Arrived, Registered and Ready to go

Have you completed your registration and are looking to get a head start on your studies? The Library can help you with that.

We have a whole host of electronic resources which you can access from your student accommodation, home or office space. To find out more follow this link which gives you all the help and advice that you may need.

If you still need help, you can always contact us on our Library Chat facility where you can communicate directly with Library staff who are only too willing to assist you with your studies. You will find Library Chat on the Library Webpage.

Good luck with your studies and don’t hesitate to ask if you need us to help!

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The Library is Ripping Up the Rule Book (You Said, We Did)

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From September 25th we will no longer be reminding you to renew your loans or asking you to return them because you have kept them too long.

Instead, we have listened to your comments and will automatically renew your books for you, if they have not been requested by another Library member or your library membership is due to end (e.g. because you have graduated).

What will this mean for me?

  • Less hassle – no more remembering to renew your loans
  • More time to use your books and less pressure to meet Library deadlines
  • No more fines for books just to be returned to the shelves – fines will just be added on to late books which are in demand (short loan or requested by someone else)

How will this work for me?

  • You take your books out as normal. They will be issued for your usual loan period
  • The day before your books are due back we will send you a Renewal Update email, which will tell you what books are being renewed for another loan period and what books have not been possible to renew.
  • If a book that you have on loan is requested by another Library member, we will send you a Book in Demand email asking you to return it. This means you will have up to one week to finish using it, but this may be less depending on when the item was due. (Don’t worry, you can always request the book again if you haven’t quite finished with it).
  • Sometimes it will not be possible to renew a book even though you haven’t received a Book in Demand email. Please see our webpages about renewals and requested items to find out more. 

How do I request a book which is on loan to someone else?

  • Most library items that are on loan to other people may be requested which means that they should be returned within one week from when the request is made. This ensures that popular items are made available for as many people as possible.
  • Standard books can be requested using the Library Catalogue.
  • Unfortunately, short loan books cannot be requested.

We hope you find our new automatic renewals service useful. We always welcome feedback about all of our services so please let us know what you think.

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4 months until RefWorks cancellation

This is a reminder for RefWorks users that the university’s subscription will end in December 2020.

Please make necessary preparations, as from the end of December 2020, members of Queen’s University will no longer have access to Legacy RefWorks or ProQuest RefWorks, and the Library will no longer support the use of either of these tools.

If you wish to continue using your RefWorks references in 2021, please transfer them to EndNote (available via the Library) or to another reference management system of your choice.

Information on how to transfer your RefWorks references to EndNote is available on our RefWorks guide.

If you would like to find out how to get started with EndNote, please refer to our EndNote guide.

If you have any questions, please contact your Subject Librarian.

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Queen’s University Belfast APC expenditure for 2019 – 2020

The Library’s Open Access Team has published, on behalf of the University, an Article Processing Charges (APCs) expenditure report for the period April 2019 to March 2020.

During this period a total of 212 articles were made immediately open access via the gold route at a cost of £236,822 (excluding other publication costs).

Points of interest:

  • ‘Hybrid’ APCs remain considerably more expensive than APCs paid to fully open access journals.
  • 76% of APCs paid during the period where made to fully open access journals
  • The most expensive APC (£4,750) was paid to the ‘hybrid’ journal ACS pharmacology and translational science

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Medical Library Reopening 17th August 2020

Library Services is pleased to announce the reopening of the Medical Library, RVH from Monday 17th August 2020.

The safety of everyone is our greatest priority so we have made some changes to the way we work and our service will look at little different to usual.

The Medical Library will be open from 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, starting on Monday 17th August. When we first open, it will be for:

  • Queen’s staff and students
  • HSC members of the Healthcare Library of Northern Ireland

Social distancing and hygiene measures will be in place including:

  • a book collection service for Medical Library and Biomedical Library items
  • 3 group study rooms with reduced capacity (if not already in use)
  • Cleaning stations with hand sanitiser
  • Contactless issuing
  • no laptop loans so please bring your own device if possible
  • book quarantine for 72 hours when returned

From 17th August, a book collection service will be in place for items located in the Medical and Biomedical Libraries, and is available to both QUB staff, students and HSC members of the Healthcare Library. Please note that at the present time, items on loan cannot be requested.

QUB staff and students can request items from the Medical and Biomedical Libraries by completing the Book Collection Form: https://raptor.qub.ac.uk/qubrequest. You will need to login with your normal QUB credentials, complete the form, select your pickup location and you will be informed by email when the items are ready to collect. Once you have collected the items, you should issue them to yourself using the self-issue machine. HSC members of The Healthcare Library should refer to the blog item on the Healthcare Library website for further information of the process, including a link to the HSC book collection form.

We encourage everyone to respect these measures to help reduce the spread of the virus. If you have a high temperature, a new and continuous cough, or loss or change in your sense of taste or smell, please stay at home and follow the Public Health Agency guidelines on self-isolation.

If you need advice or assistance with any other Library queries you can talk to us using Library Chat (click on the blue box on the right of the Library homepage).

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World Shakespeare Bibliography – Trial Access

The World Shakespeare Bibliography Online is a searchable electronic database consisting of the most comprehensive record of Shakespeare-related scholarship and theatrical productions published or produced worldwide from 1960 to the present.

QUB staff and students have trial access to this resources until 25th September 2020 for this link:

http://queens.ezp1.qub.ac.uk/login?url=https://www.worldshakesbib.org

Please let Diarmuid Kennedy know what you think about this resource.

