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Using the Library

 

How can I join the library?

As a Bradford College student you do not need to join the library.   Your Bradford College ID card acts as a library card.

If you are a member of staff at Bradford College you will need to register with the library. Please ask a member of the library staff.  Library staff will be present on all the library floors in the David Hockney Building.

How can I borrow items?

  • You can borrow items from the Library if you have your Bradford College ID card.
  • You can take books out at the self-service machines on the Ground, Third, and Fourth floors of David Hockney Building.
  • You can use the self-service machines to borrow, renew and return your items.
  • You can also use the self-service machines to check your library account.
  • If you require any help using the self-service machines please ask a member of the library staff.

How long can I borrow an item for?

  • You can borrow most items for 3 weeks.
  • You can borrow DVDs for 1 week.
  • You can borrow items with a yellow spine label for 1 week.
  • You can borrow items with a blue spine label for 2 days.
  • You can borrow School Services Library books until the end of the current term.
  • You can only use reference items and journals in the library.
  • If you are a member of staff you can borrow 3 week loans until the end of the current term.

You can extend your borrowing rights if you need books for longer because of a learning difficulty, physical disability or other medical condition.  Please get in touch with the Learner Support team who will be able to advise on this.

 

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How many items can I take out?

3 Week Loans and Week Loans

2-Day Loans

School Services Library Loans

20

    2

20

How can I access 'My Account'?

  • Click on the ‘My Account’ tab at the top of the Library Catalogue page.
  • Enter your I.D. number (this is on your Bradford College I.D. card)
  • Enter your PIN number.  This will be 1234 unless you have changed it.
  • Click on ‘Login’ you will now be able to see the items you have on loan.

Can I Change my PIN?

  • You can change your PIN by logging into your library account on the Library Catalogue and clicking on the 'Change pin' tab.
  • If you have forgotten your PIN you can use the 'Reset your Pin' link on the 'My Account'  tab at the top of the Library Catalogue.

How can I get email reminders?

We will send you three email reminders about the items that you have on loan. The first is sent two days before an item is due back, then a second is sent the first day an item is overdue and then the third when an item is a week overdue, or 3 days overdue for inter-library loans.

Email reminders are automatically sent to your college email address.  To set up your college email address, please click on the link from the Student Portal.

It is possible to set up a forwarding rule from your college email account, so that any emails received will be sent to an email address of your choice.

If you are a member of staff or do not have a college email account and wish to receive library emails, please email askalibrarian@bradfordcollege.ac.uk.

Email notices are a courtesy service. We cannot guarantee delivery of these automated notices. Non-receipt of an email reminder does not exempt you from overdue fines. You are still responsible for ensuring items are returned or renewed on time.

You can check the items that you have on loan on the 'My Account' tab at the top of the Library Catalogue.
If you have any problems, please contact the Library on 01274 433331. 

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How can I renew my borrowed items?

You can renew your borrowed items as long as no one else has requested them.  You can renew a week loan for an extra week or 3 week loans for three more weeks, at a time.

Please note: you cannot renew 2-day loan items.

Remember: You must renew or return your items before they are overdue. If items reach fourteen days overdue, or a week for inter-library loans, you will be prevented from any further borrowing or renewing of items.

You can renew:

  • 24 hours a day online by accessing ‘My Account’ on the Library Catalogue.
  • Using a self -service machine during library opening hours. Library self-service machines are on the Ground, Third, and Fourth floors of David Hockney Building.
  • By telephone during library opening hours, contact 01274 433331.
  • By asking a member of library staff during library opening hours.

Most of the time you do not need to bring your items into the Library to renew them – you just need your Bradford College I.D. card. Once you have renewed your items ten times you will need to bring the items into the Library for any further renewals.

Do you charge fines?

Fines are charged on all overdue items:

3 Week Loans /School Services Library Loans

10p a day

Week  Loans 

30p a day

2 day/Inter-Library Loans

40p a day

Once your fines reach £5 you will be prevented from borrowing any further items.  You can pay your fines at any self-service machine. Library self-service machines are on the Ground, Third, and Fourth floors of David Hockney Building.

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How can I find items in the library?

The Library Catalogue lists all the books, e-books, journals and DVDs that are available in the Library.  You can search our catalogue using an author’s name, an item’s title, a subject keyword or a mixture of these.

Type the details of the item you are looking for in the catalogue search box and then click on search.  This will then show you all the details of the items that match your search, you can narrow down your results by using the Location, Format, Subject, Year or Author facets on the left side of the page.

Once you have found an item you want, click on Check Availability on the right side of the page to show you where the book is held, the shelf mark, loan type and availability. Click on the item’s title to see all the information about it.

Make a note of the shelfmark,  including the three letters that follow it, of the item and look for the shelfmark on signs around the Library to find the right shelf.

For journals click on show library holdings to find out where they are held. Our print journal collection can be found on the following floors in the David Hockney building: Ground, First , Third and Fourth.

E-books can be accessed by clicking the link shown.

Instructions for using the Library Catalogue can be found through the Help tab at the top of the Library Catalogue page. If you need any further help please contact a member of the Library staff.

How can I borrow an item from the Hockney Stack?

