About Tom

Hello! I'm Tom and I'm a Systems Support Adviser working in Library and Student Support Services at Sheffield Hallam University.

Take the Library with you


As a Sheffield Hallam student, you can still use the University’s library resources no matter where you are in the world (as long as you have internet connection, that is).

To make sure you can get access to electronic books, journal articles, and more, the best place to start is shuspace.  Go to shuspace.shu.ac.uk and log in using your University username and password, then click on the Library Gateway link at the top of the screen.

Link on shuspace

A new window will pop up.  Click on ‘Login as SHU students and staff’, that will give you access to all of our library resources.

Library Gateway login options

Finally, the Library Gateway will open, with Library Search and all the other features you’re used to when you’re working on campus.

Arrrgh it won’t work!

If you’ve followed the steps above and still can’t get access to something, try repeating the same steps but in a different browser.  The Library Gateway works in most browsers, including Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari.  We’ve noticed a few problems with Edge so best not use that.

If you’re stuck, get in touch.  Click on the ‘Contact’ link at the top of the Library Gateway to see the different ways you can reach us.  If you’re telling us about library resources that you can’t access, we’ll need to know:

  • as much information about it as possible – title, author, date of publication, etc
  • the web address of the page you were on when you got stuck (copy it from the browser address bar and paste it into email or chat)
  • who you are so we can help you – make sure you tell us your full name and student number (it’s on your SHUcard).

Make it easy with eBooks

eBook penguin

Electronic books – or eBooks – are an online version of the print books that you’ll find on the shelves in the libraries. You can read them by going to the Library Gateway and using Library Search; type in the topic that you’re interested in, the title of the book if you know it, the author’s name, or any combination of these.

On the search results page, use the filters to narrow down the results to eBooks. First, click on Available Online at the top of the page and then click on Books/eBooks under Refine My Results.

Available Online

Click on Books / eBooks filter

This will update the list of search results and show any eBooks that are relevant to your search. If you find an eBook that looks useful and want to read it, click on Find Online underneath the book details and then on the view full text link.

Click on Find Online and then on view full text

For some eBooks, it’ll have the name of the supplier (e.g. MyiLibrary or ScienceDirect) instead.  Either way, click on the link and a new window will open, giving you options to read the eBook online or download it.

It’s better to read online instead of downloading. You can do more things, including:

  • Search for a key word that you’re interested in and you’ll get a list of places where that word appears in the book.
  • Click on chapter titles and be taken straight to the page where that chapter begins.
  • Make notes on particular pages – not allowed in print books!
  • Zoom in to view the text in a bigger size if you’re struggling to read it.
Top tip!

If you’re viewing an eBook online and it keeps logging you out (which can happen occasionally), do download a copy to read instead.

Have a look at: eBooks help page

Filter your results in Library Search

Photo of many smarties

Photo credit: ‘Smarties’ by eismannhans via Pixabay (Public domain)

When you’re using Library Search to look for things to read, make sure you use the filters on the search results page.  If you don’t, you’ll be scrolling through pages and pages to find what you’re looking for.  Here’s a quick explanation of how some of the most popular filters work.

Across the top

Screenshot of filters across the top of the search results page

  • Peer reviewed journals – this will display only the highest quality publications, which have been approved by experts in the subject.
  • Available Online – useful if you want to see what’s available without coming into the library. This will show just electronic resources in your results list.
  • Available in the Library – shows you physical books on the shelves right now in Adsetts and Collegiate Libraries. This is useful if you’re in the library and want to know what you can borrow here and now, straight away. Clicking this filter will hide all the useful books that are on loan at the moment though, which is a shame because you might want to request some of them to read in future.

Down the side

  • Content type – this is where you pick the format of what you’re searching for.  If your lecturer asks you to find a journal article on a particular topic, this is where you can click to show just ‘Articles’ in the list of results.
  • Publication date – if there are several editions of the same book, it’s best to get the newest one. Use the slider to show search results that were published at a particular time, such as from 2013 onwards. If you want to read the most recent literature on a topic, you can use this filter to hide all of the older material.
  • Subject terms – for every search you do, you’ll get a list of sub-topics and related topics. This can be really useful to help you decide what to search for next. It’s a bit like the ‘Customers who bought that also bought this…’ feature found on a lot of shopping websites.
  • Library location – we’ve got two libraries and you can use this to select the one you want to use. For example, if you’ve got lectures at City Campus, you might want to go to Adsetts Library. Use this filter with caution though: if you click on ‘Adsetts Library’ and all copies of a book that you need are kept at Collegiate, you won’t see any of them in your results.
  • Language – it’s a way of choosing which languages you want to appear in your search results. If you speak a language other than English, you can choose it and see resources related to your search words in that language. If you want to hide publications that aren’t in English, you can do that as well; just click ‘English’.

