Spotlight on: Classroom Resources

If you’ve been in the library lately, you may have noticed some exciting changes happening!  During the summer, our fantastic Classroom Resources collection has had a makeover.

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We now have brand new lower height shelving, which is more flexible & accessible. We have also separated out children’s literature which is shelved at 823.  This will make both browsing and locating items easier for us all.  Phew, that’s a relief!

We’ve also changed the loan period of the whole collection to 6 weeks; and you still have unlimited renewals, meaning you can keep the items for longer if no-one else wants them.  In addition to all of this we’ve bought lots of new stock for the collection to bring it bang up to date. Books within the collection are still shelved using the same system (Dewey) you find in the main collection e.g. 001-999; so Maths books will be under 510 etc.

If you’re not familiar with the Classroom Resources collection, here is a little heads up on what great things you can find there:

  • The collection includes books and teaching materials to support classroom teaching in all curriculum areas, from EYFS to A-level.
  • There’s also a fantastic children’s literature collection that caters for all reading abilities. They are shelved in alphabetical order by author surname, and are colour coded to reflect reading level.


But that’s not all! If you look around you will also find collections of big books and boxes containing story sacks and other objects to use in the classroom.  Remember…. all these can be borrowed for 6 weeks at a time.


So where is this amazing collection?    You can find it on the library ground floor towards the back.  Look for the big hanging sign!

If you have any problems finding it, or need any help using the collection, just ask a member of library staff.  Happy browsing!




New beginnings

Hi there! Welcome to Leeds Trinity if you have started here as a new student recently – and welcome back to all those returning from summer breaks. We are really looking forward to seeing you lovely bunch in the Library and helping you on your way to being brilliant!

We hope you’ve all had a great summer and are feeling ready to start the new academic year.  If not, don’t worry – university can be daunting and staying motivated is a struggle at times, but we will do our best to help you get to grips with the Library and ultimately help you get better marks.

A group of students working in a group study room in the Library

We’ve had a very busy summer here in the Library and for those returning students, you may notice a few changes about the place…

  • We’ve introduced 27 new study spaces on the ground floor of the Library.  These are an ideal space when you just want to quickly print or check something as they are conveniently located on the ground floor, and are adjacent to the windows along the front of the building – ideal for a bit of people (or rabbit!) spotting, too! 
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Do we need an excuse for a cute rabbit picture?!
  • We’ve redesigned our Classroom Resources section, with new low-height, flexible shelving making it easier to find what you’re looking for. 
  • Speaking of Classroom Resources, we’ve also changed our loan periods for these, meaning you can now borrow them for up to 6 weeks and renew as many times as you like! This will hopefully mean stock will have a better turn around and give you fairer access to borrow the things you need.
  • Our ground floor book stock has also been reorganised, to make it easier to locate items.
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Finding your books is a doddle thanks to our newly reorganised shelves!                                     Photo by Pixabay on
  • New PCs have been installed throughout the ground and first floors of the Library, meaning you now have access to the most-up-to-date technology and software.
  • We’ve had two new self-service machines installed, making it even easier to issue and return items, and check your account.
  • We’ve acquired a new eresource, Mintel, which is a full-text database of UK consumer market research reports covering a wide variety of sectors.



And if all that wasn’t enough, keep your eyes peeled for further developments coming soon:

  • Reading Lists Online will be launching shortly – a fantastic new reading list application that will provide quick and easy access to your reading requirements.
  • We will be providing 10 new accessible study spaces throughout the Library, with large screens, and additional software such as Texthelp Read & Write Gold.
  • A new bookable group study room will be created on the ground floor of the library.

As always, if you need any help or support with accessing any library resources then please feel free to pop in, email us at, call us on 0113 783244 or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay in touch. We know starting a new course or module can be daunting but we are here to help you Be Brilliant!

Help! Something’s not working!

Picture the scene. You’re using the Journals search on the library website, or you’re in a database. You’ve managed to find the perfect journal article… and you can’t download the PDF, or the link to the full text isn’t working.  Or you’ve found a useful looking e-book, but you can’t seem to open it up and read it.

Don’t panic. Here’s what to do next.

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Get the details ready

Before you report it, you’ll need to be able to tell us exactly what’s happened so far. We need to know:

Where are you? We don’t need your exact GPS location (that’d be weird) but do tell us if you’re on campus, at home or elsewhere. Sometimes things work differently depending whether you’re on the university network.

What device are you using? PC or Mac? Laptop? Phone? iPad or tablet? We need to know so we can test it on the same device if we need to.

Which web browser? Are you using Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari…?


How did you get to the library website? For best results, go straight to If you took a different route, like clicking on the library link from Moodle, we need to know that too.

