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.
Did you know that it’s possible to request a book that’s on the shelves at Collegiate Library and have it brought to Adsetts Library for you to collect? It works the other way round as well.
For example, if you’re based at Collegiate Campus but there’s a book you need for your course on the shelves at Adsetts, you don’t have to go there in person to get it. Instead, use Library Search to place a request. Here’s what you need to do.
1. Go to the Library Gateway and use Library Search to find the book you need.
2. Underneath the title and details, click on ‘Find in library’, and then on ‘Request’.
3. Another screen will appear with a short form for you to fill in. Choose ‘BOOK’, ‘1 WEEK LOAN’, and then pick the library where you’d like to collect the book.
Remember: if a book is on the shelves and available at Adsetts, you won’t be able to request it to pick up at Adsetts. Likewise, if a book is available at Collegiate Library, you can’t request it to collect there.
4. Click on the orange ‘Request’ button to finish placing your request. You will get an email to let you know when the book is ready for you to collect.
Sometimes, you might need a book for an assignment but all the copies are out on loan to other people. Don’t just wait for one to come back because that might take ages and someone else might get it! Instead, you can request a copy so the next one that comes back to the library will be reserved for you. Watch this video tutorial for step-by-step instructions on using Library Search to request a book.
You could be missing out on lots of things if you don’t sign in when you’re using Library Search. Imagine there’s a book you need that’s out on loan to someone else at the moment, so you want to request it. You find it in Library Search, but there’s no request link… (click on the picture to see a bigger version)
Click on the ‘Sign-in for more options’ link, sign in using your SHU username and password, and the request link will appear for you to click on.
You need to sign in to do some other things as well. Library Search can save a search for you; click on the ‘Save search’ link at the bottom left of the search results page. The link won’t appear at all though unless you’ve signed in first. You have to sign in to get access to electronic resources as well.
OK, so let’s say you’re convinced of the need to sign in. Here’s how to do it.
If you’re on the Library Gateway, click on the ‘My Library Account’ link in the top, right-hand corner, enter your login details, and you’re signed into Library Search.
If you’ve done a search already and you’re on the results page, click on the ‘Students and staff’ sign in link at the top of the page.
Now you can enjoy all the benefits of Library Search. Hurray!