When you click on ‘More options’
If there are lots of options for a particular filter, only the most popular will show up on the Library Search results page.  Click on ‘More options’ underneath that filter to see them all then click on the ‘Include’ tick box next to each option to show those results.

Screenshot of Content Type More Options

After applying one or two filters, you should have a much more manageable number of search results to look through.  Hopefully, they should be more relevant, too.

Photo of a few smarties

Photo credit: ‘Smarties Grundfarben’ by Anna reg via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0 AT)

Happy searching and, if you’re not sure about something, click on the ‘Contact us’ link at the top of the Library Gateway to see all the various ways you can get in touch.

Travelling books

Two libraries can be confusing, but it helps that you can hand your City or Collegiate books in at both. The books travel a lot, boxes of them moving between the libraries every day so it doesn’t matter where you hand yours in; they will get to their spot on the shelf by the next day.

Requested books can also be collected from Adsetts or Collegiate Library.

If you want more information, the staff at the Helpdesk are always happy to help. Or you can look on shuspace: https://students.shu.ac.uk/shuspacecontent/lc/borrowing-libraries

 – A guest post from Evie, our work experience student

get your read on

Get your read on height 159

It’s the summer, not that it’s always possible to tell from the weather. For lots of people, it’s a chance to get away from the University and do other things. Maybe you’re  travelling or on holiday, at home, or even here in Sheffield working. (We know not everyone gets a summer break, some courses last for a full 52 weeks or have a different pattern.) If you can though, now is a fine time to read for pleasure.

If you’re in Sheffield and up for venturing down to the city centre, come to Adsetts and you’ll find our fiction books on Level 6 at shelfmark 828. Have a look in Library Search to see what we’ve got.

If you’re away from the city or don’t feel like coming into Adsetts, there’s probably a public library not very far away from you. If you’re not sure where the nearest one is, just type the word ‘library’ into Google and it’ll normally give you the name, address, and opening hours.

Oh, and this is about more than just fiction. We’re talking about reading stuff you don’t usually read.  Always wanted to know something about ecology or politics or robotics?  Now’s your chance.

Look for lynda.com videos in Library Search


Lynda.com is an online library of video tutorials on IT-related topics.  Do you wanted to improve your Photoshop skills?  Or understand search engine optimisation? Or even learn how to develop mobile apps?  Lynda could give you the knowledge you need.

Start by going to the Library Gateway and typing the skill you want to build or the product you’d like to learn how to use into Library Search.

Library Search screenshot

When the search results appear, click on the ‘Audio / Video’ filter on the left-hand side to filter out everything apart from video and audio resources.

Audio / Video filter

If you look at the search results that are left, you’ll see that some of them are videos from lynda.com.  When you’ve found one that you’d like to watch, click on the ‘lynda.com’ link underneath to open it up.

lynda.com link

Now all you’ve got to do is decide which one you want to watch first!

Find out more on shuspace: Improve your IT skills with lynda.com

Extend a PC booking the easy way

Sheffield Hallam computer

If you’re on a University PC and your booking is coming to an end but you need to carry on working, you can extend the booking there and then from the PC.

Go to the Extending MyPC bookings page on shuspace and follow the instructions to extend your booking.

Top tip: If you try to extend your booking and it doesn’t work, it’s probably because someone else has booked the PC already.  If you’re not sure what to do next, go to the library Helpdesk or chat with us.

Easter Eggstravaganza no.1 – you can still talk to us!


Remember that you can still get help while the Library staff are on holiday. From 5pm on Thursday 24th until 8.30am on Wednesday 30th March, you can

Phone and chat support are available 24 hours a day, so you’ll never be without help.

Want to win an Easter goodie bag? Just follow us on Twitter @shu_library, retweet each daily message for your chance to win one of the 8 Easter Eggstravaganza goodie bags!

Easter goodie bag

Easter Eggstravaganza no.2 – library Helpdesks


Lots of you have gone home already but we’ve noticed some people are still here and working hard.

If you need to come and see us, the library Helpdesks are open this week…

  • Wednesday 23rd March 8.30am – 7pm
  • Thursday 24th March 8.30am – 5pm

From Friday 25th March until Tuesday 29th March, the Helpdesks will be closed. However, help is always at hand through chat and on the phone (0114 225 3333).

Helpdesks will be open 8.30am – 5pm Wednesday 30th March to Friday 1st April.

Want to win an Easter goodie bag? Just follow us on Twitter @shu_library, retweet each daily message for your chance to win one of the 8 Easter Eggstravaganza goodie bags!

Easter goodie bag