Furniture moves from 16th August

In preparation for the start of semester, we’ll be moving lots of chairs back into the study spaces on the upper floors of the Library in the week commencing 16th August. There may be some minor disruption during this time; apologies for any inconvenience.

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New Web of Science platform now live

The new Web of Science platform is now the default option via the Library web pages. All key functionality is now available.

Access to EndNote Online, EndNote Click (formerly Kopernio) and Journal Citation Reports (which now contains 2020 data) is available via the Products dropdown menu in the upper right-hand corner in the top header. You can continue to access the previous “classic” Web of Science platform via the Products dropdown menu until the end of the year.

Once in the new platform, you can select the question mark in the bottom right-hand corner to access guided tours and training. In addition, here is a link to the training videos that Clarivate have provided.  A recording of the recent ‘Introducing the new Web of Science’ webinar is also available.

If you have any queries please contact your Subject Librarian or email

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Study spaces changes for the Summer vacation

Over the Summer vacation you’ll no longer need to book your study space in the Library or the Virgil Building via LibCal. Study spaces in these locations will be available to use on a first come, first served basis.

The Assistive Technology rooms on Library Level 2 are still bookable for students registered with the Disability Service.

Study spaces will also remain bookable on LibCal in 6 West South (weekdays only) and 10W (Levels 4 and 5, postgrad only), so you can still reserve your space in advance in these locations.

Please continue to follow our COVID-safe rules:

  • Study quietly and individually and don’t disturb others;
  • Wear a face covering unless exempt (if so, please wear or carry a sunflower lanyard);
  • Clean the desk before and after you use it;
  • Don’t move any furniture.

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Additional quiet study spaces for the revision and exam period: book online!

From this week, you can book more even more quiet study space via LibCal: over 1,250 spaces on campus and in the city!

Library spaces are bookable 24/7 and other spaces from 8.15am until 10pm every day (including weekends). 10 West Levels 4 and 5 have reverted to postgraduate only use, with spaces in 8 West now available for general booking.

Additional spaces have been added for the revision and exam period; the Library and all Learning Commons will remain available over the Summer vacation.

All of these space are for quiet, individual study only.

Please book your space using LibCal, so that everyone can work safely, to ensure fair access to spaces and to avoid disappointment. Our video explains how to book – it’s quick and easy to do.

Exams can be stressful. Please be kind and study safely, responsibly and fairly:

  • Book your space and vacate it by the end of your booked time;
  • Study quietly and individually and don’t disturb others;
  • Wear a face covering unless exempt (if so, please wear or carry a sunflower lanyard);
  • Clean the desk before and after you use it;
  • Don’t move any furniture;
  • Be mindful of your own wellbeing. Remember to take breaks and look after yourself. The SU’s Study Well page includes a range of study and wellbeing resources, including our Managing exam stress library reading list and display on Library Level 2.

Good luck with your exams from the Library team!

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Calling all researchers! Library Research Services are here for you…

Calling all researchers!  Did you know that the Library provides a range of specialist services to support you?   The Library Research Services team works closely with our research community to open up, promote and preserve the University’s research.

Access guidance, training and individual advice in these all of these areas, and much more:

Open Access : Making your research publications open access, complying with open access policies, self-archiving research outputs in Pure, funding for gold open access. 

Research Analytics  : Publishing and citation analysis for individuals, Departments and the University. Developing your publishing strategy, evidencing your strengths for promotions and funding applications, finding collaborators.

Research Data Service:  Tools and templates for data management planning, and extensive guidance to help you manage, secure, and publish your research data.

Archives & Research Collections: Explore our unique collections, showcased in our digital Cabinet of Curiosities, and how they can be used in both teaching and research

Find out more and get in touch with us.

You can now follow the Library on Twitter @BathUniLibrary for the latest Library Research Services updates.

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New database: PQ One Business


We’ve upgraded our subscription to ABI/Inform to the new improved product called PQ One Business: it’s now listed on the literature searching website for Management and on the Library Catalogue. We gain access to an additional 20,107 e-books, 512 journals and magazines, new market research reports and cases and a more interesting and user-friendly interface. 

Further details

ProQuest One Business is a new resource designed to meet the research needs of business faculty and students. A business-focused interface intuitively guides users to content like journal articles, books, and company, industry and country reports – the materials you need for your most common assignments. Company Overview pages help you quickly find the best resources for in-depth company research, including SWOT analyses, financial information and current articles.

For more information see the overview of content and brochure

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Now made easier: armchair travel

Fernweh, noun, ˈfɛʁnveː, German, the strong desire to travel, literally “far sickness”.

Wanderlust, noun, ˈwɒndəlʌst, German, a strong impulse or longing to travel, literally “walking desire”.

