Your library never sleeps! Improvements at Curzon.

Here at Curzon Library we’ve spent the summer looking at ways we can improve the student experience.

The biggest single improvement we’ve made to the library itself is to install a brand new printing system. Extensively trialled, the HP Multi Functional Devices that can be found throughout the library are quicker, easier to use and even better at processing a high volume of jobs than the system they replaced.

We’ve also made changes to the layout of the library. Cash loaders, for adding credit to printing accounts, are now available next to the printers on the ground floor and near the atrium on the first. In addition, we’ve responded to feedback from students and replaced the café area on the ground floor with yet more study spaces suitable for both individual and group learning. And don’t forget, all of this is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Lastly, we’ve been working hard on improving the user-friendliness of the library website. It is now possible to search the Summon database of electronic resources (ebooks, journal articles etc) at the same time as looking for books that we hold in the library: simply choose the ‘everything’ tab on the library’s homepage. This is just one of the improvements we’ve made to the website – to find out more, please ask at the Helpdesk, or take yourself on a virtual tour!

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The changes we have made to the library complement perfectly the first class facilities of the recently opened Curzon B. These include study spaces designed to fit the individual learning needs of all of our students, an increased number of PCs and printers and areas for relaxation as well as study. Not forgetting a well-earned coffee and slice of cake at Starbucks of course!

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The result is a City Centre campus that has one of the best student-Study Space ratios of any university in Birmingham and enhances BCU’s reputation as one of the most student-friendly institutions in the UK. Why not come and give it a try?

New library room bookings system

From Monday 8th January we have a new room bookings system in place for Curzon Library, which includes the individual/group study rooms within the library, as well as the new study rooms within the Open Learning Zone in Curzon B (available as soon as the area is fully open).

The new form is easy to use – just select up to two hours and confirm your booking within 1 hour by clicking the link sent to your university email.

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The new link is available here – please update your old bookmarks!

General rules for study rooms

  1. Please don’t exceed the maximum number of people stated on the door to each room! Sometimes we find 4 or 5 people squished into a 2-person room – asides from being really uncomfortable for you, it’s a health and safety issue. Group rooms are available, plus there’s loads of space in Curzon B for group study.
  2. Remember that most of our study rooms are within the yellow quiet zones. They aren’t soundproof, so if you’re chatting loudly or playing music, you’re potentially disturbing those around you who are trying to study.
  3. No food or drinks allowed! It’s a small space, often with computer equipment present. Spillages, litter and smelly food make it unpleasant for those using the room after you, so we ask that you eat/drink in the designated cafe areas within the building. Plus, it’s good to have a break from studying.
  4. Please don’t leave belongings in the rooms when you’re not in there – we wouldn’t want them to go missing, and it’s not fair to other students who are prevented from using the space because of it. If we find unattended bags/laptops/coats in rooms then we will ask security officers to remove them.

^Laura

Getting started: Familiarise yourself with our library

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Are you new to libraries? Feeling a bit overwhelmed by it all?

Come along to one of our ‘HOW TO’ sessions and learn more about:

  • Locating the books you need
  • Finding out what your Library PIN is
  • Using the self issue machines to take books out
  • Printing, photocopying and scanning ….. and much, much more

The Customer Services team will be running these sessions at both Curzon Library and Mary Seacole Library on:

Monday, 2nd October                          10:00-11:00

Tuesday, 3rd October                          11:00-12:00

Wednesday, 4th October                    12:00-13:00

Thursday, 5th October                         13:00-14:00

Friday, 6th October                           10:00 – 11:00 (Curzon )  14:00-15:00 (Seacole)

The sessions at Curzon Library are being held opposite the Help Desk on the Ground Floor.

The sessions at Mary Seacole Library are being held at the comfy seating area by the self service machines.

See you there!

^Trudi

Big changes for Conservatoire Library users

As you might know, the Birmingham Conservatoire is moving to its new building in Summer 2017, and the current Conservatoire Library will be closing its doors and moving into the Curzon Library.

This means a number of changes – we will be remodelling certain areas within Curzon Library over the next few months to create some dedicated music resource rooms, and there will be a certain amount of disruption at both sites as we prepare. There will also be a change to loan counts and loan periods, as music stock will be much easier to self-issue with the Curzon Library system. This is particularly good news for those who borrow large sets of chamber music! Music will no longer be issued for an entire term, as all ‘normal loan’ items will be 4 weeks regardless of item type.

The key information is outlined below.On the move

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If you have any questions, please visit us at the Help Desk, or drop us a line using our Library Help site.

^Laura

Study space

A hot topic at the moment (particularly at the City Centre Campus) is the issue of study space.

Where can I find study space at the City Centre Campus?

We know Curzon Library is usually very busy during the daytime – we’re open 24/7 so you can stagger your study times where possible, or explore some of the other study spaces on campus. Did you know you can study in the social areas around our buildings, as well as classrooms that aren’t being used?  Millennium Point and Parkside building are open until midnight during term-time.

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Can I study at another campus?

Yes! You are welcome to use any of our campuses. There are 6 libraries and a number of social areas in other buildings.  Just remember to take your University ID card and double-check the opening hours.

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What if I want to use a computer?

We know the computers in our Libraries get busy, but there are loads of other computers available!  You can also borrow a laptop for up to 6 hours.

City Centre

  • Open access rooms: Curzon Library; Parkside Level 2 Bridge; Millennium Point 253.
  • Teaching rooms (free when not booked for teaching): Millennium Point 135, 150, 158, 211, 242, 252, 325; Parkside 105, 120, 129, 133; Curzon 255, 261, 262, 265, 269, 312.

City South

  • Mary Seacole Library; Seacole IT Suite 361.

City North

  • Kenrick Library; Attwood 006, 201, 211.

You can also bring your own laptop/tablet to study with, and even print from them.

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What can you do to help?

Everybody at university deserves a peaceful study environment:

  • Respect the noise zones indicated in each library – silent, quiet and group study areas are available.
  • Keep seats free from bags and coats to ensure everybody can sit down.
  • Don’t bring hot food into the library! We don’t mind cold food and drinks in sealed containers, but please use the bins/recycling facilities provided.
  • Please leave the furniture where it is – it helps keep the study environment tidy, but also helps you stay safe and not get any injuries from moving heavy chairs/tables.

Click here to find out more about study space and discover how to book a library study room.

^Laura