A warm welcome back to all our returning students. We appreciate some of you may not have been in the library since February or March! It’s been a long time since the beginning of lockdown and we’ve missed you all. So much has changed that affects all our daily lives and coronavirus has changed a great deal of how the library will open and how we can run our services this semester. Here’s everything you need to know…
The NHS Covid-19 contact-tracing app is set to launch across England and Wales tomorrow 24 September. It uses Bluetooth technology to track time and distance between smartphone devices. It offers QR code check-in capability, allows users to book a free test and has an isolation countdown timer to remind people to quarantine.
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New to the university?
Looking for advice on how to make the most of the experience?
Two years ago we asked first year students to take part in a diary writing activity. It was designed to help us understand the experiences our new students face. For one activity in the diary we asked those taking part what advice they would give to new students starting this September.
These students were in your shoes not long ago, here’s the advice they would like to give to you…
The Library and Learning Resources team has a motto.
It’s quite simple… you may have seen it on signs in our libraries.
It’s…. Just ASK!
And we really do mean it! We’re here to help you.
Can’t find an item on our shelves? – Just ASK
Need help issuing a book? – Just ASK
Not sure how to place a reservation? – Just ASK
Not sure how to start researching your essay? – Just ASK
With so much going on, finding the time to ask the questions you need, can be difficult… so let’s run through the options of how you can get in touch and where you can find useful information to get you started.
During periods where you have a large amount of work to do for your course, you may find the library becomes your second home.
While sometimes you might want to work in silence by yourself, other times you might benefit from group work, or maybe you just want to socialise with your friends while looking over some notes. The library has created designated zones so that you can study in a way that suits your studying style, and caters to your needs, without disrupting others.
In line with Government advice and University guidance, we are planning how we can best reopen Augustine House Library and what services we can offer while adhering to social distancing and health and safety guidelines. Key to our plans is ensuring the safety of all our users and our staff. Our strategy is to start small and safe, build confidence, test processes, and expand our services.
The Click and Study service is available across all floors of Augustine House. This will allow you to book a study space or computer within Augustine House for a range of times in different study zones whilst the building is open. You can book multiple slots in a day but due to the need to regularly clean study spaces, not all study spaces will be available at all times throughout the day.
From 28 September we are increasing the length of time the building is open to
- 8am – 10pm (Monday – Friday)
- 10am – 5pm (Saturday – Sunday)
Both Click and Study and Click and Collect will be expanded to take advantage of these new opening hours. Bookings for the expanded slots will be available from Sunday 27 September.
If you’re in Augustine House and need help, face to face support from the Library point will be available from 8:30am – 5:30pm (Monday – Friday).
From 28 September support will be available at weekends at the Library Point from 11am – 4pm.
You will need a Smartcard to enter the building before 9am and after 5pm.