Library Services over Bank Holiday 26-27 August

Please note that there will be no staffed services on Monday 26 August due to the national Bank Holiday and University holiday on Tuesday 27 August.

Security staff will be based at Reception in the Library entrance.  The library building will be open as usual for study, access to print collections and computer areas.  Self-Service book loans and print & copy facilities will be available as normal.

Loans can be returned but items will not be discharged from your borrower account until Wednesday 28 August.

You will need your library card and PIN to borrow books via the Self-Issue machines.  You should check you have a functioning library card before 4.45pm on Friday 23 August in case you need to get a new one to access buildings over the extended weekend.   The facilities for printing new and replacement cards will be available again on Wednesday 28 August from the Library Issue Desk.

There will be no library staffed services from the end of the working day on Friday until the start of Wednesday 28 August.   Any queries sent by mail or messages left by phone will be dealt with from Wednesday 28 August.


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New architecture journals database: Avery Index

averyThe Library has begun a subscription to the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals. This electronic database enables you to search for articles from across 325 current and 3,080 retrospective architecture journals from around the world.

Avery Index, founded in 1934, includes more than 800,000 records covering architecture, city planning, conservation, interior design, sustainable design, landscape architecture and more. It also includes 20,000 citation records to architects’ obituaries. The oldest paper in the database is from 1741, but the vast majority are for publications from 1890 onward.

Architecture students may already be familiar with searching the RIBA Library catalogue for references to papers in their favourite journals, but Avery Index has several advantages. The main benefit of using Avery Index via our Ebsco subscription is that it contains direct full text links to online articles available through architecture journals in our Ebsco subscription (e.g. Canadian Architect). For everything else, you can follow the Links button. This uses links resolver technology to automatically check for a matching article (or journal record) in our Library catalogue:


The Library’s current architecture journal display

If we have a subscription, this will quickly enable you to find the e-journal or e-article link, and if it is in print, the shelf location in the Library and a summary of which volume, issues and years of content we stock. 

The Library’s Literature Searching web page for Architecture & Civil Engineering lists the key databases for the subjects and they can also be found by keyword searching the Library catalogue. Using the links the Library provides will ensure staff and students can easily gain access using their University of Bath single sign on.

An example of a few popular titles searchable in Avery Index:

  • A+U
  • AV Monografias
  • A10
  • AA Files
  • Architect
  • Architects’ Journal
  • Architectural Record
  • Arquitectura Viva
  • ARQ
  • Baumeister
  • Burlington Magazine
  • C20 (Twentieth Century Society)
  • C3 Korea
  • Canadian Architect
  • Casabella
  • Country Life
  • Croquis
  • Detail
  • Domus
  • Dwell
  • Future Anterior
  • GA Document
  • GA Houses
  • Garden History
  • Grey Room
  • Harvard Design Magazine
  • Irish Architecture
  • Japan Architect
  • Lotus International
  • Perspecta
  • RIBA Journal
  • Shi Jie Jian Zhu / World Architecture (China)
  • Werk Bauen + Wohnen

Connect to Avery Index and search for papers. If you have any questions or comments, please contact

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The Economist Historical Archive

GHN_EHA_DISPLAY_SCREEN_AWe are pleased to announce that you now have access to The Economist Historical Archive. You can access this digitised archive by searching the library catalogue, or you can access it directly by clicking here.

For over 170 years, the Economist has reported on the world’s political, business, scientific, technological, and cultural developments and the connections between them, appealing to the world’s elite for its economic and political analysis. This archive provides the complete run from 1843-2014, comprising over 8,000 issues digitally captured in full colour from print copies. It includes every page, leader, letter, article and financial indicator, allowing you to explore world events, consider their impact, and analyze the consequences.

The application of Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology makes the archives fully text-searchable.

We continue to have access to the most recent years of the Economist in print in the library at PER 33 or online via ABI informs (from 1992) which you can access here.


