Library opening hours – Easter weekend #edincampuslib

The Library at our Edinburgh Campus will be open over the Easter weekend – Friday 30th March to Monday 2nd April inclusive.  The library will be staffed as usual so we will be around to answer enquiries.  The study spaces will be available and PCs, printers and self-service book issue and return.

The entrance to the Library is still via the temporary entrance to the left of the main entrance and along the ground floor corridor and up the main staircase.  The lift has been out of order and we are working with Estates to get it fixed as soon as possible.  Please ask at the Service Desk if you have any problems.

Maintenance work to the water supply will take place on Good Friday 30th March between 6:00am – 12:00 noon in the Library building.  There should be enough water stored to still be able to use the toilets.  The water fountain will not be available.
Other toilet facilities will be available in the main University building and the Learning Commons between 10:00am – 2:00pm.

 

 

IT Service Upgrades – Office 365 and VPN

IT Service upgrades

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Today, 22nd December, is the last day that the Edinburgh Campus Library and IT Helpdesk will be open this year.  We will re-open after the holidays at 9:00am Wednesday 3rd January 2018.

We hope you have had a good year and wish you all the best for 2018.

For opening hours of all our libraries over the holiday season, please check the  Information Services website

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Information Services 2017 – in pictures

Opening hours – Edinburgh Campus Library #edincampuslib

The opening hours of our Edinburgh campus Library for December are:

Thursday 14th December – 24/7

Friday 15th December – close 8:30pm

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th December – closed

Monday 18th – Friday 22nd December – 9:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday 23rd December – Tuesday 2nd January – closed

Wednesday 3rd January – Friday 5th January – 9:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th January – closed

Monday 8th January – Thursday 17th May – 24/7 

Check our website for further details and other campuses
https://www.hw.ac.uk/services/is/library-essentials/library-opening-hours.htm

 

12 Reads of Christmas: Scottish Books

A selection of books to read at this time of year that have a Scottish theme, author or publisher.  Exams are nearly done, the semester is almost complete and now is the time to sit back and relax and enjoy reading.

The Existential Detective by Alice Thompson
Set in Portobello, Edinburgh and featuring William Blake, private detective
Recommended by Scottish Book Trust 

The Falling Sky by Pippa Goldschmidt
A black comedy satire – mixture of fiction, mystery and astronomy.

The Long Drop by Denise Mina
Based in Glasgow in the 1950s
WINNER OF THE 2017 MCILVANNEY PRIZE FOR SCOTTISH CRIME BOOK OF THE YEAR
Recommended by Crime Fiction Lover 

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
The Saltire Society’s Book of the Year
Published by Canongate Books 
“A poignant exploration of the enduring quality of love across space and time”.
Recommended by Books from Scotland

The Whisky Directory by Iain Hector Ross
Published by Sandstone press
‘A wonderful work of reference that should be on the Christmas list of anyone who has someone in their life who loves whisky.’
Undiscovered Scotland

Winter Tales by George Mackay Brown
A collection of storytelling from Orkney

 

12 Reads of Xmas: Food

Traditional or unusual?

Budget or Luxury?

Eating in or dining out?

Check out these reads about Christmas food

Unusual food for Christmas including pickle mince pies, roast dinner pizza and turkey gin.

Christmas breakfasts  including waffles and pancakes

Celebration food including pineapple trifle and buttered mustard lobster

Book Week Scotland 2017

bws2017Book Week Scotland 2017 – a week-long celebration of books and reading – is taking place from Monday 27 November – Sunday 3 December.

Scotland’s authors, poets, playwrights, storytellers and illustrators are out in force to bring a packed programme of events and projects to life.

Check out what’s on around the country – there are events and activities to suit all tastes and ages – and many events are free. You can search the events page to find out what’s happening where.

See the Book Week Scotland for full details.

Open Access Week – create/link your ORCID ID and win some OA prizes!

oa week 2017Heriot-Watt Research Support This week is Open Access Week, an international event to promote the benefits of open access.

To promote scholarly communication, we would like to invite all researchers and post-graduate research students to register for an ORCID ID, let us know, and enter into a prize draw.  If you already have an ORCID ID, did you know you can link your Pure and ORCID profiles?

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher, and through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automatic linkages between your professional activities.

Create an ORCID ID

Academic staff can create an ORCID ID from within Pure – see video – or synchronise your ORCID and Pure profiles.

Please let us know of your new ORCID ID: email open.access@hw.ac.uk or tweet us @OpenResHWU

All entries by 30th October 2017.

More information

About ORCID

Heriot-Watt Research Support

Learning Commons 2 – now open!

Following yet another busy summer of redevelopment work Learning Commons 2 was officially opened by Principal Richard Williams on 6th October. This £800,000 investment further improves the variety and quality of study spaces across the Edinburgh campus.

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Professor Richard Williams and Director of Information Services Kathy McCabe enjoy a tour of Learning Commons 2

Located in Building 18 (also still known as the Post Graduate Centre), Learning Commons 2 occupies all of the top and part of the 3rd floor, and offers a mix of collaborative and silent study areas with 3 bookable group study rooms, a silent study room (available from November), 15 PCs, an MFD and an office where IS staff will offer help at advertised times.

The space improves and extends the variety and number of student study spaces that we have across campus – complementing the very popular Learning Commons 1 (opened last autumn) and the newly refurbished James Watt Centre.

Learning Commons 2 will be open from 8am to 10pm, Monday to Friday with Learning Commons 1 open from 6 am – midnight everyday, and the library open 24/7 during semester.

See Opening Hours for details

Work has now started on the Cameron Smail Library – a 2 year project that will transform the current library into a modern, flexible and comfortable environment for everyone.

We hope that you enjoy Learning Commons 2.  If you have any comments on the space please let us know – either in person at one of our service desks or by using our feedback form.

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