Your feedback - changes to Library Services 2018

It’s been a busy summer for us in Library Services, and we’ve made many improvements based on your feedback.

FindIt@Bham upgrade

We've upgraded our library systems this summer, to give you the best possible experience when searching for material. FindIt@Bham's new interface is mobile and tablet compatible, and now links to over 4 million archive records, making it easier for users to access our heritage and special collections material.

Study spaces

We will use the traffic light system showing how busy each floor of the Main Library is during term time throughout the year, not just at exam times. Floors will be shown as a Red/Amber/Green report on plasma screens in the Main Library entrance. We are also working with suppliers to improve the real-time information showing where spaces are available on campus. 

Access to books

We’ve been working with tutors to get more modules onto ResourceLists@Bham, which enables us to purchase the books you need for your courses. We’ve increased the number of modules with resource lists from across the University by 36%. 

Better access to core texts

We will now automatically buy extra copies of textbooks, or ebooks where possible, if more than four reservations are placed on an item.

Latest resources

As well as investing heavily in ebook collections, the Library has also purchased a range of new e-resources, covering a variety of subject areas. Everyone will benefit from the access to Very Short Introductions (OUP) collection, offering concise introductions to a diverse range of subject areas from Climate to Consciousness, Game Theory to Ancient Warfare, Privacy to Islamic History, Economics to Literary Theory.

Teaching room refurbs

49 rooms underwent refurbishment work over the summer. In the majority of cases, the refurbishment included redecoration, the full replacement of furniture, lighting and AV equipment, as well as replacement and installation of carpets and blinds.  The refurbishment work has made a huge difference to the look, feel and functionality of the rooms.

Medical School WS14 before refurbishment

A classroom before refurbishment.

 The same room after refurbishment

A classroom after refurbishment.

DVD players

We’ve purchased four portable region 2 DVD players for use within the Main Library, based on requests from staff/student committees. They can be borrowed at the Help Desk on the ground floor.

Whiteboards for group study rooms

Whiteboards have now been added to the group study rooms in Main Library, where possible. You will need to bring your own whiteboard markers. 

Staplers 

We were asked to provide staplers next the printers and copiers on the upper floors of Main Library, and these are now in place.

Teaching and Learning Building

Work continues on the new building (behind Main Library) which will include two large lecture theatres and learning spaces for up to 1,000 students, which will include areas for individual study, collaborative group work and creative break-out sessions.

Feedback

We want to hear what you think about our services, study spaces and the library environment. You can tell us your thoughts via our website or tweet us @uoblibservices.