Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Brynmor Jones Library redevelopment update

BJL Redevelopment - Year end update

What’s going on?

• The BAM compound is now established with three storey high site offices and a security hut.

• BAM will be working over the Christmas break to erect additional hoardings to one of the side doors at the front of the Library ahead of work on the east basement.

• The demolition work in the south wing of the East Building, where the Reading Room which will house the HDC will be located, is finished. A civil engineering company is now working on the ground floor to prepare the area for the temporary book decant space. This is expected to be ready in March and we will then start moving books down from the tower. An announcement about this will be made nearer the time.

• There will be a number of additional book moves in January and February when work begins on construction of the new service risers in the tower block. Details will be announced in advance.

• Library staff have now put RFID tags in more than 45,000 books selected for the new High Demand Collection. The HDC has now been set up in its temporary location on the first floor.

• Follow us on twitter @HullUni_Library #bjlredevelopment

When’s it happening?

• Library staff have now moved stock to create the new HDC and will continue to add to the collection as more stock is RFID tagged.

• Construction of the new Reading Room and the temporary book decant space will start in early January.

Additional book funds for NHS libraries

We've received some additional funds, totalling £10,000, for our NHS library partners from HYMS SIFT underspend. The NHS libraries will be purchasing based on HYMS reading lists and popular HYMS student texts. We'll report back on what's ordered c.February once orders have been placed and received.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Castle Hill and Hull Royal libraries Xmas Opening Times

Castle Hill and Hull Royal Libraries will be closed from 3.30pm on Friday 21st December until 8.30am on Wednesday 2nd of January. The Library will be unstaffed during this time.

To access the Library during this period you will require a Library swipecard.

If you are in the library on Friday the 21st December and do not have a swipecard you will be asked to leave the library at 3.30pm.

If you wish to purchase a swipecard please see the staff for details.

Cochrane Library updates

On the 15th December The Cochrane Library updated its search interface and added some new search tools including:

Did you mean? – Offers spelling suggestions for the search terms entered
Share a search – Allows users to easily share their saved searches via an e-mail link
Combine searches using ranges – Eliminates the need to type long strings of line numbers when combining searches
Alerts for saved strategies – Set monthly alerts for strings saved on the Search Manager tab
Print search with counts – Create a print-friendly version of your search with counts using a single click
Type MeSH directly in Search Manager – Users can now directly enter MeSH terms using the Search Manager tab.
To find out more about these new functionalities and how to use them visit their website.  

Monday, December 17, 2012

NEW searching for eBooks tutorial

Studying/researching away from the university campuses? Don't want to take a lot of books home for the christmas vacation? Why not access the eBooks we provide? They can be accessed from any internet enabled computer.
There are over 230 ebooks available across Hull and York university libraries and you can also access the NHS ebook resources!  
Want a refresher on how to access them? Watch our new and improved "Searching for ebooks" tutorial on the VLE. It can be found here:
HYMS For All 2012/13 > Information Literacy > Information Skills 1: Resources from the two university libraries via HYMS Blackboard > IS1 Tutorial - Searching for ebooks

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Full BNF/BNFC via NHS Athens

BNF and BNFC are both available as full text using your NHS Athens account. Both can be accessed directly at or via the eBook and eJournal cross-search facilities at

Both are also available as Android and iPhone apps. See for more information.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Brynmor Jones Library stock moves

Medical books from the seventh floor of the Brynmor Jones library identified as High Demand have been moved to the first floor social learning area and are located on the shelves highlighted in yellow on the diagram below.

Stock that has not been identified as High Demand will remain on the seventh floor.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

UoY Flexible Loans Open Forum

As you know a new Flexible Loans system was introduced on at the University of Yorks library - the library now wishes to hear your feedback on the issue of returning requested items to the Library.
The Undergraduate Open Forum is being held on:

Thursday 13 December at 12.15pm - 1.15pm
LFA 204/5 (Library, Harry Fairhurst Building)
If you would like to attend please register on the following Doodle Poll - for more information about the forum visit:
NOTE: the forum is open to all UG students a UoY - we are hoping for a separate forum in the new year just for HYMS students, but feel free to sign up for this forum also.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas Loan periods for the Universities of Hull and York

University of Hull library borrowing over the Christmas period

Normal loan items will issue for the Christmas vacation from Monday 10 December 2012, they will be due back w/c Monday 7 January 2013.
All other items will remain at their normal loan periods but will issue for longer to cover the actual building closure.
24 hours loan items will issue for the closure on Thursday 20 December 2012 and will be due back on Wednesday 2 January 2013.
Vacation loans do not apply to Associate and SCONUL members.

Books from the seventh floor of the Brynmor Jones library identified as High Demand will be moved to the first floor over the course of the next few weeks and are likely to be located on the shelves around the main social learning area highlighted in yellow on the diagram below. Signage will be available.

University of York library borrowing over the Christmas period

Items will not be due or recalled over the Christmas period between Saturday 22 December and Tuesday 1 January.
Between Monday 24 December and Tuesday 1 January the Library will be self service only. Please note opening hours over the Christmas vacation:

Monday 24 December (Christmas Eve) the Library will close at 4pm

Tuesday 25 December (Christmas Day) closed all day

Wednesday 26 December (Boxing Day) closed all day

Thursday 27 December - the Library will re-open at 8am

Monday 31 December (New Year's Eve) the Library will close at 4pm

Tuesday 1 January (New Year's Day) closed all day

The Library will re-open at 8am on Wednesday 2 January

Monday, December 3, 2012

The York Hospital Library - extended opening hours during YSJU term time

For users of the York Hospital Library, which is situated in Fountains Learning Centre at York St John University, the current opening hours until 16 December 2012 are as follows:

Mon - Thurs 6am - 1am

Fri 6am to 10pm

Sat 8am - 10pm

Sun 9am - 10pm
The Library is staffed 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday but is open before 9 and after 5 as per YSJ opening times. Students can borrow books via the self issue machines and access the PCs.
During the vacation period for York St John University, which starts on 17 December 2012, the opening times are reduced. Further info about opening times is available at