Self-enrol on the St George’s Library module in Canvas

In case you didn’t already know, the Library now has a home in Canvas – St George’s virtual learning environment (VLE). You should expect to see content and resources develop in the SGUL Library module over the coming academic year, but for now the module has a key role in hosting this year’s Online Library Inductions – see here for more information.

If you don’t see the SGUL Library module on your Canvas dashboard, it’s really easy to enrol yourself:

  1. Click the support icon in the global navigation
  2. Click the link to Extra Curricular / Learning Resources
  3. Select the Library icon
  4. Click ‘Join this module’ on the right-hand side of the page

Alternatively, this very short video will guide you through the process.

If you have any questions about the Library module in Canvas, Library inductions etc. please email us on liaison@sgul.ac.uk

Library Induction Tours

Yesterday’s Postgraduate Fresher’s Fayre was a great success – we met over 100 new and returning St George’s students to tell them about their new online induction (SGUL login required) and the fantastic prizes they could win for completing it!

The Library’s stand at Fresher’s Fayre – we’ll be back on the 23rd September for more!

To complement our welcome talk and online induction we’ll be running tours of the Library where you’ll get the opportunity to meet one of our Liaison Librarians and explore our study spaces. Everyone is welcome and there’s no need to book – tours will be leaving from outside Blossom at the following times:

Wednesday 28th August: 10am 11am 12pm 1pm

Thursday 29th August: 10am 11am 12pm 1pm

Friday 30th August: 10am 11am 12pm 1pm

Tuesday 3rd September: 10am 11am 12pm 1pm

Wednesday 4th September: 10am 11am 12pm 1pm

Tuesday 10th September: 10am 11am 12pm 1pm

Wednesday 11th September: 10am 11am 12pm 1pm

Tours will depart from the seating area surrounding Blossom the cow.

If you can’t make any of these dates, we’ll be running more tours at the end of September for our new undergraduate intake, so expect to see some more dates published on the blog nearer the time.

In the meantime, your can familiarise yourself with the Library and its rules, services and resources by checking out our Library Essentials Libguide.

If you have any questions about the inductions, tours or using the Library, you can email us at liaison@sgul.ac.uk

Filming in the Library: Thursday 18th July

This Thursday 18th July, there will be a film crew recording a promotional video in the Library between 9.30am and 5pm.

While we’ll aim to keep disruption to a minimum, please be aware that the film crew and Library staff will be setting up equipment, recording interviews and moving throughout the study spaces and computer rooms throughout the day.

Expected disruption will include the closure of some spaces/services. Please note that:

  • The smaller Silent Study section will be closed to users between 8am – 10am
  • Printers in the main computer room will be switched off and unavailable for use between 11am – 12pm

Should you not wish to appear in the photographs or recordings, please ensure you sit in an area that is away from the view of the cameras. If you have any concerns about this, please speak to a member of Library staff on the day, or email Robert Harris, the Head of Digital Services on rharris@sgul.ac.uk

Important: St George’s Library will be self-service only on Wednesday 17th July

Due to a staff training day, St George’s Library will be self-service only on Wednesday 17 July 2019. The Library will be monitored by our security staff.

If you are planning a visit on this day, please ensure you have your ID badge with you to gain entry to the Library and to borrow books.

You will also need your login details to logon to our computers because our security staff will not be able to provide you with assistance.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

St George’s Library Summer Opening Hours

Until mid-September the Library will be open during the following hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 8am – 11pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 9pm

The Library helpdesk will continue to be staffed from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. 24 hour opening will resume in the autumn.

If you have any questions about this change in service, please email library@sgul.ac.uk

Library Easter Opening Hours 2019

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We’re pleased to announce that the Library will remain open 24/7
over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend!

Please be aware will be operating self-service only during these times and
you will need to make sure you bring a valid ID card to access the Library.

Library staff will be unavailable from:
6pm on Thursday 18th April
until
8am on Tuesday 23rd April.

 

New Self-Service Kiosks in the Library

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We’re pleased to announce that in the new year, the Library will be installing new self-service kiosks which will make borrowing books quicker and easier. We’ll also be installing new book detection gates at the library entrance.

