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Pilot Service: Book a PC @ Health Library

If you’ve ever felt the frustration of needing to use a computer, but every single one is occupied in the library, you’ll be interested in a new pilot service being trialled.

Responding to user demand for guaranteed computer availability, we are piloting a PC Booking system on about 40 Cardiff University computers at the Health Library. 

You can book a guaranteed slot on one of these PCs – for up to 2 hours and extend the time for another 60 minutes, if no-one has reserved that computer.  You can book from the webpage at https://bookapc.cardiff.ac.uk/cire when you’re on a university computer or connected to a university wifi network on your phone/laptop.

Make sure you enter the address exactly as https://bookapc.cardiff.ac.uk/cire or you’ll see this screen

The PCs you can book have a large plastic number on them, so you know which PC you’ve been assigned.

You can pick the floor of the Health Library you want to book the PC on, and then you’ll receive an email letting you know which computer has been reserved for you.

If you run into any problems, please speak to the staff at the Enquiry Desk in the Health Library – or phone/email them on 029 2068 8137 / healthlibrary@cardiff.ac.uk

The pilot will be running for three months, so your feedback on this system will be key to helping decide whether this is rolled out.

From Tonight out of hours access for library users will be via the new South door.

You will be able to access the library from the new South door without a card from 7am – 6pm and with a card from 6pm – 7am, Monday to Friday.  On Saturday and Sunday access is available without a card from  9am – 5pm and outside of those hours with card only.

Meet the staff – Zoe Young

What is your name and job title?

I’m Zoe Young, and I’m providing cover for the role of Subject Librarian working with Jonathan Jones to support the School of Healthcare Sciences.

I also continue as Subject Librarian supporting Optometry and Pharmacy.

I am based in the Health Library, Cochrane Building. I will be focussing on supporting postgraduate programmes in particular so please do get in touch (youngz@cardiff.ac.uk / 02922510196) or book a 1-2-1 meeting quickly and easily here: www.bit.ly/bls-121s

What are your qualifications?

BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour and Ecology & Conservation, MSc in Information & Library Studies

Where did you live as a child?

Hedge-End and Bursledon, both villages near Southampton.

What do you like best about Cardiff?

I love that although Cardiff is a city you are never far from the countryside, the sea or the mountains.

Where did you work before?

I had various non-library jobs, worked in shops, an engineering factory and worked in a pharmacy before I decided on a library career.

First library post was working as a Library Assistant at King’s College London. Then after my MSc I moved to Cardiff, where I worked for Friends of the Earth (Cymru) and the Welsh Assembly libraries before getting my first professional post at Cardiff University as an Assistant Subject Librarian within the Law Library. I then moved to the Bute Library as the Subject Librarian for Optometry and Pharmacy.

What are your favourite things about being a subject librarian?

The variety within the job, no day is the same and of course the great people you meet and I work with.

If you didn’t work in a library, what would be your dream job?

Studying lemurs in Madagascar. They are amazing creatures and I did my Undergraduate project on them. Not likely to happen now as I don’t think my children would cope well in the jungle.

What was the first library book you remember reading for pleasure?

I was constantly in the public library borrowing books and read a lot as a child. The Mr Men books by Roger Hargreaves were probably the first ones I borrowed.

What do you enjoy reading now?

I still get to read fun children’s books due to the age of my children and we are currently reading Mable Jones and the Doomsday book by Will Mabbitt.
I enjoy reading lots of different genres from crime & mysteries, fantasy and historical fiction to autobiographies and cook books.


Meet the staff- Jonathan Jones

What is your name and job title?


Hi, I’m Jonathan and I have just started as a new subject librarian, joining Liz Gillen supporting the School of Healthcare Sciences. I am based in the Health Library, Cochrane Building. I will be focussing on supporting undergraduate programmes in particular so please do get in touch (jonesj94@cardiff.ac.uk / 02920688148) or book a 1-2-1 meeting quickly and easily here: www.jonathanjones.youcanbook.me


Where did you work before here?

My career in libraries started six years ago as a trainee subject librarian at the University of Reading. Most recently I have worked as the resource centre manager for Henley Business School, having fun leading a team responsible for designing and delivering online and face-to-face services to some 7,000 students studying across 16 international locations.

What are your qualifications?

Durham Cathedral

I have an archaeology degree from Durham University, highlights of which included spending three weeks sleeping on a church floor whilst excavating a Neolithic burial chamber in Portugal, and seeing the top of my head in an episode of the BBC series Coast during an excavation at Bamburgh Castle!

Durham Cathedral MS A.II.10, fol. 224v. © Chapter of Durham Cathedral. Decorated initial from Peter Lombard’s commentary on the Psalms.

After my archaeology degree I worked as a rare books cataloguer and library assistant at Durham Cathedral and it was great to be able to combine my enthusiasm for libraries, teaching, research and all things old.


In 2010 I completed my masters degree in librarianship at Northumbria University, and became a chartered librarian in 2013.


 What are your favourite things about being a subject librarian?

I get hooked on finding new ways to use learning technologies to deliver library training and support, and have a long list of new tools I’m looking forward to getting to grips with!

I also love meeting, getting to know, and helping people, all things I get to do in bucket loads as a subject librarian!

What are you most looking forward to now you live in Cardiff?


I’m looking forward to joining the Long Distance Walking Association (although I’ve heard they are more extreme in Wales!), surfing at Porthcawl, and adopting another rescue greyhound to join our boy Murphy!

When I’m not outdoors, I enjoy playing the saxophone and recently joined the City of Cardiff Concert Band. This is a great community wind band made up of about 80 students and locals who meet to practice in the students union www.facebook.com/cardiffconcertband/. Look out for upcoming concerts or why not come and join!

Christmas Opening @ Health Library Cochrane Building

health lib xmas opening 2015-6

The Health Library will remain open 24/7 over the Christmas and New Year period.

The enquiry desk will be staffed until 7pm on Wednesday 23rd December and then will re-open again on Saturday 2nd January 9am until 5pm and again Monday 4th January at 8.30am when we return to our usual staffed enquiry desk.



Health Library Developments at Cardiff University

Welcome to our new blog!  Here we will be keeping you up to date on the exciting developments of our new library which is rapidly being finished here on the Heath Park campus of Cardiff University!

The library will be situated in the newly, purpose built Cochrane Building on what some of you will know as the old Radnor House space.

It will be a merger of some of the current health libraries, namely the Duthie Library, The Nursing and Healthcare Library, Ty Dewi Sant and School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies, Caerleon.

Watch this space for news of the creation of the library spaces and collaboration going on to make this new development a reality!