Are you feeling Fernweh or Wanderlust?

Are you normally going away during the vacation?

Here are books from all over the world that will transport anywhere, just from your comfy bed, or the public park bench:

Down Under by Bill Bryson

 Our favourite travel writer goes down under! Bill Bryson, who is famous for his entertaining travel books, takes the step to the other end of the world. I anticipate sun and waves and surfers!

Three Summers by Margarita Lymperakē

Another sunny book! This one is set in the countryside near Athens. For everyone who likes reading about sisters and coming-of-age.

McCarthy’s bar: a Journey of Discovery in Ireland by Pete McCarthy

This travel book promises to be amusing too – Pete McCarthy is travelling Ireland and finds pubs that look like veg stalls – and tourist traps that look like pubs! I am sure this comedy star‘s travel book will make you chuckle!

A Book of India by B.N. Pandey

If you long for the flavours of India, this book is just right for you. It is the perfect read to cure some Fernweh as it is not only about the history of India but also about its culture, songs and rites.

So, no need to travel far, just pop in to the library. You can find the four books and many more on our International Book List

If you want to use the free time to daydream or plan your next trip (when we are allowed), we have great collections of maps and guide books too:



Wishing you a great vacation time from all the library staff.

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Most Haunted Reading List

Did you like The Haunting of Bly Manor? Have you read the novel that it’s based on?🏚

If you enjoy being a little bit scared or like the atmosphere of a supernatural thriller, why not take a look at our reading list? It includes, amongst other titles, ‘The Turn of the Screw’ by Henry James which The Haunting of Bly Manor is based on.

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier

The Birds by Daphne Du Maurier

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

The Canterville Ghost and Other Stories by Oscar Wilde

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

The Whistle and Dead Men’s Eyes by M. R James

The Room in the Tower and Other Ghost Stories by Rudyard Kipling

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New e-textbook platform trial: ClinicalKey Student Pharmacy and Medicine

ClinicalKey homepage

We are running a trial of ClinicalKey Student from 23rd of February until 24th of June.

The trial gives you access to over 100 e-books from the Pharmacy and Medicine collections.

Note that these titles have also been added to our Library Catalogue; performing a title search from the Library Homepage should allow you to retrieve and access them.

The ClinicalKey platform also comes with useful features, such as:

  • A search bar to retrieve titles as well as content (chapters, images) from the books in the collection.
  • A bookshelf to store the titles that you want to read offline (also available via a mobile app)
  • Tools to facilitate your learning: highlighting, taking notes, creating flashcards and collaborating with others
  • A presentation tool where you can reuse images from the books in the collection for your own presentations

If you have any feedback about the trial, please feel free to email

Marylou Françoise, Subject Librarian for Pharmacy & Pharmacology

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Celebrating LGBT+ History Month with Box of Broadcasts

February is LGBT+ History Month and we have collated an excellent selection of films, shorts and radio podcasts for you to enjoy for from Box of Broadcasts. Box of Broadcasts is free to our staff and students to access over 75 free-to-air channels; and search our archive of over 2.5 million broadcasts. Why not organise a viewing party?

We would like to recommend the following for you to enjoy:


Call me by your name (2017)

Call Me by Your Name, 00:00 23/11/2020, Channel 4, 140 mins.

Critically acclaimed coming-of-age drama about 17-year-old boy Elio and the life-changing summer he experiences in northern Italy. With his father an esteemed professor in archaeology, Elio and his family prepare to welcome American graduate student, Oliver, who will spend six weeks with them as part of an internship. Impressed by Oliver’s charisma and confidence, Elio forms an immediate connection – forcing the teen to make sense of his feelings both for his girlfriend and the man he now finds himself smitten with.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch, 02:05 21/03/2010, Channel 4, 95 mins.

Fantasy biopic of an East German rocker urged to have a sex change by his US army boyfriend. When the operation goes wrong, the boyfriend disappears, leaving the outrageous Hedwig to fend for himself in small town America. Based on an off-Broadway hit stage show.

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, 21:00 14/01/2007, FilmFour, 120 mins.

Hilarious road movie charting the exploits of three drag queens who take a trip across the Australian outback. The ill-assorted trio of bored city-dwellers buy an old bus – the eponymous Priscilla – and travel to Alice Springs for an exclusive cabaret engagement. The ’girls’ embark on a glittering voyage of discovery which none of them will ever forget.

Love Is Strange (2014)

Love Is Strange, 01:05 17/02/2020, Channel 4, 95 mins.

Ben and George, a same-sex couple from Manhattan, get married after 39 years together. George is a Catholic school music teacher, and when word of the marriage reaches the archdiocese, he is fired. Without his salary, the couple can no longer afford their New York apartment and are forced to ask their friends and family for shelter, resulting in their separation. Still partnered but missing each other, Ben and George find ways to spend time together, as all parties involved deal with the happenstance of an additional person living in a space designed for fewer people.

