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Prize Draw Winner

The winner of the prize draw which was organised to accompany the 2000 user survey is Victoria Radcliffe, a second year undergraduate in the French

Department. Victoria, who is a regular user of the Main Library, said she would use the 100 of book tokens to buy a mixture of texts for her dissertation next year as well as some fiction for light relief.

Content by Martin Reid

Picture of Victoria Radcliffe being presented with her prize by Dr Paul Ayris
Victoria Radcliffe, winner of the survey prize draw, being presented with her prize by Dr Paul Ayris; the Director of Library Services

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New Photocopiers

Reader Services are pleased to announce the installation of new, digital, black and white photocopiers in the following libraries:

  • Main Library
  • Science Library
  • Cruciform Library
  • Environmental Studies Library
  • Institute of Archaeology Library
  • Boldero Library
  • Royal Free Hospital Medical Library

In addition, both the Main and Science Libraries are to have a colour photocopier and one photocopier in each library will have a tray dedicated to copying onto transparencies.

In response to overwhelming demand from readers, the Library is also reducing the cost of copying. An A4 black and white photocopy is being reduced from 6.6p to 5p and A3 from 13.2p to 10p.

Further photocopying prices are as follows:

  • A4 on acetate - 25p.
  • Colour, A4 - 70p
  • Colour, A3 - 1.40
  • Black and white, A4 on the colour photocopiers - 20p.
  • Black and white, A3 on the colour photocopiers - 40p

The Library is also replacing the present disposable photocopy cards with rechargeable, non-contact, smart-cards that can be used in the College Copyshop. These cards, which are extremely durable, will have an initial cost of 5 which includes 50 pence worth of photocopies, after which the reader can add any value they wish to the card. Any points remaining on the old style copycards can be transferred to the new cards. A dedicated desk will be set up for this purpose, in the Science Library. Special arrangements will be made for day visitors to borrow cards based on a refundable deposit.

Content by Elizabeth Clear

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SSEES Access Control

On 14 August 2000, the Library of the School of Slavonic and East European Studies installed a new, state-of-the-art access control system. The system is funded by a special grant awarded to the Library under the Research Support Libraries Programme. For the first time, it has enabled the Library to keep accurate statistics of the level of use by academics and other visitors from outside the School. It has also done a great deal to improve security for library users and library staff.

A new service point has been set up at the end of the Issue Desk to deal with all membership enquiries. It provides a clear first point of contact for all new visitors to the Library and has streamlined the process of new registrations at the beginning of term. The system has been well-received by Library users, especially for its hi-tech appearance and ease of use.

Content by Anthony Hopkins

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Sunday Opening

From Sunday 18 February, the Main and Science Libraries will be open on Sundays for reading only (no Issue Desk services) from 11:00 to 17:00. Readers must have a UCL ID or approved library ticket. The libraries will not be open on Easter Sunday (15 April), but otherwise Sunday opening will continue until Sunday 3 June.

Content by Janet Percival

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Union List of Serials

The Union List of Serials for the University of London is being relaunched with a web interface early in 2001, replacing the telnet service which has been in operation for more than ten years. The ULS currently offers a single catalogue for periodical holdings in all the libraries of the University - and in the University of Westminster.

The new catalogue will be found at:

Content by John Spiers

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