Holiday Library Tips

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Away from SGUL but still need to study over the Christmas break? Read on for more about finding the best online resources for your course, and why taking books home for the holidays is now a little easier. And if you need a quiet place to study, we may be able to help with that too.

1. Use our online resources

Your SGUL login and password give you access to a wide range of online resources – including electronic journals, e-books and tools such as Acland’s Anatomy and BMJ Best Practice – from anywhere with an internet connection.

Find great online resources with LibGuides

All of our new subject-specific LibGuides include:

  • a list of online resources specially selected for your course
  • information about accessing resources from offsite

Check our LibGuides list to see if a guide is available for your course (we’ve also included links to three of the most popular ones below). Our LibGuides collection is growing fast, so if your course isn’t among the 13 listed so far, it may be coming soon.


Reset your password before you go

Resetting your password before you leave campus ensures it won’t expire for the next three months. Use the password change link, or drop in to the Library Helpdesk between 8am and 6pm on weekdays.

Forgotten/Expired password?

If your password does expire while you’re away, you may be able to reset it from offsite using this link.

Note: you must have already set up an external email address and if you don’t receive the reset link, check your junk mail folder.


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2. Borrowing books over the holiday?

Your books will now renew automatically, as long as no-one else has requested them. So in most cases, the only reminder you’ll autorenewreceive is an email telling you that your items have successfully renewed.

If your book is requested by another user, you’ll receive an email asking you to return it. But you always have until the due date to do this – and this means any item that’s borrowed or renewed from Monday 17th December won’t be requested back before January 2019.

If your book is requested while you’re away from SGUL…

…you will still need to return it by the due date if possible. Overdue books are fined at 20p per day and are invoiced after two weeks.

But if you’re unable to return a book by the due date, we recommend signing in to your account in Hunter where you can attempt to renew it manually. If another copy of the book has been returned, your renewal will succeed – so try this over several days to increase your chances.

Find more detailed guidance in our blog post here.

3. Register to study in a library near you

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SGUL Library is a member of the SCONUL access scheme, allowing our users reference access to over 170 other university libraries across the UK and Ireland. (Postgraduates may also get limited borrowing rights in some cases.)

To start using the scheme, follow the steps on the SCONUL Access page. Within a few days, and provided there are no fines on your Library account, you’ll receive an email from us which you can take to your chosen library along with your SGUL ID card to apply for access.

(We can’t reply to SCONUL requests between 21st December and 1st January, so please apply by Thursday 20th December to secure your access over this period.)

Free WiFi with Eduroam

Like SGUL, many universities in the UK and worldwide use Eduroam for WiFi. If you’re visiting another university – or just passing nearby – you’ll often pick up the network on a WiFi-enabled phone or laptop and will be able to connect using your SGUL username (remember to include and password.