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Holiday closures

As the holidays are fast approaching, here are the details for when we are open:

The School

The School will be closed from 18:00 on the 24th of Dsnowmanecember until 08:00 on the 27th of December.

It will again be closed from 18:00 on the 31st of December until 08:00 on the 2nd of January

The Library

The library will be open to all SBS students as per the School details above.

The library will be unstaffed and closed to visitors from 17:00 on the 23rd of December until 09:00 on the 3rd of January.

From behalf of all the Sainsbury Library team: We wish you a happy holiday!

Winter Vacation Loans 2016

'Almost ready' (photo of Christmas presents) by Paweł Kadysz (https://stock.tookapic.com/photos/1351).

‘Almost ready’ by Paweł Kadysz (stock.tookapic.com).

The Oxford Christmas lights are being switched on today! There is no better day to announce the start dates of our Winter Vacation Loans 2016:

Undergraduates: Thu, 1/12/2016
MFEs: Wed, 7/12/2016
DPHils, MBAs: Fri, 16/12/2016.

Items (excluding the Careers and the Desk collections) issued as vacation loans will be due back on Tuesday 17/01/2016 (Week 1).

Please note that Vacation Loans are only available to students without overdue books and outstanding fines. You can check your account by signing into SOLO with your SSO. Fines can be paid online by card (or at the enquiry desk, during staffed hours, by cash). If you experience any difficulties, please contact the library: library@sbs.ox.ac.uk or telephone: +44 (0)1865 288880.

 

 

The iChallenge 2016

The iChallenge booklet and answer sheet.With the start of the new academic year and the new MBA students this brings, the Sainsbury Library team sought to welcome the new cohort with an innovative induction session. Called the iChallenge, this activity served as both an icebreaking exercise for the new students and as a means of promoting the business resources that the library has to offer. We have put together this report detailing what we did, why we did it, and how it went.
The iChallenge 2016 Report

Notice: Temporary Closure – 5/09-18/09 – of the Sainsbury Library Lower Reading Room

ToolsThe Lower Reading Room of the Sainsbury Library is about to undergo some important refurbishment work. In order to carry out this work, the Lower Reading Room will be unavailable to students, staff and visitors from Monday, 5th September 2016 until Sunday, 18th September 2016 (both inclusive).

The purpose of the refurbishment work is to do the following:

  • provide new carpeting throughout the lower level,
  • rearrange the group-work spaces, PCs and desks,
  • install new power cubes on the group-work tables,
  • install a new library reception desk.

This refurbishment takes place in response to the feedback received by the Sainsbury Library and Oxford Saïd and is aimed at improving the quality of the library space; help reduce the noise levels on the lower level; and generally provide a more welcoming and user-friendly library experience to students, staff and visitors.

During this period, the Upper Reading Room will remain available for work and study. Sainsbury Library staff will be on hand to assist library users and offering a restricted service to readers between 9am – 5pm from the upper level.

The lower level will not be accessible to anyone other than library staff.

We therefore ask that you take note of the following:

  • Books required from the lower level will be fetched by library staff on request, during the staffed hours of 9.00am – 4.45pm,
  • Loans will continue to be possible between the hours of 9.00am – 4.45pm via library staff,
  • Bodleian stack books will be available for anyone to use during this period, but please note that there may be some increased level of noise emanating from the lower level during the refurbishment period,
  • When the library is unstaffed (between 5pm-9am and during the weekend) books can be returned at the main Oxford Saïd reception desk.

The following services will not be available to readers during the refurbishment:

  • Access into the Library through the lower level doors,
  • Self service machine,
  • Borrowing when the library is unstaffed (between 5pm-9am and during the weekend),
  • Bloomberg terminals,
  • Bodleian PCs. For visitors requiring use of a PC, we suggest use of another Bodleian Library during this period. The nearest library with Bodleian PCs is the Sackler Library,
  • PCAS (Printing, Copying and Scanning), but a limited printing service will be available to SBS students and staff from the SBS IT desk, Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 4-45pm.

How to access to the Upper Reading Room in the Sainsbury Library?

Anyone wishing to work or study in the library will be able to access the Upper Reading Room via doors located at that level. The route to the doors for the  Upper Reading Room will be clearly signposted. Please speak to reception staff if you are in doubt, or give us a call (01865 288880).

Access to PCs and iMacs:

Several PCs and iMacs are available for use by SBS students and staff in the Upper Reading Room.

Printing:  

Standard PCAS machines will not be available to readers during the refurbishment. Some printing support will be available through Oxford Saïd.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused but ask for your cooperation by limiting any borrowing or non-essential use of the library during this time.

We thank you for your cooperation and will look forward to your feedback once the Lower Reading Room has re-opened.

Laptop theft: What you can do

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Unfortunately some of our students recently had their laptops stolen from the library, and there were also similar thefts last year. However, there are some simple steps you can follow to protect your laptop or mobile device, either using the services already included, or by downloading and installing free software.

Protect your MacBook from theft
Don’t get Apple picked: How to protect your Mac from theft in public places

Protect and backup your computer
Advice from the University of Oxford Information Security Team

Apple Mac and iOS devices
How to set up and use ‘Find My iPhone’

Apple Mac and iOS devices, Windows, Linux, Android devices
Prey: Anti-theft tracking software for your laptop, phone and tablet

Spring Vacation Loans 2016

TulipsWe would like to announce the start dates of our Spring Vacation Loans 2016:

Undergraduates: Thu, 10/03/2016
MFEs: Thu, 17/03/2016
DPHils, MBAs: Wed, 06/04/2016.

Items (excluding the Careers and the Desk collections) issued as vacation loans will be due back on Tuesday 26/04/2016 (Week 1).

Please note that Vacation Loans are only available to students without overdue books and outstanding fines. You can check your account by signing into SOLO with your SSO. Fines can be paid online by card (or at the enquiry desk, during staffed hours, by cash). If you experience any difficulties, please contact the library: library@sbs.ox.ac.uk or telephone: +44 (0)1865 288880.

The Sainsbury Library: Opening hours over the Christmas vacation 2015

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Photo by Markus Spiske (http://www.raumrot.com/)

According to all the news outlets – it’s Black Friday today. We don’t have any bargains on offer for you, but it’s about time to give you more information about access to the library during Christmas and New Year’s break.

SBS students and staff will have access the library whenever the building is open.

The Park End Street building will be closed from 18:00 on 24 Dec until 08:00 on 28 Dec, and again from 18:00 on 31 Dec until 08:00 on 2 Jan 2016. During these times the building will be completely locked and alarmed so there will be no access for anyone.

In the period between these two dates e.g. the 28th, 29th and the 30th the revolving doors will be locked but SBS students and staff will be able to access the school using their access cards, as they would at the weekends.

The Sainsbury Library will be unstaffed from 5pm on Wednesday, 23rd Dec 2015 until Monday, 4th Jan 2016.

BOOKS FROM THE BODLEIAN STACK WILL NOT be available from 5pm on 23/12/2015 until 9AM on 4/01/2016.

Please do get in touch with us if you have any questions.

The Library Graffiti Wall – catch up|#sbslibwall

Selection of picsWhile Chris has promptly answered all the comments on our Graffiti Wall, the pace of contributions made it difficult to keep pace, so the blog remained quiet. Please accept our apologies for the silence.

If you are interested in the conversations of the past few weeks, please visit our Facebook gallery, where we will post all questions and responses from today on.