Quiet study during revision and exams

Please be considerate to your fellow students during the revision period by keeping noise to a minimum on all levels of the Library.

Quiet study space is very popular at this time of year. We have made it easier for you to find and use individual study spaces when you need them in the Library by removing the need to book. This decision is supported by data from the bookings system which shows that these types of study spaces are rarely booked.

This means that more than 1,000 individual study spaces, with and without PCs, across all floors of the Library will now be available for drop-in use.

We know our bookable individual and group work rooms are in high demand so these are still bookable. You can book these spaces in advance through Libcal. Individual study spaces in open areas in other buildings also remain available to book.

You might also have spotted that new water fountains have recently been installed near the lifts on Level 2 and Level 3 of the Library.

To find out more about bookable (and non-bookable) spaces, both on and off campus, go to: Where you can study on campus and in the city.

The University recommends face coverings are worn when moving around indoors and in teaching settings. More guidance from the University on how to Be safe on campus and in Bath is available online.

Using e-books during the assessment period? Please remember to sign out or close your browser when finished, otherwise you might lock access for other readers if there are limits on how many can access the e-book at the same time.

You may find the following Library resources helpful:

  1. Find Past exam papers
    Browse and access past papers via our online database.
  2. Take a break!
    Taking a break can help improve memory, increase your energy, reduces stress, improve health, plus boost your performance and creativity. Keep an eye out for our ‘Take a break’ envelopes in the Library during revision week.
  3. Managing exam stress and ‘Read Well’ themed reading lists
    We’ve created some themed reading lists of resources you might want to draw on for managing exam stress and reading for wellbeing. You’ll find a display on level 2 and can view the Skills and Wellbeing list on our Library Lists system.

Finally, our colleagues at the Skills Centre have a great deal of support on offer via the Support for exams web page. This include guides, blogs, 1:1 appointments, the Be Well app and much more.

Good luck with your exams!
The Library

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Changes to Library Study Spaces after Easter

We’re making it easier for you to find and use individual study spaces when you need them in the Library by removing the need to book. This decision is supported by data from the bookings system (Libcal) which shows that these types of study spaces are rarely booked.

This means that more than 1,000 individual study spaces, with and without PCs, across all floors of the Library will now be available for drop-in use, in addition to the flexible study spaces on Level 2, which have been extremely popular.

We know our bookable individual and group work rooms are in high demand so these are still bookable. You can book these spaces in advance through Libcal. Individual study spaces in open areas in other buildings also remain available to book. Please remember to activate your booking within 15 minutes of arriving, and to cancel any bookings you no longer require:

You can visit the following webpage for more information on Where you can study on campus and in the city.

Best wishes,

Your Library

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Quiet study during revision and exams

Please be considerate to your fellow students during the revision period by keeping noise to a minimum on all levels of the Library and please wear a face covering at all times, unless exempt.

Quiet study space is very popular at this time of year so it is more important than ever that you book a study space online to avoid disappointment. To find out more about bookable (and non-bookable) spaces, both on and off campus, go to: Where you can study on campus and in the city.

When using the spaces, you must:

  • clean the desk before and after you use it
  • vacate your space by the end of your booked time
  • not move any furniture from marked study spaces
  • please be aware that other people may be more comfortable keeping a social distance
  • wash or sanitise your hands regularly
  • follow any directional signage
  • keep windows open
  • not consume any food
  • make sure any drinks are in sealed bottles, flasks or reusable cups with lids
  • leave the space clean and tidy when you’ve finished
  • remember that study spaces are for quiet study; do not disturb others

Further University guidance on safety during the Covid-19 pandemic is available online.

Good luck with your exams!
The Library

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Open Access Week: 25 – 31 October 2021

Open Access Week is “an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.” Check the OA week website for more information and resources.

Find out more about our Library support for Open Access by checking out our Libguide. You can also follow us on Twitter for updates throughout OA week and beyond!

