Monday, December 22, 2014


Are you planning to do some revision over the Christmas break?

Did you know that you can access the library databases from home?  All you need is your name, student number and library PIN.

Have a look at this Moodle tutorial to learn more about searching the databases...

If you don't know your library PIN, you can contact us here:

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Need to print?

There are lots of you printing in the library over the past few days.  Many for the first time!  Here's what you need to know....

Adding funds to your account:
You must have print credit in order to print in the library.  You can top up your print credit online using a Laser/Debit/Credit Card:  View tutorial on Moodle

Printing black and white:
There are 3 printers in the library.  Kopikat 1 & 2 are black-and-white printers / photocopiers.  They are located around the corner from the library desk.  To print, select either of the following printers from the printer list: Lib_Kopikat1 or Lib_Kopikat2.  When you send a document to Kopikat 1 or Kopikat 2, you need to log in at the printer.  Log in using your student number and network password on the keypad on the printer.
View tutorial in Moodle

Printing in colour:
Kopikat 3 is a black-and-white / colour printer.  It is located near the Journal shelves on level 1.  If you wish to print in black-and-white, select the printer: Library_Kopikat3. If you wish to print in colour, select the printer: Lib_Colour_Kopikat3.  When you send a document to Kopikat 3, you do not need to log in at the printer; the document will be released automatically.
View tutorial in Moodle

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Accessing the student share from off campus

Need to access the Student Share over the holidays?  As you may know, the Student Share is located on the college intranet.  In order to access it from off-campus, you will need to follow these instructions!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Past exam papers

Are you planning to do some revision over the Christmas break?  If so, you may want to look at some past exam papers in your subject.

There are two ways to access past exam papers:

...from an ITB PC or MAC
The exam papers are located on the college intranet.  You can download, save or print them from here.

...from off-campus, a laptop etc.
The college intranet can be accessed via the ITB portal.  Find full directions here on the ITB Student Hub.

Image: "Relation scheme 86/366" by Blue Square Thing via Flickr

Friday, December 12, 2014

Library and SID opening hours in Dec and Jan

Don't forget that the Library and SID are open up until Tuesday 23rd December, and that we reopen on Friday 2nd January.  Here are our hours...

Image: "open" by Rupert Ganzer via Flickr 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Do you judge a book by... the first line?

Does a book need a snappy first line to capture your attention?  If so, brings us The Best 100 Opening Lines from Books...

And here are examples from some of titles we have in ITB Library!  
Want to read more?

“If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth."
The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger

"Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun."
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

It was 7 minutes after midnight. The dog was lying on the grass in the middle of the lawn in front of Mrs Shears' house. Its eyes were closed.”
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Mark Haddon

"'What’s it going to be then, eh?'"
A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess

"Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge."
The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood

“It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.”
Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez

Monday, December 1, 2014

Student Guide to Social Media

More and more of us use social media to keep up with friends, events, news, our favourite brands and so much more.  But have you considered how social media might help you to keep with your studies?
Have a look at The Student Guide to Social Media to get some ideas about how Twitter, Slideshare, YouTube etc can help you to find information, work with others, network, keep up to date and develop your online presence...