Guide to the George Green
This guide introduces you to the George Green
Library of Science and Engineering.
The George Green Library is an integral 34-place training room within the ISCRA is
part of Information Services. It was bookable via GroupWise.
opened in 1964 and brought together a
number of departmental libraries in science
and engineering. Its basic aim is to provide
the full range of library and information The library collection is organised on a
services appropriate to a University and it subject divisional basis, with divisions for
is deliberately sited close to the academic both Engineering and Science (the latter
departments it serves. including both Biological and Pure
Sciences). Each division has its own
qualified librarian with support from
1. Hours of opening – library professional and non-professional
facilities colleagues. The aim is to provide within
each subject division a high level of subject
Term support, including enquiries and user
Monday – Friday 08.00 – 21.45 training.
08.00 – 9.00 am
(Reference only) 4. Stock
Saturday 09.00 – 16.45 The library stock covers all subjects taught
Sunday 09.30 – 16.45 in the Faculties of Science and Engineering.
There are approximately 105,100 books
Vacation and pamphlets and 70,000 periodical
Monday – Friday 09.00 – 20.45 volumes in stock. Over 1,300 periodical
titles are currently taken, with many more
Saturday 09.00 – 16.45
titles available electronically. The Porter
(except in August) Collection of ornithological books is kept in
the Rare Book Room.
Note: After 17.00 on weekdays and 12.30
on Saturdays the library collection is open
for reference use only during vacation. 5. Study places
There is a variety of seating spaces within
The library is CLOSED on Saturdays during the library, including 2 group study carrels,
August. 32 individual study spaces, desk seating
and workstations in the ISCRA.
2. Information Services Computer
Resource Area (ISCRA) 6. Users
A 24-hour ISCRA facility is located on the The immediate population served by the
ground floor of George Green Library. This George Green Library is ‘the undergraduate
facility provides access to various and postgraduate students in the Faculties
electronic information sources and of Science and Engineering, as well as the
programmes. During normal working academic, academic-related and technical
hours, access can be gained through the staff.’ However, members of the
library. Outside these hours, access is by University from other schools are also
University Smart Card via the rear entitled to use the library.
entrance (where a ramp is located). A
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7. Behaviour Inter-Library Loans
Eating, drinking and smoking are not Sue Bingham 14571
permitted in the Library. Talking should be Tracey O’Sullivan
kept to acceptable levels. There is a
‘phone zone’ in the foyer where mobiles
may be used. To avoid disturbance to other Photocopying
library users, mobiles should be switched Tracey O’Sullivan 12121
off elsewhere in the Library.
We welcome suggestions for improving our
services. There are two student
representatives on the Library Advisory Barbara Cooksley*
Board, which also includes representatives Elizabeth Hunt*(A)
of each Faculty. There are also Faculty
User Groups whose departmental Jackie Lindsay (A)
representatives liaise with their Staff- Lee Houghton
Student Consultative Committees. There is
a Suggestions Box in the George Green
Library where you may note your Ian Johnson*
comments. You may also send your Sholeh Sadgehi
comments by email to
firstname.lastname@example.org Yuen Yan Cheung
The library staff will be glad to hear any Anne Webster*
suggestions which might help us to
improve our service to you.
9. Staff of the George Green
Library John Miller* (84) 66226
General Enquiries and Porters (all part-time)
opening times Dennis Bywater,
(recorded message) 14570
Lending Desk Supervisor 14581
(Adam Pickard-Brace) David Jacques,
Engineering Division Mike Smith,
Engineering enquiries 14577 John Woodward (84) 66537
Engineering Librarian 67463
* = part-time
A = Access Assistants (part-time
Science Division – evenings/weekends)
Science enquiries 14576
Science Librarian 14574
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10. Borrowing a book In addition to the above entitlements, two
books may be borrowed from the short
Take the book you wish to borrow,
together with your borrower’s card, to the
Self-issue machines, where you may issue Periodicals may be borrowed by University
the book to yourself and receive a receipt staff and PhD students only.
with the due date. Books are subject to
recall if requested by another borrower.
13. Self-issue service
If you have problems with this service,
From October 2004 there will be self-issue
please enquire at the lending desk.
machines located on the ground floor of
An electronic detection system is in the library. These can be used by
operation at the exit. All books not issued borrowers in good standing with the
at George Green Library should be passed library. These machines will increase the
to the Porter on duty. services available during reference only
hours, and help reduce the queues at the
lending desk. Certain items will still need to
11. Returning a book be issued via the lending desk staff.
Returned books should be returned via the
self-check machines. Please wait until the 14. Reference books
loan record has been cancelled. Follow the
instructions as to where to place the Certain books are for reference use only
returned book. Remember that you are and these are identified by a coloured
responsible for books issued in your name band.
if the loan record remains un-cancelled.
The ‘book return’ boxes outside the Library 15. Reservations
may be used to return books when the Use the library online catalogue (UNLOC)
Library is closed. to reserve any items which are out on loan.
Identify the item using the standard search
and then ‘request’.
12. Loan entitlements
You can check your own library record to
These are as follows:
find out when the book becomes available.
Undergraduates 8 books Please supply us with your University email
address if you wish to be notified
MSc/MA/PGDip students 10 books immediately.
PhD/MPhil students 15 books
Please note that you need your borrower
Academic staff 30 books number and pin number to make a
Non-academic staff 8 books reservation.
External borrowers 6 books
The period of loan for undergraduates, If a book is recalled from you, you must
masters’ students and non-academic staff return it by the date given on the notice.
is up to the end of the semester in which Failure to bring the book back on time
the book is issued. means that another reader is kept waiting
The period of loan for PhD/MPhil students and you will be fined. Fines will be levied
and for academic staff is up to the end of for the late return of books at other times
the academic year in which the book is also.
(These periods apply to ordinary loan items 17. One Week Loan copies
only and not to one week loans.) When titles are known to be in particular
demand, some copies are designated One
Books may be recalled before the above Week Loan to provide maximum access for
dates if required by another reader. readers.
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18. Short Loan Collection
The Short Loan Collection is located next to
the Lending Desk and consists of books,
course notes and periodical articles which
are in heavy demand. Items may be issued
using the Self-Issue machine in this area.
To enable maximum use of these items,
they are issued for a 24-hour or weekend
loan period. Some items are restricted to
Library Use Only. High Fines are charged
for late return. Short loan items may be
reserved in advance. For full details read
the information sheet Short Loan Collection
in the George Green Library (guide
19. Inter-Library Loans
The inter-library loan system may be used
to obtain material from other libraries. For
further details please see other relevant
guides. Requests can be made
electronically using UNLOC.
There are self-service photocopiers on each
floor of the Library. See the leaflet on
Photocopying in the George Green Library
(guide IS2311) for further details.
There are two group study carrels in the
Library where groups of up to four students
may work together. There is also an AV
carrel equipped with a tv/vcr and
headphones. These carrels are allocated on
a ‘first come, first-served’ basis. A £5.00
refundable deposit is required on collection
of the key. There are also a few individual
study carrels. Priority is given to students
with special requirements.
This is a general guide to the George
Green Library and its services.
More detailed guides on specific resources
and services are available from
– select Support & Contacts
then Guides & Publications.
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