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The plight of students past

The University Library opens 24/7 with telephone and online chat support round the clock and staff in the building to offer help and advice 12 hours a day during term-time, but turn the clock back less than 100 years and travel up to Scotland (it

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Free ebooks, anyone?

If the endless expanse of holiday gets you down(!) and you want to escape into a free (e)book (the public library service has lots to borrow and download for free), you could always check out the selection of 800 free ebooks from Open

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A tale of two libraries

Membership of Portsmouth City libraries (the local public library) is free and  you don’t even need to live in Portsmouth to use them.  They have access to fiction for pleasure reading, local history collections, and occasionally even textbooks that we do not, making them well

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Shelving at speed: the case of New York Public Library

New York Public Library re-opened the doors to its famous Rose Reading Room after two years of repair work to its ceiling.  Just getting the 52,000 books back on the shelves was quite a task, as this time-lapse video shows.

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Creative Arts Book of the Week 29/02/16

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll & Robert Sabuda. Last week I took a day off work to visit the British Library.  Along with other librarians we had a very interesting guided tour and I got to see the

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Reading for pleasure?

Saturday 6th February is National Libraries Day. Hurrah! All week we’ve been asking our users to recommend their favourite books using a board in the library atrium. There are an interesting selection on there so far, ranging from Jackie Collins

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Inspiration for National Libraries Day 2016

What we intend to do for National Libraries Day 2016 Display and tweet a homemade map of the Public Libraries are in Portsmouth Print out the Libraries Day Message Boards and put them up around the building Use the slideshow from the

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Academic e-journals now available through public libraries

Portsmouth City Council public library service and a number of other public libraries around the country are providing free access to academic e-journal articles via a scheme called “Access to Research“. You have to physically visit the library to access

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This way up

Mercifully shelfmark labels are all the right way up, so you do not have to hurt your neck to read all the titles… “None of the books were in alphabetical order, which made it necessary to cock my head sideways

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A tale of two libraries

In a world of finite library space and a pressing need to offer all our students the most up to date books to read, we regularly withdraw old editions to replace them with new.  Rather than throwing our old, unwanted

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