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News or updates on Library services and resources

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Reintroduction of fines and payments. Posted - 28 June 2022.

  • From Saturday 9 July, the Library is reintroducing fine payments on late requested items only, at the rate of 50p per day.
  • This will help ensure requested items come back on time so they can be shared between all our users who need them. Fines were suspended in 2020 as a pandemic adjustment.
  • Most of your borrowed items will continue to be renewed automatically and no fines will be charged – it is only when another library user needs a book and you don’t return it on time that fines will apply. Exceptions apply to one-day and two-hour items and interlibrary loans.
  • Items can be returned by post (address), as well as in person.
  • If you’re registered with the Disability and Dyslexia Service you won’t pay fines on requested items, though you won’t be able to borrow new items until you return any requested ones.
  • It’s important that you check emails from the Library regularly so you know if one of your borrowed items is requested.
  • You will be able to pay fines with cash or card in person, or card over the phone.

New Silent study area is open. Posted - 1 April 2022.

  • Birkbeck Library's new silent study area, accessible via Level 2 of the Library, is now open, providing over 100 study spaces.
  • The new study area, with plenty of natural light, includes a variety of seating styles, desks with and without PCs, as well as some height-adjustable desks. An adjacent room provides a new home for the Library's archive collections: the Birkbeck College archive, the David Bohm Papers and the Sir Bernard Crick Archive.

Past

Problems with ebooks and ejournals not being displayed in search results. Posted - 12 May 2022.

  • Following the power outage on Monday, May 9 some of our digital resources are not being displayed in the search results on the catalogue (VuFind) or Discover Articles & more.
  • This is a random occurrence with ebooks and ejournals, and it appears ejournals and Kortext titles are most affected by this. We are working to resolve this issue.
  • In the meantime, if you are looking for an ejournal then please use the ejournal search, for Kortext titles login via Kortext app and for BibliU titles use the BibliU app. If you are experiencing this issue you can also contact the library via Chat for help.
  • We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
  • This was resolved 15/05/2022.

New to studying in the Library? Join a library tour! Posted - 3 May 2022.

  • Get to know your way around Birkbeck Library and all it offers to help you succeed in your studies. We will be running tours in the week beginning 9 Mayat the following times:
    • Monday 9 May 12.00pm
    • Tuesday 10 May 5.00pm
    • Wednesday 11 May 5.00pm
    • Thursday 12 May 5.00pm
    • Friday 13 May 12.00pm
  • There is no need to book: just meet by the Library membership desk at the tour start time.

The library is now open. Posted - 10 May 2022.

  • The Library is now open and all services have resumed, following the closure yesterday, due to a power outage.
  • We apologise for any inconvenience caused yesterday.

Power outage and closure of the Library today. Posted - 9 May 2022.

  • Following the power outage this morning, power is beginning to be restored to Malet Street, but there seems to be a level of uncertainty about how permanent this might be.
  • The College has decided that the Library should remain closed for the remainder of the day because of the fear of further power outages. Face to face teaching will take place.
  • We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Silent study area closure - Tuesday 26 April 9am-12noon. Posted - 21 April 2022.

  • The Silent study area will be closed from 9am to 12pm on 26 April while some work is undertaken on the desks.
  • Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience caused

Bitesize Library sessions - summer term. Posted - 4 April 2022.

