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Construction & the Built Environment

Introduction

Books and eBooks

The Library has many print and electronic books available to support your course, and electronic books arepile of books available off-campus 24/7!

Some books will provide a helpful overview of a particular topic, while other books will provide the necessary depth and detail. Both will help you start, progress and complete any assignment. 

The library works hard to ensure, where possible, that the most recent edition of any book is available.

Some chapters from books will be available electronically via online reading lists on your SOL units. 

star icon  Always check your unit reading list for recommendations! 

How do I Find Books?

Use the Library Catalogue to search for books and ebooks. 

  • To find a particular book: enter the author surname and a couple of words from the title 
  • To find books on a topic: enter some terms and refine your results to Books using the Resource Type option on the side

Library catalogue books and more search screen

 

For printed books:

  • Note the number and floor for each item and find them on the shelves 
  • If the book you want is checked out, click on the Available at link, sign in with your University email address and password and place a Request. You will be emailed when it is ready for you to collect.

For electronic books: 

  • If you only want to see ebooks, refine your results to Online Resources from the right hand menu  
  • Follow the instructions provided to login to the ebook 
  • Most ebooks are available off campus - just login with your University email address and password

Library Catalogue ebooks search screen

How do I renew & reserve books?

How can I renew my books?

Your books will automatically renew for you for up to 52 weeks - so you don't need to renew them yourself.  The only reasons your books won't renew are:

  • Someone else has reserved the book - if so, the Library will email you and ask for the book to be returned as someone is waiting for it.
  • You have come to the end of the 52 weeks - the library will email you and ask for the book to be returned (you can borrow them again straight away if you wish)

So keep an eye on your Solent email account!

 

How can I reserve a book?

If all the copies of a book or DVD you require are on loan to another library user you can sign in to the library catalogue to place a reservation.   A reservation prevents items from being renewed each week until a copy is returned to the library. That item is then put aside for you to collect.

 

To place a reservation

  • Sign in to the library catalogue using your university email address and password
  • Search for the book or  DVD you require and click on the 'Available at' link to check there are no copies available (if there are copies showing as 'on shelf' you cannot place a hold request)
  • Click on reserve. Click on hold and a message will appear to let you know if your reservation was successful
  • You will receive an email via your university email to tell you request item is available. You can also check your account online. Click on my account (while signed in) and then requests. The status of your reservation will change from 'in process' to 'on hold' once the book is available for collection.