Transforming Your Library

This summer we will start work on a £6m library refurbishment project for the Cameron Smail Library (Edinburgh campus).  The refurbishment will transform the library into a modern, flexible and comfortable environment for everyone that uses it. Staff, students and consultants have worked together to agree on the design for the space, and this huge investment by the university demonstrates our commitment to working with you to improve your experience at Heriot-Watt University.

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The Learning Commons which opened last year has been very successful and well used by many students and staff.  It provides 200 study and learning spaces in various configurations and this will inform the type and style of spaces that are to be created in the refurbished library building.

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The project will run for 2 years, and will result in more study spaces (up to over 1000 from the current 825), an improved working environment with a variety of collaborative study spaces, double the number of accessible study rooms and improved layout of library stock. There will also be more desk space, more space between work areas, more PC workstations and many other improvements to the building itself to help future proof it.

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The library will remain open throughout the project, but there will be times when there is restricted access to areas, noise and some disruption.  We will try to keep this to a minimum, and plan the more intrusive work for times when there is  low demand for the library .

The Learning Commons, the refurbished study space in the Post Graduate Centre (due September 2017) providing nearly 100 study spaces for all students (not just PGs) and several other study spaces will be available across campus – see Study Spaces.

We’ll keep you informed about what’s due to happen when and let you know how things are going as the project progresses.

Workshop: Publishing with IEEE. Thursday 25th May 2017, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Event Details:

Date: Thursday, 25th May 2017
Time: 11.30 am – 1.00 pm
Location: 2.01  Post-Graduate Centre,  Edinburgh Campus

Book here 

A not-for-profit organization, IEEE is the world’s leading professional association for the advancement of technology. Members and customers around the world rely on IEEE as a source of technical information.

This practical workshop, aimed at new and early career researchers and postgraduate students in engineering, computing, medical and technology related areas, will provide an overview of publishing with the IEEE.

The session will be introduced by Prof. Stephen McLaughlin, Head of School of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

The ‘Publishing with the IEEE’ Workshop will cover:

  • Overview of IEEE, technology areas and quality of content
  • The University’s publishing activity on IEEE Xplore
  • Choosing the best fit periodical or conference for your paper
  • What editors look for
  • Why papers may be rejected
  • Paper structure
  • Ethics
  • Open Access options
  • Impact factor
  • Importance of through literature reviews and support available
  • Submission and review process
  • Tools available to support publishing
  • Tips
  • Key contacts and support

This event is open to all University staff and students.

Online booking of Study Rooms – Edinburgh Campus Library and Learning Commons

Booking study rooms in the Edinburgh Campus Library and Learning Commons

Library
21 Individual Study Rooms (Floor 2 & 3)
2 Group Study Rooms (Floor 2)
5 Group Study Tables (Floor 1)
These rooms are available
Monday – Friday 9.15am – 8.00pm,  Saturday – Sunday 10.15am – 7.15pm

Learning Commons
3 Group Study Rooms
These rooms are available to book Monday – Friday 11.15am – 4.15pm
(At other times when the building is open, the study rooms are available on a first come, first served basis)

To book a study room:

1.  Go to the Information Services Room Booking webpage or scan the QR code below
2.  Select the times you require (green = available).
3.  Enter your name,Heriot-Watt email address and ID number.
4.  Click Submit My Booking.

You will receive an email to confirm the booking.

Keys will be issued at the Service Desk at the start time – bring along your ID card and a note of the room number you have booked.

Please note: –

  • Study rooms can be booked online up to 3 days in advance
  • Bookings can be for up to  a maximum of 3 hours per day (Library) and for 2 hours per day (Learning Commons)
    This is to ensure that there is fair access to the rooms for as many students as possible – please don’t block book group rooms by separate members of the same group. 
  • If you do not show up within 15 minutes of the start time of your booking, the booking will be cancelled and reallocated to another student.
  • If you are unable to attend, you can cancel your booking anytime via the confirmation email.
  • Room keys must be returned promptly by the end of the booking time.

Surviving the exams…

We know this is a hectic time of year for all of our students.

To help you out we’ve summarised some of the facilities and information available to try and make the next few weeks a bit easier for you.

Study Spaces (Edinburgh campus)

The Edinburgh campus library remains open 24/7 until the 19th May.

In addition to the Library and the Learning Commons there are lots of other study spaces available across the campus.

See www.hw.ac.uk/studyspace and the Study Space Update for details.

Study environment

All our campus libraries have gone into revision/exam mode – to create an environment where you can get your head down and make the most of your revision time. If you’re on the Edinburgh campus check out the zoning at the library at Making the Most of the Space.

