Resources made available by publishers due to COVID-19

Staff and student access to our Library’s electronic resources off-campus is continuing as normal. For those interested, our Research Services provide a list on finding open access publications in a tabbed section on this page.

Content unlocked by publishers

The following Google Docs list the various online resources unlocked temporarily by publishers to support off-campus study by students and the move to online teaching by academics:

Copyright and online learning

The following may be useful for those teaching online if you have questions about copyright and online learning:

At the request of the authors, Facet Publishing has made several chapters of the book, ‘Copyright & E-learning: A guide for practitioners’ available.

Library advice during COVID-19

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How to access Library resources from home (off-campus)

While measures are in place to prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Library has suspended face to face services and shifted towards online provision of services. The Library building is now closed to library users.

When you’re at the University, using either WiFi or a PC, you are automatically identified as a University of Bath user via your IP address. This allows you to access Library-subscribed resources even when using search engines such as Google. If you try to do the same thing at home, you are likely to be facing paywalls, because the journal or e-book homepage cannot identify you as a University user.

Off-campus access to electronic resources

To avoid that situation, we would always recommend that you use the Library catalogue to find and access sources of information, whether e-journals or e-books. You can perform a title or keyword search from the catalogue search bar on the Library homepage, then limit your search result to show ‘full text online’ results only. This will filter out print books and journals:

Filter your catalogue results to display 'Full Text Online' results only

Once you have identified the resource you want to access; click on the green ‘online access’ or ‘full text available’ link to be given a list of access options (under the ‘view it’ header):

Viewing results for electronic resources via the catalogue

Clicking on the link after ‘full text available at:’ will take you to the single sign-on page where you will need to enter your University login and password. Once logged in you will be taken to the page for the resource. You can check that you are correctly identified as a University user if you spot a message saying ‘Access provided by the Library/University of Bath’. This message may not appear on all platforms.

Resources for your subject

The Library’s online resources for all Departments/the School, including guidance, information literacy support, tutorials and the exam papers database etc, are linked from the Library’s Resources for your subject pages. These pages are available via the Library homepage.

The Library provides access to over 200 electronic databases and other subscription services, many of which offer full-text content. Your subject pages list curated sets of these services and use proxy links to enable ease of access and authentication off-campus. You may find it helpful to bookmark your subject page and/or the links you will use the most.

TIP:  for those using Google Scholar, you can set its Library Links on your own device to point to our resources where indexed. Click the hamburger menu in the top left, click settings, then search for and save ‘University of Bath’ from the ‘Library links’ option.

Do I need to use VPN to access Library e-resources?

In general, you do not need to use VPN or remote desktop (UniDesk) to access the electronic resources provided by the Library (e.g. electronic books, journals, articles, databases, etc). The links we provide to these from the Library catalogue and the Resources for your subject webpages are routed through EZproxy, which does not require repeated logins because it uses Single Sign-on. It is a reliable system and will also log you in to certain websites that do not use IP address authentication (e.g. O’Reilly Learning; Construction Information Service). Unless a specific website recommends it, you do not need to use VPN.

(Note: VPN is not required for remote access to your University desktop (UniDesk), software (UniApps) or to access to your files on the H: or X: drive (

DD&T guidance

Please note that the above advice works to access Library resources. If you need to access University systems and software you may need to use UniApps or a VPN:

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Library services update: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

With additional measures in place to prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), the Library building is now closed. The following Library services are available remotely:

Library building

  • The Library building is now closed to Library users.
  • UPDATE: there are now a small number of PCs available in the foyer of the Library for those students who may not have computer access otherwise. These are spaced well apart, in line with government advice. There will also be two multi-functional printers available in this area. You must sanitise your hands before using a computer in this area. 

Enquiry services

  • You can contact the Library online; please use our Ask a Librarian web form or email – we already run a service through TopDesk which is accessible to all Library staff on campus or remotely

Borrowing and returning books

  • Current return dates on books have been extended until 31st July, (these can be further extended if this is later needed).  The capability to reserve physical books has been removed, to prevent concerns or difficulties in returning books or collecting them
  • We will send system emails to all book borrowers explaining these changes.  The periodic emails sent from the system to individual borrowers will also include reminders of the changes

Library cards

  • Library card expiry dates have been temporarily extended, to remove the need for new cards before the summer.  This period can be extended later if necessary
  • Any requests for new or replacement library cards will be made by request to   Library cards are not required for access to electronic library resources. Costs for new or replacement cards will be waived

Inter-Library Loans and Bath Copies

  • We cannot supply physical Inter-Library Loans but we will continue to provide electronic document delivery
  • Requests for Inter Library Loans are already submitted only electronically via our request form
  • The Bath Copies Service has been suspended; we currently cannot supply scanned content from our print stock

Ordering new materials for Library stock

  • We will prioritise ordering of electronic formats of requested materials, e.g. books or journals, to ensure equity of provision and delivery.  Orders for new items can still be requested by staff or students, by email to

Copy and Print

  • Most Library photocopy/print machines are currently inaccessible whilst the building remains closed. However, there are two multi-functional printers available in the foyer. Please maintain a safe social distance of at least 2 metres
  • Payment accounts for copy/print are now online only and we will provide prominent links to the instructions on how to do this

Library Computers

  • A small number of PCs are available in the foyer of the Library for those students who may not have computer access otherwise. These are spaced well apart, in line with government advice. Please sanitise your hands before using a computer in this area

Online Library resources

Information covering all of the above will be linked from our Library homepage, and plasma screens in the building.  Staff doors and service points will display notices advising enquirers to contact staff via

For more information and updates: the University’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice is available online.

