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Library annual report

Annual report 2017–18

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Introduction from the Librarian

Dr Stella Butler, University Librarian and Keeper of the Brotherton Collection.

The University of Leeds has an exceptional library. This is the view of our students expressed through the 2017 and the 2018 National Student Survey in which we received a score of 93% for the support we provide for student learning. In 2018, this represents the highest score of participating Russell Group Universities and is an outstanding accolade for library staff, reflecting their commitment to service, demonstrated also through accreditation for Customer Service Excellence.

This report demonstrates that 2017–18 has been a year of incredible activity across all sections of the library. Our aim is to enrich the life of the University by providing a gateway to collections, both within the Library and beyond. Helping students and researchers discover what they need is becoming a key focus for us as we implement our new library management system over this next year and promote our resources including newly digitised material.

Our campus libraries continue to be the study space of choice for our students and come under particular pressure during the revision and examination periods. We are working with colleagues in Estates to continue to improve our libraries, making them more flexible to support the varying learning styles of students.

The achievements described in the annual report for 2017–18 give me a deep sense of pride and satisfaction, which I hope is shared by every member of library staff. They deserve thanks and admiration for all they do.

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