Feeling fiction!

feeling fiction

This is a new reading group where you can escape strictly academic texts but still explore the themes of health and wellbeing. muffins-1844458__340

Each month a new book will be discussed by staff and students over lunch (please bring your own) and cake (provided by the group)!

Books and cake – what’s not to love!

January 26th 2017 – 1pm – 2pm Collegiate library room C106

The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt – a lonely observer, Theo has lived with his skittish, bohemian and – to him – utterly adorable mother in Manhattan since his deadbeat fantasist of an ex-actor dad finally walked out. During a visit to a special exhibition of Dutch painting at the Met that features “The Goldfinch”, an attack by “homegrown” bombers kills her and plunges Theo into a slow-mo nightmare, staged with all the virtuoso illusionism of those pictures. In the bomb’s aftermath, he steals the painting, catches sight of the bewitching Pippa, and succours a dying man, her courtly uncle, who gives him both a ring, and an address. (review from the Independent)

And to follow…

February 23rd 2017 – 1pm – Ham on Rye – Charles Bukowski

The character of Henry Chinaski, deeply flawed and abused by his father and by the awful kids at school, grows up to be a cynical drunkard who likes being alone and is well-read on DH Lawrence novels: normally, a character like that is detestable and labeled off as a “useless bum.”

Bukowski, however, is able to strike at the real core of the character, and of himself, to show us the truth: no matter the character’s faults or flaws, he just wants to be loved and to be free from this conforming, controlling society. At the end of the day, isn’t that what we all want? (Maybe with not so much drink, but the point still stands.)

The novel comes off as poetry, and just startles you with its pace. One minute, you’re diving into the first few chapters, and the next, you’re done. It’s that kind of book that reminds you of why you love literature, without all of the pretensions and artificial attempts at “deep revelations.”

Bukowski, in this novel, reminds us of being, first and foremost, human beings living together; no more, no less. (review from examiner.com)

March 23rd 2107 – 1pm – Child of God – Cormac McCarthy

Suspenseful, spare, a quick and compelling read, Child of God is at the same time McCarthy’s most extreme challenge to the limits of propriety, perhaps outdoing even Blood Meridian in its chronicling of individual depravity. Its hero, Lester Ballard, is a murderer and necrophile, expelled from the human family and eventually living in underground caves, which he peoples with his trophies: giant stuffed animals won in carnival shooting galleries and the decomposing corpses of his several shot victims, male and female. This is the child of God. Yet McCarthy’s meditation on this lost soul is restrained, even delicate, in its images of his grievous acts. There are fewer graphic assaults on the reader’s imagination than in either Suttree or Blood Meridian. And his treatment of Lester is more sympathetic than of comparable beyond-the-pale characters, Culla Holme in Outer Dark and the kid in Blood Meridian, perhaps to the reader’s discomfort. (review from McCarthy’s website)

As Sherlock would say…

silent quoteIt’s exam time for many of you and we’d like to remind you about the best areas to study if like Sherlock to need a bit of peace and quiet to concentrate…

Everyone likes a different environment and if you happen to be one of those that cherishes the silence – here are the best places to study…

At Adsetts

There is a silent study room on level 2 or there’s a quiet study room on level 4

At Collegiate library

The silent study room is on the first floor, you’ll find it to your left in the quiet study room. There is another quiet study room on the ground floor in the foyer area too

Please help us to keep the silent areas silent – it really is crucial for some!

If you need to report a disturbance between 9am – 5pm you can do this online via chat. Library staff will alert security staff who will come and walk round the reported area. From 5pm to 9am (and at any other times if you prefer), please tell security staff at the Reception desks about any disturbances, again they will come and have a walk round or talk to anyone as necessary.


Meet Toni!

She’s one of our team of new ‘roving’ staff already helping students! roving

From Monday 31 October, we’re trialling a new roving service available on our library floors until the end of semester one.

At Adsetts the team will be out and about on level 4 and at Collegiate they will be working on the ground floor and first floor.

They can support a range of services including

  • your library questions
  • self-service – issue/return and print top up machines
  • library gateway/catalogue including directing more complex queries to the Helpdesk
  • printing and photocopying
  • directional queries
  • MyPC bookings

So if you’re stuck at a printer, can’t locate that book, need help booking a pc etc – keep a look out for them!

We’ll let you know how the trial goes.

Weekends in the libraries

We’re making some changes at weekends from 1st August  – here’s what you need to know

  • Adsetts and Collegiate libraries are open 24/7/365 – and yes, that means Christmas day too!24hr-opening-2015
  • security staff are available at both Reception desks. At Adsetts this is just inside the main entrance on level 4 and at Collegiate it’s just inside the main doors on the ground floor
  • you’ll need to remember your SHU card for entry (and exit at Adsetts), printing and borrowing

And if you need a helping handbomgar

  • library chat is available 24/7 – you’ll find a link on your desktop, on shuspace and the Library Gateway (in the top right corner)
  • you can phone 0114 2253333 24/7
  • look on shuspace or email library@shu.ac.uk
  • Helpdesks are open Monday – Friday

As a result of your comments the grace period for returning books has increased from 3 days to 5 days (this includes weekends). Read more here

All the essential stationery items!

We know when you’re busy and under pressure how easy it is to forget essential stationery items!

Now you don’t have to rely on the Helpdesk being open to get these, you can help yourself 24/7.

free stationeryWe’ve got a stock of plastic wallets, black pens, pencils and everything you need to bind your assignments –  for free!

In Adsetts you’ll find them in the Resources area on level 4.


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At Collegiate they are in the main room, on the ground floor, opposite the printers.

