students, please see this page on borrowing and returning items, including a short video of how to request books by mail.

So what happens after you’ve placed a hold? If the item is available, we’ll send it out to you as soon as possible. If all copies of the book are out on loan, the person who has had the book longest will receive an email to their student email, asking them to return the book and giving them a date by which the book should be returned. The Students Union have told us that students find it really frustrating when borrowers keep books longer than their due dates. The auto-renewal system helps to reduce this, but it needs students to place holds on items that they need, check their student email frequently and return books that have been recalled.

At this busy time, if you feel like the work is piling up and it’s getting too stressful, the Student Wellbeing Team can help and they also have a self-help page offering you resources to promote your wellbeing.

We also have some advance news for the summer period – the auto-renewals system will remain in place over the summer vacation. This is to help students who are studying over the summer and those who have non-standard course dates, so if you don’t need to use your Library books over the summer it’s probably best to return them, particularly if you are likely to be away from home for periods.

And remember, staff in the Library are always happy to help, so if you have any queries, please do contact Offsite or the Library for additional support 24/7.

We’d love to hear from you!

Did you know you can keep track of our news on Social Media? Visit us at the:

Distance Learners can join the Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community on Google+ to ask questions and find information and guidance from peers and the Distance Learning Unit.

Studying a distance learning Computing course? Meet your Academic Librarian

Searching for help and resources relevant to your study, look no further!

Meet Laurence Morris your Academic Librarian for Computing who has created subject support pages to help you find relevant resources, information, help and guides in your subject area.

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Click on the topic tabs to search for ebooks, databases, journals, literature searching and much more.

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Use the Search Discover box on the Welcome tab to find resources for your subject using keyword searches for information on a topic.  For further help please click on the Discover guide on the Welcome page or click on Help with Discover for FAQs on how to use this this search tool.

Discover blog picIf you have any queries, please do contact Offsite or the Library for additional support 24/7.

We’d love to hear from you!

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Making Library help easier for distance learners

The Offsite team has recently joined forces with the Lending team at Leeds Beckett Library and we’re always on the lookout for ways to help us support distance and off-campus learners.

We’ve decided that, because the wider Library’s contact and help services are so fantastic (including phone, email, online chat and a physical helpdesk, plus 24/7 IT support) that it makes sense for students, whether on or off-campus, to use these services to  ask all manner of questions related to the Library. The Library help services will also try to help with other queries about your learning, or to point you in the direction of who can help you best.

Because of this, it’s no longer necessary to register with the Offsite service just to ask for help at a distance with Library or IT queries – please just contact the Library. You can still email Offsite directly at offsite@leedsbeckett.ac.uk too!

But, if you are on one of the courses which are eligible to receive postal loans and you live in the UK, Ireland or mainland Europe, and you would like us to post books to you, you will still need to sign up for the Offsite postal loans service. You can do this via the Library tab in MyBeckett. If you’ll never want to borrow print books from us, there is no need to register with Offsite. Please see the Offsite Welcome page for more information and a ‘how-to’ video.

If you’re already registered with Offsite, then everything should stay the same – you can still contact us and request books from us in the way that you’re used to and we’ll do our utmost to get them sent off to you as soon as possible.

Remember, you can also apply to use another university library nearer to your home via the Sconul Access scheme too!

If you have any queries, please do contact Offsite or the Library for additional support 24/7.

We’d love to hear from you!

Did you know you can keep track of our news on Social Media? Visit us at the:

Distance Learners can join the Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community on Google+ to ask questions and find information and guidance from peers and the Distance Learning Unit.