There is a printed Library Guide to the University Library and its services available from all branches of the University Library, which includes detailed information on all the topics covered in this introduction. Induction talks and tours are arranged at the beginning of the academic year. You will need to use the Library to find the books and periodical articles on the reading lists given to you by your lecturers.
You can use the Library's online catalogue (known as StarPlus) to find books by author, title or subject. StarPlus will give you a location (the branch of the University Library) and shelfmark for a book, and will also tell you whether or not it is already on loan. StarPlus is a freely available website but to access to other online library services, you will have to log on to MUSE and go to the library tab. There are terminals in all the branches of the library from which you can search just StarPlus without logging into MUSE.
If all loanable copies of a book in a branch are on loan you can use the request button to reserve a copy. There is also a card reservation service if books appear to be missing from the shelves.
StarPlus is also used to locate periodical titles, such as Past and Present or the Journal of Modern History, audio-visual material and also provides links to many of the Library's electronic resources, though you will be asked to log in to MUSE to access these if you have not already done so.
Do persevere with the catalogue. You may sometimes find that StarPlus claims that 'there are no references matching your enquiry'; if this happens, you should check your typing and you should also try varying your search between author, title or keyword until you are successful.
The majority of History books are classified in the 900 to 999 area, although you will often find that books on your reading list are kept in other classification areas.
You may also find that there is a StarPlus resource list for your module. This will replicate the structure of the list issued by your lecturer and provides links to the StarPlus record for books and other printed materials along with links to electronic resources. StarPlus resource lists can be accessed via the Library tab in MUSE.
Your UCard is also your library card and you will need it to enter most of the branches of the University library, to borrow books and to photocopy and print from open access PCs. You also need a pin number to issue books which can be obtained by asking at a service point or requesting it online via Manage MyAccount under in MyLibrary Account on the library page in MUSE or the MyAccount button StarPlus.
There are photocopiers and print stations for the open access PCs in the Information Commons and the Western Bank Library. You pay for these services by adding credit to your Ucard on value loaders available in the IC and WBL and then swiping your card in the photocopier or printer.
The library has a new variable loan status on all sites, which will automatically be shorter whenever an item has multiple reservations, but revert back to standard loan when the level of demand falls. The library has a new variable loan status on all sites, which will automatically be shorter whenever an item has multiple reservations, but revert back to standard loan when the level of demand falls. When an on loan item is reserved, the borrower will be allowed to keep it until the due date, but will not be able to renew it. If there is more than one reservation, the loan period will automatically become shorter until all the reservations are satisfied. The shorter "reserved item" loan period will be two days for undergraduates.
Fines are charged for the late return of books so please make a note of when your books are due, or check using MyAccount as described below, and return or renew them by the due date.
MyAccount enables you to check what books you have on loan and when they are due for return or renewal and to renew your books as long as no-one else has requested them. Just click on Manage MyAccount in MyLibrary Account on the library page in MUSE or the MyAccount button in StarPlus. You can also renew books by phone. Once you have renewed books 10 times online or by phone, we ask you to bring them to the library if you want to continue to renew them but you can then renew them a further 10 times remotely.
You will need a PIN for some transactions which can be obtained by asking in any branch of the library or via email from MyAccount.
Using Other Libraries
If you would like to use other libraries (for example in the university holidays or to track down a specialist work), you can apply for a 'sconul' card which gives access to many higher education libraries in the UK and Ireland.