The Library over the Easter break

The Easter vacation is beckoning!

The current Leeds Beckett University term finishes on Friday 23rd March for the Easter vacation and the new term starts on Monday 9th April. We’re sure everyone is ready for a well-earned break to recharge their batteries, or to have some time to catch up with university work.

Unlike the Christmas vacation, the Library recall system will continue to operate over the Easter period. This means that, if you have Library items on loan, it’s a good idea to check your student email at times over the break. If another person requests one of the books you have on loan, you will receive an email to your student email, asking you to return the item and giving you a due date. Offsite students generally have two weeks to return items which have been recalled. After this date, overdue fines are charged. You will still be able to post items back to the Library – please see the Offsite webpages for our address details.

If you want to visit the Library in person, you can do so at any time, 24/7, but please remember to bring your Leeds Beckett card with you. If you are visiting the Library and would like help from staff, please see our staffed hours over the vacation. If you haven’t received your Leeds Beckett card, please email campuscard@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

You can also visit other university libraries nearer to your home through the Sconul Access scheme.

And, of course, you can always contact the Library 24/7 and we’ll do our very best to help you.

However you plan to spend your vacation, we hope you all have a great time!

If you have any queries, please do contact Offsite or the Library for additional support 24/7. We love hearing from students!

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.

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Reminder – MyBeckett upgrade!

Please be aware that MyBeckett will be unavailable during the following time period due to necessary and important upgrades:

Start – 1 January 2018 14.30 GMT
End – 3 January 2018 17.00 GMT

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We recommend that before January 1st  make sure that, where possible, you have downloaded files or materials that you might need within this period from MyBeckett and saved them elsewhere.

 

What can I access during the downtime?

During the downtime period you can continue to:

 

As soon as the upgrade is finished you will be able to access MyBeckett as normal.

Please note that under usual circumstances we recommend accessing Library resources via the Library tab in MyBeckett.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption to your studies that this may cause.

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

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.

Important news – access to Google student email after 15th December

From 15 December 2017 you will no longer be able to access the archived copy of your Gmail account. This is because in September 2017 the University introduced new Microsoft student email accounts for all students.

We moved all your content (including contacts and email categories) to your new account at that time. If you re-started your course after 31 October you’ll need to contact Student IT Support for help to move content from your old Gmail account.

To access your Microsoft email account login with your University email address and usual login details via the Office 365 portalOffice 365

If you’ve not yet set up your devices to receive your emails or are encountering any problems please see our IT Support pages for help.

You can still use all the other Google applications including Google Drive.

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

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.

MyBeckett upgrade

Please be aware that MyBeckett will be unavailable during the following time period due to necessary and important upgrades:

Start1 January 2018 14.30 GMT
End 3 January 2018 17.00 GMT

mybeckett-upgrade-18

We recommend that before January 1st  make sure that, where possible, you have downloaded files or materials that you might need within this period from MyBeckett and saved them elsewhere.

 

What can I access during the downtime?

During the downtime period you can continue to:

 

As soon as the upgrade is finished you will be able to access MyBeckett as normal.

Please note that under usual circumstances we recommend accessing Library resources via the Library tab in MyBeckett.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption to your studies that this may cause.

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

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.

 

Autorenewals and you!

The Library introduced the new automatic renewal system in October, meaning that we’ll keep renewing your Library items for up to 6 months, unless someone else needs the item or you finish your course. Books are issued and renewed week by week, but for Offsite students the books are protected from being requested by anyone else for the first three weeks. So, if you want to borrow something that’s already on loan, you need to request it by putting a hold on it. Distance learners registered with Offsite should place items on hold via Books by Mail.

What happens when you place a hold on a Library item?

If the item is already on loan an email is sent to the University email of the person who has that book, asking them to return the item as it has been requested by another user. They then have a specified number of days to return the item. It’s therefore really important to check your student email if you have books on loan, just to make sure that no-one else has requested them.

Once the item has been returned, the Holds team will process the item. For Offsite users of the Library, the book is then passed  to the Offsite team for posting out to you. Once your hold has been sent, you’ll receive an email to your student email to confirm that the book is on its way!

If you’re not sure how to place a hold, please check out our Offsite page on postal loans where you can also watch our video: How to request books by mail.

If you’ve any queries, please do contact Offsite . You can also contact the main library for help if you wish. Did you know you can keep up to date with our news, or talk to us, on Twitter, Facebook, the Blog or the Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community.

Updates: MyBeckett, Student Email and Microsoft Office.

Hello all! We hope you are all looking forward to the start of a new academic year, those of you who are returning or starting this September.

There have been some changes over Summer. MyBeckett now has a new look log in page and has renamed some of the tabs. IT Support is now IT; Employability is Opportunities and Help is Support.

The biggest change is to your University email. From 7th September (today!) your University email will change from one provided by Google (gmail) to a new Microsoft Outlook email. You can access your new Microsoft email account here and via MyBeckett. Your email address and password remains the same. There’s a handy guide here, if you are having trouble.

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Returning students, don’t panic!

  • You still have all of your content (including contacts and email categories), we have moved it to Outlook for you.
  • You can still access Google Drive. This is accessed here using your University email address and pass word or via MyBeckett.
  • You can still access your old Gmail account here until 15 December 2017

Just a quick reminder….

Did you know, as a Leeds Beckett University student you can access Microsoft Office 365 for free?

This includes:

  • Full versions of Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, OneNote) on up to 5 Windows and Mac PCs
  • Unlimited access to the online and mobile app versions of Microsoft Office, Sway and Forms
  • Up to 1TB of cloud storage on OneDrive
  • Access to your University email address with 50GB of mailbox storage

You can download Microsoft Office 365 in the IT tab, in MyBeckett. We have a helpful online guide, to help you do this.

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Our IT Support pages include information about downloading the software, systems requirements and frequently asked questions. You can also contact us if you need more help.

Graduating this year?

If you are graduating this summer, congratulations!  We know it’s a busy time of year as you finish your assignments or dissertations and prepare for exams, but if you’re graduating this year please see the list below. It gives you lots of useful information and reminds you about a few things you need to do before you graduate:

  • Your MyBeckett, student email account and associated apps and P:drive (webfiles) will remain active until 30 September 2017.  Back up any files you’ll need and transfer all emails and contacts to an alternative account before then.
  • You can use Google Takeout to transfer docs, calendars and YouTube videos.  See the Alumni tab in MyBeckett for more information.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Best of luck with your assignments and exams – if you need any help from your friendly Offsite team – please don’t hesitate to contact us.