Do you want to work on a Specialist Software PC in the next few days?

if your answer to this is ‘yes’ – please keep reading…

Specialist Software B PCs on level 6 in Adsetts (at the Pond Street end of the floor) are out of action until Wednesday 26th July. All other PCs will be available as usual.

Our IT staff are replacing PCs as well as relabelling and renaming them and you can look forward to more powerful machines!

We apologise for the short notice and any inconvenience caused.





Noisy work at Collegiate!


There’ll be some noisy work taking place at Collegiate Campus next week. This is to improve the delivery of services to the campus and the work is taking place during the Summer period to minimise disruption as much possible. 

In order to do this we’ll be closing the car park behind Oak Lodge from Monday 10 July.  Pedestrian access may be affected during certain periods however alternative cut throughs across the campus are available in Heart of the Campus.

The car park will reopen on Monday 17 July.


Ecclesall Road resurfacing – night working

We have been informed by AMEY that as part of their Streets Ahead scheme, they will be undertaking Road Resurfacing works along Ecclesall Road from Tuesday, 4 July for approx. 4 weeks (weather permitting)


Whilst the area around Collegiate campus (Collegiate Crescent and Broomgrove Road) is not directly affected and the works is undertaken at night, we anticipate there will be a minimal impact during the scheduled works.


Please note the key points


  • Both lanes of  Ecclesall Road will be open between 6am – 7pm
  • Between 7-10pm – one lane will be closed
  • Between 10pm – 6am – whole road is closed
  • Pedestrian access will still be available even if the roads are closed.
  • Side roads will be open for parking (usual restrictions apply), however there will be no on street parking available during working hours on the particular section of road being re-surfaced.
Anyone requiring access during the road closure would need to speak to the on-site teams and AMEY will endeavour to give access when it is safe and practicable to do so.
As usual, there will be diversion signs in place
If you have any further queries, please call 0114 2734547 or email

Borrowing and returning books at Collegiate library

return unitWe’re trialling a new system of returning books at Collegiate Library – because you’ve been telling us that returning books there isn’t as easy as it could be!

The book units on the Ground Floor in the main room have become  a ‘returns only’ area – previously you could borrow and return books here.

Hopefully this will help to make returning books more straightforward and reduce any confusion!

Top tips

A returns receipt is emailed to you automatically, but if you want to double-check that you’ve returned all your books then choose ‘print receipt’ too, or just log in to My Library Account to see the books you’ve borrowed and returned.

We’ll be monitoring this trial to see how you find it. You can let us know what you think about it here

Where can I borrow books at Collegiate?

  • there’s a borrowing unit (like the one’s above), in the Quiet Study room on the Ground Floor (in the foyer area)
  • the other one is situated upstairs in the main book collection on the First Floor

Next assignment due? Are you putting it off?

correcting-1870721__340Starting a new piece of written work can sometimes be quite daunting. One of the most important stages is to develop a clear assignment plan.

You might find a printable chart a useful tool to help you on your way. The Bridge website has an editable Word document (along with tips for using it). Just look under Resources where you’ll find loads more top tips and guides.

Alternatively  why not come along to an Assignment Planning Forum?

Collegiate – Friday 20th Jan 9am

Adsetts – Tuesday 24th Jan 10am

The forums are designed to help you get started with a new assignment. These informal, small group sessions will allow you to test out your initial ideas & approaches, and help you to generate your draft assignment plan, all under the guidance of the Academic Skills Tutor.

All you need to do is to bring along your assignment question & assessment criteria on a USB stick and you will have the opportunity to discuss your initial ideas with the other participants and the tutor.

The sessions are bookable on Unihub, via the Bridge website and are designed to complement our Writing Forums.

For further information please see


International Open Access Week

International Open Access Week, 24 October – 4 November 2016template

The Library Research Support team have organised a programme of events at SHU, including half hour workshops and Open Access Question Time with a panel of SHU academics.

Enter our Open Access Prize Draw for a chance to win £50 of John Lewis vouchers!

Open Access Question Time – a discussion event with a panel of SHU staff

Monday 31st Oct 1-2pm, City, Owen 1033

Please register if you would like to attend this event

Our panel of speakers will set the scene, describing their experiences of publishing Open Access and the benefits, challenges and issues of Open Access. This will be followed by a general discussion and Q&A session with the panel and audience.  We anticipate the discussions will cover topics including; the routes to Open Access, the costs of Open Access, publisher income models and meeting funder and other requirements.

How to build impact through openness

Thursday 27 Oct 1-1.30, City, Owen 1039

Tuesday 1 Nov 3-3.30pm Collegiate, HC 0.15

There is no need to register, just come along on the day

This short session will introduce you to the key Open Access concepts, the reasons behind the Open Access agenda and the benefits of publishing Open Access (building impact through openness). We will also talk about how you can make your research Open Access. We will look at the routes to publishing Open Access – going “green” or “gold” and how to find out about funder requirements and publisher policies.

SHURA, ResearchGate and

Friday 28 Oct 1-1.30pm Collegiate, HC 1.52

Tuesday 1 Nov 11-11.30pm City, Owen 1039

There is no need to register, just come along on the day

This quick session will introduce you to using the SHU Research Archive (SHURA) to publish your work Open Access. We will also cover how you could use the academic social networking sites ResearchGate and to further raise the visibility of you work and the things you should consider before using these sites.

There’s more information here on the library’s Open Access web pages or you can email the team at

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
  • 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