Lighting and power supply upgrades in the Library

lightbulbThe lighting on Level 3 of the Library is being upgraded over Summer. Smart LED lighting is being installed across the floor, including staff offices. This will improve both the environment and provide energy savings. The floor is accessible as normal although there may be occasions where access to some of the shelving areas is temporarily unavailable.

In addition 60 desks in the Quiet Study area at the front of Level 4 have now been powered up. Each desk now has a single power supply with a double socket and double USB charging point.

This is part of a rolling programme of developments in the Library building, including, but not limited to:

  • robotTwo new permanent study spaces. The Library staff meeting room on Level 4 has been converted to a study space (L4.14) as has a former Level 3 office (L3.12)
  • New blinds installed to ease glare in the glass-fronted PC rooms at the front of the Library
  • Installation of Robbie the Robot (pictured right) in the Level 3 Quiet Study area – this is a sculpture originally created by Engineering apprentices in the 1960s
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Library electrical shutdown: Sat 2 Sept


Essential electrical substation maintenance taking place on Saturday 2 Sept 2017 will necessitate electrical shut downs in various campus buildings.

Electricity and therefore lighting, PCs and all electrical devices in the Library will be switched off from 6 am to 12pm.

We apologise for any inconvenience cause by the works.

Kind regards,
The Library


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Are you a PG student looking for somewhere quiet to study/write up over the summer?

Are you a postgraduate student looking for somewhere quiet to study or write up over the summer?  We realise that Library space is heavily used during semester times, but during the months of July, August and most of September we have study spaces that are quiet, accessible 24/7, secure and with access to resources and subject experts.

If it’s been a while since you’ve been to the Library, come and look at a few of the refreshed spaces, including a new group workroom (L3.16) on the East side of Level 3.

L3.16 group room

This was refurbished last summer and has built in plasma screens and glass  boards. The images outside were selected from a photography competition in the department of Architecture & Civil engineering.

Elsewhere on Level 3, there is work underway to install new smart LED lights, so keep this in mind when you’re looking for a quiet space.

If you’re looking for a quiet space with a PC, try the Level 5 computer room.  This room is for PGs only, and is accessed by swiping your library card.L3_nook

From next week, we will also have power sockets in all of the quiet study carrel desks at the front of Level 4, which is perfect for nesting all day and focusing on your writing up.

If you have any queries about the Library and our spaces, services or support, please come and see us or let us know via our Ask-a-Librarian webform at

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Are you printing in the Library? Please read this message


The University is transferring to a new print service.

The new service (using printers supplied by Sharp) is now operational in the Library and three Departments:
Academic Skills Centre, Architecture and Civil Engineering and Chemistry.

The service used by all other departments and the Virgil Building will transfer between July and September.

The old service (using machines supplied by Canon) will remain operational in the Library alongside the new service until the end of August when all Canon printers will be removed.

Please note: Any print credit you have on the old system will automatically transfer to the new service every time you use a Sharp printer.

Printing from Library PCs

When you print from a PC in the Library you have now two choices of printer.

UPS2 (set as the Library default): Select this if the only printing you need to do will be in the Library or in the three departments listed above. This gives you access to the new (Sharp) service.

PostScript: Select this if you prefer to continue to use your remaining print credit on the old (Canon) service whether in the Library, the Virgil Building, or in all departments other than the above.

Moving credit from Sharp to Canon system

If you need to move your credit back from the new (Sharp) service to the old (Canon) system please ask the Copy and Print team in the Library. Direct line:  01225 386836

Further information can be found here:


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National award for collaborative work on principles for responsible metrics

We are very pleased to announce that Katie Evans of the University Library and Katy McKen from Research & Innovation Services (RIS) have been awarded a national award at the ARMA conference this week.

ARMA is the Association for Research Managers and Administrations, and it was durinarmag their annual conference that the award was presented for Collaboration in Research Management and Administration.  Katie and Katy were nominated by Jon Hunt, Director of RIS, for their work on the University of Bath Principles of Research Assessment and Management released earlier this year.

The Principles were developed by a University wide working group with academic and professional services representatives and have been approved by Senate. The Group initially undertook an information gathering phase seeking to identify good practice internally and externally, including a survey via the ARMA Metrics SIG mailing list.  This informed the subsequent development of the statement of principles.

The principles describe how all research assessment and management at the University of Bath is:

  • Centred on expert judgement
  • Set in the broader environment
  • Supported by reliable data
  • Tailored: one size does not fit all
  • Transparent

Congratulations to both Katie and Katy on this award which demonstrates a brilliant example of collaborative working across services.

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New University Print Service


The University is in the process of changing its printing equipment supplier from Canon to Sharp.  Brand new printers will be available in the Library for students from Tuesday 13th June.

Do take a look at the University Print Service web pages for an insight into how to use the new system.  Copy and Print staff will also be on hand to help you get used to the new equipment.:  University Print Service from Sharp




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Winner of the Library Survey prize draw announced!

The Library’s 2017 LibQual survey ran for 4 weeks this February, and we’d like to say thank you, to all 1,509 people who completed the survey questionnaires.  The results give us really useful feedback on our services.

We’re currently looking in more detail at the results we’ve now received, and will be reporting back to all Departments and to University committees.

The survey included a free prize draw, open to everyone who took part, and the randomly selected winner was Kian Poursadegh-Sadigh, a second year student from the Department of Mathematical Sciences.  Kian received his Kindle prize today, presented by the Subject Librarian for Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science, Emma Stuart Edwards and Head of Library Academic Services, Hannah South:


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