Activating ID cards to access the Library – Edinburgh Campus

Starting from Tuesday 23rd April we will be activating student and staff ID cards for entry to the Library.  We have had the entrance gates (turnstiles) in place since last year as part of the Library refurbishment but they have been set in offline or local mode.  We are now able, due to additional software, to update the gates to online mode.  This means that only HWU student and staff ID cards will be valid and these cards must be updated at the Library Service Desk.  This process will only take 2 minutes per person.
We will start activating the cards from Tuesday 23rd April while keeping the gates in offline mode to ensure everyone has a chance to enter the Library as usual and bring their card to be activated.  From Monday 6th May, the gates will be changed to online mode and only activated cards will allow entry.  We will not refuse entry to the Library for anyone, but would appreciate it if you could come and have your ID card activated as soon as possible.  Your co-operation is appreciated.

 

Study Break cards – Edinburgh Campus Library

We are introducing Study Break cards for use in our Edinburgh Campus Library.
Although the Library is open 24/7 everyday, it is important to have regular breaks.  Therefore when you leave your desk in the Library, fill in a Study Break card, place it clearly on the desk and your space will be saved for you for up to 30 minutes.
Pick up a card from the Library Service Desk.

Study Break cards

Space in the Library is in high demand during revision and exam time so please use the Study Break cards.  If your space remains unoccupied for longer than 30 minutes, and other students need the space, then your belongings will be put aside or moved by Library staff.  You may not reclaim the desk if you return after 30 minutes.
Staff will be monitoring the study spaces throughout the day and evening but cannot accept responsibility for unattended items.
Please DO NOT leave any valuables unattended at any time. 

We will be monitoring the Library space as usual.  We have had lots of feedback from students in favour of Floor 3 being silent study space so please continue to use it responsibly.

Monitoring card

Edinburgh Campus Library – Floor 3 opening – Tuesday 16th April

The newly refurbished Floor 3 of our Edinburgh Campus Library is opening tomorrow Tuesday 16th April at 9:00am.

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Check out the latest details of the Library Refurbishment ‘What’s Happening‘ and ‘Transforming Your Library”

What’s happening with the Library refurbishment #edincampuslib

The HWU Edinburgh Campus Library refurbished project is progressing well.
An overview of the project details can be found at how we are  ‘Transforming Your Library”
We will keep you updated through these blog posts and through our social media channels.  There will be news of the exciting new developments and we will keep you updated as to which spaces and resources are available in the Library during the enabling and refurbishing works.

Phases 4 – Floor 3 and the Main Stairs

This phase is due to finish on Monday 15th April and will be open to students and staff on Tuesday 16th April.  There will be study spaces and PCs and printers and some of the book stock.  Once all the study seats are installed, the refurbished Floor 3 will provide 387 study seats – the total in the library for during phase 5 is 615 and increase of almost 200 from Phase 4.

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Phase 5 – Floor 2

This phase will start on April 16th .  There will be demolition work starting at the beginning of Phase 5 and therefore we are promoting alternative study space across campus.  Study spaces can be found in Learning Commons 1, Learning Commons 2, James Watt Centre, Teaching Rooms x 16.
There is also going to be study space available in Oriam – in the Bistro and also in the space above the exam hall.

Study space across campus April 2019
Ask at the Service Desk at the Edinburgh campus library or contact us by email or phone
https://www.hw.ac.uk/is/contactvisit-us.htm

Progress is being made on configuring ID cards for access through the entry gates to the Library and this should be in place for current students before the end of semester.

Student lockers are available in the Library – details at the Service Desk and these will be issued via the Library Management System in the same way as books.

The Library is open 24/7 until May 16th/17th

Relocation of book stock – Edinburgh Campus Library

Relocation of book stock in the Edinburgh Campus Library

From Monday 1st April 2019, as part of the Library Refurbishment Project, there will be a number of book moves within the Library and to offsite storage.
We are working to ensure that access to the print book collection continues at this time and have put additional services in place to support this.

  • Books with shelf marks 621.4 – 999 approx. will be moved from Floor 2 to Floor 3 to new shelving in the refurbished area of the Library.
  • Books with shelf marks 540 – 621.3973 approx. will be moved to offsite storage and will return before the beginning of next Semester.

Accessing books

Books that are remaining in the Library will continue to be available for use by students and staff. 

Between  1st April and 12th April, Floor 2 will be open for study space; and books will be accessible before they are moved.

Once books are moved to Floor 3, a fetching service will be provided from the Library Service Desk on request.
From 16th April, Floor 2 will close and Floor 3 will be open for study space and access to books, increasing capacity in the Library by approx. 200 seats.

Books that are due to move offsite are available to borrow as usual up until 12th April.
If you have plans to use specific books between April and August, please borrow them before 12th  April.

Once moved offsite, books will be available upon request. 
A retrieval service similar to the current journal and thesis service will be available.
If a book is requested before 12:00 noon then it will be available the following day. (During the move this will be within 48 rather than 24 hours).

Please contact the Library Service Desk in person
or by email ServiceDesk@hw.ac.uk
or by phone 0131 451 3577 for more information and to request books.

 

Trial of automotive engineering resource

SAE Technical Papers will give you access to journal articles about vehicle transport, including cars, aerospace, and autonomous and unmanned vehicles.  As well as automotive papers, this resource also has information useful to Cover of "Connected and Automated Vehicles" journal, showing a car dashboard with futuristic graphicsstudents studying other areas of science, engineering or business management, such as robotics, manufacturing, and energy.