C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)

C.R.A.Z.Y., 01:05 20/02/2012, FilmFour, 155 mins.

Teenager Zachary Beaulieu is confused about his sexuality and is in conflict with his Canadian-Catholic upbringing which alienates his father Gervais and confuses his mother Laurianne. Forcing himself to like girls, Zachary also has to cope with his older brothers, who don’t make his life any easier but when he finally accepts his true feelings, will his family still accept him?


Prejudice and Pride: The People’s History Of LGBTQ Britain

Episode 1: Prejudice and Pride: The People’s History Of LGBTQ Britain, 02:15 04/08/2017, BBC4, 60 mins.

 Episode 2: Prejudice and Pride: The People’s History Of LGBTQ Britain, 23:35 24/06/2020, BBC4, 60 mins.

Presented by Stephen K Amos and Susan Calman, this series features LGBTQ people from across the UK as they share the objects that helped define their lives during the transformative 50 years since the 1967 Sexual Offences Act partially decriminalised homosexuality, offering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people the opportunity to start living openly for the first time.

In episode one, these crowdsourced treasures range from a rare collection of the first openly gay magazine to letters from worried parents trying to understand their newly ‘out’ daughters and sons. Over the years 1967 to 1987, we meet the fearless revolutionaries of the Gay Liberation Front, a transgender pioneer who almost caused a strike and a woman who faced losing her children when she came out as a lesbian. By the early 1980s, LGBTQ people were starting to build a community, which would be tested to the limit when AIDS loomed.

In episode two, these crowdsourced artefacts include a copy of the controversial schoolbook Jenny Lives with Eric and Martin, naval discharge papers, even a pair of Ugg boots. We meet the nun-impersonating freedom fighters the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the writer behind TV’s steamiest lesbian kiss and a Muslim man who set up an LGBT support group for Southeast Asians. Ranging over the past 30 years, this was an era when public acceptance of homosexuality overtook the government’s – a time when many celebrities came out and stood up for LGBTQ rights.

Brighton: 50 Years of Gay (2017)

Brighton: 50 Years of Gay, 00:25 24/06/2020, BBC4, 30 mins.

It’s the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 1967 which legalised male homosexuality. Broadcaster and gay rights activist Simon Fanshawe examines this landmark change in the law and reveals the extraordinary story of the fight for equality through the colourful history of his hometown of Brighton.

Olly Alexander: Growing up Gay

Olly Alexander: Growing up Gay, 00:05 06/03/2019, BBC1 Scotland, 60 mins.

Documentary in which Years and Years frontman Olly Alexander explores the mental health issues faced by members of the LGBT+ community. Recent figures show that over 40 per cent of LGBT+ people will experience a significant mental health problem, compared to around 25 per cent of the whole population, and are more than twice as likely to have attempted suicide. In this eye-opening film, Olly explores why the gay community is more vulnerable to mental health issues, as he opens up about his own long-term battles with depression. Olly is a powerful voice on mental health, bullying and LGBT+ rights. He has broken taboos with music videos that celebrate queer identities and has spoken openly about his own sexuality as well as his ongoing struggles with anxiety. In the film Olly joins young people on their journeys battling issues that parallel his own – from homophobic bullying to eating and anxiety disorders – and he asks what can be done to address them.

Queer Britain

Queer Britain, Queer and Proud, 00:25 18/08/2017, BBC1 London, 35 mins.

YouTuber and journalist Riyadh Khalaf gets under the skin of queer culture and shines a light on the challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community. In a bid to understand what queer is and why it is becoming an umbrella term, Riyadh meets the people who use the label. From the iconic queer club night Sink the Pink to the trans man educating others on masturbation, Riyadh finds himself amidst a queer revolution.


Pride Live at the Apollo (2019)

Pride Live at the Apollo, Part 1, 22:15 22/06/2020, BBC2 England, 30 mins.

Celebration of LGBT+ stand-up comedy at the BBC, taken from over 14 series. This episode features sets from Fern Brady, Desiree Burch, Alan Carr, Larry Dean, Eddie Izzard, Joe Lycett and Zoe Lyons.


BBC Radio 1’s Stories: My Transgender Punk Rock Story

BBC Radio 1’s Stories, My Transgender Punk Rock Story, 21:00 16/12/2013, BBC Radio 1, 60 mins.

Last year, Rolling Stone Magazine featured an interview with the lead singer of punk rock band Against Me! Her name, Laura Jane Grace was new to even the most die-hard of Against Me! fans, yet she was the very same person who had been singing with the band since its inception. Before that interview Laura’s fans would have known her as lead singer Tom Gabel, but after living her life as a man for 31 years, Laura decided enough was enough and took the big decision to be the person she knew she always had been. A woman.

