Answered By: Sharon Nangle
Last Updated: Aug 25, 2015     Views: 25

Thank you for completing a “You said, We did” card recently, asking about the lighting in the Library, and whether there’s anything you can do to report books which have been highlighted by other users.

I’m sorry you find the lighting is too harsh and that this causes you problems when studying.  The lighting in the library is designed to ensure there is sufficient lighting to provide a good working environment.  Whilst there are no immediate plans to change the lighting, this is something we will consider as we prepare for future redevelopment.

Thank you for letting us know that you find the highlighting of library books to be distracting.  This is a practice we would discourage people from doing as it caused problems for others trying to use the books, but also means the Library can’t digitise extracts from these books for reading lists, or for print-disabled library users, which means we have to buy additional copies to replace the highlighted copies.  It can be very difficult to determine who is responsible for highlighting books, but where we can, the Library will take proportionate disciplinary action, which can include requiring the person to replace the damaged book, or a disciplinary entry on a degree transcript.  If you come across books which have been highlighted you can let us know by emailing Library@st-andrews.ac.uk or by bringing it to the attention of a member of staff at the Library Helpdesk.

Many thanks

Sharon

Sharon Nangle

Academic Liaison Librarian

April 2015

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