New digital and physical Library spaces

New Physical Spaces

Level 1 Quiet Study Room

The official opening of the Library’s new Level 1 quiet study area took place on the morning of Wednesday 12 September 2018.


Before: old journal storage on Level 1

This space has been completely transformed from our old, archive journal store’s dense rolling stacks, to a bright, comfortable and modern study space with 115 individual desks – each with twin power and USB charging sockets. Acting Vice Chancellor Bernie Morley formally opened the space with University Librarian Kate Robinson, SU Officers and invited guests in attendance. A lot of hard work has taken place to bring this planned development to fruition and we are delighted that we can now provide over 1,500 individual study spaces throughout our building.


Left to Right: SU President Eve Alcock, Acting Vice Chancellor Bernie Morley, SU Education Officer Jack Kitchen and SU Postgraduate Officer Jiani Zhou – explore the new space

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During: the space is cleared

The transformation began back in Spring 2017 with the start of a major project to rationalise our print journal holdings. The focus was to remove print materials duplicated by journal archives and stable subscriptions, as well as materials no longer matching our teaching and researching or otherwise not fit for purpose. We needed to slim the collection by 20% to empty the L1 store. Retained materials were then moved to the relevant subject floors.

Building work was conducted apace over Summer 2018 to ensure the room was ready for the new Semester. For more detail on the process, watch our Library transformation slideshow video.


The flooring, ceiling and lighting were replaced, with additional work to enhance the heating, insulation and ventilation on the floor. Power was supplied via dado rails to each new desk.

A new paint scheme inspired by the original 1970s ‘Bamboo’ Terence Conran curtain design, featuring greens and mustard, brightens the walls. This colour scheme is extended to the new chairs and desks installed in the space. A OneLan Plasma screen display for news and alerts, as well as directional signage and Archive image wall decorations will be added as finishing touches.


29680 Library Study Space Opening 12 Sept 2018. Bernie Morley, acting VC opens the new Study Space on level 1 of the Library. Client: David Stacey – Library

Since 2014 the total number of seats in the Library has risen from 1,271 to 1,577. An increase of 22.2% (306 seats). Alongside the various Learning Commons and Graduate Commons (on and off campus) which provide another 630 seats, there has been a significant boost in flexible study spaces.


University Librarian Kate Robinson and Acting Vice Chancellor Bernie Morley introduce the new spaces to guests

We hope you enjoy making use of this new space. Please let us know what you think in the comments below or contact us using our email address or help form.


New digital spaces

Libguides launched this week! 

You may have noticed the Library gradually rolling out new look web pages using the University’s new web content management system. To compliment these and make the most of our guidance and  resource heavy pages, this afternoon we are launching our new and improved subject guides, referencing and research services pages using Libguides.


Libguides is a product specifically designed to allow librarians to create their own websites. It’s used by many hundreds of academic and other libraries and is optimised for curating knowledge and sharing information, organising subject specific databases and assets.


Libguides ensures mobile accessibility, for a friendly ‘Library in your pocket’. Not just for showcasing resources and facilitating ease of use, this platform will help enhance our e-learning provision in various file formats, whilst offering a complete refresh of the look and feel of our site.


Library Lists update:

Last year we piloted our new reading list management software with the Faculty of Science and Faculty of Engineering & Design. These new Library Lists provide live information from our catalogue on availability of books in print and links to full-text online. We are now updating the content in these lists with the help of academic staff, further promoting their use, and exploring how they may be used in other departments.

We are now in the process of enabling seamless delivery with Moodle implementation via LTI. This supports Curriculum Transformation with easy to edit lists and list managers. It also helps us to store and provide scanned content using our CLA license and generates data to improve Library processes such as targeted book ordering.

Students can still access Library lists for recommended reading outside Moodle, using the magnifying glass to search for their unit code or title. These lists are accessible using single-sign on.


It is also possible to create lists that are not associated with a particular unit and also make these publicly accessible. For example, the new list for popular works in the Library.

Please let us know what you think about enhancements to our website and also Library Lists in the comments below, or contact us using our email address or help form.

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Peer review: who you gonna call?


It’s Peer Review Week, a global celebration of the role of peer review in maintaining quality in scholarly communications. This year’s theme of diversity in peer review set me thinking: who decides who is involved in peer review?

Do you need to find peer reviewers, perhaps as editor for a journal or a panel member assessing grant proposal? If so (with apologies to GhostBusters): who you gonna call?

Editors and assessment panels are recruited for their expertise, but even so, can’t be specialists in all the research areas they’re asked to assess. If you need to find peer reviewers for an unfamiliar area, then you may find that publishing and citation data can help you locate researchers with the expertise needed.

Researchers working on the same or closely related problems are likely to cite the same foundational literature and possibly each other, as well as other relevant work. So clustering publications according to citation links can be an insightful way to map the research landscape. This is exactly what SciVal’s ‘Topic’ feature does – grouping publications worldwide into roughly 96,000 clusters of strongly related publications called Topics.


