As part of our #FindYourFeet campaign, we are sharing Twelve Tips of Christmas to help you find your feet around the library and make the most of our services!
Tip #1: Print Anywhere
Did you know you can register your UniCard to one of our MFD printers? To register swipe your UniCard against an MFD and manually enter your student username and password (you only need to do this once) and then simply swipe to print, copy or scan at any machine!
Card not chipped? If your UniCard is blank on the back then you may have a temporary non-chipped card. Please take it to the FM Helpdesk at the Durning Centre who will swap it for a free replacement chipped card.
Top up print credit online by logging into GO and selecting Add printer credits here from the Printing tab. You can instantly load £1 to £20 using a credit or debit card. Top up with cash at the library Help Desk during desk opening hours.
Tip #2: Self Service
Issuing and returning has never been easier – all you need is your UniCard and the item(s) you wish to loan! There are two self-issue and one giant returns machine located in the library foyer that will guide you through each step…watch this video to find out more!
Tip #3: PC Availability App
The PC availability app is a quick and easy way to locate free PCs in the University Library and LINC building – it updates every 5 seconds so you’ll always be kept in the loop! We even have a screen in the library foyer for quick viewing or check it out here ehu.ac.uk/computers
Tip #4: Student Advisors
The Student Advisors, who are based at the Ask Desk on the first floor of the University Library, are current Edge Hill students who provide flexible support in and around the Library (and sometimes the wider campus too!) look out for the purple t-shirts!
From quick queries when looking for your course books to more in-depth support using Learning Edge or referencing the team are available to share their experiences to help you Monday to Friday (11am – 4pm).
Tip #5: Media Students & Media Kit
Media students* did you know you can loan media equipment from the library?
To access the wide range of professional broadcast quality media equipment head to the Learning Services webpages and complete the online form providing three working days notice. Requested equipment is collected from the library Help Desk, loaned for two days at a time and must be returned before 9pm weekdays or before 6pm weekends. Watch this short video for more info.
*Please note media kit is restricted access to Media students only.
Tip #6: Study Room Bookings
Did you know you can book a study room at Ormskirk University Library?
There are 4 bookable group rooms on the ground floor, 10 individual study rooms on the 1st floor and 10 individual study rooms on the 2nd floor. You can book up to 3 hours in any room on any one day and up to 2 weeks in advance.
Simply visit Room Bookings and log in…or alternately visit the My Library tab in Learning Edge and follow the Book a room link on the right hand side of the page.
Choose which type of room you wish to book and select 1, 2 or 3 hours. It’s as simple as that!
If you no longer require your room please cancel your booking ASAP to allow other people access.
Please note booked rooms will be offered to other students, and your booking for the remaining hour cancelled, if you are later than 15 minutes for your booking.
Tip #7: Reservations
If an item you are looking for is not available on our shelves then you can place a reservation. As soon as a copy is available you will recieve an email to your University email account.
When placing a reservation if you cannot see Ormskirk on the drop down ‘deliver to’ menu this means a copy is available on the shelves…you can come in and pick this up immediately, so why wait!
Tip #8: Laptop Loans
We have 36 laptops avalable for loan 24 hours a day from the self service unit in the library foyer. Loaning couldn’t be easier, all you need is your UniCard – tap borrow on the screen and follow the simple directions! If you need any help just ask the Help Desk staff.
Tip #9: Finding Books & Reading Lists
The University library contains over 370,000 books and ebooks which can be found by searching the library catalogue.
When you have chosen a book, make a note of the location (e.g. University Library 2nd Floor) and shelfmark including any letters (e.g. 006.696 MEN). Use these details to find the book on the shelf – this short video will show you how…
Reading Lists Online provides access to the reading lists for your courses and modules, as provided by your lecturers. Find your lists by searching for module names, module codes or even by your lecturer’s name…or just try browsing! Your online reading list will take you to the Library Catalogue or will link through to the full text for many eBooks & eJournals.
Still not sure? Watch a quick demo about finding and using your reading list.
Tip #10: UniSkills
UniSkills is a package of workshops, hands-on support, interactive toolkits and online guides created to help you develop a range of essential academic skills and to enable you to produce high quality University assignments. UniSkills covers core academic skills such as planning your assignment, referencing, academic writing, finding academic resources, dissertations and more!
Have a look at our Uni Skills video trailer or visit our UniSkills webpages to find out more!
Tip #11: Box of Broadcasts (BoB)
Box of Broadcasts is an on demand TV and radio service for education and can even be cited in your assignments! It enables you to record from over 65 free-to-air channels including BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four, ITV, Channel 4, Film4 and more! You can also search an extensive archive of over 2 million broadcasts from last night all the way back to the 1990’s!
Available across all desktop, android and iOS devices you can watch live, request or record programmes. BoB is intuitive and simple to use so you may find you can start straight away. (We’ve even put together a Winter Watching playlist for you to tuck into!) However, if you need a bit of help before you start, take a look at our online guide or watch a video tutorial.
Tip #12: Study Apps
Whether it’s note taking, assignment planning or trying to read as many articles as possible for your assignment, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by your ever increasing workload. Why not try these handy Study Apps to help you along the way – they’re all free to download and easy to use…
For more information on how to use the above apps, download this handy Apps handout
If you’ve any top tips of your own please feel free to share them too! @EHULearnService