Scheduled maintenance to the Discovery Service – Publications page

EBSCO are performing scheduled maintenance to the Discovery Service Publications page (which lists our electronic journal holdings and suppliers) between 3-8 pm UK time on Wednesday 20th December.  During this interval this service may run slowly or experience interruptions.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
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Moving your ebooks from your computer to your tablet

If you have ever downloaded an ebook to your home computer only to wish that you had chosen your phone or tablet instead then help is at hand, at least for one of our main ebook providers.  ProQuest, who provide Ebook Central, explain how you can transfer ebooks from your desktop or laptop computer to an Android or Apple iOS device in this support article.

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New look for Oxford Art and Music Online

Oxford Art Online and Oxford Music Online both now have a new look.  Oxford Art Online includes the peer-reviewed, regularly updated Grove Dictionary of Art and the Benezit Dictionary of Artists with over 200,000 articles that span ancient to contemporary art and architecture, as well as over 15,000 images of works of art, structures, plans, and artist signatures.  Oxford Music Online includes Grove Music Online, with cross search of The Oxford Dictionary of Music and The Oxford Companion to Music, an authoritative resource for music research with over 57,000 articles written by over 6,000 scholars charting the diverse history and cultures of music around the globe.
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Resolved: Ravelin Park side ladies toilets temporarily unavailable

Update 12.12.17 – All our toilets are once again open for you to use.  Thank you for your patience.
We regret the Ravelin Park side ladies toilets are temporarily unavailable.  Alternative toilets are available at the front of the building, on the first floor in Areas 1C and 1B and on the second floor in Area 2B.  Thank you for your patience.
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Family Law Online is becoming part of Lexis Library

On Monday 18th December the e-resource Family Law Online  will become part of Lexis Library.

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Resolved: Noise disruption: intermittent chiming alarm

Update 12.12.17 – This noise problem has now been resolved.  Thank you for your patience.

We apologise for the three-tone chiming alarm sounding at intervals in one part of the Library.  The cause has been identified and while we cannot silence it straight away, Estates have been notified and we understand the underlying cause will be fixed very soon.

It is likely to be much less audible in Areas 0B, 1B (for individual silent study) and 2B, reached most directly from the wooden staircase in the Atrium.  Earplugs are available from the Welcome Desk.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Library lifehack: charging your phone from your laptop or PC

USB to micro-USB cableI’ve never met a student who didn’t want at least one more power socket than was available.  Everything built after 1930 that is either useful or fun seems to want a power supply, and while mobile devices are increasingly clever in design they really don’t like being left to rely on their battery all day long, especially as they start to age.

It’s not a lot of fun deciding which of your devices is going to die on you for want of being plugged into that one available socket, and with the best will in the world the promised proliferation of plug sockets (we really are going to fit lots more in the Library) is simply not possible before the coming summer vacation.  There is always the lure of forbidden toys such as extension cables but in addition to attracting the tutting of passing library assistants and security guards, these are big, bulky and awkward to lug around.

Happily there is a neat little solution.  With a light and not overly expensive cable (they retail for around £5 each), you can charge mobile devices from your desktop computer or laptop.  Plugging your phone to charge from an available USB port on your desktop PC or loanable laptop means you can potentially power everything from just the one socket beside (or underneath your desk on the ground floor) without tripping over extra cables or carrying bulky kit around.  It might be the workaround to one of life’s frustrations.

Share your lifehacks

Inspiration is better than money in many ways becuase the more everyone shares it, the more everyone has!  Do you have a #studytip or #lifehack to share?  Tweet or share it on Instagram with @uoplibrary or post it to our Facebook page.

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Watch more, learn more: videos for all subjects

Tired of reading?  We have lots of videos to support your studies available from Alexander Street Press covering everything from clinical nursing to opera, LGBT studies to education, and cooking to travel.  Whatever you are into, there is much you can get out of this fun and informative video collection.  Follow the link and click on the “Browse Subjects” button for an expandable list of all the subjects currently on offer.

These videos are all respected academic information sources you can cite in assignments and if you find something you think your friends and course mates would like, you can tweet/share a link to videos with the click of a button.

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Room booking system problems

The library room booking system has developed a fault that is causing confirmed bookings to be cancelled, resulting in multiple bookings for the same rooms. We are working with the supplier to fix the problem and apologise for any inconvenience caused.
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Resolved: Photocopier temporarily unavailable

Update 11.12.17 – The photocopier is working normally again.  Thank you for your patience.
We regret that the student photocopier is temporarily unavailable.

Workaround

You can scan documents for free (scanners are available beside the concrete central stairwell in Area 0A) and then print them.  Please ask our IT Helpers for further details or get in touch online.
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