Studying Building Services Engineering? Check out help and resources for your study!

Check out your Building Services Engineering subject support page which can be located from the Welcome page for Building and Construction.  Check out the relevant resources, information, help and guides.

Here you will find a list of key book titles, journals and databases and a very helpful presentation on ‘Finding and using Library resources at Leeds Beckett University’ from your Academic Librarian Jennifer Winterburn:

Just click on the tabs along the top of the page to explore each section.

 

 

 

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.

 

If you have any questions please contact the Offsite team, we are happy to help.

Come and join us on the Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community – you will find updates, information, guidance, hints and tips and more.

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.

Sign up here to become part of the community.

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New book renewal system starts today!

The Library is getting a new book renewal system, starting today!

The Library is making changes today to its loan periods and fines, and this will affect all Library borrowers, including distance learners. The new system is called auto-renewals and we hope it will help Library users to manage their loans more easily.

So what will happen from today when you have an item issued to you?

All items issued to Offsite-registered students will initially issue for 1 week. However, you are guaranteed a minimum of 3 weeks before the book can be requested by another student. If the item isn’t then requested by anyone else, it will keep auto-renewing week by week. This automatic renewal will repeat until:
• the item has reached the maximum number of auto renewals (a total of 26 weeks)
• the borrower is leaving Leeds Beckett and their account expires
• the item is requested by another user placing a Hold on it

What happens if someone else requests one of the books I have on loan?

After the initial 3 weeks that you have a book, if an item that you have on loan has a hold placed on it by another Library user, you will be emailed at your University email and asked to return the item – Offsite-registered students then have 14 days to return the item before it becomes overdue. If the item does go overdue, then overdue fines will begin. Overdue fines will be charged at £2 per day, to a maximum of £10 per item.

What does this mean in practice?

  • If no-one else wants the books which you have on loan, then they should renew automatically, up to a total of 26 weeks
  • If you keep a book once it has been placed on hold by someone else, then fines will be charged at £2 per day
  • It is therefore really important that you check your student email frequently, as this is how the Library will let you know if you need to return any items
  • It is possible to forward your student email to a different email of your choice – please see these instructions

What happens to my existing loans?

Items which were issued before Tuesday 10th October have now converted to the auto-renewals system. After their due date is reached, they will start to auto-renew on a weekly basis, to a maximum of 26 weeks. If someone else places a hold on one of your loans, you will receive an email to your student email, and you will then have 14 days to return the item before you start incurring overdue fines. Please check your Library account to find out the due date or contact the Library if you have any questions.

Why is the Library starting this new system?

The Library is making these changes because auto-renewals will save students effort and also save them thousands of pounds in fines (this has happened at other institutions with auto-renewals). We’ve also talked to the Students’ Union and they’ve told us that one of the things that really annoys students is when someone hangs onto a book after a hold has been placed on it. Lots of other University libraries have changed their loan and fines system and their experiences show that if the fine is higher on a requested item it’s more likely to be returned on time, and that there are fewer fines charged overall. It will hopefully also help students to manage their loans as, unless someone else has requested a book, books should renew automatically.

But I used to have books issued by Offsite for 4 weeks!

We realise that, for Offsite students, the initial loan period is a week shorter. However, we hope that the auto-renewal system will compensate for this slightly shorter initial issue period and that students will find it easy to manage their Library accounts under the new system.

Please don’t worry about these changes – there are always Library staff to help you. Please do contact us if you have any queries

Finding, using and accessing eBooks

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.

Studying Education?

Check out your Education subject support page for relevant resources, information, help and guides.

Here you will find a list of new book titles, journals, key databases, teacher support and much more.

Just click on the tabs along the top of the page to explore each section.

Use the Search Discover box to find resources for your subject using keyword searches for information on a topic.  Please click on Help with Discover for FAQs on how to use this this search tool.

If you have any questions please contact the Offsite team, we are happy to help.

Come and join us on the Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community – you will find updates, information, guidance, hints and tips and more.

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.

Sign up here to become part of the community.

Welcome to Welcome and Induction Week!

We’d like to wish all new starters at Leeds Beckett University our very best wishes for Welcome and Induction Week.

For those of you studying on distance learning courses, why not check out the Offsite team webgpages – we’re dedicated to supporting distance learners in their use of the Library. You can contact us with any Library/IT related queries and we also have a service to post out books to students on eligible courses. Joining Offsite is quick and easy to do – just complete the online form at the Library tab in MyBeckett, or contact us if you have any queries about Offsite.

You might also want to think about joining the Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community. This is for all Leeds Beckett distance learning students to get to know each other, to ask the Distance Learning Unit any queries, and to get up-to-date information on a wide variety of topics relevant to distance learners. Why not sign up here to become part of the community?

You could also check out the Library page for your own particular subject, where you will find details of your Academic Librarian, the Library subject specialist for your area. You’ll find details of how to contact them if you ever need to and also information on a whole host of resources. The Skills for Learning team also have a collection of resources to support the learning and teaching of academic skills which you might find useful.

Finally, at the start of your course, you might be feeling really excited or maybe a little bit daunted if it’s a while since you’ve done any studying – or you might feel a mixture of all of those things. Please don’t worry – there are lots of people around to help you, and no question is too small to ask, so please do contact us if you have any queries. You can also get in touch with the main Library contact points as well via email, online chat or 24/7 phone support for advice and information on Library and IT services – including password resets.

Good luck with your studies and we look forward to hearing from you!

Join up to the Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community

Hello to all distance learning students, come and join us on 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.

You will find relevant, up to date and interesting information posted regularly.

Sign up here to become part of the community.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Library Offsite team if you have any questions.

Those last few days of summer………..

We hope you’ve all had a fantastic summer, including a great Bank Holiday weekend, and that you’re now gearing up for the new term ahead.

For those of you starting your course, welcome to Leeds Beckett University, and welcome to Offsite, Leeds Beckett Library’s service to support distance learners in their use of the Library. Why not checkout our webpages?

We’re looking forward to helping you in your studies and will be keeping you up-to-date with all things Library.

And if you ever need any help, please do contact Offsite. You can also contact the Library 24/7 for support and information on MyBeckett, the Library and any IT questions (including password resets).

Here’s hoping you have a great time at uni, we’d love to hear from you!