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Study Space

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I think you will agree that you can never have too much study space in Hartley Library, especially with exams on the way.  With this in mind, we have developed our newly available area on Level 4 – Room 4129 – into a quiet study space.  You can reach this by entering the Turner Sims Reading Room on Level 4 and turning left till you get to the end.This is a lovely big and airy room and away from the usual Library traffic, so perfect for quiet study.  If peace and quiet are what you are looking for, the Study rooms at the far ends of the mezzanine level on Level 5 are also ideal.

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We have also tried to improve access to what you need through Webcat. The Library has always offered a service to source items not held within our collections and that continues to be important today. You may know this as the inter-library loans / document supply service (http://library.soton.ac.uk/ill). Requests are submitted via the ‘Requests & Document Supply’ option in WebCat.

We’ve recently made changes to expand on this service by introducing an option to request something within our collections; again, via the ‘Requests & Document Supply’ option in WebCat. We are now supplying scanned extracts/articles via the Dropoff service and book loans across sites and off-campus. Our aim, as always, has been to keep things simple and to respond to your needs.  We hope this is an improvement, and would welcome feedback.

New business databases

Of interest to many of you, not just those studying Business, will be the following newly available online resources:

  •  EBSCO Business Source Premier – journal articles, trade journals, reports, case studies etc.  Includes many full-text sources and will be fully searchable via DelphiS
  • Passport (Euromonitor International) – market research and country-level data covering most countries
  • Zephyr – global mergers and acquisitions data.  Links to and from Fame for UK and Irish companies
  •  WRDS – a single interface through which a range of financial and business data can be searched.

Longer Opening Hours at LRC

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From January the Avenue Campus Language Resources Centre extended its opening hours to provide additional opening on Fridays and across each weekend. These 8 additional hours per week now provide consistent Library service opening hours at the Avenue Campus, weekend access to language resources and increased weekend study space.

Lunchtime drop-in sessions

During both Semester 1 and 2, the Hartley Library offered “drop in” or pre-book lunchtime sessions led by librarians and focussing on: “Improve your results” – finding quality resources, such as books and journal articles, for academic assignments.  In Semester 2, a second series of 40 minute workshops ran.  These were designed to support Masters’ and final year undergraduate students to find and access key library resources for dissertation/final year projects.

The Library received really favourable feedback. Students told us:  “Really useful and informative. I didn’t know we had such useful resources” & “Thank you, as a Y3 student I thought it might teach me to suck eggs, but it was really useful”.

We hope you are pleased with the improvements!

 And finally…….

Can we also remind you that 24/7 opening is back at Hartley for the exam period.  This will begin at 7.30am on Monday 20th April – the Library being continuously open until Midnight on Friday 5th June.  So for all you night owls out there, this is for you! This period includes time for revision as well as the 3 weeks of the exam period.

There will be nominated study desks, bookable online and  Library staff to support all students in behaving in a considerate way towards other Library users.

The SUSU Safety bus will be available to ensure that you can get to your bed when you are ready to leave the Library even when it’s dark outside. Take a look at our web pages: http://library.soton.ac.uk/hartley/24houropening for all the information you need to help plan your visit, and the opportunity to give us feedback.

But first……enjoy your Easter break!

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