What are you trying to access? Is it a journal article, an e-book or something else? We’ll need the details of the article, or the name of the book. You can usually copy and paste the info from the screen, or just take a screenshot if that’s quicker.

Where are you searching? Did you find it through the library catalogue (Books search box)? The Journals search box? A database (like PsycInfo, SportDiscus or ChildLink?)

And finally… what’s gone wrong? PDF won’t download? Link to the article not working? E-book won’t open? If you’re getting an error message, what does it say? Take a screenshot if you can. We love screenshots.


Still with me?

We know it’s a lot of information, but we really do need it. Emailing the library and saying, “This article isn’t working!” is a bit like going to the doctor and saying, “Help, I’m ill!” We need to narrow down what the problem is before we can fix it.

Report it

Once you have the information ready, you can email it to the Liaison Librarian for your subject. Find out who’s who and their contact details here:



You can also ring the library helpdesk on 0113 2837244.

We know it’s annoying when things don’t work, so please do get in touch and we’ll do whatever we can to help.



Four things I wish I’d known before I started archival research

Leeds Trinity’s Ruth Clemens, who is a PhD candidate in English and Comparative Literature, shares her tips and tricks here for making the most out of time in the archives.


In the second year of my PhD, I visited London and Cambridge to consult archival material relating to the poet T.S. Eliot. Here are four tips I wish I’d known before I started archival research.

  1. Research your archive properly

Check the location and opening times of the archive. These might not be what you expect – one of my archives closed for lunch, which I needed to plan ahead for.

Research local amenities – some archives are miles away from anywhere, so bring food and a thermos if you need a caffeine fix.

Get in touch with the relevant archivist or librarian beforehand, and make sure you know exactly how the archive operates. Some archives require you to reserve materials, or boxes of materials, ahead of the visit. Others, such as the British Library, allow you to order materials to different sites or request copies of certain items which could potentially save you time and money.

Lastly, find out what you’re allowed to bring in to the archive – if you are allowed to bring a smartphone and take photos then it will broaden the amount of material you’ll be able to consult in a day. Which reminds me…


2.  Bring the right equipment 

Most archives won’t allow pens, so be prepared and bring a pencil. Bring two spares, and – I cannot stress this one enough – bring a pencil sharpener. A properly sharpened pencil can help to make the difference between legible and illegible handwriting after hours of writing. A decent eraser will also help.

Think about your choice of notebook – I brought a lined notebook to my first archive but found myself mostly copying out the layout of book inlays, letterheads, and dust jackets so unlined paper would have been better for this kind of work. Scraps of paper, rather than sticky notes, are helpful for marking pages. Some archives let you take photographs so bring a smartphone or camera and a charger.

Finally, wear appropriate clothing. Archives can sometimes be draughty places and you often aren’t allowed to take your coat so bring a jumper and layer up. It’s also helpful to bring a light tote bag for carrying your equipment, as big rucksacks or suitcases will almost certainly not be allowed in.


3.   Do as much work ahead as possible

You want to make the most out of the limited time you have to access archival material, so get prepared in advance. Make sure all of your research is up-to-date, and have a clear idea of what you want to get from the archive (although be prepared to be flexible!). Ask your supervisor for advice on this, or try to identify the specific type of evidence you need.

I knew that I wanted material on T.S. Eliot’s use of non-English languages, for instance, so I checked the archival catalogue beforehand and made a note of each relevant item plus its shelfmark and the reason I thought it would be useful. Find out what the copyright status of the items are, and whether you are allowed to take photographs of them or copy them.

Before your trip, do a quick review of literature to see what else people have written about these items, including useful details – how the material is organised, for example, or whether there is anything missing. Archival librarians are very friendly and eager to help so if you have any queries ahead of your visit please do get in touch with the relevant person.

On the day, bring an empty notebook and make a note on the front cover detailing the date of the archive trip and the material consulted. During the visit or shortly after, make a heading on each page with the date, the item consulted and the shelf mark/reference so that you know what you’re looking at when you come to reference the archive sources.

4.  Time management is everything

I made a rather monumental mistake during my first trip to the archive. I found myself with thirty minutes before the archive closed (for the summer) to read and transcribe possibly the most relevant document. This document was the holy grail for my research – it was previously unpublished and it outlined Eliot’s views on Europe and European languages, which is basically the topic of my thesis. Unfortunately, I left it until the end of the day to read this document because I had decided to approach Eliot’s archive chronologically.

