Welcome to Information Services (IS) - Postgraduate Students

Information Services provide IT and library services to registered students at Aberystwyth University, subject to Information Services Regulations and Guidelines.

To make use of our facilities you will need an Aberystwyth University IT account and an Aber Card.


Your Aber Card is used:

Once you have activated your IT account you should apply for your Aber Card online so that it is ready for you when you arrive on campus.

Further Information

Acquiring library resources

E-learning services

Primo: search the library catalogue

  • Search Primo to find books, journals, DVDs, newspapers, dissertations and rare books in all Aberystwyth University locations. Find e-books and e-journals too.
  • Sign in to
    • use My Account to manage your loans, requests and renewals
    • use your E-Shelf to store records of items you have found and store searches
  • To browse or search just our e-journals collection, click E-journals A-Z on the Primo home page

Primo Central: articles, full-text online and recommendations

  • Click the Articles & More tab in Primo to search for full-text journal articles from thousands of journal titles.
  • The BX Recommender service will add the Recommendations tab to your search results if recommendations are available for your results

Primo: find electronic resources

  • Click Resources A-Z in Primo to browse all our subscribed databases and some high-quality free online resources
  • Look out for the @aber buttons in search results in subscribed databases; clicking on the button will check our e-journal holdings for full-text

Access AU e-resources online off-campus

  • Follow this advice when working off-campus to ensure you can access e-books, e-journals and online databases subscribed to by Aberystwyth University

Open Access

Alert services

  • Set up Primo alerts to receive messages about incoming library stock that matches your regular searches
  • Many databases and online journal collections offer alert services. In particular, ZETOC allows you to supply a free text search for table of contents alerts from the journals subscribed to by the British Library

Reference management software

Local training and support is available for EndNote desktop (for Windows and Macs) and EndNote online, also Citations & Bibliography (MS Word). Contact your subject librarians.

Skills training 

In addition to the Research Training & Development Programme co-ordinated by the Graduate School, there are optional classes available via the Postgraduate Study Practices Programme delivered on Wednesday afternoons in term-time by Student Support Services and Information Services.

Subject information enquiries and training

Contact your subject librarian directly by phone, email or chat, or email acastaff@aber.ac.uk, for subject and information skills enquiries and one-to-one help or training on request.