Arrivals Weekend Library Services

This advice is for all new students coming to the University of Bath.

Welcome to the University of Bath Library, all our staff are looking forward to meeting you in the coming days and we are happy to help you as you embark on your studies.

Most new students will have been invited to complete registration online by the Student Records office in the last few weeks.  If you haven’t registered yet, you can use computers in the Library on Level 2 (the Entrance level) and Level 5 (top floor) when you get here to complete your registration – the Library entrance gates will be open, just approach and walk through!

You’ll find that your library card is essential for getting in and about of the Library during semester-time, accessing Sports facilities, giving access to your accommodation and catering account as well as copy & print services and various other areas of campus.  The library card acts as your NUS/Student Union membership card and shows you are a member of the University of Bath.

To collect your library card you should:

With your completed registration and a picture uploaded, your library card can be printed.

When your card is printed Library staff will send an email to your University of Bath email account (login using your Bath Computing Services Username and Password) advising where you can collect your card:

1) If you have completed registration, uploaded a picture and you are living in campus accommodation, your printed card will most probably be sent to Accommodation staff to be given out at the Arrivals Centres on the weekend of 23-24 September or the residences themselves when you collect your room keys.  Where required, these library cards should be ready to provide access to your accommodation and any food and drink accounts you have applied for.

2) If you have completed registration and uploaded a picture but are not living in campus accommodation, your library card will be kept at the Library Issue Desk where it can be collected during staffed hours.  The Issue Desk is open from 10am-5pm on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September (Arrivals weekend) and 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday during the rest of September.

If you do not complete registration or upload a picture before you get here, there will be staff from the Student Records and Student Finance departments working in the library from Sunday 24 September to assist students with registration queries.  Also, the Library has self-service photo-booths to allow students to take pictures and collect their library card during the Arrivals weekend and throughout induction week.

The Library building is located at the centre of the campus, Security staff are based in the Library 24 hours a day, every day.

Library Service Hours

The Library Issue Desk will be staffed from 1000-1700 on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September for the production and distribution of new student library cards and general student queries.  You will find that Computing Services staff will also be available during the Arrivals weekend.

During the week of Monday 25 to Friday 29 September, the Issue Desk will be staffed from 0900-1700.

The Library building is open 24 hours a day every day.  The self-service photo-booths described above can be used up until 2000 everyday from Monday 25 September.  Pictures taken in the evening for library cards will be printed the following morning for collection on weekdays.

Service points in the Library and opening hours will be signposted during the Arrivals period.   Staff will be available from various sections of the University to assist with registration, document checks and finance queries throughout the Induction week.

Library cards are produced all year round so don’t worry if you aren’t able to reach Bath during the Induction period.

With best wishes to all our new students,

Chris Roberts, Reader Services Librarian, Library Issue Desk

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Access to the Financial Times

Easy access to online FT articles is provided through the Library Catalogue.

Example: To find the article from 04/08/17 “Carney warns Brexit uncertainty is choking business investment”, paste this into the Library Catalogue to find a quick link to the full-text.

FT articles in primo

To find FT articles written in the last 30 days you can either read the print newspaper in the Library or use our subscription to  Note that you will need to register to use this service.

You’ll find more information about access to a range of print and online newspapers on the Library website.

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New Faculty Librarian for Humanities and Social Sciences

From Monday 4 September Emma Stuart Edwards has taken up the position of Faculty Librarian for Humanities & Social Sciences, with Subject Librarian responsibilities for the Department of Economics and Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies.Capture

Emma has been working at the University of Bath Library for nearly ten years, having previously supported both the Faculty of Engineering and Design, Faculty of Science and Widening Participation. She replaces Katy Jordan as Faculty Librarian, following Katy’s change of role within the Library to join Research Services.

Emma gained FHEA status in 2016. She is interested in the role of the librarian in the classroom. She is keen to ensure students understand the practical applications of what they are being taught within library workshops so they can make best use of library resources in their coursework and use these skills in their future employment. Emma is “looking forward to working with H&SS staff and students”.

Kate Robinson, University Librarian, said: “I am delighted that Emma will be leading the Library’s Humanities and Social Sciences team. She has a wealth of ideas and a huge enthusiasm for the Library and its users. Katy Jordan leaves a strong legacy on which to build, but I am quite sure that Emma will relish this challenge”.

You can find Emma in room 5.01 on Level 5 of the Library, or contact her on ext. 5613, or by email


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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 building closure on Sat 2 Sept: 6am-12 midday

As a result of essential electrical maintenance, the Library building will be closed from 6 am to 12 midday on Saturday 2nd September. Norwood and 6WS Learning Commons will be open while the Library is closed.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the work.

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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