Library News

News from the University of Surrey Library

Borrow a laptop in the Library!

You’ve said there aren’t enough computers in the library so now you can borrow one of 48 laptops from our self-service lockers.


All you need is your campus card – just follow instructions on the locker screen to borrow a laptop for use in the Library for up to 4 hours. The loan will appear on your Library account in the same way as a book.

To find out more about this new service visit the FAQs and if you have any comments about the service or suggestions for additional software please let us know by emailing or speak to a member of staff.


Dear Library Santa…

Tell us what you’d like to see in the Library by writing us a Christmas card!


Pop along to the table next to our Christmas tree on Level 1, and let us what you’d like Library Santa to bring you over the forthcoming year.

We’ll be displaying all your Christmas wishes in the Library throughout December, and will be posting some of our favourites on InstagramTwitter and Facebook too.

Don’t forget, you can follow us @surreylib, and tag us in any photos using #surreylib over the festive period.


Join in our book swap


Want to relax after studying?

Pick a good read at the George Edwards Meeting Space on Level 1 of the Library.

Our book swap is proving very popular with new titles added every week.




Digimap’s Ordnance Survey Collection

In mid-December (prior to the Christmas break) Edina will be withdrawing three legacy applications from Digimap’s Ordnance Survey Collection:

  1. Postcode Query
  2. Gazetteer Query
  3. Gazetteer Plus.

The functions and data that these applications offer are available elsewhere within either Roam or Data Download.  Postcode and gazetteer data can both be downloaded from the Data Download application.  The whole 1:50,000 scale gazetteer file will load into common spreadsheet applications such as Excel to enable straightforward filtering on various fields.  A search in Roam for both a postcode and a place name will generate a map of the selected location and, in the case of a place name search, a set of results matching the search request.

If you have any queries about this change, please email


Sprint development programme here at Surrey

You may have noticed our new posters up around campus promoting the upcoming Sprint programme, which starts in November.  Sprint is a development programme for female undergraduates, exploring a range of topics relevant to women both personally and in a professional environment.










The programme runs over 4 workshops, on Wednesdays afternoons.  The workshops include group work, networking, inspiring speakers and activities to explore areas such as emotional intelligence, assertiveness, work life balance and career aspirations.


“On average, a woman earns about 80p for every £1 earned by a man” (Women and Equalities Select Committee, 2016)


sprint-leafletThe original Sprint programme was researched and designed specifically to address the study and career issues faced by women at university. Originally developed in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, and more recently with the University of Oxford , both universities have contributed greatly to the Sprint programme.

Sprint has been developed to help to put an end to the gender pay gap and end inequality and disparity between men and women’s pay. The Sprint programme is designed for undergraduate women of all ages, from all backgrounds, ages and stages in their personal and professional lives and their studies.

Regardless of subject, department or career aspirations, Sprint is designed to develop female students to their fullest potential.  Previous participants of Sprint report the significant impact the programme has on them.

‘I’m more confident in myself. Also that for my later career it isn’t all about my degree grade; my personality is just as important, maybe more so.’ (previous participant, 2015)

Sprint will run in November 2016 and again in March 2017.

To find out more information about the programme and information about how to apply, please visit:

Applications are particularly welcomed from students from diverse backgrounds and circumstances.

The application deadline for the November 2016 programme is 28th October 2016.

Please email for more information.


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