Friday, December 17, 2010

University of York Library refurbishment update

How to request a book from the third floor of the JB Morrell Library

Science book collections in the following list have moved to the third floor of the JB Morrell Library:

General Science (R)
Mathematics (S-SF)
Computer Science (SK)
Astronomy (T)
Physics & Electronics (U)
Chemistry (V)
Geology & Biosciences (W-WX)
Biology (X-XZ)
Technology (Z).

The newly-refurbished third floor will not be open to Library users until January. In the meantime, Library staff will retrieve books for users. There are 3 ways to request a book:

1. Complete a retrieval form (available from the Lending Services and Help & Information desks) and leave it in the marked box on the Lending Services counter near the entrance to Key Texts. Please allow sufficient time for retrieval: for example, if a form is submitted between 09.00 and 10.00, the book will be available to collect from Lending Services after 11.00.

The final book retrieval of the day will take place an hour before the Lending Services desk closes and self-service opening hours begin. Opening hours for the remainder of the autumn term and the Christmas vacation are published on the Library's website.

2. Phone the Library's Lending Services staff (01904 323873) to ask for a book to be retrieved at the next available opportunity. Staff will advise you when the book will be ready for you to collect.

3. Send an email to Lending Services staff providing the details of the book you need, and the date and time you will collect it. At least 24 hours' notice is required for email requests.

Books not collected from Lending Services by the end of the day will be returned to the third floor.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

University of York library refurbishment news

Science books moving to JBM third floor: work starts 13th December

The refurbished third floor of the JB Morrell Library is on schedule to open in January 2011, at which point half of the first floor will be closed. Several science subject collections will be moved to a permanent new home on the third floor:

General Science (R)
Mathematics (S-SF)
Computer Science (SK)
Astronomy (T)
Physics & Electronics (U)
Chemistry (V)
Geology & Biosciences (W-WX)
Biology (X-XZ)
Technology (Z).

Psychology (B) and Medicine & Nursing (Y) will remain on the first floor. In order to ensure that stock moves can be completed during the Christmas vacation, it will be necessary to start in the week beginning Monday 13th December. Library staff will operate a retrieval service when books are in transit.

Look out for further information on this blog and on the University of York library refurbishment blog (

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Early closure - Uni of York Libray Dec 1st update

The JB Morrell Library will now close at 6pm today. If weather continues to worsen an earlier closure may be announced.

Early closure - Uni of York Library 1st Dec

The JB Morrell Library will be closing early again today because of the weather. The latest the library will be open will be 9pm but an earlier closure may be announced if the bad weather continues during the day.

For the updates on the Library closing go to

University of Hull closure - 1st December

The University of Hull will be closed on Wednesday 1st December due to the weather conditions.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Early closure again today - University of York Library

Due to continuing bad weather the JB Morrell Library, Univeristy of York, will be closing at 9pm tonight (Tue 30th Nov). It is hoped to maintain a fully staffed service up to this time however.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Early closure today -York University Library

Owing to continuing and forecasted bad weather the JB Morrell Library, University of York, will be closing at 9pm tonight (Mon 29th Nov). 6-9pm will be self service hours only.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Map of Medicine

Map of Medicine is now freely available at You can find this link on the Hull University Library catalogue and will need to register in addition to logging on using your Hull Athens username and password.

Map of Medicine enables web-based access to an evidence-based, practice-informed knowledge resource.

Using Map of Medicine it is possible to view more than 300 complete pathways that represent the ideal approach to care, as well as locally-adapted pathways. The Map works with multidisciplinary clinical stakeholders, including Royal Colleges and Clinical Societies, to create pathways that are continuously maintained to reflect the latest evidence, expert opinion and cognisant of policy information.

Monday, November 1, 2010

York Hospital Health Information Point and Library Annexe

This recently opened Library facility is at the front of the Hospital in the Magnolia Centre next to the Children's Centre.

The facility allows access to a number of services on the hospital site including:

-24 hour access to pcs in a dedicated study area
-Access to experienced library staff 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
-Access to 121 and group training on database training, information skills etc
-A selection of print journals
-A dedicated point to return library books
-A signposting service for patients to enable them to access published patient information
-A base for the Clinical Librarian Service.

Monday, October 11, 2010

JB Morrell Library, York, new IT room and printer

An additional IT Study Room (205) is now open on the 2nd floor of the JB Morrell Library. This is in addition to the existing 1st floor PC provision and the new IT Study Room 222. Room 205 is on the opposite side of the 2nd floor from Room 222; looking across to the Borthwick.

There is now also a printer available on the 2nd floor, just outside Room 222, as well as one on the ground floor.

Friday, October 8, 2010


Primal Picture's Anatomy.TV is available to HYMS via the HYMS Library tab (> Images & Videos)on the HYMS VLE (click on the title above to access) using your NHS Athens account. Anatomy.TV gives:

"access to the ultimate online 3D anatomy teaching resources, reference and revision aid for students".

