Bloomsbury Applied Visual Arts offer

Would you like £50 worth of Bloomsbury books to add to your bookshelf? Who wouldn’t?

To earn your books you will participate in a 30-45 minute phone call with a Bloomsbury rep during which you will be asked to conduct a short research task on the Bloomsbury Applied Visual Arts database and answer some questions. The library already subscribes to this resource. It’s useful for a wide range of creative subjects, including fashion & textiles, design & illustration, photography, architecture and interiors.

This is a great opportunity for students and researchers at the University of Portsmouth to help develop the resource for the future. Please help if you can, you might find something useful for your research too!  Please contact directly.

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Don’t be reserved about reserving books!

Everything renews itself forever

Two arrows forming a cycleAll the books you borrow from the University library renew themselves automatically. That means when the last copy of the book you want has been borrowed, you have a choice of looking to see if we have an ebook or reserve a printed copy.

So if you want to read something and all the copies are on loan, you really need to reserve a copy!

Reserving a book is easy: find the book using the Discovery Service or catalogue and click “Reserve”, enter the “library number” found on your student card and click “Reserve” a second time to confirm your reservation. A green confirmation box appears to confirm that your reservation has been placed.

When your reserved book becomes available for you to pick up, we will email your University email account. You can then pick it up at any time from the reservation shelves in the library atrium. Please issue your reserved books to yourself so we know you have them!

If you want a book that is on loan to someone else, you really want to reserve it! All books that you, or anyone else, borrow are renewed automatically until someone else reserves them.

Not only that, but…

Reserving books has two added benefits. If you reserve a book and there is an ebook version available that you had not noticed, we will email you a link to the ebook so you can carry on reading while you wait for the printed version to become available. Furthermore, if lots of people reserve the same book, we will order more copies!  Now, if that doesn’t motivate you to place more reservations, I don’t know what will.

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3 tips for surviving life, university and everything

Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult – once we truly understand and accept it – then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.

~ M. Scott Peck, Psychiatrist & author

SwanSee the world clearly

Comparing yourself to others is an easy path to misery.  Others appear like swans, gliding effortlessly through life, their frantically thrashing legs beneath the surface hidden from view.  Unable to see others’ cares and carefully concealed failings, it is easy to imagine we are the only ones who struggle to get through life. For the most part, others’ lives seem idyllic only because we do not know enough about them.

Set limits to work

The Duke of Wellington’s famously believed in “the work of the day, in the day”.  He set out what he intended to achieve each day and finished it.  He avoided setting out an endless list of tasks he could not finish.  He did not worry about tomorrow or let work expand to fill the time available, as it will always do if you let it (this effect is so well known that it has a name, the “Peterson Principle”).  He simply seized the day and got on with the most important things to hand, working as intensively as possible.  This approach saw him beat Napolean Bonepart and later be elected Prime Minister.  Clearly, this approach worked for him.

Buddha statue

Learn to accept

In life, many things cannot be changed.  We might work to influence some of them, object loudly to others, and even spend our lives dedicated fighting certain social causes but fighting the world is tiring.  As a matter of self-preservation, we have to pick our fights with care.  The Roman Stoic philosopher Seneca observed that we become angry whenever reality disappoints our expectations.  We expect our pen to not run out of ink, for our drink bottle not to leak, and for our favourite study space to be available whenever we want it.

Feeling frustration and upset when our expectations are not met wastes energy.  Eastern philosophers suggest that it might be more useful to ask of each upset life throws at us, “how can I use this?”  There is a lesson to learn in every mishap and problem encountered – either that there is a better way of carrying on or simply a reminder that accepting what happens to us and making the most of a bad situation we cannot change hurts us less than railing against things we cannot change.

Over to you

Try putting these three principles into practice: stop comparing yourself to other people, decide what to work on and focus on it without procrastinating, and accept the things you cannot change and adapt to make the most of the situations you find yourself in without frustration or regret.  Easier said than done, certainly, but any progress will reap dividends.

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Spring into action with our huge collection of Springer ebooks, exclusively available through the EBSCO Discovery Service.  Benefit from the top-rated scholarly ebook collection exclusively available through Discovery (this collection is not available through the Library catalogue).  Just type your search into the first search box on the Library search page and choose to see only “ebooks” on the left side of the screen for unfettered access to the world’s knowledge, delivered direct to your device.

