Library Opening Hours & Borrowing over Summer

Event-calendarFrom Monday 29 June, The Sir Michael Cobham Library and Bournemouth House Library changes its opening hours for the Summer break – this includes being closed on Sundays and on Bank Holiday Monday (31 August).

These new hours will be in place up to and including Friday 18 September and full details are available on the website.

Summer break borrowing: Ordinary Loans and One Week Loans

From Saturday 13 June onwards, books may be borrowed for the entire Summer break and will be due for return on Wednesday 30 September 2015.
This longer loan period applies to BU students and staff only.

Spring Break Library opening hours and borrowing

books-bigBoth Libraries will be open over the Spring Break from Monday 30 March to Sunday 19 April: Monday – Thursday 8am- 8pm, Fridays 8am – 6pm. Find full details on the Library webpage.

Please note: Over the Easter bank holiday weekend both Libraries will be CLOSED from Friday 3 April to Monday 6 April inclusive.

Library Borrowing

One Week Loan items cannot be borrowed for the entire Spring break.

This is to ensure that key resources are available for students who stay here to study.

You may borrow One Week Loans for a week and renew them for one more week unless they are reserved. Please be prepared to bring or post them back to the Library during the break, if someone else reserves them.

Ordinary Loans can be borrowed for the entire Spring break. (Applies only to BU students/staff.)

BU students may borrow Ordinary Loan books from Saturday 14 March. They will be due back on Wednesday 22 April.

IT Counter Service – New Hours

The IT counter support service, launched at Talbot Campus to provide students and staff with on the spot IT support has had its hours extended.

You can now receive advice on connectivity issues, problems with emails or any access issues, from 10am to 7pm, Monday to Friday and 10am to 5pm at the weekends, on the ground floor of The Sir Michael Cobham Library.

The service complements the existing IT counter, based in Studland House, for the Lansdowne Campus.

For enquires outside of these hours, the main IT Support desk offers telephone assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 01202 965515.

Student PC and Open Access PC power saving policy

The time for Open Access and student computer sessions to lock, sleep and automatically log off has been revised.

IT equipment contributes to nearly a quarter of BU’s annual carbon emissions. The new procedure is part of BU’s on-going commitment to the Green ICT Policy – benefits will include reducing the university’s carbon emissions by at least 200 tonnes, in addition to saving over £50,000 in electricity costs.

From Tuesday 25 November, the PCs in the Open Access Centres – including the libraries – will lock after 10 minutes, and a forced logoff will be carried out after 30 minutes of inactivity. Any unsaved work will be lost, so please remember to save your documents regularly.

This new policy means that PCs can no longer be logged into and left unused for long periods of time, therefore freeing up more computers in the Libraries and Open Access Centres.

From Tuesday 9 December, PCs in student areas – such as the PC labs in the School buildings -will lock after 10 minutes and go to sleep after 30 minutes, but will not be logged off.

PCs will now remain in sleep mode until there is user interaction or an IT process – such as regular maintenance – is carried out. These policies will be in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

There will be no disruption to any of the equipment whilst the changes are carried out. If you have any queries, please log a job via the IT Services website, or call the team on 01202 965515.

You Said, This Happened: More resources, more desks, more PC’s, more flexible renewals and reservations.

Throughout 2013-4, Library and Learning Support have been listening to student feedback from SUBU’s Student Opinion Survey and The National Student Survey.

The Library staff have acted on that feedback and made a number of changes which will benefit all BU students.

Neil Ford, Academic Liaison Development Manager in the BU Library team, explains:

“We wanted to understand what the students’ main priorities were for improvements. We reviewed all of the student comments relating to the library from Student Opinion Surveys and National Student Surveys.

“As a result we made some changes which we hope will have a significant impact for all students using the library services”.You-said-Library

We encourage all students to share their feedback – one way to do this is through SUBU’s Ideas Forum.


Longer library opening hours for exams

alarm_clockBournemouth House Library and The Sir Michael Cobham Library, the whole building including the tower, will be open longer over the exam period from Tuesday 6 May to Thursday 5 June. For full details visit the Library website.

Help Zone and Chat service times remain as normal. The telephone enquiry service is available 24×7.

Green IT settings are now in effect in all Open Access & Library areas

From 15 January computers in the Open Access Centre and Library will run the PC smart power management technologies.


What does this mean?

  • Any computer left idle for 10 minutes will turn its screen off
  • After 30 minutes of inactivity the machine will log off, then after a further 30 minutes of inactivity the computer will go to sleep – a low power mode.

Why is this happening?

BU is always striving to reduce in impact on the environment. Currently the largest impact BU has is through the carbon emissions generated by the energy use within its buildings.

Idle computers are a significant contributing factor to wasted energy at BU, and by implementing smart power management technologies we are able to reduce the impact we have on the environment.

Our Carbon Management Plan has set a target to achieve a 30% reduction in carbon emissions by 2015/16, from a 2005/6 baseline. The PC Power Management Programme is just one of the projects within the Carbon Management Plan.

What if I need to leave my computer?

To ensure fair access to all students, if you need to leave the computer you are using for longer than 20 minutes please save your work & log off.

My computer has gone to sleep!

No problem. Just wake it up by pressing a key on the keyboard or by clicking the mouse.

For more information about what BU is doing to reduce its impact on the environment please visit the Save Earth Webpages or e-mail . You can also follow the work of the Environment & Energy Team via Facebook or Twitter.

Copyright: information for students

copyright-200When you are making copies at BU, you must comply with copyright law. The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 contains an exemption called ‘Fair Dealing’ which allows individuals to make a single copy of a short extract from a copyrighted work, for the purposes of non-commercial research and private study.

The law also permits copying for the purposes of sitting an exam or submitting an assignment, dissertation or thesis (provided that the material copied is not subsequently published). Therefore, you do not have to seek permission to include third party copyright material in your academic work, as long as it is fully referenced.

You should not carry out unauthorised downloading of software, music or films e.g. by file sharing. This is illegal and penalties can be severe.

Further information on copyright is available on the Library web pages.