Loughborough University Library

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Loughborough University Library

The University Library is central to the student and staff experience. We place great emphasis on providing excellent customer service, a range of reader / study environments, easy access to a large variety of information resources, and development of readers’ information literacy and academic and research skills.

Once you become a student or member of staff at Loughborough you automatically become a member of the Library.

History of the Library

The Library, which was officially opened by Lord Pilkington on the 19th December 1980, was the successor to several other libraries that were used by the predecessor Colleges of the University. Our first ever library was opened in 1911, in one room of the building in Loughborough town that housed the original Loughborough Technical Institute. In 2013, the Library had a major refurbishment which included incorporating Level 4.

Facts and Figures

The University Library is central to the student and staff experience. We place great emphasis on providing excellent customer service, a range of reader / study environments, easy access to a large variety of information resources, and development of readers’ information literacy and academic and research skills.

Operating from a single building the University Library contains:

  • 700,000 print volumes, including 30,000 e-journals (the stock is classified to the Dewey Decimal scheme);
  • 1370 seats in a variety of study environments (including a large café);
  • 250 open access workstations.

The Library operates the Aleph library management system and Primo resource discovery tool, known at the University as Library Catalogue Plus, plus Bibliotecha’s RFID self-service.

The University Library’s current budget is £4.5 million.

There are 72 library staff (55 fte), who are grouped in three teams: Academic Services, Support, Collections and Systems and User Services.

Team Structure

Academic Services

Staff in the Academic Services Team work closely with academic staff and students in the Schools on both campuses to support their teaching, learning and research activities. Team members deliver information and digital literacy, academic and research skills teaching to staff, researchers and students both in the departments or as stand-alone generic workshops.  They develop print and online materials and resources to support the needs of Library users, answer subject specific enquiries and manage the purchase of books and online resources to support the teaching programmes and research of the Schools.

The Academic Services Team is a relatively small team within the Library. Staffing includes the Academic Services Managers, a team of Academic Librarians and two Senior Library Assistants. Each School has an Academic Librarian who is responsible for working in partnership with the staff and students in the School to meet and respond to their changing needs.

The University Copyright Advisors are also based in the Academic Services team. They deliver a copyright information and enquiry service offering copyright advice to University members.

OPENING HOURS!

Summer vacation, week 7 (6 August 2017)

  • Sunday – Closed Enquiry desk: Closed
  • Monday – 9.00 – 17.30 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 17.30
  • Tuesday – 9.00 – 17.30 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 17.30
  • Wednesday – 9.00 – 20.00 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 20.00
  • Thursday – 9.00 – 17.30 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 17.30
  • Friday – 9.00 – 17.30 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 17.30
  • Saturday – Closed Enquiry desk: Closed

Summer vacation, week 8 (13 August 2017)

  • Sunday – Closed Enquiry desk: Closed
  • Monday – 9.00 – 17.30 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 17.30
  • Tuesday – 9.00 – 17.30 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 17.30
  • Wednesday – 9.00 – 20.00 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 20.00
  • Thursday – 9.00 – 17.30 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 17.30
  • Friday – 9.00 – 17.30 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 17.30
  • Saturday – Closed Enquiry desk: Closed

Summer vacation, week 9 (20 August 2017)

  • Sunday – Closed Enquiry desk: Closed
  • Monday – 9.00 – 17.30 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 17.30
  • Tuesday – 9.00 – 17.30 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 17.30
  • Wednesday – 9.00 – 20.00 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 20.00
  • Thursday – 9.00 – 17.30 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 17.30
  • Friday – 9.00 – 17.30 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 17.30
  • Saturday – Closed Enquiry desk: Closed

Summer vacation, week 10 (27 August 2017)

  • Sunday – Closed Enquiry desk: Closed
  • Monday – Closed Enquiry desk: Closed
  • Tuesday – Closed Enquiry desk: Closed
  • Wednesday – 9.00 – 20.00 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 20.00
  • Thursday – 9.00 – 20.00 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 20.00
  • Friday – 9.00 – 20.00 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 20.00
  • Saturday – Closed Enquiry desk: Closed

Summer vacation, week 11 (3 September 2017)

  • Sunday – Closed Enquiry desk: Closed
  • Monday – 9.00 – 20.00 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 20.00
  • Tuesday – 9.00 – 20.00 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 20.00
  • Wednesday – 9.00 – 20.00 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 20.00
  • Thursday – 9.00 – 20.00 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 20.00
  • Friday – 9.00 – 17.30 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 17.30
  • Saturday – Closed Enquiry desk: Closed

Summer vacation, week 12 (10 September 2017)

  • Sunday – Closed Enquiry desk: Closed
  • Monday – 9.00 – 17.30 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 17.30
  • Tuesday – 9.00 – 17.30 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 17.30
  • Wednesday – 9.00 – 20.00 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 20.00
  • Thursday – 9.00 – 17.30 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 17.30
  • Friday – 9.00 – 17.30 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 17.30
  • Saturday – Closed Enquiry desk: Closed

Summer vacation, week 13 (17 September 2017)

  • Sunday – Closed Enquiry desk: Closed
  • Monday – 9.00 – 17.30 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 17.30
  • Tuesday – 9.00 – 17.30 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 17.30
  • Wednesday – 9.00 – 20.00 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 20.00
  • Thursday – 9.00 – 17.30 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 17.30
  • Friday – 9.00 – 17.30 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 17.30
  • Saturday – Closed Enquiry desk: Closed

Summer vacation, week 14 (24 September 2017)

  • Sunday – Closed Enquiry desk: Closed
  • Monday – 9.00 – 17.30 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 17.30
  • Tuesday – 9.00 – 17.30 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 17.30
  • Wednesday – 9.00 – 17.30 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 17.30
  • Thursday – 9.00 – 17.30 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 17.30
  • Friday – 9.00 – 17.30 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 17.30
  • Saturday – 9.00 – 02.00 Enquiry desk: 9.00 – 17.30

Semester 1 , week 1 (1 October 2017)

  • Sunday – 10.00 – 02.00 Enquiry desk: 10.00 – 21.00
  • Monday – 08.30 – 02.00 Enquiry desk: 08.30 – 22.00
  • Tuesday – 08.30 – 02.00 Enquiry desk: 08.30 – 22.00
  • Wednesday – 08.30 – 02.00 Enquiry desk: 08.30 – 22.00
  • Thursday – 08.30 – 02.00 Enquiry desk: 08.30 – 22.00
  • Friday – 08.30 – 02.00 Enquiry desk: 08.30 – 22.00
  • Saturday – 09.00 – 02.00 Enquiry desk: 09.00 – 17.30

Contact us

General information

01509 222360

Book renewals

01509 222361