Changes to Library Fines and Recalls

From January 2020, we will be changing the way we recall books that have been reserved by someone else.  Any outstanding fines have been removed from your library account.  Your loans will continue to be automatically renewed unless someone else has reserved an item on loan to you, in which case we will email and ask you to return the recalled item by a specified date.

What will change in January is that instead of charging you for overdue recalled loans, we will block your Library account so that you cannot borrow or renew anything until the recalled item has been returned.  If you still do not return the recalled item, you will be invoiced for a replacement.  Blocked accounts can only be restored during staffed library hours.

We have also reduced the number of notifications we send to you about your library account.  You will now only receive an email when you are being asked to take action, such as returning a recalled book reserved by someone else, collecting a book you reserved that is now available, or returning all your loans upon completion of your course.

We hope these changes will make our processes easier to understand and encourage the timely return of books for others to use.

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Additional help with Law databases and certification

Are you finding the thought of getting your head around Lexis Library and Westlaw UK a daunting task? Come along to the Library for weekly drop in clinics to get a sense of what is involved. These sessions provide an invaluable perspective on the certification process from your representatives for these databases. To help you we have two student associates for our main legal databases who will run their weekly clinics on Mondays, 12-1pm and Tuesdays 2-3pm in the Library Meetings Room 0.12.

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It’s Christmas (Nearly!)

Thank you for your lovely Winter messages, hopes and wishes you having been adding to the gorgeous Christmas tree we have up in the Atrium in the Library.

We have really enjoyed reading them all. There is still time for you to add your festive thoughts.

While you are in the library, take a look at the books in the glass cabinets. We have some Seasonal favourites on display; complete with a beautiful nativity scene.

Here at the library we wish you all a restful and peaceful Christmas break.

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Getting started with scholarly research?

Getting stuck into research for assignments and dissertation proposals?  Check out these awesome but frequently overlooked guides to some of our most exciting eresources, including the scholarly ebook collection Ebook Central and the authoritative Sage Research Methods.

Click here to get started with Ebook Central.

Click here to get started with Sage Research methods.


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Lost and Found and the Rare Books Collection

For December and January, we have on display on the first floor foyer a book found in the Rare Books Collection that we recently discovered had a story tucked inside from a newspaper.

The article told the story of Donald Clarke a Merchant Navy Apprentice who in 1942, was on board a tanker carrying petroleum when it was torpedoed. Despite having suffered terrible injuries, Donald rowed the lifeboat for two hours away from the burning tanker.

This poignant tale told of how he sung to keep up the spirits of his comrades.  Sadly, Donald later died from his injuries. Donald Clarke was posthumously awarded the George Cross for bravery.

The story obviously meant a great deal to the book’s owner, and so accompanying this book, we have some of the interesting things we have found in the books you have returned to us!

We always try to reunite lost property with its owner but that is not always possible.  If you see anything on display here that is your lost property, please see a member of staff at the desks downstairs.

We hold lost property for one month. Please ask at the desk if you lose anything in the library.




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New eBooks – November 2019

What follows is a list of new ebooks received by the Library during November 2019 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 – November 2019

What follows is a list of new books received in the Library during November 2019 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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The University Library joins Jisc Library Hub Discover

The University of Portsmouth Library is now contributing to the Jisc Library Hub Discover (not to be confused with the Library’s Discovery Service, which is available through our website and finds information across many of our printed and electronic resources).
Networked world
Jisc Library Hub Discover brings together the catalogues of major UK and Irish libraries. In a single search, you can discover the holdings of the UK’s National Libraries (including the British Library), many university libraries, and specialist research libraries. 
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Studying with dyslexia? It’s not impossible (note the double negative)!

It’s not impossible (note the double negative)!

Dyslexia (with the 's' and 'y' transposed)I felt compelled to write about this topic. Not only did I work in dyslexia support for many years, but I also strongly assume that creativity and neurodiversity are closely related and recognise that we have countless students in the creative faculty I work in.

A source I have come to rely on in the past is, which highlights resources for staff and student in Higher Education. I worked with the creator of the website, David Pollak, and can highly recommend his excellent book: Dyslexia, The Self and Higher Education: Learning Life Histories of Students Identified as Dyslexic (still available second hand on He very consciously addresses the call for “nothing about us without us” from the disability movement. The relevance in my daily work makes me want to go back to reading it.

First of all, the term ‘neurodiversity’ comes up, but what is it actually? It is obviously connected to the brain; have a look at the visual explanation for it:


Venn diagram representing neurodiversity

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Book an appointment with a referencing expert

We know you really like our referencing pop-ups, where we put extra staff in the atrium at key times of year to help with all your tricky referencing questions. But we also realise that sometimes a quick conversation isn’t quite enough, and you’d like to sit down and talk through referencing with someone who can explain it in a bit more depth, or look at a few more examples.

That’s why, following our recent pop-ups, we are really excited to be doing something new, which we hope you will find useful.

We’re making our referencing experts available for bookable 30 minute appointments! Read more ›

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