Tell us what you think…



Our 3 step guide to getting exam ready!

1. How can I prepare?

There are Exam Success workshops throughout April as well as bitsize exam preparation sessions, find out more here, from the 18th – 22nd  April which include

  • Get exam ready
  • Short essays for examsBridge Logo lo-res
  • Exam wellbeing drop in
  • How to make revision notes
  • Exam wellbeing
  • Memory tips for exams

2. Where are the best places to study?

If it’s peace and quiet your after there are a variety of places in both libraries

In Adsetts definition 1

  • Silent study room, level 2
  • Quiet study area, level 2
  • Quiet study room, level 4

In Collegiate

  • Silent study room, first floor
  • Quiet study room, first floor
  • Quiet study room, ground floor

3. Make sure you know before you go!



Find out what ID you need, what you can take into exams, venues locations and lots more – it’s all here on shuspace

What you can get help with and where…

There are a variety of ways you can get help whether you’re at home, on placement, live outside Sheffield, or even upstairs in the library!

What… can you ask us about?

  • borrowing from libraries and your borrower accounts
  • logging in and using SHU IT systems
  • using Microsoft Office software
  • printing, copying and scanning
  • finding and using materials for your assignments
  • referencing
  • using library services and facilities eg booking PCs and group spaces
  • referrals to other and specialist services

Where… you can go to get help!

  • chat – useful at home, on placement, if you live at a distance, or even in the library

Chat for library support (including supporting users of IT systems and equipment in libraries) 24/7/365 – with our staff during daylight hours and university library colleagues in the US overnight

Chat for IT support 9am – 5pm Mon – Fri

  • Helpdesks



If you’re in Adsetts or Collegiate, check out the library Helpdesk – opening hours on shuspace.


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There are also IT Help Points located in Harmer and the Atrium at Heart of the Campus – opening hours are 8.45am-4.45pm (from 10am Weds).


Don’t get stuck – ask us!

Don’t panic if you lose a book!

Dont panic

If you’ve got a book on loan from the library but can’t find it anywhere, here are some things you can try.

  1. It sounds obvious, but have a really good look round at home and anywhere else you’ve been working recently.  Still no sign of it?
  2. Could you have left it on the bus or in a pub?  Most places have lost property boxes so it’s worth phoning up to check.
  3. Go to the library and have a look on the shelves.  If you left it on a desk by mistake, someone could have found and shelved it without knowing that it’s on loan to you.  It’s worth checking the ‘Recently returned’ shelves on the same floor as well just in case someone only found it recently.  Not there?
  4. Tell a member of staff at the library Helpdesk that you can’t find the book.  It won’t be the first time we’ve had a student come to us about a missing book, so don’t worry.  If you’re absolutely sure you left it in the library or think you’ve returned it already but it’s still on your account, we’ll set it to missing on the library system and help you look for it.
  5. If all else fails and the book is truly lost, we’ll ask you to pay for a replacement copy.  There aren’t any penalty charges or anything like that, it’s just the amount of money needed to buy the same book again.

Pro tip: Pick up a SHU Library bag from one of the library Helpdesks and keep all of your library books in it.  The bags come with handy long handles to go over your shoulder or hang on the back of a chair, so you’ll never lose any books again!

SHU Library bag

You may also be interested in: The quick guide to book renewals

Swipe in and swipe out!

shucard swipe in and out LANDSOver the summer we have installed new exit gates at the Adsetts Library. Our libraries are safe and secure places to meet and study and these new gates are designed to enhance this as they let us know who is in the building at all times. They also let us know at a glance how many people are in the library so we can see when our busy times are and target our resources to improve the service.

The same gates will be installed at Collegiate at a later date as part of a project to refurbish the whole of the Foyer and entrance area in the library.

From Monday 5 October you will need to swipe your SHUcard when you leave the Adsetts library, in exactly the same way as you do to enter it. So please have your card at the ready when you need to leave.

We’d love to hear your comments about this new development. Contact us and have your say.

Changes to borrowing – 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th July!

Changes to borrowing are happening this weekend – here’s the essential information…

  • Friday 3rd July and Saturday 4th July 3rd A4

From 5pm on Friday 3rd July there’ll be no self-service available for renewals, issuing or requesting books.

Books can be issued at the Helpdesks between 10am – 5pm on Saturday 4th July.

You can return books to the usual areas and there’ll be information on how to do this in both libraries. Please note these books won’t be taken off your account immediately.

  • Sunday 5th July5th

There’ll be no self-service available for renewals, issuing or requesting books.

You can return books to the usual areas and there’ll be information on how to do this in both libraries. Please note these books won’t be taken off your account until Monday 6th July.

Books can be issued at the Helpdesks from 8.30am  Monday 6th July.

  • Monday 6th July

There’ll be no self-service available for renewals, issuing or requesting books until Tuesday 7th July

You can return books to the usual areas and there’ll be information on how to do this in both libraries. Please note these books won’t be taken off your account immediately.

Books can be issued at the Helpdesks from 8.30am Monday 6th July.

All books already out on loan will automatically be renewed until 21st July – after this date your books will automatically be renewed for up to a year unless someone else requests it or your SHUcard expires. Checking My Library Account is the best way to keep up to date. Here are the facts you need to know about the changes to borrowing

All charges for overdue items will be cleared at this time, however charges for replacement/lost books will remain

  • Tuesday 7th July

All services should be up and running as usual – if you have any questions contact us at Helpdesks, email learning.centre@shu.ac.uk, online chat (front page of the Library Gateway) and phone 0114 225 3333