Self-Access Centre - Delta
The DELTA Library
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The Delta Library is located in the Self-Access Centre (SAC), room LG02 on the Lower Ground Floor of The Centre for Languages and International Education (CLIE). The books are organised alphabetically by category, and are kept in four locked cupboards. There is always a SAC Assistant sat to the right as you enter the SAC, and whoever is on duty will provide you with the keys to the cupboards in return for your UCL identity card. There is a library catalogue on the website that will help you to locate any books that you would like to browse or borrow.
DELTA Cupboard 3
- You may borrow up to three books from the Delta Library, and they must be signed out by the SAC Assistant
- If you can’t find a book, one of your colleagues may have it. Please speak to the SAC Assistant if you need it urgently, and they will tell you who to contact
- Some books are reference only and cannot be borrowed. These books have a label that says “Reference Only” covering the barcode. There is often more than one copy of these books, so please check in the cupboards or on the catalogue
- You are welcome to look at the other books in the SAC, but they may not be borrowed
Aim to return a book on the next input day after you borrow it: i.e., if you borrow a book on Monday, bring it back on Wednesday. If you borrow a book on Wednesday, bring it back the following Monday (or Saturday if there is a Saturday session). You can renew a book for a further period, but make sure no-one else needs it first. Obviously, there are times when several people want the same book at the same time. The most important thing is that you communicate and cooperate with each other so that you all have reasonable access to books.
The categories used to organise the books are fairly self-explanatory. Two categories, however, deserve some further explanation:
Resources: miscellaneous practical ideas are generally located in the Resources section, whereas practical ideas obviously related to a particular skill can be found in the section for that skill. For example, you will find Discussions That Work in the “Speaking” section; similarly, Grammar Games is in the “Grammar” section. However, Games for Language Learning is in the Resources section.
Language: this category includes books that are about language in general, and that do not fall obviously into the more specific categories of Grammar, Discourse, Lexis or Pronunciation.
The CLIE subscribes to a number of academic journals that you may find useful such as ELT Journal and Journal of English for Academic Purposes. The SAC keeps back copies of selected titles, but you should be able to access a wider range of materials online via the UCL electronic resources service. Unless you are using a UCL computer, you will need your normal username and password to logon to the website.
- Do not write in the books; this includes writing in pencil.
- Return books promptly so that others can use them.
- The SAC is reserved for quiet study, and gets very busy during term time. Please go outside if you need to talk.
Please speak to the SAC Assistant if you have any further questions. We hope that you enjoy the library.
e DELTA Library is located in the Self Access Centre (SAC), room LG02 on the Lower Ground Floor of The Centre for Languages and International Education. It is housed in four locked cupboards. Ask the SAC Supervisor to show you where they are. You will also need to ask the Supervisor for the keys and ensure that you lock the cupboards after use and return the keys.
You can borrow books from the DELTA Library. They must be signed out electronically at the Supervisor's desk and you will need to show your UCL I.D. card in order to do this.
If you can't find a book, one of your colleagues has probably got it. You can find out whom, by asking the SAC Supervisor.
You are welcome to look at other books in the SAC, but they cannot be borrowed and removed.
Generally, aim to return a book on the next input day after you borrow it: i.e., if you borrow a book on Tuesday, bring it back on Thursday. If you borrow a book on Thursday, bring it back the following Tuesday (or Saturday if there is a Saturday session). You can renew a book for a further period, but make sure no-one else needs it first. Obviously, there are times when several people want the same book at the same time. The most important thing is that you communicate and cooperate with each other so that you all have reasonable access to books.
Max 3 books per person at any one time.
Some general rules
- Do not write in the books; this ban includes pencil writing. (Unfortunately some books have already been written in, for which we apologise.)
- Return books promptly so that others can use them.
- Return books to the correct section (the category is written on the front of the book), so that they can easily be found by the next user.
Finding the right book
Books are categorised according to topic. For most books the topic is obvious and you will have no difficulty finding them. Two categories, however, deserve some explanation:
Miscellaneous practical ideas can generally be located in the Resources section, whereas practical ideas obviously related to a particular skill can be found in the section for that skill. For example, you will find Discussions that Work in the Speaking section; similarly, Grammar games is in the Grammar Teaching section. But games for language learning will be in the Resources section.
This includes books which are about language in general, and which do not fall obviously into one category, such as grammar, vocabulary, discourse or pronunciation.
The DELTA Library Database
You can browse the database by clicking on the cupboard tabs above and selecting a category. The various categories are arranged alphabetically by cupboard, such that categories A-G are in Cupboard 1, L-P in Cupboard 2, R-S in Cupboard 3 and T-W in Cupboard 4. For example, if you are looking for a book in the Planning category, you will find it in Cupboard 2. If a book is already signed out, the database will indicate this by stating 'borrowed' in the Location column.
Enjoy the library.