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In addition to the news items listed here, the Library also produces the Researcher's Weekly Bulletin, a weekly round-up of announcements of new electronic resources acquired by the Library (for example, databases and journals), news of new web sites, trials of databases, announcements of forthcoming conferences and other information of interest to researchers.

Introducing Rolling Renewals

The Library's loan system is changing

From Monday 4th September most Library items will be on a two week rolling loan. That means we will automatically renew the items you borrow every two weeks, until someone else requests them. Make sure that you check for emails from library@mmu.ac.uk and follow the instructions.

That means no more juggling books with different loan periods, fewer fines, and more of our books off the shelves and in your hands.

The good news doesn't end there: we've also increased your loan allocation to 20 items for students, and 30 items for staff and researchers. That includes most Library items, including books and DVDs.

What you need to do

  • Borrow your items as normal using the self-issue machines.
  • Check your emails. You will receive an email from library@mmu.ac.uk to your student/staff account three days before the two week due date with instructions on what to do next:
    • If your item has been reserved by someone else, you'll need to return it within three days.
    • If your item has not been reserved by someone else, your loan will be been renewed for another two weeks.
  • Return your items when they're due back:
    • If your item has been reserved, return it to the Library by the due date.
    • If your item has not been reserved, you can keep it for another two weeks.

This rolling two week process will repeat until someone else has requested your item. You can also check your Library Account to see the current status of your loans.

Important info: each rolling two-week loan period is from the date you receive your automatic renewal email, and not the original lending date. Check your email to be sure of the return date.

If you don't return an item which has been recalled by the Library, you will be subject to a fine. This is so we can make sure as many people as possible get to borrow our items.

What if you need to reserve something already out on loan?

Just reserve the item online using the Library catalogue. The person with the item will receive an email asking them to return their loan three days before their return date. We'll email your student or staff account to let you know when your reservation is ready to collect.

Need a book that isn't in Library stock? We might be able to order it through our Books Buy You scheme.

You can also request items that are not in our stock through inter-library loans.

Why did we make this change?

We want you to make the most of our resources. Our over 500,000 books are there to be read, so now you can read them at your own pace.

Rolling renewals will run all year, including during vacation, so no more waiting weeks for your reserved item to be returned.

It also clarifies different loan periods and makes our reservation process more efficient - meaning more time for us to help you!

Need help with borrowing, returning, or anything else in the Library? Contact us!

Updated: 22 August, 2017

Workshop: Endnote Online, taking the pain out of organising your references

05/10/2017, 17:00-18:00, John Dalton C1.01

Not only does EndNote order and organise the references that you use during your academic life, but it can take the pain out of referencing by inserting citations and references in the exact way your tutor has requested. So if you forget where your italics and fullstops go, learning EndNote can take the pain out of your reference list.

Updated: 21 September, 2017

Workshop: Endnote Online, taking the pain out of organising your references

04/10/2017, 14:00-15:00, Geoffrey Manton Building 1.11

Not only does EndNote order and organise the references that you use during your academic life, but it can take the pain out of referencing by inserting citations and references in the exact way your tutor has requested. So if you forget where your italics and fullstops go, learning EndNote can take the pain out of your reference list.

Updated: 21 September, 2017

Workshop: Endnote Online: taking the pain out of organising your references

26/09/2017, 10:00-11:00, Birley 3.68

Not only does EndNote order and organise the references that you use during your academic life, but it can take the pain out of referencing by inserting citations and references in the exact way your tutor has requested. So if you forget where your italics and fullstops go, learning EndNote can take the pain out of your reference list.

Updated: 18 September, 2017

Workshop: Going beyond Google, finding academic information for your assignments

28/09/17, 13:00-14:00, All Saints Library 4.08

Struggling to find relevant academic information for your assignments? Google can be a useful starting point but it can be hard to find good quality academic writing using a general search engine. This hands on workshop will show you how to use Library Search to get straight to the research you need.

Updated: 19 September, 2017

Workshop: MMU Harvard referencing

04/10/2017, 13:00-14:00, Business School 4.04B

Make sorting out your references easier with this introduction to the MMU's Harvard style. We'll show you how to reference the most common type of material as well as giving you guidance on tackling those trickier references you discover for your work.

Updated: 18 September, 2017

BBC Drama Films and Documentaries

Stream videos from BBC Drama Films and Documentaries on Drama Online.

This collection features stunning film adaptations of classic and contemporary plays from Sophocles and Shakespeare, to Oscar Wilde, Henrik Ibsen, August Strindberg, Bernard Shaw and contemporary writers, Michael Frayn and Joe Penhall.

Browse the films and documentaries available or find them all on Drama Online.

Updated: 19 July, 2017

Bloomsbury Collections: Classical Studies and Archaeology

eBooks on ancient history, archaeology, ancient culture & society and classical studies.

Go to Bloomsbury Collections: Classical Studies and Archaeology

Around 256 full-text eBooks and previews to around 200 more.

Covers ancient art, architecture, culture & society, drama, literature, history, philosophy, religion, archaeology, classical reception, Egyptology, Latin and Latin literature.

We have access to full text from these collections:

  • Ancient History Archive 1983-2012
  • Classical Literature Archive 1994-2012
  • Classical Studies & Archaeology 2013
  • Classical Studies & Archaeology 2014
  • Classical Studies & Archaeology 2015
  • Classical Studies & Archaeology 2016
  • Classical Studies & Archaeology 2017
The eBooks in our subscription have an unlocked padlock.

Updated: 19 July, 2017

The Cecil Papers

Digitised archive of documents gathered by William Cecil (1520-1598), Lord Burghley and his son Robert Cecil (1563-1612), First Earl of Salisbury.

Access the Cecil Papers

ProQuest has teamed with The Hatfield House Archives to digitize their privately held collection of almost 30,000 documents gathered by William Cecil (1520-1598), Lord Burghley and his son Robert Cecil (1563-1612), First Earl of Salisbury. This important collection includes many sixteenth- and seventeenth-century state papers, grants from the Crown, legal documents, treaties, correspondences, and political memoranda.

One of Elizabeth I’s closest advisors, William Cecil was both Lord High Treasurer and Secretary of State – a position also held by his son, who continued to serve Elizabeth’s successor, James I. Occupying some of the highest offices of state in the land, these men were at the heart of events during one of the most dynamic periods in western history.

Key events covered in this collection include:
  • The clandestine plans for James’ accession to the English throne
  • Mary Queen of Scots’ imprisonment and execution
  • Tudor re-conquest of Ireland
  • The Spanish Armada
  • Military events in the Low Countries
  • The Main Plot and imprisonment of Sir Walter Raleigh
  • Early English settlement of America

All the documents, which include a number of contemporary hand-drawn maps, tables, and letters, have been reproduced as full-colour, high-quality images directly from original documents. These images can be examined using a dynamic viewing tool or downloaded as PDFs of JPEGs.

Updated: 19 July, 2017

Collecting Malcolm Garrett: snapshots from the world of tomorrow

11 September 2017 - 23 March 2018

MMU Special Collections Gallery,
3rd Floor,
All Saints Library

This exhibition of books, clothing, toys and ephemera drawn from the personal collections of renowned graphic designer Malcolm Garrett highlights his compulsive interest in new worlds and futuristic design. From this diverse selection of objects it is clear that the work Garrett produced at Manchester School of Art, which in turn played its part in shaping a 'new wave' of music and fashion at the end of the 1970s, was inspired by the ephemeral, cultural media surrounding him as he grew up. The exhibition shows how the iconography of science fact, fiction and fantasy have had an enduring influence on his work and life.

Updated: 18 September, 2017

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