Bay Library students studyingWhat Library services are now available?

We have been busy assessing usage statistics and feedback from Library users during the last year in an effort to ensure we keep any service improvements made as a result of Covid-19. Thank you to those of you who have shared opinions about recent changes. Please visit our webpages for full details of Library services and opening hours of all our libraries.

Request and Collect

Covid accelerated our adoption of this service where borrowers can request an item from the stacks in iFind, have it held on a self-issue shelf in the same location, and then receive a notification when it is ready for collection. This has proven a very popular and effective service and we will be keeping it as one of the usual options in our requests service. In response to Library users’ requests, we have also increased the limit of concurrent requests from five to 10.

Bookable study spaces

To protect the health of students and staff, the University is continuing to observe maximum capacity limits in learning and study spaces. This will continue to have an impact on the number of spaces we can make available for study in the Bay and Singleton Park Libraries. We are currently re-assessing spaces in collaboration with Health & Safety colleagues and we are hopeful that we will be able to make more bookable spaces available by the end of the month.

We expect to continue to require bookings for study spaces in teaching block 1, and once we have determined the number of additional spaces we can create, we will be able to advise of any changes to the number of hours per week each student will be able to book. Full details of current availability and a link to the booking page are available on the Book a Library/Study Space page.

iFind – the online Library catalogue

Updates took place recently to enable a better user experience including:

  • iFind will now display a Peer Reviewed icon for journals that are peer reviewed.
  • iFind will display an Open Access icon for journals that are open access.
  • When viewing an article, it is possible to see if it has been cited in, or by, other publications.

Self-issue and self-return upgrades

Self-issue units at the Park, Bay and St. David’s Park libraries are now contact free.  The units are now able to read the chips on staff and student cards as well as continuing to read card barcodes. Mobile self-return kiosks will offer greater flexibility for return of items as well as back up for our static self-return system which has also been renewed to offer a more reliable and resilient self-return system.

Loan laptops for students

There are self-service loan laptop lockers located at Bay and Singleton Park Libraries. We are installing additional lockers this summer. The loan period is two weeks and there are no renewals. Laptops must be returned to the lockers they were borrowed from. Full details are available on the laptop loans webpages.

Support from subject librarians

Your subject librarians are around all summer and are happy to help you with your information and research needs. Our live chat is available Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, or you can book an online appointment to speak with us.

The Richard Burton Archives are re-opening!

We’re very pleased that the Richard Burton Archives, located in Singleton Park Library, is re-opening from Tuesday 3rd August. Due to current Welsh Government and Swansea University guidance, this will initially be for current Swansea University staff and students only. Appointments must be booked in advance.

Archives opening hours are:

Tuesday 10am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4pm

Thursday 10am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4pm

Watch this video and see the RBA website for booking details and more information.

Document Supply/Scanning Services

Full service details are available in the Document Supply Library Guide.

Transcription Centre

The Transcription Centre is open to students requiring accessible formats.

What else have we been doing?

Bereavement Support

We hope that you are all keeping well in these difficult times, both physically and mentally.  The pain of bereavement is something that many of us, students and staff members, have had to endure.  To help with this the Libraries and Faith@CampusLife have put together a selection of books and online resources that provide support with bereavement.  You will find links to all of these resources, and details of where the books are kept, on the Wellbeing Collection reading list (see the Bereavement and Grief section). In addition to this, Faith@CampusLife run a Bereavement Support group for students.  They also offer a Listening Service that both students and staff members are welcome to make use of.

Students having a say in our Library’s collection

Swansea University Library collaborated with our Students’ Union to ask students to suggest titles which should be added to the Library which reflect decolonisation, diversity, wellbeing, and welfare.  Twenty-seven of the suggested titles were available for purchase as e-books from the Library’s budget.  Paper copies of these, and an additional number of titles which were not available electronically, were purchased by the Students’ Union for placement in the Libraries in both Singleton and Bay campuses.  The Library is happy to announce that it will do further consultation with students in the upcoming academic year to identify further titles in this area.

This has been a part of an ongoing project to diversity our library collection.  You can find more information at our Diversifying Library Collections pages.

Planning for Arrivals and the start of the academic year

We’re working closely with colleagues in Student Services, Academic Services, Estates and IT to plan for new students and those returning to Campus. Details about ID/Library card collection will be available on Library and Arrivals/Welcome webpages.

Wednesday August 18th, 2021

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