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November 2012 Round-up - The McClay Library


Semester 1 24-hour opening

Overnight opening in the McClay Library for the first semester pre-examination period will begin on Sunday 2 December and will run until Friday 14 December. It resumes in the New Year from Wednesday 2 January until Sunday 20 January 2013. During this period, the Library will remain open overnight, from 12.00 noon on Sundays through to 2.00am on Friday evenings. Study facilities will be available from 6.00am on Saturday mornings, four hours before the Library is fully open, until 2.00am on Saturday evenings.      

Additional opening of all floors until 2.00am is planned during this pre-examination period in order to meet additional late evening demand identified during the June 2012 examination period. Further extended provision includes opening the entire Ground Floor at 6.00am on Saturday mornings during this period to provide additional study seats for those sitting exams on Saturday mornings.

Full details will be available shortly from the Library website at:

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

Please note the following arrangements for Library opening during the Christmas and New Year period including 5 days of exceptional opening during the University closed period.

Sat 15 - Sun 16 December               Normal weekend opening hours

Study facilities on the ground floor until 1.00am

Mon 17 – Sat 22 December              Normal vacation opening hours

Closing 8.30pm Monday - Thursday and at 5.30pm on Friday and Saturday                                          

Sun 23 – Wed 26 December              Closed

Thu 27 – Fri 28 December                Exceptional opening 9.00am - 9.00pm

All floors open for access to stock, computers and study space. 

Limited staffing until 5.00pm and no specialist services such as Special Collections

Sat 29 December                              Exceptional opening 10.00am - 9.00pm

All floors open for access to stock, computers and study space.

Security cover only – no staffed services

Sun 30 December                             Exceptional opening 12.00pm - 9.00pm

All floors open for access to stock, computers and study space.

Security cover only – no staffed services

Mon 31 December                             Exceptional opening 9.00 am-9.00 pm

All floors open for access to stock, computers and study space.

Limited staffing until 5.00pm and no specialist services such as Special Collections   

Tue 1 January                                    Closed

Wed 2 January                                  Open overnight from 8.00am

RFID and Automated Book Sorter

A project to place RFID tags in all books in the Library has just been completed. Until now, the Library has used a barcode to uniquely identify each book but RFID technology is now replacing this. The RFID tag is able to carry a great deal more information about the book than is possible on a barcode. Until now, only the Short Loan Collection in the McClay Library has used RFID technology but we are now standardising on this technology across the McClay Library. This new development will enable us to trace missing items more quickly, to carry out regular stock checks and to improve the accuracy of the Library Catalogue. Funding has also been secured to enable the Library to acquire an automatic book sorter for returned items and this will be installed in summer 2013.

Self Service Laptops

If you have borrowed a laptop in the McClay Library and then received an overdue reminder after you returned it, this could be because you have placed the laptop back to front when you returned it to the self-service locker. There are small yellow arrows stuck on the top of each laptop. When you place the laptop in the locker follow the direction of the arrows. If in doubt, please ask a member of staff for assistance.

If you have any comments or queries on the content of this document or wish to comment on library services more generally, please e-mail: