Leeds University Library

Welcome back!

Published Saturday 21 September 2013

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Find out what's changed over the summer

Changes to fines and loan periods

Based on your feedback, we have reviewed our loan periods and fines to see if we can improve access to books:

  • If you return standard loan items late, as long as they haven't been requested, you won't be charged fines.
  • A fine of £2.50 a day applies to items that are returned late that have been requested by another user
  • 7-day loan items are now "core texts" that you can borrow for the same length of time as Standard loan (so all books, apart from high demand and reference items, are Standard loan)

View full details of the changes to fines and loan periods

Updated referencing styles

We've made a number of amendments to the Leeds University Harvard and Numeric referencing styles, following consultation with students and academic staff. The changes are:

  • Surnames to be written in lowercase, eg SMITH, R. will be Smith, R.
  • No inversion of initials for 2nd author, eg KANE, M. and W. TROCHIM will be Kane, M. and Trochim, W.
  • et al. used for more than 2 authors
  • Comma to be included in the Harvard citation, eg (Smith, 2008) (Smith et al., 2008) (Smith, 2008, p.3)

If your school has chosen Harvard or Numeric as its official referencing style, you should use this style in your assignments. Extensive guidance is available on our Referencing webpages

The Leeds University EndNote styles have also been updated to reflect these changes.  

New Undergraduate Library

Monday 19 August 2013 saw the official ceremony to break ground at the site of the new library. There is also now a virtual tour available, showing the interior spaces of the new Undergraduate Library.

Find out more about the New Undergraduate Library

Portal changes 

We hope you like your new style Portal - our aim has been to make it easier to find things and generally clearer. Many thanks to Leeds University Union for organising student consultation about the changes over the summer.  

You'll see that many key links are now icons, and some tabs and channels have been removed (some replaced by Quick Links).  

View full details of the changes.  

New accessibility settings on the Library website

We have now added the option to change the colour and contrast for the Library website. Accessibility features (including font size and line spacing) can be found under the 'Customise' link in the top left of the screen. 

Login options changed

It is no longer possible to log into the Library Catalogue using the name and barcode option. If not doing so already, you now will need to use your ISS username and password.