Booking Library study space at Scottish Borders Campus

It is now mandatory to book a Library study space in advance in order to comply with University and Government guidelines for safe use of the space due to Covid19 restrictions. 
 
The Library Study Space is bookable online via Resource Booker, the University room booking system. 
There are 25 study spaces available in the Library 
18 PCs 
6 Macs 
BYOD desks 
The study tables are clearly marked with a table number. 
They are individual study spaces and physically distanced. 
 
To book a study space, go to the myHWU app which will give you access to the Student Portal .   
Select the Book A Room tile  
Then select the Scottish Borders Campus Library Study Space tile.  

The rooms are listed as one long list so scroll down to see them all.

Click on the name of the space that you would like to book e.g. SBC Library Mac 1.
Select the time you would like the space for – there are hourly slots throughout the day, and you can book as many as you need. 
The time slots are available during Library opening times and can be booked up to 3 days in advance.
Fill in the booking form:

The booking will show as accepted on the screen
You will also immediately receive an email confirmation 
‘Room Bookings: Room Booking Confirmation’

When you come to the Library, a member of staff will ask if you have booked a study space online in Resource Booker.  If you have not already booked a space, you will need to do so before you can proceed.

Booking Library study space Edinburgh Campus

It is now mandatory to book a Library study space in advance in order to comply with University and Government guidelines for safe use of the space due to Covid19 restrictions.

The Library Study Space is bookable online via Resource Booker, the University room booking system.
There are 200 study spaces available in the Library
40 spaces on Floor 1
55 spaces on Floor 2
105 spaces on Floor 3
The study tables are clearly marked with ‘YES’ signs in green and a table number.
They are individual study spaces and physically distanced.

To book a study space, go to the myHWU app which will give you access to the Student Portal .
Select the Book A Room tile
Then select the Edinburgh Campus Library Study Space tile.

The rooms are listed as one long list so scroll down to see them all. The list starts with Floor 1, then Floor 2, then Floor 3.

Click on the name of the space that you would like to book e.g. Library (Floor 2) Sear 01
Select the time you would like the space for – there are hourly slots throughout the day, and you can book as many as you need. 
The time slots are available during Library opening times and can be booked up to 3 days in advance.
Fill in the booking form


The booking will show as accepted on the screen
You will also immediately receive an email confirmation
‘Room Bookings: Room Booking Confirmation’

When you come to the Library, a member of staff will ask if you have booked a study space online in Resource Booker.  If you have not already booked a space, you will need to do so before you can proceed.

If you need help finding your study space please check the floor plans at the Library entrance

Library Book Click and Collect service – suspended

Unfortunately, the Library Book Click and Collect service has been temporarily suspended at all campuses and it is being reviewed in order to ensure compliance with University and Government guidelines.

It is not possible for any requests for print books to be made through Discovery and therefore books are not available to borrow at this time. Any outstanding requests will be put on hold until the review has been completed and will be available to collect at a later date.

Many apologies for any inconvenience that this suspension of service may cause and we appreciate your understanding.
We will contact you again when the service is available and if you do have any enquiries, please contact your campus Library

Skills Hub Webinars

If you’re aiming to improve your study skills or want to get better marks this semester, the Skills Hub webinars are designed for you. These free webinars, delivered by experienced librarians and effective learning advisers, are packed with useful tips and techniques to help with your degrees.

You can view the webinar schedule and register for sessions at https://hw.ac.libcal.com/calendar/skillshub

For assignments, we have webinars on writing literature reviews, essays, and reports, along with guidance on what your tutors are looking for in your work. We’ll also help you understand the feedback you’re given, and how to use this to improve your next assignment. If you’re in the early years of your degree, Getting Started with Research for Assignments will help you with finding information; if already know the basics and want to improve your skills you can attend Finding Quality Sources for Course Work.

The webinars on the Harvard and IEEE styles will help you understand citing and referencing, and you can learn how to use EndNote X9, powerful software that makes citing and referencing much easier.

Looking ahead to the end of semester, we have sessions on How to Succeed in Take-Home Exams.

