The library working environment: study break passes and texting service

Maintaining a pleasant working environment for everyone who uses the library is one of our main concerns. To ensure that it continues to be a great place to study, we have introduced, or rather reintroduced for those of you  who have used the library for a few years, two new schemes.

Study break scheme

We are still operating at reduced capacity and we’d like to make sure everyone has access to the study space they need. A study break pass allows you to take a break of up to 30 minutes during which time you can leave your belongings unattended. While we don’t take any responsibility for unattended personal stuff, with our study break scheme you can make sure that we don’t move your things to make space for other library users during the 30 minutes. After that time or if you choose not to use a study break card and you are away from the desk, other library users or staff are able to move your belongings to the side to make space. Find out more here or email library@sgul.ac.uk with any comments you might have.

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Noise in the library

We have also introduced a texting service, so you are easily able to alert us to noise in the library or other issues affecting your study space. Text us, with your location, on 07562901543 and we will ensure you can study in peace and quiet. This service is available between 9am and 9pm Monday through to Sunday. Again, if you have any comments about this, please email library@sgul.ac.uk.

Poster for texting service.

We hope that these schemes allow us to continue keeping the library a pleasant working environment for all library users.

Summer Opening Hours in the Library

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The library is soon changing to Summer Opening Hours. During August the library will remain open as follows:

  • 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. Usual 24 hour opening times will resume from September.

The Research Enquiries Desk (RED) and IT clinic also have changed hours* over the Summer. The RED is now open from 12-2pm, Monday to Friday. The IT clinic is open 1-2pm, Monday and Wednesday.

* These hours are subject to change

Recent Library developments – update for staff; slides available

The Library recently ran some lunchtime sessions in June and July to update SGUL & Faculty staff on recent developments covering three areas:

  • SORA – SGUL’s institutional repository
  • Hunter –  a discovery tool to search the Library’s information resources
  • Harvard referencing – forthcoming changes in the new 9th edition of ‘Cite them Write’ Pears & Shields (2013).

Presentation slides are here: