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New look Library Search from 11 April 2016



Library Search is the system you use to find books, eBooks, journals and other resources available from the Library.  It is available from the 'All' search option on the Library homepage

A new, improved Library Search system  'goes live' from Monday 11 April 2016. There will be some limited changes to services while we implement the system.


What's better about the new Library Search system?


  • as well as books, eBooks and journals, you will be able to search our research archives, rare books, University exam papers, dissertations and theses all in one go;

  • you can create and save lists of your favourite books and other resources;
  • you can browse the Library shelves virtually;

  • new items added to the Library (including digital resources such as eBooks) will become available for you to use more quickly.

How different is the new system from the current one?

Although the new system offers important improvements, it works in a very similar way to the current system.  We think you will find it straightforward to use.  The search options available from the Library homepage will be the same as now.  Short, online guides on how to use the system will be available.


Why are you changing Library Search just before the summer exams?

We know that the period before and during exams is very busy and potentially stressful.
We consulted the Students' Union on whether we should implement the system in April 2016 - or wait until summer 2017 which was the next available opportunity during a University vacation period for all the IT suppliers we are working with.
The Students' Union agreed that we should go ahead in April 2016 in order to provide students with the benefits of the new system as soon as possible and because any temporary disruption would be for a limited period in the Easter vacation.


What is happening when?



DateService alterations
Tuesday, 1 March 2016 A preview of the new Library Search system will be available from today so that you can see what it looks like.

Friday, 8 April 2016 to Sunday 10 April 2016 inclusive
Your Library borrowing account will not be updated to reflect new loans and items you have returned (but you will still be able to borrow).
Monday, 11 April 2016 We change over from the current Library Search system to the new Library Search system.  Access to eBooks, eJournals, Library Search and links from readinglists@Leicester will be at risk all day while we switchover to the new system. 
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 onwards Normal services are expected to resume from today using the new system.

How do I get help or further information?

Please visit our Ask Us service to check our FAQs or to get all our contact details.

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