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Beware of email scams

We have been made aware of attempts to obtain users’ login information via scam emails claiming to come from the Library Issue Desk.  Borrowers are being asked to login to a fake page in order to resolve issues relating to renewing loans.

The Library does regularly send automated messages with advice about borrower loans that are due for return as well as monthly reports on your current loans status.  The advice given on those mails is to contact the Library Issue Desk via to resolve account queries.

You should always login to your account via the Library homepage.

Please note that Library staff will never have any reason to demand you input your Computing Services password online to renew loans, restore an account or similar.  You would never be asked to send us your Computing Services password over email either.

If we need to contact you about a problem on your account, you will receive a message from a named individual working in the library.   But it is more likely we will respond to queries from borrowers than initiate conversations about your borrowing account.

If you are concerned about account security issues or you have already shared your login information by mistake, please contact the Computing Services Helpdesk for advice.

For further information about email scams please visit the Computing Services advice page at


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JISC Geospatial Data service now available for UK maps and spatial data

JISC developed this new mapping and spatial data service with Airbus. Until July 2020 they are making it available for free to the FE/HE community in the UK. It makes available current and historic Ordnance Survey maps and data (including Northern Ireland), current and historic coastal photography (with LiDAR), as well as geological, marine, environment maps and data. All through a single package.

You can customise maps with different layers, annotate, print and download maps, download data for use in software (e.g. CAD, GIS), upload your own data, share data with other students and access user community and JISC support if needed.

Find out more about maps and map data products available via the Library.

Contact David Stacey with any feedback or comments on this resource.

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Silent and quiet study during revision and exams

quietPlease be considerate to your fellow students during the revision period by keeping noise to a minimum on the quiet floors (Levels 3 and 4) and maintaining silence on Level 5.

Quiet and silent study space is very popular at this time of year. As a result, students have requested that unattended personal items left in order to reserve Library desks are removed to allow others to use the space. Please be aware that Library staff may remove unattended personal items and take them to Security for safekeeping.

Please also remember to observe our food and drink regulations – reusable, bottled/lidded drinks are acceptable. Food can be consumed in the Snack Area at the front of Level 2 but not beyond the entry gates.

For information on Library spaces (group, individual, bookable) and other study venues around campus see: study areas and bookable workrooms.

There are also other rooms available on campus including the various Learning Commons and Graduate Commons.

Extended opening times for the Learning Commons during May 2019:

  • Virgil Building:  from 7 – 31 May we will be open from 8am until Midnight, Monday to Friday and 10am until 8pm on Saturday and Sunday excluding the 27th May when we are closed.

The University is again making additional spaces available to students for study. Dates and times of rooms available are listed by week.

Good luck with your exams!
The Library

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Digimap update: Global and Society Roam trial access

Our subscription to EDINA’s Digimap service gives our staff and students online access to current (OS) and historic maps and map data for the UK, as well as Environment (land cover), Geological, Marine, Aerial and Lidar content.

Until 31 July 2019 we also have trial access to the following packages:

Global Roam (Beta): explore international maps and data (OpenStreetMap, Natural Earth and Collins Bartholomew World Panorama content). Upload data or map layers using a WMS feed.

World Panorama Data - Collins Bartholomew

Society Roam: explore more than 40 layers of processed 2011 census data – for individuals e.g. health, economic activity, for households e.g. home type, number of cars, internet access, and also neighbourhood classifications e.g. from rural residents to constrained city dwellers.

In need of inspiration? Digimap’s maps and data can be used in many ways. EDINA provide a number of case study examples. Here at Bath, Digimap is most popular with Architecture & Civil Engineering students, who may manipulate the content using CAD and GIS software.

The trial content may open up more possibilities for other disciplines e.g. Social Scientists (Society Roam e.g. health and crime analysis) and Management students (use of geodata for market intelligence, business cases, etc).

Coming soon! Maps and data for Northern Ireland will soon be added to OS Roam.

Did you know? Researchers who need Royal Mail address data can contact EDINA directly to find out how they can make a request and how much it will cost –

Get started now: Register for and access Digimap

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