“Library fines slashed to cut financial burden on DMU students”

“Library fines slashed to cut financial burden on DMU students”

Thanks to DSU for highlighting the changes that we introduced to our fines and lending policies from 1st February. 

You can read DSU’s article here and our original blog post from January here

To recap, from 1st February 2018 our fines policies on ‘normal’ loans changed. If you renew or return a Normal loan book, DVD or CD that is overdue and NOT reserved by someone else, we will no longer be charging penalty fines. Fines will only be charged on items that are in demand and reserved by others, or short/special category loans.

Fines will still be charged for:

  • Items that have been reserved by other users (we’d like these back promptly please so that we can pass them on to others)
  • Laptops and Short Loan items (which are high demand items)
  • Inter Library Loans from other libraries (because we are charged penalty fees if they are not returned on time)
  • Replacement costs will be charged for items which become seriously overdue, so please continue keep your loans in date
  • Historical charges for transactions up until 31st January 2018

We’ll be introducing further improvements to our lending policies this summer, including automatic renewals for material not required by other users. In the meantime, we’d love to hear your feedback on these improvements via our usual channels

 

Refreshing announcements from the VC

Refreshing announcements from the VC

We applaud weekend announcements from the Vice Chancellor, Dominic Shellard, about initiatives to reduce plastic use on campus through the introduction of re-usable cups and a network of water stations on campus.

We know how much you value our hot tap and drinking fountains in Kimberlin Library and we’re looking forward to supporting these initiatives in LLS spaces, adding to our existing provision.

 

You’ll find water fountains on the first and second floors of Kimberlin Library by the lift and on the Lower Ground Floor in the vestibule area. On the Ground Floor in the cafe area you’ll find our hugely popular hot water tap and bottle filling station, pictured below.

Free boost! Secure device charging lockers in Kimberlin Library

Free boost! Secure device charging lockers in Kimberlin Library

*New service alert klaxon*

Need somewhere to charge your phone, tablet or laptop securely? With Kimberlin Library’s new ‘Battery Bank’ lockers we’ve got just the place to get you topped up.

Each locker contains a standard 13 amp socket and a double USB outlet, both with RCD circuit protection.

Lockers are numbered and require a £1 coin to release which is refunded when the key is returned and the locker is opened. Plug in your device using your own USB cable or charger, pop in a £1 coin, lock and you’re away.

Please keep your key safe! For security reasons a lost key may mean a delay in you retrieving your device and a lock replacement fee of £20. Please see terms and conditions posted.

 

We’d love to hear what you think of the new charging lockers, please drop us a line via our Feedback box or online

 

Fine or not fine? Positive changes to library fines policy

Fine or not fine? Positive changes to library fines policy

 

Good news! From 1st February 2018, we’re changing our fines policies on ‘normal’ loans. If you renew or return a Normal loan book, DVD or CD that is overdue and NOT reserved by someone else, we will no longer be charging penalty fines. Fines will only be charged on items that are in demand and reserved by others, or short/special category loans.

 

Fines will still be charged for:

  • Items that have been reserved by other users (we’d like these back promptly please so that we can pass them on to others)
  • Laptops and Short Loan items (which are high demand items)
  • Inter Library Loans from other libraries (because we are charged penalty fees if they are not returned on time)
  • Replacement costs will be charged for items which become seriously overdue, so please continue keep your loans in date
  • Historical charges for transactions up until 31st January 2018

 

We’ll be introducing further improvements to our lending policies this summer, including automatic renewals for material not required by other users. In the meantime, we’d love to hear your feedback on these improvements via our usual channels

New and improved hot and cold water station in Kimberlin Library

New and improved hot and cold water station in Kimberlin Library

Sometimes it’s little things that make a huge difference, and so it was when we introduced our boiling/cold water Zip tap in September 2016.

From your feedback and its level of use we know that providing instant boiling water was a very popular enhancement to services in Kimberlin and a reason to #LoveDMU.

Unfortunately, the Zip tap in its original format created issues  – it wasn’t tall enough for larger cold water containers and the soak away beneath it was not suitable for draining cups. The result of this was a lot of excess water and damage to the counter top from water ingress.

We’re delighted to unveil a ‘new and improved’ hot tap station that features better drainage for the Zip tap and a brand new sink and cold water dispenser for bottles.

We hope you like the improvements – do send us your thoughts and feedback. It’s your feedback that drives innovations and helps us build cases for investment.

Fancy a brew?

 

 

 

 

First Floor – what’s going on?

First Floor – what’s going on?

 

“What’s going on?”

Users of Kimberlin Library can’t fail to have noticed that LLS staff have been beavering away moving books. A LOT of books. ALL of them in fact.

Following an extensive stock review and ‘refresh’ exercise during the summer months, we have moved every single book in Kimberlin Library. That’s over a quarter of a million books.

But why?

We’re making space: space that we will be using to create additional study spaces for you. We’re currently working with the university’s Estates and Procurement departments on a project that will come to fruition early in the Spring term.

We’ll keep you posted here as these plans start to develop so that you can see what’s in the pipeline. In the meantime, we’ve finished book moving today (24th November 2017) and we’re in the process of removing redundant shelving. As these clear away, you’ll get a good sense of the space that we’re releasing for new study seats.

2018 is going to give you lots more reasons to #LoveDMU

Dismantling of redundant shelving has begun
The freed up areas are spread across the First Floor