These are just a selection of our upcoming webinars: you can view the full timetable at https://hw.ac.libcal.com/calendar/skillshub There are also lots of pre-recorded videos and online help on the skills hub website at https://isguides.hw.ac.uk/skillshub

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Face coverings to be worn at all times – Edinburgh Campus Library

Please wear face coverings at all times in the Library building.
This is to ensure that the Library space is as safe as possible under Tier 4 restrictions and to be compliant with Government regulations.

Please also observe physical distancing of 2 metres. Available study spaces are clearly marked.

Sanitiser and cleaning stations are available throughout the building

Staff training sessions – Vision, Turnitin and Collaborate Ultra

Learning Teaching and Enhancement Services (LTES) staff will be running more training sessions on Vision, Turnitin and Collaborate Ultra to help staff  prepare for teaching in Semester 2.
These will be appropriate for all staff whether you are new to using these tools or require a refresher session. to book please go to the following link:

https://hw.ac.libcal.com/calendar/istraining

Happy New Year – Edinburgh Campus Library opening hours

Happy New Year and best wishes to everyone for 2021.

The Edinburgh Campus Library is open today 9:00am -5:00pm and the planned opening hours for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week are 9:00am – 5:00pm.
Due to the new restrictions and Government guidelines, it is possible that changes to the opening hours will take place at very short notice. Our opening hours are also dependent on staff availability which in turn is sometimes affected by travel arrangements and caring responsibilities.

Please remember to bring your ID card and face-covering.
Face-coverings must be worn at all times while in the Library.
You don’t need to book a study space in advance – we have plenty available.

We hope to be open for the following hours during January:

Please check our social media pages for any last minute changes – we will update our twitter and facebook pages daily and also update the website on a regular basis.

If you have any enquiries, please contact the Library Service Desk on 0131 451 3577 or email ServiceDesk@hw.ac.uk or ISHelp@hw.ac.uk

Online support from Information Services Global during the Christmas and New Year break #HWU_IS

Information Services will provide online support globally for urgent Helpdesk tickets from 23rd December to 4th January throughout the Christmas break apart from 24th and 25th December and 1st January. 
Please submit issues to
ISHelp@hw.ac.uk in the usual way.

Library Opening times

  • Edinburgh Campus Library and Helpdesk will close on 22nd December and re-open 5th January
  • Scottish Borders Campus Library will close on 18th December and re-open 5th January
  • Malaysia Campus Library and Helpdesk – open throughout except closed 24th and 25th December 2020 and 1st January
  • Dubai Campus Library and Helpdesk – open throughout except closed 24th 25th 26th December and 1st 2nd January

On-site library services are compliant with local Government regulations and as such opening times may be subject to change – please check the website for details and HWU_IS

eBook usage at exam times

A number of eBooks are in high demand at the moment due to exams.
Please check Discovery and use copies on both platforms if available – VLeBooks and Ebook Central.
We may have two sets of Ebook Central copies due to a recent change to the permissions made by the publisher Pearson. Use both sets as they are not the same copies.
eBooks can only be read online and a copy will become free as soon as someone stops using it.
If they are currently all in use, please try again later.
If you have any questions, let us know via ISHelp@hw.ac.uk

Good news – extra budget for eBooks

Information Services are delighted to have been allocated additional budget to purchase more access to eBooks.

Responsive Blended Learning means more emphasis on access to electronic resources and in particular electronic copies of textbooks. In our libraries we are conscious that we cannot provide you with access to print textbooks as we have in the past. This welcome investment in our library collections allows us to buy more titles, and more copies, for more access to the eBooks which you need for your studies and take home exams.

We are working from semester one  reading lists to buy the titles you will need for your exam revision and take-home exams right now. These will all be accessible through Discovery. We know that there are different platforms and permissions around using these eBooks, so will make as much information as we can available here to help you.

Please get in touch if you have any problems through ISHelp@hw.ac.uk

We are also looking ahead to semester two, working through all the reading lists we have received so far, to ensure the textbooks you need for your studies are available for you.

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