Reference books – where to find them

books-2158737__340Lots of reference books like dictionaries and encyclopaedias are available online now but there a still a few that are only available in print, so we’ve been thinking about what to do with them.  There aren’t enough any more to make it worthwhile keeping them separate from the main book collection, so you’ll find them on the shelves in the libraries with everything else. 

As with all of our books, you can use Library Search on the Library Gateway to find the ones you need.  Ask at the Helpdesk if you can’t find something.


New £1 coins!

background-20050__340The new £1 coins have been released – and the old ones will be gradually phased out

Our print top-up kiosks are still set to take the old coins at the moment but we are working to update them.

In the meantime if you’ve only got a new £1 coin you can exchange it for an old one at the Helpdesk or Reception.

Do you know you can also pay for your printing online? Everyone has IT account set up so that you pay for printing and photocopying via a system called Papercut. Here’s how to activate your account…

  1. Top up your SHUcard – if you haven’t done this before you’ll need to ‘add payment method’ (so register a bank card). You only need to do this once.
  2. Transfer the money on your SHUcard to pay for your printing

By using the SHUgo app you can pay via your phone too

PS the vending machines are ready to take the new £1 coins!

Our Easter top tips!

easter-eggs-2168521__340Are you going home for the holidays?

  •  apply to SCONUL and get access to a library near you

Get connected!

Libraries are open 24/7!

Borrowing books!

  • books issued from the 1st April will not be back until 25th April
  • check My Library Account

Need some help?

Find help on shuspace

Get exam ready!

And finally remember to take breaks – here’s what you said when we asked you…

‘manage your time well and make sure you still have some fun’

‘allow time for yourself, mental health is really important’

Keep track of your borrowing with My Library Account

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.

My Library Account

If you’re on a mobile phone or tablet, click on the menu button to get to the link.

Library Gateway mobile menu

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.

My Library Account areas

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.

You might find these shuspace pages useful:


Jump into Spring!

easterIt’s nearly time for our ‘Easter eggtravaganza’!

We’ve got 10 ‘eggstra’ special goodie bags for you to win – which each include a free pass to Jump Inc.

We know it’s a busy time of year for you with final exams and deadlines and a trip to Jump Inc is an ‘eggscellent’ way to take some time for yourself to de-stress and chill out!

So if you’d like to be in with a chance of winning one of these goodie bags all you need to do is help us share our Easter messages by re-tweeting one of them between 3rd – 7th April

Each day we’ll get in touch with 2 of you via SHU library twitter to let you know you’ve won and where you can collect your prize from. You can choose to collect the bags from either Adsetts or Collegiate library Reception desks – which ever is easiest for you.

Are you following us on twitter yet? Get started here @shu_library and get ready to re-tweet…

Good luck!

PS we’d love to see your photos at Jump Inc – tweet them to us at @shu_library


Books by You!

Books-by-You-screensaversHave you heard about or seen a great book that would be perfect for your course – but we don’t have it in the library?

Books by You! is your chance to make suggestions about ‘titles’ you’d like the library to buy. You can make as many suggestions as you like up to and including 31st March, so get involved and start making your suggestions!

It’s NOW, it’s LIVE, it’s HAPPENING

MAKE YOUR SUGGESTIONS HERE! or on the link on the Library Gateway

Here’s how it works…

  • we’ll buy an e-book version of your suggestion if it’s available/suitable and we don’t have it already, (not all books are available as e-books). Or alternatively we may buy a single copy of a book
  • we’ll let you know if we order it and if not why not
  • when the book arrives we’ll place a copy on request for you and email to let you know when it’s ready to collect

#suggestatitle #booksbyyou #shulibraryhys

Are you feeling exam ready?

3571102858_54d5b5f58c_zHave you started to prepare for your exams? 

Would you like some handy tips to get you going?

Look no further, we can help get you started here…

  • How do you like to study – in slience? Which library? Do you prefer to be warmer or cooler?

Take a look at the library study options available as well as topics on the ‘you say, we say’ pages on the ‘have your say’ site

Top tip – if you’re studying in a silent or quiet areas and you have ‘noisy neighbours’ you can report disturbances from Mon to Fri 9am – 5pm via library chat

Comments are passed to security who will go and walk round the reported area and talk to anyone if necessary.

Between 5pm and 9am and weekends (and any other time if you prefer), please report directly to security staff at Reception desks. They are available 24/7


  • Are you likely to study overnight?

You need food for the brain and plenty of hydration! There are water fountains situated on each floor of Adsetts and on the ground floor at Collegiate. There are new vending machines in both libraries or remember to bring your own snacks.

Top tip – fill up your drinks containers or top up snacks for free, there’s hot water available 24/7 in café areas.


  • Need to brush up on your exam skills – on your own or with others?

Here are the top 10 exam tips! on the Bridge

Check out the Exam Resources on the Bridge

Top tip – want more? Try the brand new Exam and Revision workshop – you can book via the Bridge booking page


  • Know where you’re going and what you need?

Top tip find out all you need to know on the Exam Information page on shuspace


  • Finally – remember to take a break!

Health, happiness and academic success are all linked so it’s very important to look after yourself. Healthy Hallam explains the 5 ways to wellbeing

Top tips – when we asked students to share their thoughts on how to cope during stressful times, here’s what they said…

‘keep calm and utilise the universities resources’

‘always talk to someone if you feel you can’t cope with work’

‘manage your time well and make sure you still have some fun’

‘set time aside to de-stress’

‘allow time for yourself, mental health is really important’


Hold the front page

Following a recent survey about newspaper usage the library has decided to cancel a newspaper-154444__340number of printed newspapers.

Newspapers are available online – the primary source is Nexis

This covers about 2,500 publications from across the world, including most major UK newspapers. Coverage varies between publications, but commonly extends from the late 1990s to the present day. There’s more information available on the Journalism, PR and Media subject guide on the Library Gateway.

The money saved on not buying newspapers is going towards ‘Books by You!’. This event will take place in March and means you’ll be able to make your own suggestions about the books we buy. We’ll be telling you more about this very soon!

Newspapers cancelled include

  • Daily Telegraph
  • Financial times
  • Guardian
  • The Times
  • Yorkshire Post
  • Sheffield Star
  • Sheffield Telegraph

Please note  – Sheffield Public Library still takes local newspapers (to assist with job hunting)


Not a Chrome coloured book but…

We thought we’d make it super obvious where the Chromebooks are located in the libraries!
In Adsetts – you’ll find them on level 3 near the main stairs

chromebook 3








At Collegiate – they’re in the main room C001 on the ground floor (on your left as you walk in)


Pick up a Chromebook today and let us know what you think.

More info on using them can be found on shuspace.


Subject Guides News!

plasma screen subject guides publicity DTBehind the scenes some subject areas have moved into different guides.

Watch this 1 minute video that explains which guides have changed and also reminds you of some top tips for finding resources in your subject area

Please let us know if you have any questions about the changes.