If you can’t remember what you have on loan or when things are due back, have a look on My Library Account. Go to the Library Gateway and click on the ‘My Library Account’ link in the top, right-hand corner of the screen.
If you’re on a mobile phone or tablet, click on the menu button to get to the link.
You’ll be asked to sign in, so use your University username and password. It’s the same details you use to log into shuspace or a University PC.
After that, you’ll be in My Library Account and you can go into the different areas to see information related to your borrowing.
Loans – all the library books, DVDs, and other things you have on loan will be listed alongside their due dates. Items will renew automatically but not if someone else requests them, so it’s a good idea to check My Library Account regularly. You will get an email to your University account as well if someone requests an item and it won’t be renewed. Some things aren’t renewable at all, like laptops and Document Supply books.
Requests – if you’ve made any requests, you can see them here with information about whether they’re ready for you to collect. There’s also an option to cancel a request that you don’t need any more, which will take you out of the queue and make sure it’s passed along to the next person who requested it.
Fines and fees – hopefully, you won’t be using this area very often! You can see a list of any fines and pay them from here as well.
We understand the pressures of trying to find free PCs during busy periods. To help manage this we’re trialling a new service where you can borrow a Chromebook while you’re studying in the library.
The new Chromebook loan service starts
11.30am Monday 13 February
You’ll find them
At Adsetts – near the main stairs on level 3
At Collegiate – in the main room on the ground floor C001
Chromebooks are different to traditional laptops and many students find them better for studying than laptops or PCs. They’re faster connecting to the internet, working with files online and also have a longer battery life.They can be used for printing in the University and will work with USB memory sticks.
They are great devices for many types of work but don’t contain the full suite of software and can’t be taken out of the library.
Advantages of Chromebooks
faster start up times (there’s no software installed – all applications work in the cloud)
8 hour battery life
saving happens automatically so you won’t lose your work if something happens to the computer and you don’t need to use a memory stick to store files
you can easily pick up where you left off working if you change to another device
you’ll be able to use the Office 365 Online Apps (like Word, Excel, OneNote and OneDrive) and your SHU Google Apps as well as other cloud-based software
easy access to shuspace/blackboard and the Library Gateway
Advantages of laptops
there’s more software installed and you can use AppHub
laptops have the full version of Microsoft Office installed which supports more features than the online version
better for complex documents which include equations, graphics etc
you can take them out of the library (Chromebooks need to stay in the library)
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’re leaving uni for the summer or have finished your course – here’s what you need to know!
Do the libraries close over the summer? No!We’re open every day of the year 24/7/365! Just remember your SHUcard.And if you need help we’ve got that covered too… You’ll find Helpdesk opening hours and the different ways you can get in touch here. If you need help with your academic skills here’s the weekly schedule for The Bridge – it’s above the café in Adsetts.
Where can I access to books over the vacation? Are you going home for the summer or if you live in Sheffield – do you have friends at other unis that are coming back to Sheffield for the vacation?
Then SCONUL Access might be the answer. It’s a scheme which allows many university students to borrow books or use books at other libraries in the scheme across the country. Find out more on the SCONUL Access site.
If friends are visiting you in Sheffield they may find our library visitor guide useful.
Can I connect to WiFi? Are you planning on visiting another institution over the summer – or have friends from other unis wanting to use our libraries?
Eduroam could be the answer. Check out participating universities and how to connect here
My course has finished, what happens to my IT account? You can continue to access IT facilities until 31st July or until the Faculty Office notifies us you have completed – which ever is sooner. Here’s what you need to know
You may also be interested in exporting your contacts from your university email – here’s how
And finally there’s Alumni Connect – read about the benefits here
We’re expecting that lots of people will need to borrow library books and take them home for the holidays, so we’ve extended the loan period. Any books that you borrow on or after Saturday 12th March will be due back on Tuesday 5th April.
Borrowing goes back to normal on Tuesday 29th March and any books you borrow from that day onwards will have the usual 1 week standard loan.
Automatic renewal will still happen, too. For example, if you borrow a book on Monday 14th March, it will be due back on Tuesday 5th April. Then, if no one requests that book, it will be renewed automatically on the 5th and the due date will change to Tuesday 12th April.
You can search for a book using Library Search on the Library Gateway or on a Catalogue Plus PC in the library.
In Library Search results, look at the information underneath the title to find a book on the shelf.
Sign in to find out how long you can borrow the book for.
Check which library it’s located at and which level (Adsetts only).
Make a note of the shelfmark – you’ll need the number and the letters.
Go to the correct level in the library. Look at the signs on the end of each bay of shelves to find out which shelfmarks they contain. See the picture on the right – the book in the example above will be on this row of shelves because 371.26 CO comes between 371.100 AR and 372.999 XE.
Once you’ve found the book, borrow it using a self-service machine:
Adsetts Library – Level 4 near the entrance
Collegiate Library – main room and quiet study downstairs, main room upstairs
You will always need your SHUcard to borrow anything from the library.