Revised Library Web Site – what’s new?

The Library website has been given a major revision and moved to its new location at Any old links and bookmarks you have should continue to work as you be automatically redirected, or prompted to link to the new site. However it may take a couple of days for all the redirections to take place, so please excuse any problems that may arise. It will also take a couple of days for the search engine to catch up.

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eLexicons for Fashion and Graphic Arts

Graphic Design and Illustration students may be familiar with the eLexicons resource, but a new Fashion lexicon has just been added. eLexicons, provides reliable and contextualized learning resources for the visual arts, including Fashion, Textile Design, Typography, Graphic Design, Graphic Art, Illustration, and Lettering. The resource includes over 3,000 biographies of notable designers and a rich library of images. It is really helpful in demonstrating relationships between people and organisations, for example, discovering who designers have worked with, where they studied and what organisations they are members of.  You can click through the database links to read more about each relationship and see examples of designers’ work.

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Changes to opening times

Library entranceOver the next two weeks library opening times will be changing as we step up our service in the approach of the start of term:

11-17 September 2017 (this week) – Vacation opening hours remain in place.

18-24 September 2017 (next week) – We open 8am until midnight every day (including the weekend) .

Monday 25 September 2017 onwards – Term officially starts and with it the library opens 24/7 and we do not intend to close until the end of the exam period, except for around five days over the Christmas Vacation.

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Library carpets being deep cleaned

The Library carpet is being deep cleaned over the next few days.  The cleaners will cordon off areas they are working on as they go, beginning on the ground floor.   If the cordons prevent you from reaching books that you wish to consult at any time, please speak to a member of staff at any staffed desk.  We hope you will enjoy the new refreshed look and feel of the library once this has finished.

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National Book Tokens £1000 giveaway

national book tokens photoHow does a free £1000 grab you?  Still interested if you can only spend it on books (fun ones as well as books for study)?  If you or someone you know might be interested in having all the reading for their course and all their leisure reading as well bought for them, National Book Tokens are giving away £1000 of book tokens (redeemable in any high street bookshop, like our local Blackwell bookshop).  All for the lucky nominee to share, horde, or lord over their neighbours like a modern-day Mao Zedong (the Chinese dictator reportedly once worked in a library, only to grow fearful after he came to power that a literature population might threaten his rule, and so kept the Chinese population relatively uneducated, while he slept surrounded by books).

Click here to nominate someone (including yourself) for this wonderful prize.

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A most Knovel app

engineering photoScience and engineering reference source Knovel has released a new mobile app for Android and iOS so you can now get mobile friendly reliable technical data on the go on field trips and in the lab.  With My Knovel ToGo, you can even download content to read on the bus or train and sync bookmarks when you next have an internet connection.  Read more here or visit Google Play or the AppStore to download the app for free.

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Knovel login requires VPN or Web Proxy away from the University campus (resolved)

Update 06.09.17 – It is once again possible to log into and register with Knovel from anywhere without the need to use the VPN or Web Proxy.

Knovel requires clients register after logging into the resource other than through the University network.  It has been reported that Knovel is not recognising the student email domain (


You can still use Knovel when working anywhere away from the University campus by setting up the VPN (or where necessary the Web Proxy).  Click here for step-by-step setup instructions.  If you would like to be guided through the procedure, please get in touch at any time 24/7.

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New eBooks – August 2017

What follows is a list of new electronic books received by the Library during August 2017 ordered by title. More complete details, as well as listings from previous months, are available on our website’s New Books page in the form of downloadable Excel spreadsheets.

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New Books – August 2017

What follows is a list of new books received in the Library during August 2017 ordered by classmark. More complete details, as well as listings from previous months, are available on our website’s New Books page in the form of downloadable Excel spreadsheets.

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Beyond Google

search photo“Google is coming after critics in academia and journalism. It’s time to stop them.”

Is there anything Google cannot do?  Is there anything Google soon will not decide it should not do?  By the time you rule the world, it is typical that you reach a point where you can see nothing wrong with what you decide should happen and start seeing everyone who opposes your bliss as anarchists revolting at the gates that must swiftly be put down.  Google is reportedly already showing signs of no longer seeing any good reason to tolerate dissent.  In the words of the  the new Chair of one group forced out from its former parent organisation upon evoking Google’s displeasure at its support for an anti-monopolisation ruling in Europe, “Google is coming after critics in academia and journalism. It’s time to stop them.”

Google’s integrated simplicity is very alluring.  They built their products pretty well and it is very difficult to avoid Google’s monopoly on most things.  Even when doing so, it is hard to feel unlike those people who give up having a car to protect the environment and watch everyone speed on their way wondering what impact they alone are having but we can all support anti-monopoly laws at home and abroad and speak up (including on social media) in support those who criticise monopolists everywhere and against any attempts to silence them.

If you are searching for alternatives to Google, however, many exist and there are exciting benefits to using them.  Click Read more below for some suggested free (and in many cases open source) alternatives to get you started. Read more ›

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