Life at BMC

Student Resources

Learning Resources Centres are quiet working areas equipped for study and research. Facilities include computers, photocopying, printing, scanning to email and stationery sales. Over 20,000 resources are available including; books, journals, magazines, DVDs and CDs to help with studies and to supplement core texts. Resources are carefully selected to suit BMC courses by direct liaison with tutors and learners. There is also an assignments receipt service.

A team of friendly and experienced Learning Resources Advisors are available to provide support and help you make the best use of the resources.

Each Learning Resources Centre has a dedicated area for careers development containing the latest prospectuses, books on specific careers, CV and interview technique packs, and job directories. You can also book an appointment with the Careers Advisor.

In line with general college Covid-19 policies, the following measures have been put in place to protect students and staff using our Learning Resources Centres:

  • A one-way socially distanced walkway
  • Mandatory use of hand sanitiser on entry and exit
  • Provision of cleaner and cloth for wiping down of computer keyboards/printer before and after use
  • One work station per person
  • Face masks recommended, particularly when working adjacent to others at computers or when approaching staff desks.
  • Returned books to be placed in quarantine box provided
  • Books handled on library shelves to be placed in quarantine box
  • No stationery items can be borrowed

Students showing signs of a persistent cough or a temperature will be asked to isolate.

  • Specialist academic journals
  • Electronic databases and eBooks
  • The loan of AV equipment (DVD players, headphones) which can be used within the library.
  • An archive of dissertations from previous BMC learners.
  • The ability to book a time slot on a Learning Resources computer in advance, by request with library staff.
  • Library Moodle pages with forums and areas for HE specific information and feedback.
  • A broad range of competitively priced stationery including 4gb usbs for £5.
  • Specialist reprographics for learners including professionally bound dissertations and competitively priced laminating.

 

Shibboleth is active for an increasing number of BMC database subscriptions. Shibboleth is a software program which will enable a single log in for learners and staff to access subscribed and free course specific verified E-Resources such as journals, databases, eBooks and other resources. This means you can use your college log in and password on many of the resources websites that we subscribe to.

Your opinions are sought and highly valued. General feedback forms are available throughout the year. A learner feedback board is updated termly with the latest comments from BMC learners. Library forums are open on Moodle. User and impact surveys are used to gain evaluative feedback regarding library services along with a termly survey relating to key topics e.g. Computer Bookings, LRC environment. The computer bookings survey helped towards the installation of a new system that enables better accessibility to library facilities.

BMC library is a member of CoLRiC (Council for Learning Resources in Colleges), LIEM (Libraries and Information East Midlands), CULN (Colleges & University of Leicester Network Reciprocal Access Scheme) and ALLCU (Association of Libraries in Land-based Colleges and Universities)

Learner opinions are highly valued and actively sought throughout the year. Feedback forms are always available at the issue desk of each centre. Collected feedback is displayed in the Centres and is updated termly. Library forums are also open on Moodle and surveys are used to gain evaluative feedback regarding library services.