Monday, 30 September 2013


Welcome back to all our returning students! We hope you had a great summer!

...You may have noticed that there have been a couple of changes to the library service while you were away...

From September 2013, Swansea campus libraries will be changing some of our loan periods and one of our fine rates to ensure that students and staff across all campuses of UWTSD receive equitable access to library resources.

Ordinary Loan
3 weeks - Undergraduate & taught postgraduate students £0.20 per day
6 weeks - staff and research postgraduate £0.20 per day

Teaching Practice Loan
6 weeks £0.20 per day

Limited Loan
1 week £0.50 per day

Restricted Loan*
2 days £0.75 per day

Short Loan*
Overnight £1.00 per day

Inter-Library Loans
£1.00 per day

*Students referred to the Library by Student Services as requiring additional support (as part of a Needs Assessment process) will be able to borrow short and restricted loan items for one week.

Your access to the UWTSD library service has also been widened - students from Swansea are welcome to apply to join UWTSD Carmarthen / Lampeter libraries by clicking the link below and completing the form.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

European Day of Languages

Salut! Guten tag! Buon giorno! Shwmae! Hello! Yes, it’s European Day of Languages today, a time to celebrate the diversity of languages across our continent. Take a look at the EDL website for more information about the day and about languages in general. For instance, did you know that there are about 255 indigenous languages in Europe? Or that at least half the world’s population speak two or more languages? And there can’t be many people out there who know that Sandra Bullock is a fluent German speaker! If you’re thinking of learning another language, or just want to brush up on that secondary school French in time for your next holiday across the Channel, we’ve got lots of books and CDs to help you in Townhill and Swansea Business School Library. Pop in and have a look!

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Why Use Your Library?

Take a look at this video that was produced by CyMAL to promote university libraries in Wales - you may even recognise one of the locations, as it was filmed here in Swansea!

It gives lots of reasons why you should use your university library - including saving you time and money, providing you with expert help from library staff, as well as access to a vast range of print, and e-resources! So take a look and hopefully you'll be inspired to use your university library this academic year - we look forward to seeing you soon :-)

New students - come and see us at Freshers Fayre on Friday!

Colleagues Emily, Philippa and Suzanne will be representing our Library service at Freshers Fayre this Friday, so do go and say hello, and learn more about the library service and resources we have to offer you!

It's taking place in the main hall up at the Townhill Campus from 11am until 3pm, and there will be lots of stands to browse and freebies to gather! The library will also be giving away some goodies such as pens, notepads, sporks (see pic below!) and chocolates... so make your way to the library stand early to ensure you don't miss out!

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

A big welcome to all our new international students!

Myself and my colleague Sam are looking forward to meeting the new intake of international students tomorrow, at the UWTSD Swansea International Student Welcome Event. This is taking place this year at our Swansea Business School campus, in the morning. So do come over to our library stand and say hello, and ask any questions you might have about the library service and our resources. We've also got some freebies to give away - see you there!

Friday, 13 September 2013

Roald Dahl Day

It’s Roald Dahl Day! Everyone’s favourite children’s author is celebrated every year on his birthday, 13th September. You can find out more on the website and do catch Michael Rosen’s Puffin Virtually Live webcast from 2pm till 2.45pm today. The theme this year is mischief and mayhem, so it should be lots of fun!

We’ve got lots of books by and about Roald Dahl in Townhill Library, so why not pop in today to pick up some weekend reading. Roald Dahl Day is the perfect excuse to rediscover a childhood favourite, or find a new treat.

We’ll leave the last word to author Nadia Shireen, who this morning tweeted "As is customary on #RoaldDahlday, learn a new word, outwit a grown-up and scoff some Dairy Milk." Sounds good to us! 

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

A warm welcome to our new Art & Design Foundation students!

We'd like to extend a warm welcome to all our new Foundation Art students who began their university studies this week!
Your library induction session will take place next week, where you will be introduced to the resources and services that your library has to help you with your course.
In the meantime, if you are on the Dynevor campus please feel free to come and take a look around the Griffith Library - you'll find us next to main reception (see photo of library entrance above!)

We look forward to meeting you all soon.

Friday, 6 September 2013

International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day is celebrated on the 8th September every year, so this year it falls on Sunday. To encourage participation, though, this year the International Reading Association will be continuing celebrations throughout September. You can find out more on their website. You might also like to take a look at the National Literacy Trust’s website for more information and resources in this area.

As you can imagine, literacy is a cause pretty close to our hearts in the library and you’ll find lots of books and journals on this subject on our Catalogue. The theme this year is ‘Invent your future’, with a focus on promoting literacy skills for future success. Once again, we can help with books on children’s reading, adult literacy and studyskills books which can offer advice on academic writing and note taking. We’ve also got a whole host of fiction and non-fiction books that can be read for pleasure!

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Archive open day - Thursday 5th September!

Tomorrow, the University is holding its third Archive Open day, this time at our Mount Pleasant campus. The exhibition will give a brief history of the Technical College and the first 10 years of West Glamorgan Institute, as well as the history of the Mount Pleasant site, and have some of the archive collection on show.
The event is running between 10.30am and 4.30pm on the top floor of the Owen Library at Mount Pleasant. It is open to the public as well as all University staff and students - everyone is most welcome to call in anytime between the above times!