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.  

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.
  • 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 2 weeks.
  • 2 week loan items will automatically renew up to 20 times - unless another user requests an item, in which case you will be given 5 days’ notice to return that item.
  • You can borrow Teacher Training Collection, Reading Collection and Entry Reader books until the end of the current term. For this purpose the Summer Vacation is counted as a term.
  • Reference items and journals can be used only in the Library.
  • 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 SEND & ALS team who will be able to advise on this.


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How many items can I take out?

You can take out up to twenty items.

How can I access 'My Account'?

  • Click on the 'Log in to your account' at the top of the Library Catalogue page.
  • Enter your College number (this is on your Bradford College ID card)
  • Enter your four digit PIN number. This will be your year of birth.
  • Click on ‘Log in’, you will now be able to see the items you have on loan.

 

How can I get email reminders?

Email reminders about your library use are automatically sent to your College email account. To access your College email account follow the link from the Student Links and Resources web page.

You will receive an email confirmation when you borrow and return an item.

If, for any reason, an item cannot be automatically renewed you will receive an email reminder telling you the item and date it must be returned by.

If you do not return an item you will receive email reminders on the due date, 7 days after due date, 14 days after due date, and 28 days after due date.

If you do not wish to regularly check your College email account it is vital that you 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.

Email notices are a courtesy service. Non-receipt of an email reminder does not exempt you from overdue fines. You are responsible for monitoring your own library use and ensuring items are returned on time.

You can check the items that you have on loan using the 'Log in to your account' link at the top of the Library Catalogue.

If you have any questions, please contact the Library on 01274 088257, or email  [email protected].

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How can I renew my borrowed items?

Your loans will renew automatically up to 20 times, unless another library user has requested them.

If one of your items has been requested by another user, you will be entitled to keep that item until the date that it is due, and you will receive 5 days advance notice reminding you of that due date.


Do you charge fines?

Fines are charged on all overdue items at the rate of 50p a day.

Once your fines reach £5 you will be prevented from borrowing or reserving any further items. You can pay your fines in cash at any self-service machine in the Library.

 

Where can I pay my fines?

You can pay your fines at any self-service machine in the Library.

 

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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 Availability, Authors, Holding Library, Item Type, Location or Date Range facets on the left side of the page.

Once you have found an item you want, check Availability to see if there are copies available to borrow and Location to see the book’s location and shelf mark. Click on the item’s title to see all the information about it.

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

For journals click on the title to see which issues are available to use. All print journals are kept next to the study area.

E-books can be accessed by clicking the link shown, 'Click here to access' and entering your College IT username and password.

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. 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 check if and where it is available for loan.

If it is kept in the Hockney Stack click on the Place a Reservation link. You will then be asked to log in to your Library account using your College ID number and Library Pin, if you have not already logged in. Then click on the Confirm Reservation 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 working days, after which time it will go back on the shelf. Please ask a member of Library staff when you want to collect your reservation. You will still need to issue the item using any self-service machine, after you have collected it.

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 check if and where it is available for loan.

If the item is out on loan click on the Place a Reservation link. You will then be asked to login to your Library account using your College number and Library Pin, if you have not already logged in. You can use the More Options button to add the last date you need the item so the item won’t be reserved for you after you no longer need it. Then click on the Confirm Reservation 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 email saying your reservation is waiting for collection. We will hold your reservation for seven working days, after which time it will go back on the shelf. Please ask a member of Library staff when you want to collect your reservation. You will still need to issue the item using any self-service machine, after you have collected it.

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 available electronically in the Inter-Library Loans course in the Learning Resources section of Moodle where you can also print out a paper version of the form. We recommend that you use the electronic form as we will receive your request quicker.

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'
  • Scan your Bradford College ID card into the machine (Barcode first and facing up)
  • Enter your four digit PIN number. This will be your year of birth.
  • Your account window will show all the items on your account and their current return dates.
  • Press Finish
  • You will then be asked if you would like a receipt.
  • Press 'Yes With Paper 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 using the ‘Log in to my account' link.

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 at the Library Information Desk on the Second Floor of the David Hockney Building or email [email protected]

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 individual study or group work.

The study rooms can be booked for two hours 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 Information Desk on the Second Floor of David Hockney Building.

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?

When you return to college please ask your tutor or SEND & ALS 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 Bradford University Library?

Higher Education Students studying for a dissertation, either in their final year or at Post-Graduate level, can apply to use Bradford University Library.  This allows you to use the resources at Bradford University for reference purposes only.  Please make an appointment with your subject librarian who will discuss your resource requirements with you and decide whether you are eligible for the scheme.   

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