Against Me! have played venues all over the world, sold thousands of albums and have high profile fans like the Foo Fighters, Frank Turner and Bruce Springsteen. Against Me! are a true part of the Punk Rock scene and have a healthy fan base to show it. With help from Radio 1’s Paris Lees, Laura takes some time out from her punk rock life to find out what it’s like being a transgender person in the UK and the challenges people face from being born in the wrong body.

Queer As Punk

Queer As Punk, 01:00 16/11/2018, BBC 6 Music, 60 mins.

Another chance to hear Jon Savage exploring the frequently overlooked story of the effect of LGBT+ culture on the early days of punk and how queer punks went on to influence Eighties music. We’ll hear how the impact of Bowie and Lou Reed’s public assertions of bisexuality created a catalyst for radical LGBT+ culture to emerge from the sidelines, (including trans superstar Wayne/Jayne County in New York) & led to queer becoming the new cool for a generation of music lovers with attitude who converged in the only place they were safe, as strange-looking outsiders from the mainstream: gay clubs. In the mid-Seventies traditional lesbian nightspot Club Louise became a refuge for the Bromley Contingent led by Siouxsie Sioux, the gang from the Sex shop including McLaren and the Sex Pistols alongside every key member of the fledgling punk scene. Similar scenes were springing up around the country including at gay club The Ranch in Manchester, a home from home for Buzzcocks and The Fall.

The Real Story, What’s happened to gay rights since Stonewall?

The Real Story, What’s happened to gay rights since Stonewall?, 04:06 29/06/2019, BBC World Service Radio, 54 mins.

Fifty years ago, when gay protesters clashed with New York City police outside a nondescript bar, the Stonewall Inn, few expected it to become one of the turning points in the gay rights movements in the world. But the encounter motivated and galvanized a generation of gay men and women who demanded to be accepted in society for who they were. Change came slowly and same sex marriage and equal protection under law now exists in many countries. But huge challenges remain and, according to one survey, a large number of gay men and women still struggle to come out. This week, fifty years on from ‘Stonewall’, The Real Story hears about the most pressing issues for LGBT communities. Celia Hatton is joined by a global panel of LGBT activists to discuss the impact of those 1969 riots and the state of progress for gay rights movements across the world.

Neil Gaiman’s The Sleeper and the Spindle

Neil Gaiman’s The Sleeper and the Spindle, 15:00 26/12/2020, BBC Radio 4, 60 mins.

On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and her sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom. This queen will decide her own future – and the princess who needs rescuing is not quite what she seems. Twisting together the familiar and the new, this perfectly delicious, captivating and darkly funny tale shows its creators at the peak of their talents.

Born this way

Born This Way, 22:00 26/07/2017, BBC Radio 2, 60 mins.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 1967, Andrew Scott presents the remarkable story of how gay people transformed pop culture, despite persistent oppression. This first episode covers some of the pioneering queer entertainers such as Fred Barnes and Noel Coward, both of whom managed to incorporate coded references to their sexuality within their music and writing. The Kinks biographer, Jon Savage, details how the band enjoyed challenging conventional ideas of 1960s masculinity, whilst Ex-Rolling Stones manager, Andrew Loog Oldham reveals his pride in teaching Mick Jagger to dare to be himself – incorporating a camp on-stage swagger which would go on to inspire a generation. Broadcaster and Scissor Sister, Ana Matronic details the liberation that gripped the nation when disco hit in the 1970s. Spandau Ballet bass guitarist, Martin Kemp reminisces the post-punk attitude of the New Romantics in the 1980s, genres would eschew traditional masculinity, favouring a heavily made-up look and outrageous outfits that drew heavily on the aesthetics of gay culture. Professor Matt Cook and Dr Rebecca Jennings give insight in to the unique challenges faced by gay men and women throughout, alongside activist Peter Tatchell who explains the acts which began the journey towards equal rights for queer people, as well as giving a first-hand account of London’s first Gay Pride event in 1972.

I Feel Love: Live from Hull City of Culture

I Feel Love: Live from Hull City of Culture, 20:00 29/07/2017, BBC Radio 2, 90 mins.

Live from the City of Hull, Scott Mills and Ana Matronic celebrate 50 years of sexual freedom with a concert featuring Will Young, Alison Moyet, Tom Robinson, Marc Almond and more.

Gay Britannia: Happy That Way

Gay Britannia, 22:45 10/08/2017, BBC Radio 4 Extra, 40 mins.

Ben Hunte meets comedian Gina Yashere, before a special compilation of the best out and proud BBC Radio comedy from the past five years.

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