Library News

February 2012

Presentation skills

15 February, 2012 - 15:43

Dr Tom Davies, retired University Lecturer in the Department of Public Health in the School of Clinical Medicine, and am Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson, will offer advice on presentation skills at this week's Thesis Writing Group. Thursday 16 February, 6.00pm, OCR. All welcome!

Unlocking the art of writing

9 February, 2012 - 11:50

The second in Richard Berengarten's series of seminars on writing skills for graduate students takes place at the Thesis Writing Group tonight (Thursday 9 February) at 6.00pm in the Lee Hall. This session, called 'Keys to the necessary art' follows on from last week's 'Fresh approaches to composition', and will look at various aspects of style, grammar, language use and presentation. Handouts will be provided. All welcome!

Need a writing buddy?

3 February, 2012 - 11:43

Got a deadline, but just can't get down to it? Writing groups are a great way to beat the writing blues when your own motivation/concentration is letting you down. Several academic writing groups for graduate students and staff now meet weekly in Cambridge. Find out more...

Bridport Prize

3 February, 2012 - 11:39

The 2012 Bridport Prize competition is now open, offering a £5000 first prize for a short story (up to 5000 words) or poem, and £1000 in the new 'Flash Fiction' category for the best story under 250 words. Judged this year by Gwynneth Lewis and Patrick Gale, the Prize is known as a significant literary stepping stone. Entries are due by 31 May 2012. Application forms are available in the Libary, or apply online.

Exam papers online

3 February, 2012 - 10:35

Past papers for all Tripos (undergraduate), LLM and many MPhil exams from 2008-2011 are now available online via the UL's pilot exam papers website. The site displays printable scanned copies of the original papers, which can be searched by year and by course.

January 2012

Planning a piece of writing?

31 January, 2012 - 18:23

This week's Thesis Writing Group session is the first in a series of 3 workshops looking at 'Planning a piece of writing: fresh approaches to composition (exploring non-linear and linear thinking)'. Richard Berengarten will lead the session, and explore the processes involved in planning a piece of extended writing. Please bring along some ideas for a piece of writing you're currently working on or towards, and come equipped with paper and pens! Thursday 2 February, 6.00pm, Lee Hall (please note venue). All welcome!

Overcoming isolation

25 January, 2012 - 10:06

Wolfson President, Prof. Richard J. Evans (Regius Professor of History), will offer advice on 'Splendid isolation: overcoming the problems of solitary postgraduate study' at this week's Thesis Writing Group. Thursday 26 January, 6.00pm, OCR. All welcome!

Book chairs

25 January, 2012 - 09:53

The Library now has 20 book chairs for use in the Reading Room and Sir David Williams Room. You'll find them on the storage shelves - please help yourself and return them to the shelves when you've finished for someone else to use. We hope you'll find these useful, and would welcome your feedback and any further suggestions.

Costa Book Award winner

25 January, 2012 - 09:46

Andrew Miller has won the celebrated Costa Book Award for 2011 with his novel Pure. Unlike other literary prizes the Costa chooses an overall winner from the front-runners in five different categories: novel, first novel, biography, poetry and a children's book.

Lent Term borrowing now available

9 January, 2012 - 12:02

Borrowing for the Lent Term is now available, so books borrowed from today (Monday 9 January) will be issued for 4 weeks (standard loans) or 1 week (books in the Economics section), and may be renewed up to 3 times online. Please remember that vacation loans are due back on Monday 16 January, but you can renew any you wish to keep beyond that date now (please email us if you've reached your online renewal limit, or encounter any other problems renewing online).

Return date for vacation loans

3 January, 2012 - 10:36

The return date for all books newly borrowed or renewed for the Christmas Vacation is Monday 16 January. Please make sure you return those books you no longer need, or renew any you wish to keep by 23:59 on Monday 16th. Thank you and Happy New Year!

December 2011

Christmas closure

15 December, 2011 - 09:16

The Lee Library remains open over the Christmas vacation, except on the following days when the whole buildling will be locked: 19:00 on Saturday 24 December to 07:00 on Tuesday 27 December and 19:00 on Saturday 31 December to 07:00 on Monday 2 January 2012. The Library will be staffed as normal until 12:00 on Friday 23 December, and then will be unstaffed until 09:00 on Tuesday 3 January 2012.

Self-service borrowing

15 December, 2011 - 09:12

The UL is upgrading the servers which host the library management software used across the University this week (12-16 December). We cannot offer self-service borrowing while this is happening, so please fill in a Green Manual Loan Slip with the details of any books you wish to borrow in the meantime. We expect that normal service will resume on 19 December. With apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Wolfson Contemporary Reading Group

15 December, 2011 - 09:09

The WCRG next meets on Wednesday 1 February (8.00pm, Plommer A) to discuss Irene Nemirovsky's The Wine of Solitude. All welcome!

November 2011

Borrowing for the Christmas vacation

27 November, 2011 - 12:07

Vacation loans/renewals are now available. Items newly borrowed or renewed since Friday 25 November will next be due back on Monday 16 January. All students may borrow up to 10 books for the vacation. Recall requests remain available until Wednesday 30 November. Any book recalled before that day must be returned by Friday 2 December. N.B. The College Library remains open 24/7 for most of the vacation (closed on 25-26 December & 1 January only).