JBM main stairs and lift reopen

The main staircase and lift of the JB Morrell Library at York are now open again giving access to the medical collection on the 1st floor (Y) and the refurbished 2nd floor. The 3rd floor is still closed for refurbishment.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

JB Morrell Library - new IT Study Room open

A new, 16 PC, IT study room (Room 222) is now open on the second floor of the JB Morrell Library. (Beside the Arts book collection; above Freshers.) More PC facilities will become available as refurbishment progresses.

(For the time being printing must be collected from the printer on the ground floor.)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

When next in London you may want to.........

This is a free iphone app which has been developed by the Wellcome Institute library to accompany the book Medical London: city of diseases, city of cures / Richard Barnett (edited by) Mike Jay.

The tour can be downloaded as an iphone app or viewed online with associated maps and recordings. It offers a fascinating 3 mile walk covering the Bloomsbury area which focuses upon characters, diseases and cures associated with London medical history.

Monday, September 27, 2010

JB Morrell Library, York refurbishment work

Refurbishment work at the JB Morrell Library, York is ongoing. We are currently going through the 'hump' of the work - but improvements should start appearing in the next few weeks. Outlined below is a summary of the current situation:

The 2nd floor is now open and work is now ongoing on the 3rd floor. The lift,however, is currently out of use as is the main stairway. Access to the first and second floor is therefore via stairs located passed the main stair, beside the audio visual room/old pc classroom. (If unsure ask a member of staff.) It is hoped that both the lift and the main stair will be back in use in October.

Medical books are still located in the same area on the first floor: from the temporary stairs you should see the Reference Collection labelled straight ahead - the Medical Collection (Y) is located through the doorway to the left of this.

A new PC classroom will be opening imminently on the second floor with most of the Library PCs in transit. In the meantime there is some PC availability on the ground floor.

The Library is taking over the adjacent Computing Science building, which should be open c. Easter 2011. The full Library refurbishment is due in the academic year 2011/12. You can stay up to date with the refurbishment at

Increased opening times at Brynmor Jones Library, Hull - plus new Short Loan arrangements

The Brynmor Jones Library is now open from:
  • 7am to midnight on Monday to Fridays
  • 9am to midnight on Saturdays and Sundays.
As a result of the new opening hours and increased staffing levels on Saturday and Sunday, items held in Short Loan will now be available seven days a week. Please note that items will no longer be issued for the weekend and fines will be charged throughout the entire week.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

York University refurbishment - noisy work

New windows are currently being installed on the JB Morrell second floor and this may result in noise. Readers are being advised to study in the Raymond Burton wing or the first floor.

More information on refurbishment is available by clicking on the above title.

York University Library Aug Bank Hol opening times

Sat 28th Aug 10am-6pm
Sun 29th Aug CLOSED
Mon 30th Aug CLOSED
Tue 31st Aug Reopens at 9am

For more information on opening times click on the title above.

Hull University Library Aug Bank Hol opening times

Sat 28th Aug 9am-1pm
Sun 29th Aug CLOSED
Mon 30th Aug CLOSED
Tue 31st Aug reopen at 8:30am

For further opening time information click on the title above

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Refurbished second floor of the JB Morrell

The refurbished second floor of the JB Morrell Library is now open: for access use the main lift or the fire escape stairs on the west side of the building (follow the signs).

The second floor now contains book collections for humanities subjects: Philosophy (A), Religion (C), History of Art (L-LL), Music (LM), Sport (LN), TFTV (LP-LT), Literature (M-MY), Language & Linguistics (MZ), Archaeology (P) and History (Q). Temporary signs direct you to the appropriate shelves.

Books for all remaining subjects in the JB Morrell Library are shelved on the first floor in the current phase of the refurbishment project.

Six stand alone Library Catalogue terminals have been installed near the entrance to the temporary staircase. Study desks and chairs are also now in place in the public reading areas of the second floor. Additional furniture is on its way for the study rooms.

Two new PC classrooms on the second floor will have equipment installed by IT Services towards the end of the summer vacation. The entire floor is now wi-fi enabled and additional power sockets for laptops have been provided.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Commentary and analysis of new Liberating the NHS White Paper

Click on the title above for NHS Evidence's page focussing on the White Paper.

The page includes a link to the White Paper itself as well as an ongoing collation of links to comments and analysis from such bodies as BMA, the Kings Fund etc

Monday, July 5, 2010

University of York Library & Archives closure - 23 July

Following last year's successful Library & Archives Staff Training Day, we have scheduled a follow-up event on Friday 23 July, 2010. This will focus on the quality of our customer service, and given the current refurbishment and the feedback we are receiving from users on library services during this work, the need to have a meeting for all staff has been strongly reinforced.

We therefore intend to close the Library & Archives (JB Morrell, Raymond Burton and King's Manor Libraries and Borthwick Institute for Archives) on Friday 23 July for this purpose.

Please contact Stephen Town (, x.3863) about any adverse effect on specific academic requirements this may cause, so that we can make arrangements to mitigate these.

The catalogue and electronic resources will remain available on 23 July; Key Texts and DVDs borrowed on 22 July will be due back on 24 July.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Brynmor Jones Library affected by maintenance work from Mon 5th July

Please note the following:

On Monday the 5th of July 2010 refurbishment and maintenance work will commence in two separate areas of the Brynmor Jones Library.

Second Floor
From Monday the 5th of July the 2nd Floor of the Brynmor Jones Library will be closed whilst work is undertaken to upgrade the lighting on this floor. Initial work will involve the removal of the existing ceiling and whilst this is underway there will be no access to any of the material on that floor. Once the work on the ceiling is complete staff within the Brynmor Jones Library will be operating a daily retrieval service for customers who require materials located on the second floor. Customers requiring materials retrieving from the 2nd floor can submit requests at the circulation desk or via an email to [N.B we have been informed this should not affect the 2nd Floor East - only the Tower. CK]

Whilst we have been informed that the whole project should be completed by the 31st July 2010 the contractors are unable to predit with any certainty the length of time that the first stage, taking down the existing ceiling, will take. I would reiterate that during this first stafe materials and resources located on the 2nd floor WILL NOT be available.

Fourth Floor
From Mon the 5th of July work will also begin on replacing some damaged pipe-work on the west side of the 4th floor of the Brynmor Jones Library. Whilst this work is taking place the west side of the floor will be cordoned off and the sixth floor will be temporarily designated as the 'Silent Floor'. Books and other materials should still be accessible whilst the work is in progress but computers on the west side of the floor will be removed to protect them from damage. Again, the nature of the work being undertaken means that it is impossible to give a firm schedule for the completion of the work at this time although it is expected that this will take much less time than that being propese for the second floor.

I would like to apologise in advance for the disturbance and inconvenience that this essential refurbishment and maintenance work will cause those of our customers who may need access to the resources on these floors.

If you would like any more information on these material please contact Judy Wolff on Tel: 04182 46 5438 or by email:

Graeme Murphy

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Additional study space at York

In order to provide additional study space during the University of York Library refurbishment, the New Building Student Study Centre at the rear of 5 Main Street in Heslington village has been remodelled (click here for a map).

The building is wireless-enabled, and furnished with study tables and chairs for around 130 people. Space is available for individual study as well as workspace for small groups. A common room area has been provided with informal seating and vending machines for drinks and snacks.

The building is open 8.00am-midnight daily during term time, starting from Monday 26th April 2010. Reception cover is provided by the Directorate of Facilities Management.

For the latest information about study space in the University of York Library and elsewhere on campus, please visit the
Library's study space website.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Frontline Library and IT support at the University of Hull – Have your say

University of Hull students only

Academic Services are looking at modernising the way we provide frontline IT and Library support and would like to hear what students think. We want to know what you think about existing services. What works well and what works not so well. We want to hear about your expectations, your thoughts on new services, location, availability, self help, technology, how we communicate and engage with students, in fact anything that can help us improve the student experience. With this in mind, we will be offering students the chance to discuss issues in more detail with us at a number of student forums.

Refreshments will be provided and students taking part will be entered into a draw that includes prizes of Amazon vouchers and free printer credits. Sessions are available at the following dates and times:

4th May 19:00 BJL SR2

5th May 19:00 BJL SR2

10th May 13:15 Students Union MR1 (3rd floor)

11th May 12:15 Students Union MR2 (3rd floor)

If you would like to attend one of these forums please go to for more details and for information on how to book a place. Should you not be able to attend but would like to contribute please reply to with your comments, suggestions and ideas on the range and nature of Library and IT support available to students at the University of Hull.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Latest BMJ Learning Update

Click on the title above for the latest module and information on Coeliac disease: an interview with Parveen Kumar, acute back pain, chronic back pain, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

(BMJ Learning is available via the HYMS Library tab. To login select the Athens option THEN the alternative login option and enter your York e-resource account details.)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Help improve library services and you could win an iPod shuffle

Help us improve library services for Phase I by completing the following online survey by 26th March 2010:

The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete and you could win an iPod shuffle.

Please note that this survey and competition are open to HYMS Phase I students only.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

University of York Library - Alternative study spaces

As you may be aware, study places in the J B Morrell Library are under additional pressure due to the current major refurbishment work.

To help you find other places to study across the Heslington campus, the Library is pulling together information from a variety of sources into a new University of York study spaces web page. Please note this is a work in progress and is being updated as new spaces are identified.

The web pages include some spaces where the University has agreed to extend access hours. The Library is also investigating options for additional new spaces and is aiming for these to be ready as soon as possible. These will be advertised them as soon as they become available.

Please look at the
Library refurbishment website for further information on the project
. Please email if you have any HYMS-related comments or queries.