Monday, March 25, 2013

Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings?


Did you know that today is Tolkien Reading day?

This annual event was launched by The Tolkien Society in 2003 with the aim of encouraging the reading of the works of J. R. R. Tolkien. The date of March 25 was chosen in honour of the fall of Sauron, in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.
You can find works by Tolkien in the fiction section of the ITB Library.
And for those of you who prefer Harry Potter, we have lots of J.K. Rowling too!
Fiction is located beside the issue desk in the library.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Opening hours over Easter

Are you planning to finish assignments, work on your projects or prepare for exams over the Easter?  Don't forget that the library is open as follows:

Monday 25th March
9.15 – 8.00
9.15 – 5.00
Tuesday 26th March
9.15 – 8.00
9.15 – 5.00
Wednesday 27th March
9.15 – 8.00
9.15 – 5.00
Thursday 28th March
9.15 – 4.45
Friday 29th March
Monday 1st April
Tuesday 2nd April
9.15 – 5.00
Wednesday 3rd April
9.15 – 5.00
Thursday 4th April
Friday 5th April
9.15 – 5.00

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Unboxing our new tablets

So, it turns out that today is International Happiness Day and the library has some good news!  We have 10 new Galaxy tablets to lend (as demonstrated by our glamorous assistant, Sandra): 

We have been lending laptops for the past few weeks, and it has been a great success.  The rules and regulations for borrowing tablets are a little different (see below for the full list).  The tablets can be borrowed for 3 hours at a time and they cannot be removed from the library

Borrowing rules and regulations for ITB Library Tablets
  1. Student tablets are available on a first come, first serve basis. 
  2. They are loaned for three hours and are not to be removed from the library.
  3. They can be renewed twice.
  4. Late fines are charged at €10 per day, maximum fine €50. 
  5. Replacement costs for tablets that are irrevocably damaged or lost while in a patron’s possession is €382 plus an additional €50 processing fee. 
  6. Replacement cost for chargers is at current replacement value. 
  7. Replacement cost for damaged or lost cases is €36 
  8. Replacement cost for damaged or lost SD card/USB connector is €32
  9. If a tablet is returned with repairable damage, patrons will be charged €50 processing fee. 
  10. Patrons should not attempt to repair or replace damaged tablets, or accessories. 
  11. Any damage should be reported to the library immediately on 01-8851047 or 
  12. Any personal information or downloaded material will be erased upon return. 
  13. The Library is not responsible for saving or transferring any information or downloads. 
  14. By borrowing a tablet, patrons agree to the preceding rules and regulations

Friday, March 15, 2013

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Hope everyone has a very happy St Patrick's Weekend; don't forget the library and student information desk will be closed on Monday 18th March.

We resume our normal opening hours on Tuesday 19th March.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Humanities Week: a little more reading...

Congratulations to everyone involved with ITB's Humanities Week!

If you have attended an event or a stand during the week, you may be interested in reading a little more on some of the issues addressed.  Here are just a few topical articles from our online databases...

You will be asked to log in using your name, student / staff number and library PIN.  If you don't know your library PIN, then today is an excellent day to get it!  Just email us at and we'll get right back to you.

If you are interested in finding information on another Humanities topic, come to the library desk and ask us how to search the library databases...

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Define, discuss, explain, summarise...

Do you ever have difficulty knowing how much detail or opinion to include in your assignments?  Have a look at this quick guide for some suggestions...

Monday, March 11, 2013

Happy birthday Douglas Adams!

From the adventures of Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Zaphod Beeblebrox, Marvin and Trillion...

For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.” -- The Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy

Friday, March 8, 2013

Happy International Women's Day!

The library book display contains fiction by an array of amazing female authors today.  It is a perfect opportunity to celebrate International Women's Day!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Printing or copying content from e-books

Have you had a look at the library's new ebooks yet?  Have you tried to print or copy content from them?  If you wish to do this, you will need to create a Dawsonera account: please see our Student Hub guide.