Starting from the researcher whose work you need to find a peer reviewer for, you can see which Topics their existing publications fall into, and then who else worldwide is contributing to those research Topics. This way you can branch out beyond their immediate co-authors and references to find other researchers with expertise in the area – potential peer reviewers to call.


Our brief ‘Find experts’ handout guides you through this process. Contact Katie Evans, Research Analytics Librarian, for assistance.

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48th Annual UACES Conference & the EU Posters Collection

In 2017, with some help from a Faculty of H&SS Teaching Development Fund grant, the Library and PoLIS jointly purchased a collection of over 140 EU-related posters. Featuring the languages of most European countries, the posters cover a wide range of topics from immigration and trade to human rights and the environment. Some are formal; some are humorous. They are all colourful, communicative and visually engaging.

The posters are already being used to support teaching across several European Studies units and we hope to expand this to other programmes within the Department.

About 40 of the posters, selected by Dr Nina Parish, Dr Maria Garcia and Dr Nick Startin, are currently on display in the Chancellors’ Building (Level 5) as part of the 48th Annual Conference of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies.(UACES), 2-5 September.

There’s more information about the EU Posters Collection here: 

Contact Lizzie Richmond, University Archivist with any queries or to arrange a visit.


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CRC Energy & Clean Technology ebooks update

The library has increased our CRC Netbase Energy & Clean Technology ebooks collection, by purchasing more than 200 titles from 2015-2017 to add to our existing collection (2000-13). These ebooks can be found in the Library catalogue.

You can also browse and access the ebooks on the Taylor and Francis website for the collection if you use the login option for institutions using Shibboleth – select University of Bath and United Kingdom. You will need to filter results to the 2000-2017 ebooks (over 400 titles in total).  Full text ebooks have a green tick symbol next to them. 2018 CRC press content is on our wish list.

Topics covered in the ebooks include:

  • Bio Energy
  • Business & Policy
  • Clean Technologies
  • Novel Technologies
  • Renewable Energy
  • Traditional Industries – Clean & Green Advancements

You may be interested to know that we also have full text to almost 300 CRC Water Netbase ebooks (up to and including those published in 2013), accessible via our catalogue or T&F’s website. These cover various areas of water sciences research.

The books in all these collections are ‘DRM free’ which means you can print and download as much as you like for *personal use* (NOT teaching/sharing).

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Springer ebooks update: 2018

Our Library’s ebook collections have been further enhanced this year with more than 11,000 new ebooks from the following Springer collections. These are largely frontfile additions for 2018. Additional 2018 titles will continue to be released and become available up until the end of the year.

We have also added the Chemistry and Materials archive ebooks from pre-1999, to give a full run from 1893 to present, Business and Economics ebooks for 2005-14, as well as 2016 and 2017 content for a variety of packages.*


By combining these latest ebooks with our existing Springer content, this gives us access to over 73,000 high quality scholarly ebook titles and more than 51,000 protocols. Follow the links below to search across the subject specific collections or search for individual titles by keyword on our Library catalogue:

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*Political Science and International Studies 2016-17, Behavioral Science and Psychology 2017, Biomedical and Life Science 2017, Education 2017, Mathematics and Statistics 2017, plus Physics and Astronomy 2017, all unlocked in 2018.

**Lecture Notes in Computer Science – we have access to the full content: 1973-2018!

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Times Higher Education: register for online access!


The Library has started a subscription to the electronic version of the THE (Times Higher Education) for the whole University. This provides unrestricted access to their news and commentary, university rankings, World Summit Series and more.

To quickly access the full content online and for free, you will need to follow the link for online access provided via the Library catalogue record. You then need to:

  1. click the red user account symbol at the top right of the web page
  2. click ‘Register’ to set up a personal THE account using your University email address
  3. enter your preferred username and password for use when logging-in to THE
  4. (Optional) select to receive newsletter(s)
  5. Click ‘Join Us’
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Enhanced Digimap access: UK maps & map data


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On 1 August 2018 the Library renewed its Digimap subscription for the University of Bath. Digimap is an online geospatial service developed by EDINA for use in higher education. It features a broad range of maps and downloadable map data (compatible with CAD and GIS software).

If you are already a registered user, you will notice next time you enter that you will need to agree to the license terms and conditions again before resuming access. If you are not yet registered it is a great time to jump in, register and explore the resource.

Familiar users will also see that visually it has had a significant overhaul, but most importantly, we have increased access from the three core packages we have maintained for several years, to the complete set of eight:

Previously we had access to contemporary Ordnance Survey maps, Historic and Environment (land cover) maps. Now, for the first time we have gained full access to Geological, Marine, Aerial and Lidar collections!

If you have any feedback on the product please don’t hesitate to contact the Library.


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