In line with past years, the Library will attempt to automatically extend user loans on library stock from the subject floors so that books can be borrowed during the Christmas vacation period without being due for return between Saturday 8 December to Wednesday 9 January when many students will be away from campus.
For full details and advice the renewal of loans the Christmas vacation and when your books will be due for return or renewal please visit our Vacation Loans webpage.
We have just introduced interactive 3D floorplans of the Library. These replace the 2D plans you may be familiar with accessing via our Library catalogue records for print items.
These plans are principally to help users locate items from the catalogue, by highlighting the area of shelves in which the item should be located according to the level and class number. See this example for a book in the 370s on level 5.
There is also a searchable menu from which users can select other entities to locate too, for example:
- Where to study e.g. individual, group, silent bookable/non-bookable and more
- Where to get help e.g. service and info points
- Find resources e.g. archives, language learning resources, short loan and more
- Copy & Print e.g. location of everything from staplers to the change machine!
- Toilets and amenities e.g. snack area, first aid, gender neutral toilets
You can tilt and rotate a plan using your mouse by holding down the left hand button, pan (move the plan around) by holding down the right hand button, and scroll in and out using the wheel. The plans work well on mobile phones and tablets too: use two fingers to tilt and rotate, pinch to zoom, and one finger to pan.
How were the plans made?
The software used to create the plans is provided by Wagner Wayfinder. It is used by a handful of other university libraries including Birmingham, Nottingham and Manchester. They produced the floorplans in Sketchup using Estates CAD drawings. We manage the menus and locations in our plans via an admin website. It uses WebGL to render the graphics in the web browser.
Let us know what you think by leaving a comment or contacting us at email@example.com Please be aware that whilst we are relocating books on Level 4, the exact floor plan locations for materials will be less precise.
From Monday 5 November 2018 until Thursday 3 January 2019 we have free full-text trial access to the Bloomsbury Architecture Library. BAL includes the full text of the latest digital edition of Sir Bannister Fletcher’s seminal Global History of Architecture as well as 42 scholarly architecture e-books from the publisher. Access is via IP authentication. Please follow this link, particularly if off-campus or using your own device.
Here is a short video overview of the resource (1min 43 sec).
There are a few ways to discover all that the platform has to offer:
FYI there are several more features coming to Bloomsbury Architecture Library in spring 2019:
- Building pages with key information about the world’s most important buildings all in one place
- A clickable world map linked to building pages and articles, making location-specific research easy
- An interactive timeline that puts architecture history in perspective
- An essential glossary where students can look up key terms
Please contact David Stacey with any feedback on this trial.