As usual in vacations there are some changes to loan periods which may mean you get to keep items longer.
When borrowing or renewing before or during the vacation, make sure you check the loan date given on your receipt or online and remember to renew on time – if you need help remembering, Library Elf can help.
Many regular users of the Library have their own favourite spot for studying, maybe because there’s a nice view, or near the books that they enjoy using, or because it’s near the coffee machine. Maybe you’ve found a hidden corner that is tucked away from everyone else and means you can really focus on your studies.
Unfortunately, during exam time the number of people using the Library rockets, and puts increasing pressure on the spaces available. We have added extra furniture and created additional spaces to try and meet this demand, but the pressure is still there.
PCs in the Library have an auto-log off that will trigger after 20 minutes of inactivity, and any PC which isn’t logged in will be viewed as available for use by another person.
If you’re leaving belongings to reserve a space in the Library – please don’t. Firstly, you risk losing your belongings to thieves who will spot an opportunity to gain themselves a new laptop, wallet, credit card, phone or any of the other belongings that we regularly find left unattended. Secondly, you are depriving someone else of the opportunity to use that space.
Our ongoing policy to keep spaces available is that Library staff will move left belongings, to release the space for other people – if you are aware of spaces being reserved in this way, please alert a member of staff.
The vacation is nearly upon us, closely followed by the Examination period, and we can now confirm our opening pattern, as follows:
- 12noon Sunday 24th March – 9pm Friday 29th
- 10am – 5pm Saturday 30th March
- Closed Easter Sunday & Monday
- 9am Tuesday 2nd April re-open.
From Tuesday 2nd April the Library will be open 24/7, up until 9pm on Friday May 17th. You can find a full break down of our hours, and the restrictions that will be in place for visitors, at http://www.brunel.ac.uk/services/library/about/opening-hours.
There have been rumours for some time, but we can now confirm – from Easter until the end of the exam period the Library will be open 24/7, offering access to study space and resources round the clock at the time you need it most.
This latest extension of our opening hours builds on the success of the introduction of our current model in 2009, when our term-time opening hours increased from 74 hours to 136 hours per week, and we hope it will be of help in the build up to exams when space and time is at a premium.
In addition we will be open across most of the University closed period, closing only on Easter Sunday & Monday – full details of our opening pattern will be released soon.
In preparation for the examination period we will be restricting Visitor Access to the Library between Monday March 25th and Friday May 17th. During this period card access for all external users will be suspended and there will be no access for external reference cardholders.
If you are a Brunel Graduate, SCONUL borrower, or a member of the ORS, please present your card at the Library Welcome Desk to gain access during our advertised core hours.
As part of this year’s One World Week activities, the Library is running a Human Library project, offering the chance to ‘borrow’ people for half an hour of conversation to find out more about what makes them tick.
The Human Library can offer an opportunity to ask questions you may not have had the chance to ask before, and to maybe see things from a different perspective.
Titles available include a Jedi, a Vegan and a Muslim, with more being added through the week. Borrowing sessions are for up to thirty minutes, and are held in the Library – you can find out more about the available titles, include booking details, at www.http://brunelhumanlibrary.tumblr.com/.
The Library is hosting a number of different events next week to mark One World Week, Brunel’s annual celebration of our diversity.
The ground floor of the Library will host a display showcasing the Brunel Institute for Contemporary Middle Eastern Music, whose collection is housed in the Research Commons
Throughout the week we will be welcoming back our friends from Frontier, The Society for Environmental Exploration, and on Thursday Everychild – both charities which will be providing an opportunity to find out more about their work and how to get involved. Look out for their stalls on the ground floor of the Library and say hello.
We will also be at the One World Fair on Tuesday promoting the Brunel Human Library – see the separate post on this blog for more information on how to take part in this exciting project.
Unfortunately from time to time we need to remind everyone that there may be people around who want to leave with your belongings as well as a book. Please, when you’re using the Library:
- Don’t leave any of your belongings unattended – even if you’re surrounded by other people studying, they may not notice anything, and it takes a split second for someone to walk away with your things.
- Don’t sleep in the Library – this makes you an easy target for opportunistic thieves to help themselves.
- Keep any items of value, purses and bags out of sight or out of reach at all times.
- If you aren’t doing so already, make sure that you regularly back up the contents of your laptop, and consider buying (and using) a Kensington lock or similar that can secure your laptop.
As One World Week approaches, we are looking for volunteers to take part in a ‘Human Library’ event running during the week of 11th February. You can find out more about Human Libraries here, but essentially we are looking for people to volunteer a part of their identity which they are prepared to discuss with people on an individual basis and within the Library.
Volunteers will be available as ‘Books’, available to be borrowed for short time slots by Readers, who will have the opportunity to ask questions and find out more about the Book, with the aim of helping to promote better understanding and breaking down stereotypes and prejudices. Examples of Books that have been available at similar events include Muslims, ex-gang Members, Vegans, and a Funeral Director.
To be a volunteer you will need to have time available during the week on 11th February when you can be available for bookings, and you will need to be prepared to talk openly about aspects of your life which are the title of your Book.
If you would like to know more about this event or would like to take part, there is a briefing session in the Library Seminar Room on Wednesday 6th February at 5.15pm; Alternatively you can send an email for more details. You can also follow the event blog at http://brunelhumanlibrary.com.
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