Some items on the Library Catalogue will be shown as only available in the Hockney Stack.  If you want to borrow one of these items then you can:

  • Request the item from any member of library staff, who can be found on the library floors of the David Hockney building. The requested items will be brought up from the Hockney Stack as soon as possible.
  • Reserve the item using the library catalogue. These items will be made available within twenty four hours.

 

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How can I reserve an item from the Hockney Stack?

You can reserve a book that is in the Hockney Stack by using our Library Catalogue. First look for the book that you want to borrow as normal and then click on either the Check Availability button or the item’s title.  This will show you all the book’s details including if and where it is available for loan.

If it is kept in the Hockney Stack a Reserve this item button will appear at the bottom of the item details. Click on this button and you will be asked to login to your Library account using your College number and Library Pin, if you have not already logged in. Then click on the Reserve button and you will be told that you have successfully placed the reservation.

The item will then be available within twenty four hours. We will hold your reservation for seven days, after which time it will go back on the shelf.  Please ask a member of Library staff on the Ground floor when you want to collect your reservation.

How do I reserve an item that is out on loan?

You can reserve an item that is out on loan by using our Library Catalogue. First look for the book that you want to borrow as normal and then click on either the Check Availability button or the item’s title.  This will show you all the book’s details including if and where it is available for loan.

If the item is out on loan a Reserve this item button will appear at the bottom of the item details. Click on this button and you will be asked to login to your Library account using your College number and Library Pin,  if you have not already logged in. Then click on the Reserve button and you will be told that you have successfully placed the reservation.

Once the book has been returned, we will hold the book for you and you will receive an automatic notification to your college e-mail saying your reservation is waiting for collection. We will hold your reservation for seven days, after which time it will go back on the shelf. Please ask a member of Library staff on the Ground floor when you want to collect your reservation.

If you no longer require a reserved book, log into your library account and select the reservation you wish to cancel, and click on the cancel reservation button.  Confirm the cancellation to finish. Please note you cannot cancel a reservation online if it is already awaiting collection. Please see a member of Library staff, and they will cancel your reservation.

Can I borrow a book or journal article which is not available in the library?

If the book or journal article that you require is not available in the library, it is possible to order a copy for you using our Inter-library loan service.  This is where we ask another library to provide a copy of the book for you to borrow or a photocopy of a journal article that you can keep.

To request an inter-library loan please fill in the relevant form giving us your details and those of the item you need. These forms are only available electronically in the Inter-Library Loans course in the Learning Resources section of Moodle.

More information is available on the Moodle page or the Inter-Library Loan webpage.

 

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How can I check what items I have on loan?

You can check your library account on the self-service machines:

  • At the self-service machines please press “Your Account” on screen.
  • Insert your Bradford College I.D. card into the machine (Barcode first and facing up)
  • Enter your PIN number.  This will be 1234 unless you have changed it.
  • Your account window will show all the items on your account, their due dates and any outstanding charges.
  • Press Finish
  • You will then be asked if you would like a receipt.
  • Press “Yes With Receipt”
  •  A receipt is then dispensed with all your account details.

You can also see what you have on loan, by visiting the Library Catalogue and logging on to ‘My Account'.

How can I access past dissertations?

The library doesn’t hold dissertations in print, however some are held electronically on Moodle.  Please ask a member of the library staff for details on accessing these.

 

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Who is the librarian for my subject area?

Need help? We have specialist subject Librarians on hand to help you: find books and journal articles for your assignment; use the electronic resources; reference your assignment or dissertation correctly. You can book a one to one session by email or telephone, check out Contact a Librarian to find the librarian for your subject.

 For help with more general enquiries visit us on the Third Floor help desk or email askalibrarian@bradfordcollege.ac.uk

Where can I go to study?

You can come to the library and use our study areas. We have spaces for individual or group work.

We want to maintain an environment to help you study, however some areas may be busy with groups working on assignments.

We ask that you are considerate to other users, anyone making a lot of noise will be asked to move to the open areas or café instead.

Can I book a study room?

Study rooms are now available in the David Hockney Building for students to book.  These study rooms are for indvidual study or group work. 

The study rooms can be booked for one hour at a time and you will need to book at least one hour before you wish to use the room.  If the study room is to be used by a group, all members of the group will need to be present when making the booking.

Please book at the Library enquiry point on the third floor Student Information Desk (SID). 

Can I eat and drink in the Library?

You can bring bottled water into the library, however any hot drinks and food should be consumed in the eating zones or cafe.

What happens if I am ill?

If at all possible please let us know by phone so that we can renew your books for you, or visit the Library Catalogue and renew them using ‘My Account’.

If you are not able to visit the library, when you return to college please ask your tutor or Learner Support to write a letter on official College paper or to email the library, including the dates of your absence, to confirm your illness.

Can I use Leeds Beckett University Library?

 If you are studying on a course validated by Leeds Beckett University, you can apply to become a guest user of the library.   Please complete the Leeds Beckett Campus Card Application form whihc you will find in related Documents. You will need to ask your tutor to sign the completed form.

For more information please visit the Leeds Beckett University Leeds Beckett University website.

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