Summer Vacation Loans 2018

Library books that are borrowed or successfully renewed from Friday 25 May will be issued for the duration of the Summer vacation up until Wednesday 3 October (or the expiry date on your library card if it is sooner).

While items can still be requested by other borrowers and recalled during the vacation, you will find that the 3 October due date will not change and that you do not have to return them before then.

However, if you are in a position to return recalled loan items during the vacation other library users will be very grateful to have the items available.

Automatic weekly renewals will be reinstated in the week leading up to 3 October.

Short Loan items will remain in the Short Loan Collection for 24 hour loan throughout the Summer vacation period and are subject to daily late fees as normal.

Fines are only charged on items that have fallen overdue by a number of weeks or when borrowers have lost a library book.

If you have any queries about your loans during the Summer please contact the Issue Desk via:

The Library will be staffed throughout the vacation period – with the exception of national holidays – and the building is open as normal for study 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Management resource of the Month: May

This month’s Management resource is:

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To get full access to ABI/INFORM you enter via the Library’s Management Resources page or on the Library Catalogue.

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What does ABI/INFORM allow me to Access?
Users can discover business conditions, management techniques, business trends, management practice and theory, corporate strategy and tactics, and competitive landscape. ABI/INFORM Global includes ABI/INFORM Archive, which offers a deep back file of many of the most important business journals of the last century.
Subjects covered:
Accounting/ business/ business trends/ competitive landscape and product information/ corporate strategies/ economic conditions/ finance/ management techniques + theory.

Go to ABI/INFORM Global’s Libguide for online tutorials.

A display is running on Library level 5 for a month, promoting the benefits of using ABI/INFORM to support student studies and staff research.

blog photoVisit our display and take away a freebie to remind you of the vast wealth the resource can offer.

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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.

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.

Opening times for the Learning Commons during May 2018 are extended:

  • 6WS:  Mon-Fri 8:00 am – 10:00 pm; Sat-Sun 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Norwood House Level 2:  Mon-Fri 8:00 am – 10:00 pm; Sat-Sun 8:00 am – 8:00 pm (includes bookable group work and interview rooms)
  • Virgil Building:  Mon-Fri 8:00 am – midnight;  Sat-Sun 10:00 am – midnight. Except for Bank Holiday Mondays, 7 and 28 May, open 10:00 am – 08:00 pm
  • Library Level 2 Learning Commons: 24/7

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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Library boosts A-Level pupils’ chances of success

During the inter-semester break and Easter vacation, the Library welcomed sixth form students from local schools to make the most of our fantastic resources and enhance the quality of their research for their Extended Project Qualifications. A total of 130 pupils representing five schools have visited us already this year and during the Summer vacation we expect many more.

The EPQ and why it matters

The Extended Project Qualification is an optional qualification for gaining UCAS points, equivalent to half an A-level. Its focus is on developing “independent research and project management” skills, which are highly valued by both employers and educators. Students formulate their own research topic and are challenged to “research, critically select, organise and use information”* from different sources. The Library is well-placed to provide access to both academic resources and to training that helps prepare many students not only for completing the project, but for independent study in Higher Education. Now that AS levels are no longer taken, universities are increasingly reliant on success at EPQ level to gauge future students’ academic skill levels and also, increasingly, use it as an indicator of their passion for, and knowledge of, their chosen degree subject.

What the library can offer

Library staff work closely with the Widening Participation Office and deliver information skills training to link schools as well as offering EPQ support – a service that we have provided to local schools for more than 12 years now. Under the guidance of the Library’s professionally qualified information specialists, these pupils can access a wide range of books and online resources to research their chosen subjects. Topics this year ranged from Formula One to Forensic Science, Spanish poetry to Speciesism, Antisemitism to AI technology – and there was something here for everyone. For our link schools we offer tours of the Library and the campus and give today’s pupils a taster of being tomorrow’s students.

What pupils and teachers say about their visit

Thank you, I got a lot out of this.” [pupil]

This was really helpful, thank you SO much.” [pupil]

Thank you so much for arranging and helping with our visit to the Library this year.  The students and their teachers were delighted with the online access they were offered and I believe many of them found useful information for their EPQ projects.  It was also a valuable opportunity for them to experience a bit of real university life! Thank you very much for all your time and trouble.
We look forward to doing it all again next year
!” [teacher]

*AQA (2015)b. Level 3 Extended Project Qualification [online]. Available from: [Accessed 7th March 2018].

Photos with permission from pupils at Clarendon Academy

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Management Resources Trial

New database trail for HS talks – The Business and Management Collection.


Follow the link here to the Database.

The University of Bath Library has organised access to The Business & Management Collection (HS Talks) until the end of April, 2018.

What does this database offer you?
• Over 1,000 online lectures, case studies and case study interviews conducted by experts in the field.
• Subject matter covered: marketing & sales, strategy, technology & operations, finance, accounting & economics, global business management and management, leadership & organisations.

This database is aimed at students and lecturers and could be used for:
1. Assigned individual viewing in preparation for class discussions or group-work activities
2. To create or support student projects
3. As self-directed study to extend student learning
The database content is presented in four, easily accessible, different formats:
1. Traditional format lectures with high quality graphics
2. Case Study Interviews
3. Extended form case studies
4. Bite-size case studies

Please contact us with any feedback you have on the database. Your comments will provide valuable information for the Library to use in evaluating the resource.
Contact Management subject Librarian: Helen Rhodes



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Ongoing maintenance work on level 5

The windows at the front of the Library on level 5 are being replaced. There will be noise and the temperature of the floor will be affected. Estates are making these essential improvements across the Easter vacation period (24 March – 8 April) and will aim to complete them as soon as possible.

uoblibrary buildingThe repairs follow problems with opening and closing several of the windows. This was adversely affecting our ability to regulate temperature in the building, which is particularly important during this very cold start to the year.

If you would like to study on Level 5 you can move to the middle and back of the floor.  If you specifically need to use Library computers, please go to the front of level 2, 3 or 4 of the Library or use the PCs in the training room on Level 1.

We Apologise for any inconvenience during these works.


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Digital Skills for Staff: Finding Information and Communicating Online

Develop Yourself and Your Students!

This interactive workshop is aimed at staff who teach and support students, and will provide expert guidance and support for the following topics:

  • Searching, Information Gathering
  • Library Scanning Service
  • Library Reading Lists
  • Finding Online Images and Copyright
  • Understanding Plagiarism
  • Reference Management
  • Social Media and Online Communities

You can drop in at any time, and the sessions will be interactive and staff will be on hand to take your questions and show examples of good practice!

28 March 2018
12:15 pm – 2:00 pm
Main Campus (CB 5.13 Comp Lab)
Book your place now!

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