Your library is there to help you get the most out of your studies. With around 1,600 study places and more than 700 open access computers (Macs and PCs), our four campus locations provide a range of study environments to suit your needs whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own. Our research shows that there is a direct correlation between use of library resources which includes study support and degree outcomes, so making the most of all that your library and learning service has to offer really does make a difference.
Our award-winning staff are here to help you find the information you need and if you’re not on campus, our Just Ask service can provide help and advice via email or telephone.
Your feedback informs what we do and in the last 12 months it has been instrumental in making the following changes...
Longer opening hours
You told us that you wanted improved access to the library, and we listened. With the exception of Christmas Day, we ensured there was always somewhere to study over the Christmas holidays and the Kimberlin Library will be open 24/7 until the end of May.
We have also adjusted Sunday opening to help Law students with their weekend studies with staff assistance from 11am.
Don’t forget that our extensive electronic resources are also available all year round, providing unlimited access to students.
More books than ever before
You asked for more books, so the library is spending an additional £175,000 on print materials this academic year as well as subscriptions to new services such as Box of Broadcasts, which allows staff and students to record any tv or radio programme and access a huge archive for research.
We work very closely with academic staff and invest over £1.7 million annually on the best print and electronic resources for your course. Some materials we will obtain for you via Inter-Library Loan, but we are investing an additional £25,000 to support a new ‘student-led purchase’ service – if we’ve got a gap in our collections, you can make suggestions for purchase, which we'll act on.
To find all of the resources that we subscribe to more easily, we introduced our new “Library Search” feature, which brings together print and electronic full text articles in one search location.
You also told us that sometimes you need to take out more books, so we’ve extended loan allocations for all undergraduates to 15 items.
Silent study areas
You told us that silent study was difficult with other library users choosing books and walking past, so we have introduced two enclosed Silent Study rooms where you can enjoy perfect peace and quiet. ADH students told us that they wanted to talk about their choices, but couldn’t do so while the second floor was a silent study area, so it has now been re-zoned as a ‘quiet-study’ area instead.
Consistent power supply
You mentioned that power sockets in the Learning Zone weren’t working properly: this was because unsafe chargers and adaptors were tripping the safety circuits and cutting off power. To resolve this, we have worked with DMU Estates to introduce new ‘power poles’ - they also have USB chargers so you can charge your phone while you study! If the power trips when you plug in your charger or adaptor, then it is probably faulty: you can visit DSU Tech in the Campus Centre to get your equipment tested.
Our users told us that library seating was squeaky and uncomfortable, so we have replaced or refurbished over 850 chairs in the Kimberlin Library and plan to do the same in Eric Wood Learning Zone over the coming months, making sure you have a comfy place to sit!
More CAD computers
In addition to our existing library computers, a further 14 special CAD machines are now available for students to use in a dedicated room in Kimberlin Library. For those studying subjects such as Architecture or Product Design, using CAD software is a part of their course, so the addition of these machines should make this specialist software and other associated packages more accessible. With Tech students in mind, 14 of our PCs now offer dual boot Linux access and additional specialist software.
Support and advice for your assignments
The Centre for Learning Support and Study (CLaSS) is situated in Kimberlin Library and offers students an excellent array of support and resources. The services they provide include:
- Weekly drop in sessions where students can get help with any aspect of writing an assignment
- One-to-one tutorials where you can get more intensive support from a CLaSS tutor with planning and structuring your essay, as well as advice on academic writing style
- Regular workshops offering guidance and practical ideas to help you produce successful assignments. You can see what study support sessions are coming up during 2015 via the What’s on pages of the library website
Extra help with maths and statistics
The Maths Learning Centre is there to support any DMU student, on any course at any level understand maths and statistics.
They run drop-in sessions on weekdays between 12.30 and 2.30pm during term-time and exam-time in room 2.10 of the Kimberlin Library: there’s no need to book, just bring your work with you. One-on-one tuition is also available, which can be tailored to your needs and your course and the centre also offers free GCSE maths classes for any student who would like to obtain this qualification.
Improved wi-fi access
You told us that wi-fi access wasn’t consistent, so with ITMS support we have now installed 30 more wi-fi hubs in Kimberlin Library, making it easy to access the internet. The roll-out of Eduroam access across the DMU campus means that your device will remain connected wherever you are - including between buildings - and will give you WiFi access at dozens of other universities when you visit.