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Libraries are changing: A new way to borrow books

March 18th, 2019 at 02:03

In April 2019 University of Nottingham Libraries are upgrading the library system. This is part of a big project to improve student experience in libraries. The changes we’re making are in direct response to your feedback. The new system will be easier to use, quicker and more effective.

Importantly, when you’re trying to find library resources, we’re ensuring that everything is in one place – NUsearch. So no more linking to another website to request a book, no more clicking several times to get to your journal article, and no more signing in multiple times to view it when you’re off campus either.

Before we make this change, we wanted to make you aware of some information that you might lose when we upgrade the system.

As we are moving to a new system, UNLOC (the University of Nottingham Library Online Catalogue) will be shut down on 12 April 2019. Everything that currently exists in UNLOC, and more, is available in NUsearch – our online discovery tool.

As of Monday 15 April, the following data will disappear from NUsearch.

  • My Favourites
  • Loans History
  • Inter-library loans history
  • Saved searches and search alerts

If you are planning on using this information – whether it’s for quick reference, or to build up your bibliographies – you will need to take the following action:

  • My Favourites – you can export this by clicking on the three dots next to the record and following the instructions. We have put together a step by step guide, which can be viewed on our website.
  • Loans History – these cannot be exported, but you can make a note or take screen shots on NUsearch.
  • Inter-library loans history – these cannot be exported, but you can make a note or take screen shots on UNLOC.
  • Search history – these cannot be exported, but you can make a note or take screen shots on NUsearch
  • Saved searches and search alerts – these cannot be exported, but you can make a note or take screen shots on NUsearch. When you are on NUsearch, click on the saved search to re-run it. You will open up the search and allow you to see what filters you have applied.

The Libraries appreciate users’ patience and offer apologies for any inconvenience. They hope you’ll see, once it goes live, how much better the new system is.

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