Hello everyone. We hope you are settling in OK. These first few weeks really fly by!
You might even be starting to think about accessing Library resources so you can start reading and researching.
eBooks are a great digital alternative to a print book, especially as they can provide you with instant online access to your resources whenever and wherever you are! You can find eBooks by searching Discover or the Library Catalogue – these can be accessed through MyBeckett.
In your Discover search, look for the eBook icon
In the Library Catalogue, select the purple link to open this electronic resource, for example:
You can either read eBooks online or download them for a short period of time, after which access to the eBook will automatically expire.
For more information on eBooks, how to find them and use them, why not see our eBooks webpages?
If you have a query, please do get in touch with us:
We’re always happy to hear from you, and happy to help.
If you’re having a break between modules why not check out our Summer ebook reading.
Did you know that the Library has a wide selection of fiction for you to choose from, browse the Library Catalogue for titles.
Find these and more summer activities on Key Library Resources.
Or wherever you are relax and listen to our Schools Out for Summer playlist!
The Offsite team are here to help you all year round so if you have any questions please contact us. Its business as usual for us through the Summer months and we would love to hear from you. Find our contact details here.
Have a look at our Key Library Resources for this month, the latest books and e-books are now available for you to borrow or read online.
Check out the Professionals Skills tab for books and ebooks that include the following topics:
- Team Roles
- Time Management
- Skills for Success
- Presentation Skills
And under the Exam Success tab you’ll find ‘Tools for success’, ‘Music for motivation and relaxation’ as well as a range of books and ebooks related to exam success, time management and how to deal with stress.
You can check out recent titles relevant to your course by clicking on Subject Support on the Library homepage, choose your subject area and click on the Books tab within your Subject Guide.
Good luck to all distance learners with assessments or assignment deadlines this week. Remember the Offsite team are here to help if you have any last minute queries. Our contact details are available here.
We’d like to wish all of you a very Happy New Year from all of us in the Offsite team at Leeds Beckett Library. We hope you have all had a relaxing break. Although the new term doesn’t start officially until Monday 9th January, we have had several enquiries from Offsite students over the festive break which we have answered as quickly as possible.
Staff are available to help you from Tuesday 3rd January 2017 from 08:30 – 19:00 weekdays and from 11:00 – 17:00 Saturdays and Sundays. Please see staff help and availability on the Library web pages under Opening Hours. Don’t forget you can also get 24/7 IT support by contacting 0113 812 1000 or use the Chat With Us option.
Why not take a look at the latest Key Library Resources to help you with your studies. You’ll find books and eBooks to help with your wellbeing as well as books to help with study skills and exam success.
Check out the Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community.
Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community is a place for all Leeds Beckett distance learning students, across all courses, to chat to each other and to ask questions to the Distance Learning Unit.
Join here to become part of the community.
When you’ve borrowed items from the Library, the time can pass really quickly and so the Library system sends out emails to student email addresses 3 days before Library due dates, as a reminder to either renew or return your items.
However, for distance learners who have borrowed books, the Offsite team have realised that 3 days isn’t that long to get down to your local post office to return items by post. So, for all items sent out by the Offsite team, the email reminders now go out an extra two days earlier, meaning that for items which we send out to students registered with Offsite, the reminders will be emailed to student email accounts 5 days in advance of the due date.
It’s also possible to renew your items online – log in to the Library catalogue using your usual MyBeckett login details, then go to the self-service tab and Renew my Materials. The Library has also produced a short video on how to renew your loans. Remember that, if you are unable to renew any items, you will need to return them by the due date.
For people who prefer to manage everything through one email account, you can also forward your student email to an alternative email address of your choice, please see these instructions.
And if you’d like an alternative to borrowing print books, you might like to check out the Library’s collection of eBooks. Why not take a look at the Library webpages on eBooks for FAQ’s about eBooks, news about the collections and notes on how to personalise the on-screen appearance of eBooks.
You can also contact Offsite at any time if you have any queries – we’re always delighted to hear from students!
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.
Some of our ebooks (from one particular provider) are unavailable for the week beginning 17th August 2015. This is to allow us to make upgrades and refresh content. They should be available again by Friday 21st August 2015. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
In the meantime we still have lots of other ebooks available. If you haven’t used ebooks yet, why not give them a try? More information is available on the Library website, including a guide to finding and using ebooks.
Please contact Offsite if you have any queries.