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NEW! Trial access to Henry Stewart journals: business and management collection until 31st March 2020

The Library has organised trial access to a collection of 20 business and management journals published by Henry Stewart Publications. The collection comprises nearly 6,000 online vocational articles, case studies and applied research written by expert practitioners and leading scholars.

The journals are vocational and known for preparing students for the world of work and for continuing professional education programmes for executives.

Subjects covered include marketing, management, finance and banking, real estate and digital business.

The Journals:

Marketing: Applied Marketing Analytics; Journal of Brand Strategy; Journal of Cultural Marketing Strategy; Journal of Digital Media Management; Journal of Digital & Social Media Marketing; Journal of Education Advancement & Marketing.

Finance: Journal of Data Protection & Privacy; Journal of Digital Banking; Journal of Financial Compliance; Journal of Payments Strategy & Systems; Journal of Risk Management in Financial Institutions; Journal of Securities Operations & Custody.

Management: Cyber Security Journal; Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning; Journal of Airport Management; Management in Healthcare; Journal of Supply Chain Management, Logistics and Procurement.

Real Estate/Property: Corporate Real Estate Journal; Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation; Journal of Urban Regeneration & Renewal.

Digital Business: Journal of Digital Media Management; Journal of Digital & Social Media Marketing; Cyber Security Journal; Journal of Data Protection & Privacy; Journal of Digital Banking

You’ll find all the journals on the Library Catalogue and you can access the collection on Ingenta Connect. Please provide feedback on this trial to the School of Management Librarian, Helen Rhodes on

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Beware email ‘phishing’ attempts

University of Bath students and staff may be targeted by ‘phishing’ attacks – emails pretending to come from the Library, IT services or other university professional services.

We’d like to remind all users of the official advice offered by the Digital, Data & Technology (DD&T) Group detailed here: 

[The University] will never ask for your login details or personal information by email. If you get an email like this, it could be an attempt at fraud known as ‘phishing’.

The phishing email is usually an urgent message with a link to a website that copies an official page, but is actually fake, such as the University login portal. The fraudster will try to trick you into entering [personal] information that is useful to gain access to any of your accounts or financial information […].

If you have followed a link in a phishing email

  1. If you have entered any financial details, contact your bank immediately and tell them that you have been the victim of an email scam. Do not wait to contact DD&T before doing this.
  2. If you have entered your University password, change it using Account Manager. If you have used this password on other accounts, change it on those as well.
  3. Contact the Service Desk so we can advise you what to do next.
  4. Run a full antivirus scan on your computer or device.


The library does send a number of automated advisory emails about borrower accounts, reservations and item recalls.  However,  the Library would never have any reason to ask you for your IT password OR to login to any online portal or borrower account to confirm your account status or re-register for library membership or access to online resources.

If you are ever in doubt about an email you’ve received, please visit the University homepage and look for a contact email or phone number to follow up with a member of University staff directly – do not use any emails or weblinks provided in the suspicious email.   The Library can be reached via

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Book student Group Study Spaces online

Following student requests and consultation with SSLCs, the Library has converted its bookable workrooms from a sign-up sheet system to an online system, managed by Timetabling. This will be run as a trial throughout Semester 2 to gauge its effectiveness compared to the paper system.

There are several benefits. For example, you will be able to:

  • Book rooms more than a week in advance
  • Explore bookable group workrooms across the University in one system. Group Study Spaces are located in selected rooms in the Library, Chancellors’ Building, 1W, 8W, Norwood House and Workstations in 8W 1.28
  • Book online rather than in person – you can explore availability online without having to visit the room in person. Bookings can also be made via a QR code on door signage, using a web enabled camera phone

Online booking of Library student group study spaces - semester 2

The group spaces on Library Level 1 (L1.12) and Level 4 (L4.30A – tables 1 and 2) are available to groups for 2hr slots, once per day, per group, between 08:15 – 22:05, as approved manually in the system by Timetabling. Be sure to book any weekend slots before 4pm on the preceding Friday, to avoid disappointment.

Please contact with any comments or feedback on this trial.

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Artfilms Digital trial access – stream films online until 30 April 2020

We have set up free trial access to the Artfilms Digital Collection so as to gauge interest and potential demand for this product. They offer educational institutions a choice of DVDs or subscription streaming for thousands of videos across a broad range of subject areas. There are more than 20 subject subdivisions. A few closely match our department interests, for example:

  • Architecture and Design (41 titles)
    g. Norman Foster; Bauhaus – Myth of the Modern; Dynamic Shapes – Architecture Through the Lens
  • History/Politics (41 titles)
    g. Heroes of the Enlightenment – Changing Society; Palestine Post 9/11; The Boy Mir – Ten Years in Afghanistan
  • Language/Literature (97 titles)
    g. Introduction to French Literature; Identity: Defining Ourselves Through Language; Interpreting in Legal Settings

The trial access uses IP authentication. If you are connected you will see ‘Connected with University of Bath’ at the top of the interface. You may need to refresh your browser to ensure you are successful.

artfilms digital - educating imagination

If you have any feedback on this product and trial access, please contact



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