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Library 24 and refurb opinions

After the University Library has been hitting the headlines over the last few weeks, we have been collecting student opinions.

The Library 24 campaign received a wealth of support and attention from students, university staff and even the local Member of Parliament, Rob Wilson MP, who described Library 24 as: “a great grassroots campaign.”

Rob Wilson continued to say: “As a former Reading University student, I am happy to support this campaign in any way that I can.» >

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‘You said, we did’

The University has been listening to students’ feedback and has implemented several new ideas to improve student experience.

Feedback was collected from student course reps, RUSU, the National Student Survey and various other surveys and questionnaires that took place in the last academic year.

One of the most notable things that has been introduced is 24/7 study space ‘The Study’ which was created after a £240,000 investment from the University.

The University are also making it more affordable for its students to continue their studies at Reading and a 10% discount will be offered to all UoR students who wish to enrol on a postgraduate course.» >

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Goodbye Athens

Over the summer, the University Library has switched from Athens to a new system that makes is simpler to log in to Library e-resources, such as e-books and e-journals.

It is so straightforward that it should be a case of just entering your University username and password when the ‘E-resources login’ page shows but occasionally you may need to select ‘University of Reading’ from a dropdown list of institutions.

The Library made this comment on the decision: “After 2008/9 JISC stopped subsidizing access management via the Athens Authentication System and instead recommended that all HEI’s become members of the UK Access Management Federation and migrate to a new authentication system involving an “institutional login”.» >

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Update on Library Refurbishment

The library is currently undergoing its redevelopment and along with the extra materials that have been made available and the longer opening hours, the library has made some positive changes with the University having spent over £2 million pounds on the project.

Although the work is planned to continue well until November, changes are already noticeable and accessible to students on the second floor. This floor now has 350 study spaces, which all have a laptop plug point, more collaborative study options with large table seating and individual study seating for quiet study beside the windows. » >

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The Study opens on campus

Copyright Sam Winslet

University of Reading students have a brand new place to study thanks to the campaigning of RUSU.

Aptly named “The Study”, the new area has been created in what was once The Lounge. The old offices used by Student Media and the adjoining social areas have been completely renovated a reworked over the summer period.

study2The work on the building has included created a large study room with group study spaces, a lounge area and an outside study space, all featuring a rather vibrant colour scheme!» >

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All you need to know about the library

You may not believe it at the moment but the library is an important part of university life. Whether you simply use it occasionally to borrow books, or pull all-nighters during the run up to exams, everyone will pass through those revolving doors at some point or other. We spoke to Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator and the Liaison Librarian for Education, and asked her a few of the questions that, as Freshers, you may well be thinking.» >

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