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5 months until RefWorks cancellation

Are you still using RefWorks? Please be aware that the Library is cancelling its RefWorks subscription at the end of 2020.

After December 2020, members of Queen’s University will no longer have access to Legacy RefWorks or ProQuest RefWorks, and the Library will no longer support the use of either of these tools.

Please make sure to transfer your RefWorks references to EndNote (available via the Library) or to another tool before the end of December 2020, if you wish to continue using them.

Information on how to transfer your RefWorks references to EndNote is available on our RefWorks guide.

If you would like to find out how to get started with EndNote, please refer to our EndNote guide.

If you have any questions, please contact your Subject Librarian.

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Our Marketing and Communications Intern, Emily, explains what she has been up to and how you could be in with a chance of winning a £20 Hope Café Voucher

I really can’t believe that I am officially half way through my Marketing and Communications Internship with Information Services, the time really has flew by. There has been one major update since my last blog – I have finally returned back to Belfast from Liverpool after what was a very exciting time for Liverpool with the big LFC win.

I am extremely grateful for everyone who participated in the survey, which was posted in the last blog. It was really insightful and has been extremely valuable for my research for the Information Services.

Although, I am still working from home, I have still had so many valuable opportunities to meet different staff members across the Information Services and get an insight into the different departments and the work they do. I have been really lucky to be able to experience the behind the scenes communication preparations that have taken place for the McClay Library’s reopening.

I am sure you are all aware that the McClay Library has now reopened, and we would really like to know your feedback on the Library’s communications regarding the reopening and the safety measurements that have been put in place to ensure social distancing. 

I will be at the entrance of the McClay asking people to participate in the survey by scanning a QR code or via a URL link. The best part is – all participants have the opportunity to be entered into our prize draw to win a £20 Hope Café Voucher!

You can answer the survey via the URL link here – http://go.qub.ac.uk/covidstudentsurvey

Once again, I can’t thank all of the Information Services staff for being so helpful, supportive and encouraging throughout my research. I can’t wait to see what else I will learn in the last half of my internship.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. If you have any questions regarding my research, internship or are seeking advice regarding a MSc programme please do not hesitate to get in touch my email is – ebrumskill01@qub.ac.uk

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Biomedical Library Bookable Study Space

The Biomedical Library is open from 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday. There will be no Saturday opening at this time.

Due to the limited number of study spaces available in the Biomedical Library, you will be required to book a study space. The Biomedical Library Study Space booking system is available under the Services /Administration heading in Queen’s Online.

Study spaces can be booked for the following two time blocks, Monday to Friday:

  • 9am – 12pm
  • 1pm – 4pm

You will be unable to book consecutive study blocks and study space can only be booked for the current week. You will receive a confirmation email when your booking is successful. Please retain this email as you may be asked to show it on entering the Library.

Please use the cleaning stations to sanitise your study space before and after your timed study slot. Hand sanitising stations are also available in the Library for your use. We encourage everyone to respect these measures to help reduce the spread of the virus. If you have a high temperature, a new and continuous cough or loss or change in your sense of taste or smell, please stay at home and follow the Public Health Agency guidelines on self-isolation.

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The Biomedical Library – What to Expect

Library Services is pleased to announce the reopening of the Biomedical Library, MBC from Monday 3rd August 2020.

The safety of everyone is our greatest priority so we have made some changes to the way we work and our service will look a little different to usual.

The Biomedical Library will be open from 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, starting on Monday 3rd August. There will be no Saturday opening at this time.

When we first open, it will be for:

  • Queen’s staff and students
  • HSC members of the Healthcare Library of Northern Ireland

Social distancing and hygiene measures will be in place including:

  • A limited number of bookable study spaces
  • A book collection service for Medical and Biomedical Library items
  • Cleaning stations with hand sanitiser
  • Contactless issuing
  • No walk-in use of the Library including printing facilities
  • No group study room available
  • No laptop loans so please bring your own device if possible
  • Book quarantine for 72 hours when returned
  • A ‘Keep Left’ directional system will be in place
  • You can enter and exit the Library using the main doors as normal but priority will be given to those people leaving the Library

Due to the limited number of study spaces available in the Biomedical Library, you will be required to book a study space. We are currently in the process of setting up this booking system and further details will be released when available.

From 3rd August, a book collection service will be in place for items located in the Medical and Biomedical Libraries, and is available to both QUB staff and students and HSC members of the Healthcare Library. Please note that at the present time, items on loan cannot be requested.

QUB staff and students can request items from the Medical and Biomedical Libraries by completing the Book Collection Form: https://raptor.qub.ac.uk/qubrequest. You will need to login with your normal QUB credentials and you will be informed by email when the items are ready to collect. Once you have collected the items, you should issue them to yourself using the self-issue machine. HSC members of the Healthcare Library should refer to the blog item on the Healthcare Library website for further information of the process, including a link to the HSC book collection form.

Library Services are continuing to work on plans to safely reopen the Medical Library and a further announcement will be made about this later in the summer.

We encourage everyone to respect these measures to help reduce the spread of the virus. If you have a high temperature, a new and continuous cough, or a loss or change in your sense of taste or smell, please stay at home and follow the Public Health Agency guidelines on self-isolation.

If you need advice or assistance with any other Library queries you can talk to us using Library Chat (click on the blue box on the right of the Library homepage).

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