  • Join us for the following bitesize library sessions online. You can book your space through the events and workshops options in your MyBirkeck profile or via the event listing on the Birkbeck website.
  • How to find and use books and ebooks
    • Join us for a guided search of the library catalogue for books and ebooks. There will be time for you to ask any questions you have about using the library catalogue.
    • Tuesday 10 May 1.00pm - 1.20pm
    • Tuesday 17 May 5.30pm - 5.50pm
  • Finding journal articles on your reading lists
    • Join us for a guided search showing how to find a journal article on a reading list using the search tool Discover. This allows you to search across multiple databases to locate the journal article that you are looking for. There will be time for you to ask any questions you have about finding journal articles on your reading lists.
    • Wednesday 11 May 1.00pm - 1.20pm
    • Wednesday 18 May 5.30pm - 5.50pm
  • Beyond your reading list: finding journal articles for your essays and assignments
    • Join us for a guided search showing how to find journal articles beyond those recommended on your reading lists. We’ll show you where you can see the ejournals you have access to through the library website. We’ll also demonstrate how to search for journal articles using a database that covers multiple subject areas.
    • Thursday 12 May 1.00pm - 1.20pm
    • Thursday 19 May 5.30pm - 5.50pm

Bitesize Library sessions. Posted - 19 January 2022.

  • Join us for the following bitesize library sessions online. You can book your space through the events and workshops options in your MyBirkeck profile or via the event listing on the Birkbeck website.
  • How to find and use books and ebooks
    • Join us for a guided search of the library catalogue for books and ebooks. There will be time for you to ask any questions you have about using the library catalogue.
    • Tuesday 25 January 1.00pm - 1.20pm
    • Tuesday 1 February 5.30pm - 5.50pm
  • Finding journal articles on your reading lists
    • Join us for a guided search showing how to find a journal article on a reading list using the search tool Discover. This allows you to search across multiple databases to locate the journal article that you are looking for. There will be time for you to ask any questions you have about finding journal articles on your reading lists.
    • Wednesday 26 January 1.00pm - 1.20pm
    • Wednesday 2 February 5.30pm - 5.50pm
  • Beyond your reading list: finding journal articles for your essays and assignments
    • Join us for a guided search showing how to find journal articles beyond those recommended on your reading lists. We’ll show you where you can see the ejournals you have access to through the library website. We’ll also demonstrate how to search for journal articles using a database that covers multiple subject areas.
    • Thursday 27 January 1.00pm - 1.20pm
    • Thursday 3 February 5.30pm - 5.50pm

Library receives customer service excellence award. Posted - 27 October 2021.

  • The Library has achieved the Customer Services Excellence standard, the main nationally recognised measure for organisations providing customer-facing services.
  • To achieve the award, evidence of nearly 300 examples of good practice collected during 2020 and 2021 were submitted and an assessor met groups of students and academic staff during an assessment day in September. As well as reaching the standard for all 54 criteria, a ‘Compliance Plus’ rating was given for several parts of the application, where the Library had gone above and beyond these requirements.
  • The assessor has produced a detailed report which includes recommendations for continual improvement. The award lasts for three years, although the Compliance Plus elements will be tested again in a year’s time. More information about Customer Service Excellence can be found on their website.

London Open Research Week 25 - 29 October 2021. Posted - 12 October 2021.

  • A group of London-based peers working in the areas of scholarly communication, research data management, librarianship, publishing, and institutional repositories decided to collaborate across institutional boundaries for London Open Research Week 2021: having experienced frustrations with the fractures and divides across the topologies of openness, we have worked together to try and forge a broad event for practitioners and research communities.
  • Predicated by our experiences at and beyond the four institutions collaborating in London Open Research Week, and working with the theme of  this year's International Open Access Week, It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity, we have curated a diverse and engaging programme of live, online sessions that are free to attend.
  • Feminist perspectives from Early Career Researchers, critical perspectives on openness, and the increasing tensions arising in the realm of research evaluation and (biblio)metrics and the various intersections with open research will be included, amongst a wealth of international insights from scholars and professionals across the sector.
  • We welcome you to join us to share in the ideas and benefits that come from common approaches; as a rich field, working collaboratively and exchanging experiences and ideas beyond our usual operational, departmental, and institutional limitations, we hope to explore the tensions that exist between our current conception and operation of openness in direct relation to structural equity in order to build upon and challenge the equitable premise that 'open' is often understood to imply.
  • For more information and to book please visit: London Open Research Week 2021.
  • If you have questions about any of the events, please contact .