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Student Induction

9 October 2009

BLDS: British Library for Development Studies

  • Services for IDS fellows and Students

  • Services for external users, e.g:

    • Document delivery

    • BLDS updates

    • Email helpdesk

Library Staff

Library Staff

Induction programme

  • General induction and quiz (today)

  • Drop-in introductions to Catalogue, Study Direct and E-journals throughout this term from next week in the library (sign-up sheets will be made available)

  • Sessions for each MA course introducing you to search skills

Today’s session

  • Library Services

  • How the Library is Arranged

  • Catalogue and Electronic Resources

  • Teaching Support

How many books can I borrow?

  • You may borrow up to 30 items at any one time

  • Books need to be issued at the Service Counter

When is the library open?

  • The normal opening hours are 09.15 – 21.15, Monday to Friday.

  • The Service Counter is open from 10.00 – 17.30 during these times.

  • Staff at the Service Counter are there to help you with any enquiries.

What is My Account?

  • The My Account link is on the top right hand corner of each Library Web page, for example the Library Home page.

  • My Account allows you to:

    • Check which items you currently have on loan and when they are due back

    • Renew items that you wish to keep longer

Does the Library charge fines?

  • Fines are charged on books that are returned late; please see your Induction Packs for further details

How do I reserve a book?

  • Use the Place reservation link on the catalogue record for the book.

  • You can only reserve books that are out on loan to another reader

  • The book will be recalled, and you will be sent an email when it is ready to collect

What can I do if I need a book or article that is not held in the Library?

  • Check the University of Sussex catalogue to see if the book you are looking for is held there.

  • Check the BLDS e-journal list and the University of Sussex e-library

  • If an item is also not available at the University of Sussex Library, you can fill out an interlibrary loan request form, available from the counter

What computing facilities are there?

  • We have two kinds of computers in the library.

    • There is a room of computers you can log-on to using your own username and password

    • There are other computers which do not require you to log-on and that can be used to search the library catalogue and to access networked and online materials throughout the Library

  • The Library has wireless coverage for laptops

Are there any photocopying and scanning facilities?

  • There are three self-service photocopiers, two situated on the ground floor of the Library and one on the First Floor.

  • Two of these photocopiers allow scanning

  • You need funds in your printing account for copying, but scanning is free

  • You can buy copy credit in the Library. Please see Induction Packs for further information.

Which areas are for quiet study?

  • The reading areas on the ground floor are for quiet study.

  • There is a Group Study room, with weekly sign-up sheet, on ground floor

Where is the Library?

  • The library entrance is on the first floor (turn right at top of stairs leading from reception).

What’s on the first floor?

  • Service counter

  • Quick reference

  • Teaching collection

  • IDS publications

  • Fiction collection

  • Careers collection

  • New books

What’s on the first floor?

What’s on the ground floor?

  • Monographs. Books and other “one off” publications

  • Serials. Journals, magazines, research reports, working papers etc

  • Officials. Post 1993 material from a number of International Organizations and Governments

  • Photocopiers

  • Quiet reading areas

  • IT room

What’s on the ground floor?

What’s on the ground floor?

Which books can I borrow?

  • Most items, except for journals and some reference books

What’s in the Basement?

Monsters …?

What’s really in the Basement?

  • Government Publications

  • International Organizations

How can I get a book from the Basement?

  • We have basement collections at 9.30 and 2.00 each day

  • Use the Request from basement link on the catalogue record for the book

How can I find books on “gender”?

  • The Library is not arranged in a “classified” or subject order in the way that many are.

  • For this reason, you need to use the catalogue to find books by “gender “(or any other subject)

How do I search the BLDS Catalogue?

  • Available from BLDS Home Page. Lists:

    • Books

    • Journal titles

    • Journal articles

  • Simple search

  • Other searches


    • Subject searches

    • Country searches

    • Journal searches

    • Advanced searches

What electronic services are available to me from the Library?

  • From BLDS Home Page

  • Catalogue

  • E-Library page

    • E-journals

    • E-books

    • Databases and web links

How can I find some good web resources?

  • BLDS databases

  • Eldis ( )

  • University library ( - then click on Electronic Library or Finding Resources)

Can I use your Website anywhere?

  • Everything is accessible on campus; most is available off campus

    • Catalogue

    • E-journals (ATHENS account for off campus – anywhere in the world!)

    • E-books (ATHENS account)

    • Free Web material from our site

Is BLDS on Twitter?

  • Follow us at for our latest news

How do I access my Reading List?

  • Through Study Direct on the University of Sussex web

Where are my course books?

  • In the Teaching and Research Methods Collections on the First Floor.

  • Can I borrow them?

Where can I print out my readings?

  • In the Library Computer Room on the Ground Floor – Room 8A – and Room 161

  • Buy copy credit in the Library

  • You can’t print from your own laptop

What if there aren’t enough books?

  • We provide multiple copies of many essential readings but please tell us!

  • E-books

Thank you

  • Contacts:

    • Stephanie Watson, Email: [email protected]

    • Jenny Brookes, Email: [email protected]

    • Ian Budden, Email: [email protected]

    • Emma Greengrass, Email: [email protected]

    • Rachel Playforth, Email: [email protected]

    • or

    • Library Enquiries, Email [email protected], Tel: 915659

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