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Law library opening hours
Whilst I appreciate the hard effort the librarians in the Law library put in, I am finding it difficult to 'change' libraries as the Law library is not open until 8:30am. It would be appreciated if the Law library could also open at an earlier time. If this is not possible, it might be an idea to allow law students to have access to it through a swipe card like the commerce building. It is also difficult when you are trying to do a research and writing assignment and you need to look up resources that are not available on line.
I would really appreciate it if the Law Library could open earlier like all the other libraries do. It makes it difficult to do legal research when we don't have access, I work best in the mornings. And recently there have been a lot of people sitting in the common room waiting for it to open.
Could the Law Library open earlier please? Say 8.00am during the week and 9.00am on weekends. This would save having to move from one library to another at 8.30 and perhaps could be countered by closing earlier in the evenings. Thanks
Please open the law library earlier than 8.30am
Dear Irina, Stacey, Jetson & Libby
At the beginning of 2013, Study Hall was implemented in the Central, Medical, Education, and Science branches of the Library system. These branches are now open from 7am through to 11pm, Monday to Friday during semester time and 10am-11pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Study Hall was implemented as a consequence of student demand for longer opening hours. The change to hours was accommodated within existing resources and, unfortunately, could not extend to all branches.
All students who require study space prior to full library service hours may use any of the four branches. These branches are situated at four "corners" of the University campus for ease of access.
Shelving of books
The shelving standards have dropped recently. For instance, if you look up a word in a dictionary and put it back in the consultation bay, the dictionary then disappears for a week. This gives me the impression that the reshelving time is about a week, which is too long especially for books which should be available at all times. The 24-hour shelving turnaround, which was excellent, seems to have dropped six-fold, which is poor. I would recommend going back to the old model. Because I feel bad about making these dictionaries unavailable for others, I tend to reshelve them myself, at the risk of doing it wrong. Thank you for reading my feedback.
Staff member and student
Dear Staff Member/Student
Unfortunately a flood of returned material caught Central Library staff by surprise in recent days. We are working to re-shelve material as quickly as possible and are also reviewing our workflows to ensure similar backlogs do not develop.
Weekend opening hours
To whom it may concern,
Sorry to bother you but could the library perhaps be opened at 9 am on a saturday like it did last year? 10 seems a little late opening.
Thanks for your help
It's absolutely no bother responding to enquiries! The Library's hours have changed this year so as to be both more consistent around the branches and to accommodate longer opening hours (Study Hall) during the weekdays. Study Hall arose out of feedback from student users seeking earlier and longer access to Library facilities in line with early lecture times and exam study space pressure.
I don't like having security people present in the med library which started this year. I feel uncomfortable and intimidated. They do nothing but eye ball people the whole time they are there which I think is disgraceful. Sometimes they wander around eye balling people. The med library and those that use it can take of themselves. I think they should be removed.
Thank you for your email. Over the past few years there has been an increase in demand from students to offer longer Library hours of opening for the purposes of study. The Library responded to this demand for study space by implementing Study Hall in February 2013 within an existing staffing budget and this necessitated changes to the level and types of services offered. Security staff are now positioned at each main branch of the Library. Their primary role is to maintain the security of the building and inhabitants so as to ensure a safe study environment for all Library users.
Central library hold shelf
It would be GREAT if the pick up for holds could be moved back down to the ground floor: it saves time ... thanks!
Over the past few years there has been an increasing demand from students to offer longer Library hours of opening for the purposes of study. Study Hall was implemented in February 2013 within an existing staffing budget so this has meant some changes to the level and types of services offered. Study Hall services are restricted to one service point on the first floor of the Central Library so as to accommodate access to the Reserve collection. The ground floor service point is no longer active during Study Hall hours, so the move of the Holds shelf to the first floor ensures Holds are available to Library users throughout opening hours.
e-Books & e-Readers
I was wondering if the library would consider getting e-books for the Kindle. It makes reading so much nicer, than the computer screen.
Hi there,Thanks for your enquiry about access to ebooks on Kindles. The ebooks provided by the Library are purchased with institutional licence to allow access for all University staff and students, usually enabling multiple concurrent use. Kindles are designed for individuals to download ebooks with individual licence and therefore the Library is unable to purchase ebooks that are compliant with Kindles.
The Library purchases ebooks as collections or individual titles from publishers and aggregator suppliers. It is the ebook vendor's Digital Rights Management conditions and the file format/interface that determine how ebooks can be accessed. Many can now be viewed via iPads / iPhones and Android devices, although this is usually for book chapters, or using loan periods which expire for entire books. In general, institutional license DRM prevents downloading entire ebooks to personal devices.