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Postgraduate Guide to Library Services

1. Starting to use the library

2. Making enquiries

3. The collection

4. Library catalogue

5. Borrowing

6. Reading lists

7. Journals

8. Postgraduate Reading Room

9. Postal service

10. Photocopying

11. ITC facilites

12. Security

 

1. Starting to use the library

  • At the beginning of your programme of study, you will be given a tour of the library and an outline of library services.
  • A library account will be created for you, which will generate a unique reader code. Please ensure that you provide the correct contact details and that you make the Librarian aware of any changes of address during your course.

 

2. Making enquiries

  • The librarian and/or the assistant will be pleased to help you with renewals or any information seeking enquiries you may have. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any enquiries regarding library services.
  • Suggestions and feedback about the library service are always welcome.

 

3. The collection

  • Theology, evangelical theology and missiology are the special subject interests of the collection and the library holds around 36,000 items in total. Many of these resources are books but there are also journals, newspapers, audio visual material and dissertations. 
  • The greater part of the collection is housed in the main library and the remainder is stored in separate locations such as the Postgraduate Reading Room. The majority of the books in the collection are available to borrow although some are available on a reference-only basis. The computerised library catalogue will indicate both the location of the books and their availability. 

 

4. Library catalogue

  • There are two search terminals in the library and the catalogue can also be accessed online.
  •  Click here to access the catalogue. The facility also allows you to log in and access your loan details using your unique reader code.

 

5. Borrowing

  • MA students are permitted to borrow up to 10 books for 21 days.
  • If, for any reason you need to borrow more books, please discuss this with the Librarian; it may be possible to arrange this.
  • Books are to be signed out at the library office. NEVER take books from the library without signing them out. 
  • Renewals: As most postgraduate students live away from College, they may renew their books multiple times. To renew, please email or telephone the Librarian using the contact details given below. Renewals must be made on or before the loan period expires, otherwise fines will be accrued - 10p/book/day 
  • To renew, telephone on 01246224217 or email at library@cliffcollege.ac.uk
  • Reservations: If you need a book that has already been signed out, please ask the librarian to reserve it for you and you will be contacted when it is ready to be collected. You will be contacted if a book you have on loan has been reserved by another reader. The book must be returned to the library by the day the original loan period expires and cannot be renewed.
  • Returning: Books can be returned in person, by post (addressed clearly to the library) or outside of opening hours, via the returned books box in the library corridor.

 

6. Reading lists

  • Reading lists are compiled by course leaders and are available on the VLE. 
  • It is not possible for the library to purchase limitless copies of the books on reading lists and therefore, books will be borrowed on a first-come, first-served basis. If you find that books you intended to read have already been borrowed, it is advisable to make reservations. Alternatively, you can try to locate the book in another library or purchase the book yourself. It is often a good idea to ask your tutor for advice if you wish to purchase books.

 

7. Journals

  • The Belben library subscribes to various print journals and/or periodicals/magazines as well as EBSCO which gives on-line access to journals. You will be given log-on details during your orientation.
  • The journals are displayed alphabetically in the main library and back issues are kept here for one year.
  • Older back issues are stored in the Postgraduate Reading room.
  • Journals that have ceased publication and journals that the College no longer subscribes to are also stored in the Postgraduate Reading room.
  • All journal articles can be searched for via the catalogue and the articles photocopied. (Please see the section on photocopying for information regarding copyright regulations).

 

8. Postgraduate Reading room

  • This space is a dedicated study area for the use of Postgraduate students. It can be accessed at any time using the keypad on the door. (Please commit the code to memory and do not pass it on to anyone who is not eligible to use it).
  • It holds a number of additional information resources, such as key texts which are not to be borrowed or removed from the study area, back issues of journals and databanks of relevant articles.
  • The MA dissertations and thesis of former Postgraduates students are also available here.

 

9. Postal service

  • Books may be posted out to students at their request. An email should be sent to the librarian listing the titles and authors of the books that are needed.
  • A fee of £2.50 is charged for the first book posted out and £1.50 for each additional book. An invoice will be posted with the books and the recipient should send a cheque made payable to Cliff College.

 

10. Photocopying

  • A photocopying machine is located in the main library. A photocopying card can be purchased with a deposit of £1 which is refundable at the end of your period of study. The following credits are available and more can be added by library staff throughout your studies: 

                  20 credits = £1

                  100 credits = £5

  • UK Copyright regulations are to be observed at all times. Published works remain in copyright throughout an author's lifetime and for 70 years after his/her death. About 5% of the volume is suggested as an appropriate maximum amount to photocopy (this equates to about 1 chapter of a book or two articles from a journal). When copyright has expired, the work is considered by law to be in the public domain and it may be copied freely. Please ask the librarian if you require further information about copyright.

 

11. ITC facilities

  • Power sockets for laptop use are available in the main library's study area, and the study rooms on the library corridor offer desk space for laptop use, and a limited number of computer terminals. Wireless access to the internet is available in all areas. Please ask your course administrator for the security code to gain access.

 

12. Security

Security of the library is a crucial priority for everyone at Cliff. All students are trusted and expected to use the library responsibly.


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