Springer ebooks - uncover the Library's best kept secret

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Helping you to help yourself this assessment season

Laptop useWelcome to everyone just starting with us and welcome back to everyone else tuning back in as another set of assignment deadlines hoves into view in the middle distance.  Ahead of the examination and assessment period, we wanted to remind everyone about all the things we can offer to make your lives easier in the run-up to the end of year countdown.

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Come on over to Credo

Credo reference logoCredo Reference has a new look and feel, and is better than ever starting point for your assignment research.  Enter a word or short phrase and Credo will return the key concepts and show you a mind map suggesting associated terms you might want to click on and explore.  Each time you click on a new term, Credo will re-draw the mind map centred on that word, allowing you to explore terms you can use when you come to search the Discovery Service and other eresources.

Below the mindmap (or immediately if there isn’t one), Credo will even suggest potentially relevant articles from ejournal collections, newspapers and the BBC website.  While we always recommend that you search the Discovery Service or visit your subject pages on the Library website to find databases specific to your subject to search for more articles with a more precise search, the suggestions in Credo offer a great starting point to spot all the key terms and get a feel for the topic.
Credo reference interface
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Be the student led change you would like to see

Students chatting in the caféThe Library has been steered and shaped by generations of student-led change.  We love to listen now as much as ever to all your comments, suggestions, ideas and criticisms and draw inspiration from your insights and creativity.  While the feedback we received in the NSS from those students who are leaving us is important, we take just as much inspiration from suggestions from students in all years at desks, through the online suggestion box on the Library website or posted into the suggestions postbox.  You can submit suggestions anonymously and we will post our replies and what we can do in response online for all to see.  

Tell us what you would like to see and become the next wave of student led change you would like to see.

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OnArchitecture Trial

OnArchitecture features 500 original videos of interviews with architects, artists, editors, researchers and urban designers, buildings and installations, enriched with complementary print and a-v materials. It includes key works by authors and offices such as Atelier Bow-WowHerzog & de MeuronLina Bo BardiKazunari SakamotoValerio OlgiatiSolano Benítez (Gabinete de Arquitectura)Paulo Mendes da RochaHarquitectes and interviews with distinguished architects including Pier Vittorio Aureli, Office KGDVS, Lacaton & Vassal, Thomas Demand, Tom Emerson (6A Architects), Arno Brandlhuber, Cecilia Puga, Pezo von Ellrichshausen, Jonhston Marklee, Paulo Mendes da Rocha and Atelier Bow-Wow

Access this resource (and the links above) whilst on campus or via VPN from home until March 10th 2020.

Please email if you would like to see it permanently added to our collection.


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Take ten and relax

RelaxationSteph from Sports & Recreation offers mindful relaxation sessions in the Library Meeting Room every Thursday afternoon at 2.15, 2.30 and 2.45 pm for anyone who wants to learn to unwind.  Learning to relax on demand is a very useful skill to learn and can help make performing under pressure so much easier and more comfortable.

Can’t make it?

If Thursday is too far away to be useful or you are busy and cannot come in, you can relax anywhere, at any time, with Steph’s blog and podcast series, Grounded in Stillness.  That’s relaxation on-demand.

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We love books – especially rare ones!

The Rare Books can be seen on display on the first floor of the Library. We rotate the collection on a monthly basis to protect them from light, heat and humidity. Please ask a member of staff if you would like to see a book from the Rare Books Collection.

As February is the month of love, we have gathered together to share with you books from our Rare Books collection that all have red covers. Red being the colour of energy, passion and of course love. Have a look at the beautiful decorative carved leather cover of ‘Paris Herself Again’, the illustrated gilt cover of ‘Le Panorama’ and the smallest single book in the University Library collection – ‘Tiny Idiot’.

Our Rare Books are lovingly looked after so that they can be admired for many years to come. We’d like to remind you to also take care of all of the Portsmouth University Library Books. If you write in a book, highlight passages with fluorescent pen or remove pages, we often have to take that book permanently from out of our collection.

Please be considerate to the next student who needs that book and use recycled scrap paper to mark pages that are important to you.


Show some love! Please don’t write in your library books.


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