Revision and exam tips

See Revision and Exams if you need some advice and coping strategies or search through InformS for tips, revision or exam.

Exam stress drop-in sessions (Edinburgh campus)

Running from 24th April until 19th May at Student Support Service, Hugh Nisbet Building. More info at Exam stress drop-in sessions.

Finally…

Remember that you can ask our Service Desk staff in the library or your Academic Support and Liaison Librarian or your Effective Learning Advisor for help at any time.

Good luck with your exams!

Making the Most of the Space #edincampuslib

With revision a top priority this week and exams starting next week it is important to ‘Make the Most of the Space’ in the Library at our Edinburgh Campus.

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Study space update (Edinburgh campus)

The following information supplements that already available on the Other Spaces tab at http://www.hw.ac.uk/studyspace

Rooms available for study during exam period

24 April to 19 May 2017: 09:15 – 22:15

Teaching rooms  Teaching rooms
David Brewster

  • DB1.15

Edwin Chadwick

  • ECG.01
  • ECG.02

William Arrol

  • WA1.08
  • WA1.09
  • WA1.10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earl Mountbatten*

  • EM336
  • EM3.06 (except 11/05)
  • EM3.07 (except 11/05)

James Nasmyth

  • JN1.01
  • JN1.02
  • JN1.03

PC Labs

  • Earl Mountbatten*: – EM2.52
  • Edwin Chadwick: – EC2.04
  • Mary Burton: – MBG.22

Other Rooms

Mary Burton Building

18:15 – 22:00 weekdays
08:30 – 22:00 Saturday & Sunday

Ground Floor: All ground floor teaching rooms and computer labs

First Floor: MB 1.47 and MB 1.62

Earl Mountbatten is electronically locked around 7 pm (automated system) – no one can enter the building after this time.

Students already in EM can stay until 10 pm but they MUST sign the “out of hours” book at the North entrance/red canopy leading to the car park so that we know who is in. The North entrance is the only exit after 7 pm (please use exit release button).

Other teaching rooms may be available – you can check room availability at Online Timetables.

If you wish to enquire about making a room booking contact roombookings@hw.ac.uk

Exam stress drop in sessions

examstressHaving a last minute panic?  Feeling worried and anxious?

The Student Support Service are offering drop in sessions to anyone who is having a crisis or struggling with exam anxiety or stress.

Where:

Student Support and Accommodation Office, Hugh Nisbet Building (Edinburgh campus)

When:

Monday-Friday throughout the exam period (24th April – 19th May):  1400 – 1500

No appointment needed – just pop in for a chat with one of the counselling team!

Discovery search bar issue

Unfortunately, we’re experiencing a problem with the Discovery search bar on our Find Resources page.  Clicking the bar isn’t activating searches.

While we try to sort this out, remember you can still search Discovery via one of the following:

Please accept out apologies for any inconvenience while we try to resolve this issue.

SCONUL Access: Restricted access to Edinburgh University libraries during exams

During the University of Edinburgh exam period SCONUL Access reference members will have reduced access to the University of Edinburgh Main Library and Law Library.

Restrictions will apply between Monday 17 April – Sunday 14 May 2017 inclusive.  During this time access will be restricted for Reference users, including those with SCONUL Reference Only Cards.

Restrictions are as follows: –

Main Library: – no access between 5:30 am and 5:30 pm
Law Library: – no access between opening time and 5.30 pm.

Normal access arrangements will resume on Monday 15 May 2017.

See Edinburgh University library page for more information.

SCONUL Access allows students to use other UK universities’ libraries. Undergraduates can use other libraries for studying, and postgraduates, staff and distance learners are often allowed to borrow a limited number of books (SCONUL Access does not give access to other universities’ computers or e-journals.).

If you’d like to join SCONUL Access you can find out more on our web pages and apply online.

Opening hours – Easter/Semester 2 break #edincampuslib

We are currently in the Semester 2 break which lasts until 21st April and includes the Easter weekend.
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Once the break is over, exams start from 24th April until 19th May which is the end of semester.

During this time the Edinburgh Campus library will remain open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  Staff will be available to answer enquiries and provide help and support between 8:30am – 8:30pm Monday – Friday and 10:00am – 8:15pm at weekends.

The Learning Commons will be open Monday to Friday during the Semester break  apart from the Easter weekend (Friday 14th – Monday 17th April inclusive) when it will be unavailable for use due to building closure days.

If you require any more information, please check the Information Services webpages or contact us