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Borrowing: Going on Placement or Work Experience

All you need to know about library membership, borrowing and loans

Introduction

This page is for anyone preparing to go on placement or work experience during their studies at BGU. If you have any further questions get in touch using the information in the Contact Us tab above. 

Opening Hours

Whilst on placement or work experience many students find themselves pressed for time and often fit in library visits in the evenings or at weekends. It’s therefore useful to remind yourself of our opening times, which can be accessed via the Opening Hours tab above.

Checking your Library Account

It’s easy to check your library account whilst on placement: click on the Sign In button on the WorldCat homepage (your user name is your full BGU email address and your password is the same one you use for Blackboard).  From here you will be able to see what you have on loan, renew items, view the status of reservations, and check for fines.

For more about signing in to your Library account, and WorldCat in general, check out our All About WorldCat LibGuide.

Contacting You

It is important that you check your university email account regularly whilst on placement.  Loan reminders, overdue notices, and messages about reservations and loans are always sent via email.

Using Other Libraries

If during your placement or work experience you will be living some distance away from Lincoln it’s worth checking if you can use other libraries that will be more local to you.  Public libraries are the obvious example but you might be surprised to learn how many other types of libraries you can visit. For more about this click on the Using Other Libraries tab towards the top of the page.

Returning and Renewing Loans

The library team is often contacted by students on longer placements or periods of work experience who have either received notices about overdue loans that they didn’t realise were due back, or who are unable to return their loans because they are living and/or working some distance away.  Fines are not excused in these circumstances and so it’s important that you manage your loans effectively to reduce any unnecessary expenditure.

We strongly advise, before borrowing library resources, that you take time to consider if and how you will be able to return them, particularly if you are about to go on placement or work experience, and particularly with items such as one week loans which attract higher fines.  

If you have items on loan we recommend you check your library account regularly to make sure nothing is overdue or about to become overdue.  You will receive an email reminder three days before each return date. If you plan to renew any of your loans it is best to do this as early as possible in case there is a problem.  For example, an item will not renew if:

  • a hold has been placed on it by someone else
  • it is overdue
  • your library fines exceed £10

Fines will only be excused in cases of authorised absence (e.g. illness) where the absence can be corroborated by a member of academic staff. For more about fines click on the Fines tab above.

You (or a friend or family member) can return loans in person by handing them in at the Service Desk, by using the self-service machine, or by placing them in the drop box outside the Cornerstone Building.  Items placed in the drop box will be checked in when it is next emptied (afternoons and evenings on weekdays, afternoons on Saturdays and Sundays).  Items placed in the drop box after the last emptying will be checked in the following day.  NB. Because we operate a one-day grace period, if you place an item in the drop box on its due date and the drop box is not emptied until the following day, you will not be charged a fine. 

If you prefer, loans can be posted back to us but please make sure you ask for proof of postage.  

Teaching Resources

A reminder that with the exception of Storysacks®, which cannot be borrowed, and DVDs and artefact boxes, which can be borrowed for 3 weeks at a time, all of the children's resources located in the Teaching Resources Collection on the ground floor of the Library can be borrowed for up to 12 weeks at a time. This extended loan period, available to all BGU students, is specifically designed to assist trainee teachers wishing to take the resources into schools during teaching placements.

Planning Ahead

To ensure that you use your time effectively it can be a good idea to prepare for a library visit in advance.  For example, you can use WorldCat (see the link at the top of the page) to:

  • Identify the items you want to see and print off a list.  
  • Check loan categories (reference, standard loan, one week loan) in case they have any bearing on your visit.  For example, if an item is on reference you may need to allow time to consult it.  
  • Check the location and shelfmark of the items so you know where to head for.  
  • Check to see if any of the items you want are available as e-books or pdf documents and can therefore be viewed from home.

WorldCat and Online Resources

WorldCat and other online resources are particularly useful when on placement or work experience because they can be accessed from any internet connection at any time of the day. 

For more about WorldCat, including accessing resources off campus, see our All About WorldCat LibGuide.

For more about online resources see our Online Resources LibGuide, or the subject LibGuide relevant to your course (go to the LibGuides homepage and click on Subject Guides).

Our Scanning Service

If you can’t get to the Library to access a book or journal (at any time, not only when you're on placement or work experience) we can scan an excerpt and email it to you.  Copyright law permits us to scan and email no more than one chapter per book (or 10% – whichever is larger) and one article per journal issue.   Use of this service is unlimited but each request will cost you £1.  The charge will be added to your library account, allowing you to pay it the next time you visit the Library.  If you accrue £10 or more in fines and/or charges you will need to pay off the amount in full to be able to continue to use the service.  Cheques can be sent in the post, and we accept credit/debit payments by phone on 01522 583790. 

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