Archive for September, 2008

The walls are coming down!

September 25, 2008

Today is a very exciting day for the Library.

The walls are coming down from the main Library to the link corridor which leads to our new Self-Service area in the Social Learning Zone. This is the area where the issue desk was formerly and will now be a seating area and the walk way to the Self-Service area and Social Learning Zone.
In the new Self-Service area will be the Library Enquiry Desk, the Information Desk, the new Self-Service machines for issuing and returning books. There will also be photocopiers and printing facilities in this area.

The area officially opens on Wednesday, come and visit us then!

The walls are coming down!

The walls are coming down!

Looking into the Self-Service area from the main Library

Looking into the Self-Service area from the main Library

A view from the new Library entrance gate into the SLZ

A view from the new Library entrance gate into the SLZ

Looking back from the Self-Service area to the link corridor into the main Library

Looking back from the Self-Service area to the link corridor into the main Library

 
  

 

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Students Union Bar

September 10, 2008
Here are a couple of artists impressions of what the new Students Union bar will probably look like once completed.  The bar area is located on the mezzanine level of the Social Learning Zone opposite the new Eagle365 suite.
BUSU Bar - View 1

BUSU Bar - View 1

BUSU Bar - View 2

BUSU Bar - View 2

And now for the reality, here are some pictures of the actual construction taking place within the Students Union area of the SLZ.

BUSU Bar Construction - Looking towards the bar

BUSU Bar Construction - Looking towards the bar

BUSU Bar - Construction of the divider screens

BUSU Bar - Construction of the divider screens

 

The Bar

The Bar

 And finally, get ready to place your orders!

Beer Lines

Beer Lines

New Library Facilities for September

September 5, 2008

New to the Library this year are Self Service machines where you can borrow and return books using your Student ID card.  The machines are operated by a simple to use touch screen and Library staff will be demonstrating how to use the machines on the Library Tours.  When in the Library if you require any help, please ask a member of staff.

Self Service Machines

Self Service Machines

 Also new to the Library this year is an improved Library Catalogue, where you can search for items to borrow. The system is very user friendly and has features such as displaying book covers alongside the records, enabling you to identify the book on the shelves more easily.

The ‘My Account’ option on the Library Catalogue offers a convenient way of managing your Library Account.  Using this option you can:

– check what you have out on loan and when the item/s is due back

– check up on your reservations and cancel any that you no longer need

– renew your loans

– check if there are any outstanding fines on your account

You can access the Library Catalogue via the Library homepage 24/7 or in the Library itself during opening hours. If you require any help using the Library Catalogue please ask a member of staff, pick up or download one of our User Guides which are located in the Library and on the Library Webpages.

Grand opening of the Social Learning Zone and United Arab Emirates campus

September 4, 2008

We have just received the following announcement from Mark Allanson, Director of External Affairs at the University of Bolton regarding the grand opening of the Social Learning Zone and our new campus in Ras al Khaimah, UAE later this month.

“I am delighted to tell you that it will be a Royal opening. HRH The Earl of Wessex will formally open the new £2.5 million student development here and witness the simultaneous unveiling of a commemorative plaque, via satellite link, at the University’s new £1 million campus in Ras al Khaimah, UAE.

As part of his visit The Earl will see an exhibition to showcase the University and visit the new Students’ Union facilities.

The focal point of the opening event will be the new Social Learning Zone, in the former textile hall, adjacent to the Student Information Centre and Eagle Mall.
 
It will create a  bright, spacious environment giving students space to study in a traditional library setting or in a relaxed atmosphere with access to the latest wireless technology, enabling them to work in groups online and in networks. It offers seating for 200. It also includes:
 
a mezzanine floor Students’ Union with bar and social facilities.
a new all-day, every-day computer access room.
new Students’ Union offices and advice centre.

The development also includes a new library entrance which leads into the Social Learning Zone.

We are expecting 150 guests – partners, stakeholders and friends of the University.”

We will keep you posted on this momentous event as we receive more information. Keep watching this space!