Please return your library books!

Do you still have library books that you borrowed last term? Do you still need them? If not, please return them as soon as you can to give other students a chance to use them.

Exams are over and you’ve submitted your assignments. A new term of teaching starts next week, so you probably have a new set of module reading lists to look at. Make some room on your library card by returning books you no longer need. It’s easy to check which books you have on loan – just Sign In to iFind and go to My Account.

Are you still using the books you borrowed last term? Don’t worry, our automatic renewal system means it’s ok to keep them for now. Please remember to check your student email account regularly, though. If another student needs a book you’ve borrowed, you’ll get an email that asks you to return the book to the library. If you don’t bring it back on time, you could be charged a fine! There’s more information about automatic renewals and overdue books on our website.

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Don’t let your library books pile up at home! Return the ones you don’t need. (Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Bay Library: more of your questions

In a follow up to our blog on Monday, here are a few questions you’ve been asking about borrowing books.

How long can you borrow books for?

Loan periods vary depending on how popular we think a book will be. A normal loan period is two weeks, but you will also see books which are issued for one week or even one day at a time. Books which are very much in demand may be for reference use only so you won’t be able to borrow them, but you can use them in the library.

Your books will usually be renewed for you automatically. Your books won’t be renewed if someone else has requested them. We will email you to tell you if you need to return a book so that someone else can borrow it. Remember to check your student email regularly as you may be fined if we ask you to return a book and you bring it back late.

There is more information about loan periods and automatic renewals on our website.

Can you check if your book has been renewed online?

Yes you can! You can check how many books you have on loan and look at the latest due dates by signing in to iFind and checking My Account (you’ll find these options at the top right of the iFind screen). You can also renew your books yourself on iFind, as long as no one else has requested them.

Why are some books only one night loan?

When a book is in high demand, we may have some copies which are restricted to a one night loan. This allows more people to borrow the book that they need.

Please note, books which are on a one night loan will not be renewed automatically so you will need to return them to the library the day after you borrow them.

How much are the fines?

Fines vary depending on the loan category of the book – the shorter the loan category, the higher the fine! Book fines range from 20p per day to £1.50 per day. You’ll find full details about fines and overdue loans on our website.

Can you request a specific book to be ordered in? / What do I do if the library doesn’t have the book I want?

Please let us know if you can’t find the book you need. Ask at the Information Desk, email us at buslib@swansea.ac.uk or you’ll find a link to Suggest a Book on our School of Management library guide.

Is there any way to get books sent to HSV (Hendrefoelan Student Village) library?

Yes. There’s a van service that operates Monday-Friday between Bay Library, Singleton Park Library and South Wales Miners’ Library (which is the library at Hendrefoelan Student Village). Sign in to iFind and click the Library link under the details for the book you want. This will show you a Request option which lets you reserve books which are out on loan and ask for books to be sent to a different library for collection. As Swansea University students, you can borrow from any of the three libraries, though most of the material you need will be here at Bay Library.

When you’re ready to return your books, you can return them to Bay Library, Singleton Park Library or South Wales Miners’ Library. We’ll make sure they get back to the right place!

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The Request option appears under the book details when you sign in to iFind

 

Bay Watch – Your librarians have moved!

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The School of Management library team have now moved in to the new Bay Campus Library and we’re busy ensuring that everything is ready for our grand opening on 1st September.

The shelves are in and the books will be arriving later this month.

Here’s a recent video showing the new shelving being put in to place:

Keep watching the blog and our social media for more updates, as we count down to the opening!

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Bay Watch! Books moving in August

If you’ve been over to the ISS News blog lately, you’ll see that we’ve got some more information about the book move to the Bay Library in August. There are more details on ISS News, but some important things to remember are:-

  • Levels 1 and 2 of the LIC at Singleton Park Campus will be closed after the 21st August so we can pack up the books
  • The LIC will remain open and you will be able to access Levels 3 and 4 as normal
  • If you need anything from Levels 1 or 2 while they’re closed, please ask at the Issue Desk. We’ll do our best to fetch them for you, but if an item as already been packed up and moved to the Bay, you will need to wait until after 1st September for it

So, if you know you’re going to need any books over the summer, it’s a good idea to borrow them now!

