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March 16, 2010

New service – Document Delivery straight to your desktop

by Debbie

The Library is now able to deliver articles requested from the British Library direct to your PC using the Secure Electronic Delivery (SED) service.

SED has many benefits; it is a more convenient service, requests arrive more quickly, and you can access the article from wherever you are without having to visit the Library.

Register for Document Delivery by completing our online registration form. Once you have registered you will be able to request items through the library catalogue. When it is available the British Library will send you an email with a hyperlink to your document. You will then have 14 days to download the document before the link expires. If you have questions, you can read the FAQ here.

Please note: Document Delivery will replace all references to Inter-Library Loans on the Library website.

February 10, 2010

Have you seen the Library survey results?

by Debbie

Thanks to everyone who completed our survey in November last year. Almost 2000 responses were received – about 15% of all Imperial students!

Areas of questioning included:

  • Satisfaction with core library services e.g. study spaces
  • Use and management of electronic resources e.g. adoption of social bookmarking tools
  • Awareness and usage of library support services e.g. liaison librarians
  • Suggestions for service improvement and change

The library team have a lot of information to work through. We will respond to your key concerns as soon as possible – we’re already discussing possibilities for more PCs with ICT.

In the meantime, see what you said about the Library at:

November 27, 2009

Library survey closing soon

by Debbie

The library survey is still underway, and we’d love to hear your views! You have until Monday 30th November to fill in the survey and be in with a chance of winning a £50 Amazon voucher. So far we’ve had 17 responses from Environmental Technology students – there must be more of you with something to say!

There’s more information about the survey on the library website, or you can just go straight to the survey itself.

November 16, 2009

Penny for your thoughts? How about £50?

by Debbie

Complete the 2009 Library Survey now!

The library wants to know what you think about our services and how you use them. Do you love e-books or want more books on the shelves? Is it easy to find what you want? Is the library too noisy or too quiet?

Tell us what you think by completing our survey – it only takes five minutes of your time and you could win one of three £50 Amazon vouchers in our prize draw!

Take the survey now at –

The survey closes on Monday 30 November so don’t wait too long!

We’ll be publishing the results of the survey in early 2010 and what you say will help inform us how we can improve services for you.

Paper copies of the survey are available on request.

October 5, 2009

Welcome to the Library!

by Debbie

Hello, and welcome to the Imperial College Library blog for Environmental Technology. This blog should help you keep informed about library news, new resources, and other interesting information. You can either subscribe to the RSS feed, or if you prefer to get information by email, you can subscribe here.

If you’re a new student, then you might like to visit the 6 steps for new students section of the library website, where you can find all the information you need to start using the library.

If you have a question, please contact us (see the Get in touch! page), or leave us a comment here on the blog.

We look forward to hearing from you!

August 27, 2009

New artwork in the Central Library

by Debbie

We are fortunate to have an artwork, by Mark Tovell, depicting the Higgs Boson, on display in the Central Library as part of its tour of scientific institutions around the world.

Politics, Solid State and the Higgs, shows a computer image of what the artist imagines the Higgs Boson to look like. The Higgs Boson is a theorised particle which could explain the origin of mass in the universe. Alongside the image, there are five pieces of text explaining what the Higgs Boson is, following a competition launched by the Science Minister, William Waldegrave, in 1993, asking academics to help describe the complex theory.

The artwork will hang in the Wolfson IT learning suite on level 1 of the Central Library for five months.

For further information and a video of the artist discussing his work click here.

June 18, 2009

Summer vacation loan arrangements

by Debbie

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If you want to borrow books from the Library over the Summer, then you may be interested to know vacation loans are available from Saturday 20th June. Full details are available on the library website.

There are special arrangements at Central Library; the following conditions apply.

  • from 20 June, Short and Standard loans may be borrowed on request by all borrowers until 3 October, providing there are still 4 copies in the library
  • You must ask if you want any books issued for the vacation, otherwise the usual loan periods will apply
March 16, 2009

Join the Library on Twitter!

by Debbie

The Library has just started a trial of Twitter, the micro-blogging service. We hope that this will supplement the Library’s web page and blogs. To see updates from the Library, you can follow imperiallibrary, or just go to our homepage on twitter.

If you would like more information on what Twitter is, and how it works, then have a look at this short video from Common Craft.

January 28, 2009

Library Forum Q&A

by Debbie

The questions submitted to the Library Forum, and the Library’s answers to them, have now been posted on the Library website. You can read them here.

If there’s anything that you would like to raise with us, good or bad, then you don’t need to wait! You can submit comments through our feedback form.

January 9, 2009

Library Forum 16 January – Cancelled

by Debbie

We are grateful to everyone who has shown interest in the Library Open Forum but at this busy time, and with some of you facing exams, it has become clear that this is not the best time for the Forum to be held so we have decided to cancel the 16th January meeting. We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes.

We have invited those of you who had planned to attend to meet the Director of Library Services informally, and of course we shall answer all questions you have sent us as well as any further questions you may have.

We shall post your questions and our responses on our website from 19 January.

If you would still like to submit a question please email Alice Ashley-Smith (

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