We have just acquired the Country Life magazine digital archive which features content from the very first issues in 1897 up to 2005. These are fully searchable in ProQuest’s database platform, which also includes several other architecture magazine archives we purchased in the last year – including online back issues for Architectural Review; The Architects’ Journal; The Canadian Architect, Apollo and more.
Country Life (formerly Country Life Illustrated) is a fantastic resource for 20th Century rural living, with a lot of detailed articles for those interested in architecture and landscaping, antiques and fine art, leisure and lifestyles, agriculture and much more. For those studying the conservation of historic buildings, the high quality images of historic interiors are a fantastic resource in themselves, many being rare or unique.
The magazine is still going strong. In addition to our print back issues our longstanding subscription includes all subsequent content (2005 onward), shelved on Level 3 of the Library at PER 72. The most recent issue can be found in the associated Current Journal display in the North East corner of the floor.
Please 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 more information on Library spaces, Learning Commons and other study venues around campus see: study areas and bookable workrooms. The University is again making additional spaces available to students for study. Dates and times of rooms available are listed by week (7-25 Jan).
Good luck with your exams!
To support student revision during the January assessment period, the University has timetabled a number of study rooms to be available at various times in the coming weeks.
You can find all the information about which rooms will be available and when you can use them from the Timetabling webpage
The Library will print out these times for each week for display in the Library foyer.
In line with past years, the Library will attempt to automatically extend user loans on library stock from the subject floors so that books can be borrowed during the Christmas vacation period without being due for return between Saturday 8 December to Wednesday 9 January when many students will be away from campus.
For full details and advice the renewal of loans the Christmas vacation and when your books will be due for return or renewal please visit our Vacation Loans webpage.
We have just introduced interactive 3D floorplans of the Library. These replace the 2D plans you may be familiar with accessing via our Library catalogue records for print items.
These plans are principally to help users locate items from the catalogue, by highlighting the area of shelves in which the item should be located according to the level and class number. See this example for a book in the 370s on level 5.
There is also a searchable menu from which users can select other entities to locate too, for example:
- Where to study e.g. individual, group, silent bookable/non-bookable and more
- Where to get help e.g. service and info points
- Find resources e.g. archives, language learning resources, short loan and more
- Copy & Print e.g. location of everything from staplers to the change machine!
- Toilets and amenities e.g. snack area, first aid, gender neutral toilets
You can tilt and rotate a plan using your mouse by holding down the left hand button, pan (move the plan around) by holding down the right hand button, and scroll in and out using the wheel. The plans work well on mobile phones and tablets too: use two fingers to tilt and rotate, pinch to zoom, and one finger to pan.
How were the plans made?
The software used to create the plans is provided by Wagner Wayfinder. It is used by a handful of other university libraries including Birmingham, Nottingham and Manchester. They produced the floorplans in Sketchup using Estates CAD drawings. We manage the menus and locations in our plans via an admin website. It uses WebGL to render the graphics in the web browser.
Let us know what you think by leaving a comment or contacting us at email@example.com Please be aware that whilst we are relocating books on Level 4, the exact floor plan locations for materials will be less precise.