Your Library wish lists

A few weeks ago, we asked existing and prospective users to name the one thing they most wanted from our Library. The results are below but let us know if you think of anything else!

Tech/equipment

 

  • A PC where I can print my course readings
  • Machine/kiosk for quick top of printing
  • App for new book alerts
  • More computers and printers
  • Rentable noise-reducing headphones
  • Macs for Apple users

Angela Douglas
Head of Library service

‘Thank you to everyone who contributed suggestions. It was so interesting to hear what you wanted! There were lots of really great ideas, some of which we’ve already responded to (we’ve got in some noise-reducing headphones and we’re trialling a new online video service). And we’ll be taking onboard your thoughts on what you’d like from the Library environment when the Trust moves to a new building. Some of the suggestions aren’t achieveable at the moment (eg, free printing) and some of them we already do (postal loans for students on courses outside London) but please be assured we’ll always give you the best possible service we can. Thanks again, and please keep sending us your ideas.’

Services

  • Free printing
  • Free printing/copying for 1-2 pages
  • Pay-as-you go printing, not top-up
  • Easy to update reading lists
    (for tutors)
  • Postal loans when
    outside London
  • Posters about essay structure/referencing styles
  • Helpful staff
  • Clarity and simplicity of use
  • Display of books of the week, recommended by teachers/analysts
  • Display pf news articles/
    talking points
  • Readings with authors

Training

  • More Moodle training
  • Face to face referencing service
  • Mini tutorials on how to submit assignments and referencing
  • Workshops to set up proper literature searches using thesaurus etc
  • Workshops on writing for publication
  • Help on how to use EndNote
  • Someone to assist during searches

Resources

  • More DVDs/video
  • Easy access books, not too dense
  • New updated books
  • More comic books
  • More forensic journals
  • Sample essays with feedback
  • More specific shelfmarks for certain authors
  • Spoken word resources

Environment

  • Silent spaces
  • Quiet space where laptops are allowed
  • Really comfy chairs with good light
  • Lamps for desks
  • Area with armchairs, lamps, rugs for living room feel
  • ‘Emotionally containing physical environment’
  • Area to have a coffee
  • Group study area
  • More computer space / clean keyboards
  • Beanbags/large bouncy balls instead of chairs
  • Hooks for bags under the desks
  • Artwork for creative inspiration
  • Graphic arts exhibition that connects with Trust work
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