The Bay Library opens at 8am on the 1st September. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

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Interior of the new Bay Library. Books coming soon!

Summer news

Rather than ‘I know what you did last summer’ (classic 90s horror movie starring Jennifer Love Hewitt – remember her?), this is more ‘You’ll know what we’re doing this summer’! We’ve got a few changes ahead of us, so we thought this would be a good time to give you some of the highlights and let you know what it means for you.

Those of you who follow the ISS News blog may already be aware that we’ve got a big book move coming up in August. The Bay Library is due to open on the 1st September and we need to make sure all your books are on the shelves by then! As you’ll see from the ISS News post, we’ve got this all in hand and we’ll keep the books available to you for as long as possible. So, if you’ve got resits to do, don’t worry, the books will be on the shelves in the LIC until the resit exams are over. After that, though, there will be a week right at the end of August when you won’t be able to borrow books while we pack them up and move them to the new library. Our online resources, including ebooks, will of course still be available.

Our other big news is that iFind Discover and iFind Research are changing. The library is bringing in a new and improved iFind search facility that will let you look for books, ebooks, journals, articles, conference papers and theses all in one place. No more figuring out which iFind you need! Work will begin on the upgrade this Friday (19th June) and we expect the new system to be in place next Tuesday (23rd June). iFind Discover will be available during this time to help find items in the library, but it won’t be possible to check how many copies are on the shelves. You’ll be able to borrow and return items when library issue desks are open, but you won’t be able to make requests, renew books or use the self-service machines while the upgrade takes place. iFind Research will be unaffected during this time. Keep a look out on the ISS Facebook page for the latest news and exciting new features.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please get in touch at library@swansea.ac.uk or buslib@swansea.ac.uk.

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We’ve got an exciting summer ahead – a brand new library AND a new iFind! (Photo courtesy of pat138241 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Do you need to borrow a book in Bath, study in Stirling or use a library in London?

Swansea University are members of UK wide borrowing and reading schemes which will allow you to use a range of other libraries.

SCONUL

The SCONUL Access scheme is a co-operative agreement between a number of higher education libraries. The scheme allows Swansea University academic staff, postgraduate research students, full-time postgraduates, part-time, distance learning or placement students to borrow or use books and journals at other libraries belonging to the scheme.

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Students and staff must register with SCONUL Access by applying online and have their application authorised by Swansea University before visiting any of the other participating libraries. This guide explains how you can join the scheme.

It’s important to note that not every library will grant you borrowing rights. The SCONUL website will tell you what services your chosen libraries can offer you.

Libraries Together

The Libraries Together scheme is managed by SWAMP (South West And Mid Wales Partnership) and funded by CyMAL (Museums Archives and Libraries Wales).

A Libraries Together passport allows any current member of Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire public library services to use anumber of local, further and higher education libraries in Wales. Participating libraries include Gower College Swansea, Neath Port Talbot College, Swansea Metropolitan – UWTSD and University of Wales Trinity Saint David – Lampeter and Carmarthen.

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Image courtesy of hywards at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

If you are not currently a member of a local public library, please visit your nearest public library within Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire and join the library. To register with the scheme you can download a Libraries Together Passport and take it with you to have it stamped or ask for one when joining.

Game of Loans

GAME OF LOANSDespite the comprehensive collection of online journals, e-books, datasets and print items you can access through the library, you may find that you’re not able to find what you’re looking for. If this happens don’t despair Document Supply Services are here to help.

You can use our inter-library loan request service to borrow or obtain a copy of an item from another library.  Document Supply Services will scour the seven kingdoms to obtain journal articles, books, theses and conference papers from local, national and international libraries.

All staff and registered students of Swansea University can use the inter-library loan service.  Making a request will incur a charge for your department and only members of academic staff are permitted to authorise requests. Alternatively, you can make a personal payment for an inter-library loan. A charge will be added to your library account when the item arrives.

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You can use the COPAC to search for items which are held at a number of other libraries. The COPAC allows you to search the catalogues of over 90 libraries at once, including the UK national libraries, University libraries, and specialist libraries.

“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones