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New Students: An Introduction to BGU Library

Everything you need to know to get started using BGU Library.

Introduction

Soon to enrol, or in your first few weeks at BGU? These pages are just for you - welcome! 

All students get a library orientation session early in their course but in the meantime this page will help you learn about our services and facilities, and you can use the tabs above to find out more about opening hours, subject guides, FAQs, and how to contact us. 

Importantly, if there's something you're not sure about please contact us or speak to us in person - you'll find us in the Cornerstone Building, in the south-west corner of the campus next to the University Chapel.

Borrowing basics

Students can borrow up to 25 library resources at a time.  Your University ID card is also your library card.

Loan periods vary according to the type of material you want to borrow:

  • Standard loans can be borrowed for up to 3 weeks.
  • One week loans can be borrowed for 1 week.
  • Children's resources in Teaching Resources Collection can be borrowed for up to 12 weeks.

You can read more about borrowing, returning, renewing and reserving library resources on our Borrowing pages.  

Study space

You should always be able to find somewhere to study in the Library to suit your study preferences.  We encourage quiet study in all areas with two exceptions: the Silent Study Suite (for individuals studying in silence) and the Social Study Suite (for group work and collaborative work); both of which are on the first floor.  There are lots of other study spaces around the Library, with and without computers and power sockets, including the 24/7 IT Suite off the building foyer.

All study spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis except for the five seminar rooms in the Social Study Suite and the four study booths in the Silent Study Suite which are bookable for 2 and 4 hour slots respectively.  

Library charges

There is no charge for BGU students to use the Library or borrow resources and we don't charge fines for the late late of library loans. Charges do however apply to the following:

  • Use of our inter-library loan service.
  • Printing and photocopying.
  • If you return late or lose a library locker key.
  • Library card / ID card replacements.

Accessing the Library

The Library is open until midnight every day of the week during term-time.  Click here to view our opening hours for the whole year, including vacations, and to find out more about accessing the building.

When the Library is open but the Service Desk is closed (i.e. there are no library staff on duty) the Library is supervised by a Security Officer.

Watch our video tour of the building here.

Signing into your library account

Your library account is automatically set up for you when you enrol. You'll know when it's ready because you'll be able to sign-in to your library account.  Your username and password are the same as the ones you use to login to your BGU email account. Once logged in you can check what you have on loan and check the status of requests.  

WorldCat

It's important to know about our library catalogue, WorldCat, and what it can do for you.  WorldCat contains the record of every physical resource in the Library. It's also how you access the bulk of our ebooks and journal articles, and where you sign-in to your library account to monitor your loans.

Campus access to online resources via WorldCat is automatic, but if you use WorldCat off-campus you may be prompted to login with your BGU username and password.

For more about online resources click here and for more about WorldCat click here

Conduct and behaviour

When using the Library please:

  • Bring your loans back on time to keep resources circulating for the benefit of all library patrons.
  • Only bring lidded drinks into the Library: food and open drink containers are not permitted.
  • Avoid taking or making phone calls.  Texting is fine.
  • When listening to music through headphones, avoid disturbing other library patrons by keeping the volume low
  • Maintain a studious atmosphere at all times.

For more about your rights and responsibilities click here.

Copyright

You cannot photocopy/print unlimited amounts from library resources (this is against the law!) but you are permitted to photocopy/print limited amounts.  In general you should photocopy/print no more than 10% or one chapter of a book (whichever is greater) and no more than one article per journal issue but you are advised to visit our Copyright for BGU Students site to gain a better understanding of the rules as they apply to all types of library resources. 

                What to expect from your Library booklet

Computers, printing and copying

There are computers around the Library and in the 24/7 IT Suite (off the Cornerstone Building foyer).  

Wi-fi is available throughout the Cornerstone Building and there are plenty of study spaces with power sockets to plug in your own laptop or mobile device. 

Printing and photocopying is pay-as-you-go using your University ID card.  A single sheet of black & white A4 printing or copying costs 4p and colour costs 20p.  A print account is set up for you when you join the University and is initially credited with £5.  Click here for more about your print account.

IT Help is available by emailing helpdesk@bishopg.ac.uk.

Stationery and finishing equipment

Guillotines, a laminator, a binding machine, hole punches and staplers are all available to use in the Social Study Suite on the first floor of the Library.  Basic stationery items such as pens & pencils, folders, note pads, sticky notes, plastic wallets, laminating pouches and binding combs are also available to buy from the Service Desk.  

What you wish you'd known earlier

A couple of years ago we asked current students what they wished they'd known earlier about the Library.  Click below to see some of the responses.