You can access SAE Technical Papers with your normal Heriot-Watt username and password.  There’s around 58,000 full-text journal articles in this database, and it also gives information about another 150,000+ articles, which may be available through Interlibrary Loan if you are in third year or higher.

Our trial of this database will end on 30th April 2019.  Please send any feedback to Kirsty Thomson k.s.thomson@hw.ac.uk

FREE ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers – Edinburgh Public Libraries visit

Did you know that you could download ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers for FREE from Edinburgh Public Libraries?

Their Digital Team librarians will be in Heriot Watt Library on Thursday 14th February from 11am-2pm to hand out free library membership cards and information which give you instant online access to:

eBooks   with OverDrive you get access to thousands of bestselling fiction and non-fiction ebooks from fantastic authors such as George RR Martin; Bill Bryson; Lee Child; Bryan Cox; Hilary Mantel; Stuart MacBride and Stephen Hawking.

Newspapers –  over 2500 worldwide newspapers are available to download to the PressReader app before they’ve even hit the newsagents. So wherever you are from, PressReader will have a newspaper for you! Includes over 70 UK local and national newspapers such as the Scotsman and Guardian.

Magazines –   theres over 4000 UK and international magazines available to download on RBdigital and PressReader. Includes New Scientist; Popular Science; Apple Magazine; PC Format; Newsweek; Total Film; Men’s Fitness; HELLO!; BBC Good Food; and Cosmopolitan.

Audiobooks  –  four fantastic services give you a wide range of bestselling audiobooks to listen to. Perfect for when you are working out or commuting.

Stop by and pick up a membership card and instruction leaflets on how you can use these services on your computer, tablet or phone.

Edinburgh City Libraries 2019 Information Stall

Power Hours w/c 5th February

The following workshops will be held w/cpowerhours
5th February

Evaluation of Online Sources (Webinar)
Date: 5 February 2019
Time: 13:00-14:00
Location: Own Computer
Audience: All Welcome

Open Access and the REF: What you Need to Know
Date: 5 February 2019
Time: 13:15-14:15
Location: Library Teaching , Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: Staff and PGR Only

Presentation Skills
Date: 5 February 2019
Time: 14:15-15:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Writing in Paragraphs
Date: 5 February 2019
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome, most suited to UG students

Poster Design (Webinar)
Date: 6 February 2019
Time: 12:00-13:00
Location: Own Computer
Audience: All Welcome

How to Survive your Dissertation 
Date: 6 February 2019
Time: 12:00-13:00
Location: Student Wellbeing Centre, Hugh Nisbet Building
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Pure: Managing Content
Date: 6 February 2019
Time: 14:15-15:15
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: Staff Only

Understanding Turnitin for Students
Date: 6 February 2019
Time: 14:15-14:45
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: Most suited to UG and PGT Students

Word: Page Layouts and Numbering
Date: 6 February 2019
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Citing & Referencing Harvard (Webinar)
Date: 7 February 2019
Time: 09:15-10:15
Location: Own Computer
Audience: All Welcome

Endnote Desktop
Date: 7 February 2019
Time: 10:15-11:45
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Literature Searching for EPS subjects
Date: 7 February 2019
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

MindMap with MindGenius
Date: 7 February 2019
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Critical Reading of a Journal Paper
Date: 8 February 2019
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Mary Burton Building, Room G.33
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours
See our website for further skills development opportunities

New year, new you …

Want to learn new skills this year? Perhaps you want to become a Photoshop Pro, an awesome photographer or even learn how to play an instrument? Remember LinkedIn Learning isn’t just for IT skills:

  • collection of paint brushesIf you’ve got a new camera or phone for Christmas you’ll find lots of videos and courses to help improve your photography skills.
  • If you want to take up a creative hobby, LinkedIn Learning can help with painting, drawing, and animation.
  • Or if your new year’s resolution is to better understand social media, you can find short courses on twitter and Instagram.

It’s quick and easy to access LinkedIn Learning courses from any device — anytime and anywhere.

If you have problems accessing LinkedIn Learning please contact IT helpdesk on +44 (0) 131 451 4045 or email ithelp@hw.ac.uk

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Power Hours w/c 14 January 2019

The following workshops will be held w/cpowerhours
14th January

Citing & Referencing Harvard
Date: 14 January 2019
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Excel: Fundamentals
Date: 14 January 2019
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Library Teaching , Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

How to Succeed in Exams
Date: 14 January 2019
Time: 14:15-15:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Note Taking [Webinar]
Date: 15 January 2019
Time: 09:15-10:15
Location: Own Computer
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Making the Most of Your Lectures
Date: 15 January 2019
Time: 14:15-15:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome, most suited to UG and PGT students

Coping with Presentation Nerves 
Date: 15 January 2019
Time: 16:00-17:00
Location: Student Wellbeing Centre, Hugh Nisbet Building
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Citing & Referencing Harvard [Webinar]
Date: 17 January 2019
Time: 09:15-10:15
Location: Own Computer
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Endnote Online
Date: 17 January 2019
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Critical Thinking
Date: 17 January 2019
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours
See our website for further skills development opportunities
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