The works to install these new features will be carried out between 7th – 9th January 2019 and we anticipate that there will be some disruption during this period.

On Monday 7th January there will no entry to or exit from the Library through the main entrance – an alternative route through the main computer room will be available and signposted on the day.

Library users shouldn’t expect any disruption to borrowing or returning items during these works.

If you have any comments or questions about the, please email the User Services team at library@sgul.ac.uk

 

Service Update: Increased Loans, Changes to Fines and Automatic Renewals

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Library staff are pleased to announce that we’ve made a number of changes to our rules and regulations that will improve your experience of borrowing items from the Library:

 

booksWe’ve increased the amount of items you can borrow.

SGUL students/staff and NHS staff are now able to borrow up 15 items at one time. Some exceptions do apply*.

 

recycle-signWe’ve increased the amount of renewals on your loans.

Items on your record will now be automatically renewed until the end of your course.

Loans for NHS and SGUL staff will be automatically renewed until their Library account expires. This means you won’t have to remember to renew the items yourself, or bring them back to the Library when they have reached their renewal limit.

However, items won’t successfully renew if another user requests them, or you have accumulated more than £10 in fines. You’ll be notified by email if your book has been requested by another user.

 

coinsWe’ve changed the way we charge overdue fines.

By introducing these rolling renewals, we hope our users will accumulate fewer overdue fines over the course of their studies.

However, if a book is recalled, you’ll be charged 20p per day until the book is returned.

We’ll also continue to issue invoices for non-returned, lost or damaged items, which cover the cost of a replacement plus an additional administration charge.

 

By increasing the amount of books you can borrow and extending your renewals, we hope that borrowing books from the library becomes a more flexible experience for the majority of users.

However, rolling renewals will mean that books are likely to be off the shelves for longer periods if they aren’t requested by other users. Therefore it will become more important for users to request books that are on loan by placing a hold (or reservation). If you’ve not placed a hold before, see our FAQs below for further instructions.

 


FAQs

 

How can I check when my books are due?

You can manage your account by signing sign in to Hunter using the login option in the top right-hand corner (or by clicking the ‘My Account’ link on the library homepage).

SGUL staff and students should login using their University username and password. NHS staff can obtain their login by emailing library@sgul.ac.uk

Your Library Card overview will show you everything you have on loan, and their due dates:

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How do I place a hold on a book I need?

To place a hold on a book you’ll need to make sure that:

a) you are signed in to Hunter

b) all copies of the book you need are on loan to other users

If that is the case, an option to ‘Place Hold’ will appear above the location information for your book:

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Click on this link and you’ll then be asked to confirm your request.

Step-by-Step instructions for placing a hold can be found here.

Don’t forget, you can manage your holds by signing-in to your account in Hunter. If you no longer need a particular title, please do be courteous and cancel your request so it becomes available for another user.

 

I’m going on placement – what if someone requests the book I’ve borrowed?

If you know you are going to be away for St George’s for some time, we’d usually recommend using an electronic version of the book you intend to borrow to avoid picking up fines on physical items you are unable to return.

However, using an electronic version isn’t always possible. While it’s likely that the rolling automatic renewals will last the duration of your placement, if someone has placed a hold on your item it will still need to be returned by the due date. Otherwise you’ll be charged 20p per day until the book is returned.

If your book has been reserved but you are unable to return it, please sign-in to your Library account on Hunter and attempt to renew it manually by clicking the ‘Renew’ button next to the correct item in your ‘Loans’ section. By doing this, if another copy of the book is returned, your renewal will be successful. You may need to attempt this over a few days to allow enough time for another user to return their copy.

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I have outstanding fines on my account – do I need to pay them?

Yes – although fines are changing, you will still need to pay any outstanding fines on your account. Try to pay them as promptly as possible: once your fines reach £10.00 your books won’t automatically renew and you won’t be able to borrow further items.

 


If you have any further questions about these changes, please send them to the User Services team by emailing library@sgul.ac.uk or ask a member of staff at the Library Helpdesk.

 

*Exceptions include: honorary members of staff, elective students & placement students. Some NHS job categories are only eligible for restricted loans or reference only access.