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Springer 2021 e-books and protocols update

Our Library’s ebook collections have been further enhanced this year with more than 7,300 new ebooks from the following Springer collections. These are largely frontfile additions for 2021. Many more 2021 titles will continue to be released and become available up until the end of the year.

Additionally, Springer Protocols for 2021 have also been purchased, with more than 4,200 new protocols already available.
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By combining these latest ebooks with our existing Springer content, this gives us access to over 127,000 high quality scholarly ebook titles and more than 64,500 protocols Follow the links below to search across the subject specific collections or search for individual titles by keyword on our Library catalogue. For the first time we have now acquired ebook frontfiles from both the Earth & Environmental Science and Medicine collections:

Springer ebooks covers e.g. Brand Management; Smart Architecture

*Lecture Notes in Computer Science – we have access to the full content: 1973-2021!

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Cabell’s Predatory Reports: new subscription

The Library now provides access to Cabell’s Predatory Reports, a searchable database for identifying potentially predatory, deceptive and fraudulent journals using Cabell’s criteria such as peer review, integrity and publication practices.

Find Cabell’s on the Library Catalogue and linked from our ‘Research Analytics’ Libguide, which also provides further advice for researchers on choosing where to publish your research.

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Furniture moves from 16th August

In preparation for the start of semester, we’ll be moving lots of chairs back into the study spaces on the upper floors of the Library in the week commencing 16th August. There may be some minor disruption during this time; apologies for any inconvenience.

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New Web of Science platform now live

The new Web of Science platform is now the default option via the Library web pages. All key functionality is now available.

Access to EndNote Online, EndNote Click (formerly Kopernio) and Journal Citation Reports (which now contains 2020 data) is available via the Products dropdown menu in the upper right-hand corner in the top header. You can continue to access the previous “classic” Web of Science platform via the Products dropdown menu until the end of the year.

Once in the new platform, you can select the question mark in the bottom right-hand corner to access guided tours and training. In addition, here is a link to the training videos that Clarivate have provided.  A recording of the recent ‘Introducing the new Web of Science’ webinar is also available.

If you have any queries please contact your Subject Librarian or email library@bath.ac.uk

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Study spaces changes for the Summer vacation

Over the Summer vacation you’ll no longer need to book your study space in the Library or the Virgil Building via LibCal. Study spaces in these locations will be available to use on a first come, first served basis.

The Assistive Technology rooms on Library Level 2 are still bookable for students registered with the Disability Service.

Study spaces will also remain bookable on LibCal in 6 West South (weekdays only) and 10W (Levels 4 and 5, postgrad only), so you can still reserve your space in advance in these locations.

Please continue to follow our COVID-safe rules:

  • Study quietly and individually and don’t disturb others;
  • Wear a face covering unless exempt (if so, please wear or carry a sunflower lanyard);
  • Clean the desk before and after you use it;
  • Don’t move any furniture.

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Additional quiet study spaces for the revision and exam period: book online!

From this week, you can book more even more quiet study space via LibCal: over 1,250 spaces on campus and in the city!

Library spaces are bookable 24/7 and other spaces from 8.15am until 10pm every day (including weekends). 10 West Levels 4 and 5 have reverted to postgraduate only use, with spaces in 8 West now available for general booking.

Additional spaces have been added for the revision and exam period; the Library and all Learning Commons will remain available over the Summer vacation.

All of these space are for quiet, individual study only.

Please book your space using LibCal, so that everyone can work safely, to ensure fair access to spaces and to avoid disappointment. Our video explains how to book – it’s quick and easy to do.

Exams can be stressful. Please be kind and study safely, responsibly and fairly:

  • Book your space and vacate it by the end of your booked time;
  • Study quietly and individually and don’t disturb others;
  • Wear a face covering unless exempt (if so, please wear or carry a sunflower lanyard);
  • Clean the desk before and after you use it;
  • Don’t move any furniture;
  • Be mindful of your own wellbeing. Remember to take breaks and look after yourself. The SU’s Study Well page includes a range of study and wellbeing resources, including our Managing exam stress library reading list and display on Library Level 2.

Good luck with your exams from the Library team!

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