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 of the project
The refurbishment project is now in Phase 4 and Phase 5 will begin in April 
Phase 4 includes work to Floor 3 of the Library and also the main stairs.
It will be finished in April.  There will be study space and PCs and some of the book stock.
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.

Phase 5 work, Floor 2, will start in April.  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 (details to follow).

Location of Books in the Library
Currently we have books on Floor 2 and on the Ground Floor.
The books with class numbers 000 – 539 are located on the Ground Floor.
The books with class numbers 540 – 999 are  located on Floor 2.
In April some books will move from Floor 2 to Floor 3, and some books will move offsite until the summer. Check here for details.

The Quick Reference, Dictionaries and Dissertations have also been moved to the Ground Floor.  Please take care when using the mobile shelving and check that other students or staff are not already in the gaps between shelves when you move them.

Searching for books on Discovery

There is now a Map it feature in Discovery which means that when searching for a book and viewing the results, there will be an option to view the location where the book can be found.

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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.

 

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

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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Edinburgh Campus Library 24/7 opening hours

The Edinburgh Campus library will be open 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week from today, Monday 7th January until Thursday 16th May 2019.  On the last day of Semester 2, the Library will close at 8:30pm.

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Introducing BrowZine – the journal browsing tool

Our new tool allows you to find and browse scholarly journals that we subscribe to in your subject area and keep up to date with the latest research.

Access Browzine directly from the “Browse Journals” link on the Discovery home page, or select “Browse articles in this journal” from search results. 

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Then browse journals in your subject areas and register for an account to add journals to your ‘Bookshelf’. You can also download an app for iOS and Android, which will alert you when new issues of the journals on your bookshelf are available.   

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Library opening hours – Christmas and New Year – Edinburgh Campus

The Edinburgh Campus Library will close at 2:30pm Friday 21st December
and re-open on Thursday 3rd January at 9:00am.

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Edinburgh Campus Library

Information Services Allen McTernan Building Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Maintenance – 17th 18th December

Information Services Allen McTernan Building Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Maintenance

As part of our ongoing infrastructure maintenance schedule, we are required to replace the batteries in the main data centre UPS, which provides backup power to the majority of services housed in Allen McTernan, in the event of a power outage.
This work will take place on the 17th December and will last one working day.
Whilst this work is ongoing the existing services will be powered directly from the mains supply, but we will have no battery backup in the event of a mains power failure.
Services should therefore be considered at risk during Monday the 17th and Tuesday the 18th of December.
All services run from Allen McTernan should be backed up in advance of this date.

Any questions, please submit a ticket to the Help Desk ITHelp@hw.ac.uk

Study space for exam revision – Edinburgh Campus

There is study space available across the Edinburgh Campus from Friday 30th November to Friday 14th November 2018.
The Library will continue to be open 24/7 up until 8:30pm on Friday 14th December.

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Top ten courses on LinkedIn Learning

Screenshot of a PowerPoint Quick Tips course on LinkedIn Learning.All staff and students at Heriot-Watt now have access to LinkedIn Learning, a collection of 12,000+ digital courses on business, creative and management topics.  LinkedIn Learning provides personalised course recommendations based on your interests, skillset, experience and goals, delivered by industry experts with real-world experience.

The current top ten courses at Heriot-Watt are:

  1. Learning C#
  2. How to use LinkedIn Learning
  3. Learning Java
  4. Learning Python
  5. Python for Data Science Essential Training
  6. Communication within Teams
  7. Developing Your Emotional Intelligence
  8. Project Management Foundations
  9. Strategic Thinking
  10. Python Essential Training

LinkedIn Learning covers a huge range of topics, such as app development; Microsoft Office; entrepreneurship; social media marketing; photography and many more.  You can access LinkedIn Learning online or via the Heriot-Watt portal.