Furthermore, I couldn’t even get a copy of this document because it was still under a messy publisher’s copyright. Therefore – and I cannot stress this enough – prioritise. Of course it is impossible to tell which documents will be useful and which will be useless from their shelf mark and description alone, but you can make an educated guess. Be willing to abandon a document as soon as you see that it is not immediately relevant to your research, even if it is the most interesting document you have ever read.

Remember to leave a short amount of time at the end of each box or book for reading over what you’ve written, so you can check any details while you still have the materials in front of you.


More tips for identifying and using archives

Can’t work out which archive holds the material you need? Try looking at the acknowledgements or bibliography of the ‘big’ texts for the particular subject area – in my case, Eliot’s letters and the edited scholarly edition of Eliot’s poems. Word of mouth can also help.

Alternatively, try Archives Hub, an online search tool for identifying archive materials and collections. You can search by keyword or browse by topic.


Library life hacks: tips to help you get the most out of the library

Whether you’re new here or a returning student, it’s always good to know how to get the most out of the library. Follow these simple tips to help you get organised and make library life easier!

Get to know the library website

You can now access the library website directly from anywhere at

If you’re off campus, all you need is your username and password to log in. It’s the same username you use for Moodle, university PCs, etc but in the form of an email address, e.g., followed by your usual password.

The library website has all the information you need, including:

  • Books search box – look up books, DVDs and classroom resources and find out where they live in the library. You can also find e-books to read online wherever you are.
  • Journals search box – find and download journal articles for your essays and assignments. We have loads of extra content that you won’t find on Google.
  • Your library account – see which books you have checked out and when they are due back.
  • Referencing guides – everything you need to know about using Harvard or APA style referencing, with bonus online tutorials if you need extra help.


Get what you need: the three Rs

Reserve – if a book you need is out on loan, you can reserve it. Just find the book on the library catalogue and click on “I want to reserve”. When a copy of the book becomes available, we’ll let you know by email and keep it at the helpdesk for you to pick up.

Little known fact: it’s always worth placing a reservation even if the book isn’t due back for a while, because a high number of reservations will alert librarians that there is a lot of demand for the book.

Renew – if you have a book on loan and you want to keep hold of it, you can keep renewing it unless it has been reserved by somebody else. You can renew online via the library website, or over the phone if you give us a ring.

There’s no limit to the number of times you can renew a book, but we will want it back before you graduate!

Request – if the book or article you need isn’t available in the library, fill in the Request form on the library website. Staff will decide whether to buy a copy for the library or borrow it from elsewhere.

You can also use the Request form to let us know about any books which are in the library but you’d like us to get more copies.

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Get in touch

Can’t find what you need? Problem with your library account? Just want to borrow a stapler? Staff at the library helpdesk are always happy to answer your questions. Visit the helpdesk in person at the library entrance, call us on 0113 783244 or email us at

If your question is a bit more complicated, you can get in touch with your Liaison Librarian. There’s one for every subject and they can help you with anything from literature searching to referencing. Find out who your Librarian is here, or check in your module handbook.

A screenshot of the contact details for Sarah Munks, the Liaison Library for Education

You can also follow the library on social media for news and updates. Follow us on Twitter @ltulibrary1 or like us on Facebook (Leeds Trinity Library).


A new start

Hi there! Welcome to Leeds Trinity if you are a new student – and welcome back to all those returning from summer breaks. We would like to welcome you to the Library’s new blog.

Hi there! Welcome to Leeds Trinity if you have started here as a new student recently – and welcome back to all those returning from summer breaks. We are really looking forward to seeing you lovely bunch in the Library and helping you on your way to being brilliant!

We hope you’ve all had a great summer and are feeling ready to start the new academic year.  If not, don’t worry – university can be daunting and staying motivated is a struggle at times, but we will do our best to help you get to grips with the Library and ultimately help you get better marks.

A group of students working in a group study room in the Library

We’ve had a very busy summer here in the Library and for those returning students, you may notice a few changes about the place…  the biggest & most important improvement is our brand new extension, which was officially opened in September!  The extension includes state-of-the-art teaching rooms, new group study rooms (meaning we now have 17 in total), a wealth of informal study areas, as well as a new and improved café for you to get your morning caffeine fix. We hope you’ve already been in and experienced the benefits for yourself but if not we hope to see you soon.  We are so excited about this fantastic new space!  It’s been a long process to get to this point, and we thank you for your patience throughout any disruption – but we really hope you’ll agree – the end results are worth it!


In other news…

Following our successful trial of 24 hour opening last year, we’re pleased to be able to offer it again, at key times – see our opening hours pages on the Library website for further details!

We’ve been busy making some other changes behind the scenes too – look out for our Request service, an easy way to tell us if you need any additional resources.  If you can’t get hold of a book, journal or other resource, or you’d like to make a recommendation, complete the form online. The Library team will try to make the resources available by purchasing them for the Library or borrowing them from another library.

