New Year Review

The Library in Numbers: 2017

With 2018 underway, we’ve taken the opportunity to reflect on the past year. Here we present a roundup of activity from the past 12 months in our New Year Review infographic. Throughout 2017 we supported NHS, SGUL and FHSCE researchers, staff and students, developed our collections and introduced exciting changes to the Library:

New Year Review

On the 4th of September the Library opened its doors for 24/7 opening hours, meaning that users could use the space whenever they needed to. In October we launched St George’s Data Repository – a digital archive where users can store, share and discover research output produced at St George’s. Just weeks before the New Year we upgraded Hunter and the library management system. This brings with it many new features, including automatic renewals.

Throughout the year the Library has been very busy. We recorded 524,522 visits in 2017 – that’s over 1437 visits on average per day! We purchased 2,388 books and e-books to add to the Library collection and you, the user, borrowed books 117,231 times.

We were also on hand to support you. As well as our host of information skills training workshops, we saw 831 new students in September for inductions and helped 542 attendees at IT training sessions.

We were also engaged with supporting NHS and University researchers. SORA, St George’s Open Access repository, has 2210 freely available full-text items and 1,823 average monthly downloads were recorded. Our librarians conducted 113 Cares searches to support research and evidence based practice. You, our users, were also busy. You downloaded 615,538 e-journal articles last year – that’s an average of over 50,000 articles every month!

Happy New Year from the team at St George’s Library.


A round up of 2013

We’ve almost reached the end of the year, here’s a quick recap of the things that St George’s Library have been up to.

March: Red Nose Day

staff dressed up for red nose day
All the fine money paid on Friday 15 March went to charity, raising over £500 in the process.

April: Launch of Hunter

Link to hunter search

Hunter became the place to start your searches of Library resources, but more importantly 300 lucky people managed to grab one of our super limited edition orange highlighters.

hunter highlighters stone henge

May: NHS Open Day

NHS Open Day

We held an open day for hospital and community staff to learn more about our library services for the NHS. Jane Moore, NICE Implementation Manager for London, also gave free lunch time talks about NICE resources.

July: New mini laptops available

laptops in trolley

We bought thirty shiny new mini laptops for you to use in the Library space.

July:  Blossom returns

blossom the cow returns

After three years away, the Library is once more graced with Blossom’s lovely visage. Jenner’s famous cow returned on 31 July, she now takes pride of place in the Library.

September: Freshers’ Fayre

Freshers' Fayre

We were around the corner from the infamous Nando’s stall.

October: Community Open Day

pciture of human library desk

Library staff had fun helping out with the Human Library event.

November: Children in Need

Pudsey hangin onto the Helpdesk logo

We held our second fundraising event on Friday 15 November. Library fines were donated to Children in Need, raising over £300.

December: Research Day

staff stall on research day

Library staff were on hand to answer questions about how we support researchers at the Research Day event.

In December we also had a wonderful Christmas cake to eat 🙂

Christmas Cake!