While You Were Away – Space & Power

More study space… and e-journals

  • wywa5aWe’ve removed rows of print journals which we now purchase electronically, freeing up space across the floors to improve our study areas
  • We’ve increased our e-journals again, from c. 21,000 to 24,000 titles
  • We’ve updated study areas across the library and added 50 additional study seats
  • The SALC has moved from Level 5. In its place we’ve created a new, refurbished, individual silent study zone
  • We’ve refurbished and updated: the quiet study room at the back of Level 3; the group work room at the front of Level 4; and our new permanent study room on the East of Level 4

Let there be light… and power!

  • wywa5bWe’ve added double power sockets and USB charging points to 60 desks at the front of level 4,
  • We’ve new LED lighting on Level 3 – it’s brighter and more energy efficient!
  • We’ve installed new blinds at the front of the Library, cutting glare across the PC areas

Enter the Language Learning Zone

  • globeThe new Language Learning Zone (formerly Self Access Language Centre) launched in September. It’s on Level 3, just by the North staircase
  • The associated Language collections – books and multimedia – are now on the open shelves on Level 3, next to our Literature journals
  • Language DVDs are by the Issue Desk on Level 2

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Library card required to enter Library from 10 October

From 10 October, the gates at the Library entrance will be secured.  This means that everyone who wishes to enter the Library will need to present their current library card at the turnstiles to enter.

Library staff will be working during the day to help new members of the University enter through the gates with their card.

The gates are secured throughout the semester and it is expected that everyone who wants to enter the Library to make use of resources or services based in the building will use their card for access at all times.

The Library Issue Desk can provide replacements for lost and damaged cards between 9am and 445pm, Monday to Friday.  Please note that there is a £5 charge for replacing a lost library card.


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While You Were Away 2017

Important new services

  • wywa1Sharp multi-function devices (copy, print and scan) and credit top-up machines have replaced the older Canon devices as part of the Campus-wide Print Services upgrade
  • New ‘Library Lists’ – we’re piloting new reading list management software with some Science and Engineering Departments.  Library lists will be available through Moodle, and link directly to Library catalogue records and full text materials

wywa2Making the most of the Library

  • Following successful introduction of auto-renewals, we’ve extended the maximum number of books and other items you can borrow, from 20 to 30!
  • We’ve upgraded our digital signage, with new screens on all subject floors. Keep an eye out for service alerts and announcements e.g.  Library training in the DoctoralSkills programme

wywa3Saving you time and money

  • To make sure you can always make the most of the Library, we’ve made it cheaper to replace lost or damaged Library cards – now £5 instead of £8
  • Don’t forget our new book drop service – return your books to The Virgil Building, and we’ll bring them back to the Library for you

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Celebrate World Architecture Day 2017

Monday 2 Oct 2017 is World Architecture Day!

This is an event for architects around the world organised by The International Union of Architects (UIA). This year’s theme is “Climate Change Action!”

gardenThe UIA supports the initiatives from the 015 International Climate Change Agreement and this is another opportunity to demonstrate the importance that architecture and urban design can have in lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

If you are inspired by Green Architecture the Library has lots of physical and electronic resources on this subject, for example:


Feedback on these resources or recommendations of other resources are welcome.

Contact your Subject Librarian, David Stacey

To celebrate a year of architecture related blogging you can read some of our best posts here.


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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 FT.com.  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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