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We’ve also improved our website, making our home page simpler and more intuitive, as well as streamlining our search boxes.  Additionally, you’ll find the catalogue easier to search now as we have improved the way search results display, meaning that search terms are highlighted in the detailed record, making it easier for you to identify relevant content.

And last (but not least!) you can now loan our DVDs for 2 weeks – plenty of time to binge-watch that boxset!

As always, if you need any help or support with accessing any library resources then please feel free to pop in, email us at, call us on 0113 783244 or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay in touch. We know starting a new course or module can be daunting but we are here to help you Be Brilliant!

🎶 Summer readin’, had me a blast… 🎶

Looking for something to read over the summer? Why not try a re-telling of a classic work of fiction or drama?


Some of the best stories out there are based on classic fiction. Did you know, for example, that the 1995 teen movie Clueless is based on Jane Austen’s novel Emma? Or that 10 Things I Hate About You was inspired by the plot of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew? It’s even been suggested that The Lion King is based on Hamlet (really – Google it!) but we think that might be stretching it slightly.


Back in book world, two recent publishing initiatives have set out to re-tell the collected works of both Jane Austen and Shakespeare. The Austen Project paired up six contemporary bestselling writers with Austen’s six novels, challenging them to re-write the stories from a modern perspective. The latest book in the series is Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld, in which present-day Lizzie Bennet (now a New York writer) and Jane (a yoga instructor) move back in with their family and navigate relationships in the gossipy suburbs.

Crime writer Val McDermid took on Northanger Abbey in 2014, recasting the original Catherine Morland as Cat, a Twilight-obsessed teenager who begins to wonder if the new friends she meets at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival have something supernatural about them. Other books in the series are Joanna Trollope’s Sense and Sensibility and Alexander McCall Smith’s Emma, with two titles still to be published.

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The second project is The Hogarth Shakespeare, in which popular novelists relocate Shakespeare’s plays to the present day. Works covered so far include A Winter’s Tale (Jeanette Winterson’s The Gap of Time) and The Merchant of Venice (Howard Jacobson’s Shylock Is My Name). Also in the series is Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed, about an exiled theatre director staging The Tempest in a prison; read her explanation of the creative process behind the book in this Guardian article.


Anne Tyler’s Vinegar Girl is another recent title, reimagining The Taming of the Shrew’s Kate as a single woman coaxed into a green card marriage with her father’s lab assistant. With so much source material, there are plenty still to come in this collection, including Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn’s take on Hamlet… pencilled in for 2021, so be patient. “If it be not now, yet it will come: the readiness is all.”

If you like this sort of thing, you could also check out:

Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres (1991): this Pulitzer-winning novel reworked King Lear into a 1970s-set tale of an Iowa farmer dividing his land between three daughters.

Longbourn (2013) by Jo Baker: the plot of Pride and Prejudice re-imagined from the servants’ perspective.

The Wide Sargasso Sea (1966): Jean Rhys fills in the back story of Mr Rochester’s first wife from Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.

You might be wondering, “Can I even borrow library books over the summer?” The answer is yes – unless you’re about to graduate. If your course is finishing this summer, you need to return your library books and pay off any outstanding fines before your course end date (ask if your unsure when this is!). For everybody else, you can keep your books over the summer.  Just remember to renew your items after 1st July to keep them, fine-free, until the new term starts in September.

If you’ve been inspired by this and want to get your hands on some of these texts – check out our display in the library!

Alternatively, all the books listed above can be found at the following class numbers (but don’t forget to double-check the catalogue first before heading to the shelves, as they may be on loan!):

Hogarth Shakespeare

  • Margaret Atwood, Hag-seed 813.54 ATW
  • Anne Tyler, Vinegar Girl 813.54 TYL
  • Howard Jacobson, Shylock is my Name 823.92 JAC
  • Jeanette Winterson, The gap of time 823.92 WIN

Austen Project

  • Joanna Trollope, Sense and Sensibility 823.914 TRO
  • Val McDermid, Northanger Abbey 823.92 MCD
  • Alexander McCall Smith, Emma 823.92 MCC
  • Curtis Sittenfeld, Eligible 813.6 SIT


  • Jo Baker, Longbourn 823.92 BAK
  • Jane Smiley, A thousand acres 813.54 SMI
  • Josephine Tey, Daughter of time 823.912 TEY
  • Angela Carter, Wise children 823.914 CAR
  • Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea 823.91 RHY
  • Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones’s Diary 823.914 FIE
  • PD James, Death comes to Pemberley 823.914 JAM