On 16th August the University Library launched Library Search, a powerful new academic search tool to improve how you can discover and access the scholarly record and subject literature for your learning, teaching and research.
Library Search has been in use for over a month - What do you think? Do you love it? Does it do what you need it to do? Can you find what you are looking for?
You can make online payments via your account in Library Search, or in person at City Campus or Coach Lane Libraries. The Libraries are cashless, but payment can be make via contactless cards, chip & pin, Applepay or UpayChilli.
Library Search has replaced NORA and the Library Catalogue and is available to use online and via new dedicated touch screens in the libraries on campus. Library Search provides a single search box to discover and access millions of books, journal articles, newspaper articles, audio-visual material, datasets and other scholarly resources in Northumbria’s print and digital Library Collection. Features such as citation lists and virtual browse provide new opportunities to discover related works, and the availability display for print books on the shelves includes floor location, a much requested feature from students. Library Search can be widened to resources outside the collection with seamless access to request resources ‘on demand’ by the Inter Library Loan service.
Library accounts have also been upgraded for all students and staff. From 16th August, borrowing limits have been increased to 25 items for taught students and 35 items for PGRs and staff, and you will no longer need your Library PIN when logging in online or borrowing books. Any items you have on loan will be automatically renewed unless required by another reader, and an improved reservations process will recall requested items to ensure more readers can benefit from sharing our Library Collection. A new ‘e-shelf’ in your library account allows you to keep a record of the resources you find and set up alerts for saved searches.
To help you make the most of the new Library Search and library account enhancements, new library guides, including video tutorials, are available at www.northumbria.ac.uk/librarysearchtoolkit
There will also be one-to-one help available at City Campus and Coach Lane Libraries at the following times:
City Campus Library
- Wednesday 17th August, 12pm-2pm, Pod 4
- Friday 19th August, 12pm-2pm, Pod 4
- Monday 22nd August, 12pm-2pm, Pod 4
- Wednesday 24th August, 12pm-2pm, Pod 4
- Wednesday 31st August, 12pm-2pm, Pod 4
Coach Lane Library
- Tuesday 16th August, 11am-1pm, Study Room 2
- Thursday 18th August, 11am-1pm, Study Room 2
- Tuesday 23rd August, 11am-1pm, Study Room 2
- Thursday 25th August, 11am-1pm, Study Room 2
- Tuesday 30th August, 11am-1pm, Study Room 2
Extended drop in sessions for staff and students will also be available throughout September and October.
Ask4Help are available 24/7 during term-time to give advice and guidance in person on campus, 0191 227 4646 or firstname.lastname@example.org