Information Services wishes everyone an enjoyable break.
· Sat 12 December 2015 – last day of term. Hugh Owen Library open until 6pm and Thomas Parry Library open 10am-6pm
· Sun 13 December 2015 – libraries closed
· Mon 14 December – Fri 18 December 2015 – holiday opening hours IS
· Sat/Sun 19/20 December 2015 – libraries closed
· Mon 21 – Tues 22 December 2015 - holiday opening hours IS
· Wed 23 Dec 2015 - last day before holidays: early closing: Hugh Owen and Thomas Parry libraries close at 4:30pm and Physical Sciences Library closes at 2:30pm
· Thursday 24 December 2015 – Friday 1 January 2016 – University closed
· Sat/Sun 2/3 January 2016 – 24/7 opening hours start at 10am in Hugh Owen and Thomas Parry libraries
· Mon 4 January 2016 – termtime opening hours start
· Standard Loan and Three Day Loan: From Monday, 7 December 2015 until Monday, 4 January 2016
· Short Loan: usual loan periods apply.
Please check the libraries' webpages: http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/opening-hours/
Details of computer room opening hours over the Christmas vacation may be found at (AU only) http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/computers/rooms/
03/11/2015The way you access your Secure Electronic Delivery from the Document Supply Service is changing. The item is now locked to a user rather than a machine, meaning it can be viewed from anywhere on any computer with an internet connection, including mobile devices. Users are required to be registered with the British Library to enable them to open these documents. Access to the document is provided by Adobe Reader 10; you will need your British Library Username and Password to download the item. Please register here to create a British Library account. http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/library/documentsupply/
23/09/2015All computers in the university’s computer rooms have been upgraded over the summer with solid state drives to improve performance.
23/09/2015We are implementing an ‘off peak’ period between 3am and 9am that doesn't count towards your bandwidth cap.
23/09/2015The wireless access points is the Hugh Owen Library have been upgraded over the summer to provide faster and more reliable connections to eduroam
22/09/2015Please remember that you will need your Aber Card to swipe in to the Thomas Parry Library between 6pm-10pm Monday-Friday during term-time.
18/09/2015To support research, since September 2015 the Document Supply Service is free up to a maximum of 10 requests per academic year for postgraduate research students and staff. Further information: http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/library/documentsupply/
17/09/2015In the Hugh Owen Library, Aber Cards will be handed out to new users if not already handed out in your Hall. Help in activating email accounts and connecting your devices to the University Network and support in uploading photos for Aber Cards is available on Level D. We are offering Library tours to all new students from Sunday 20 September onwards. Further information on all our services is at: http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/help/ug/welcome/
14/09/2015The Library regularly reviews loan periods, borrowing limits and fines, based on feedback and consultation with users. We aim to ensure a simpler and more equitable services for all users to enable access to library books and other resources. From Monday 14th September, short loan items will change from a 10hours loan period from to a 24-hour loan period. This will be based on the opening hours of the library from which the item is borrowed. Following feedback, we have also enabled unlimited renewals for 3 day loan books, as long as they have not been reserved by another library user. Please see our How do I reserve a book that is out on loan FAQ [http://www.inf.aber.ac.uk/advisory/faq/814/]
We have reviewed our libraries’ food and drink policy, as requested in recent feedback and the Information Services’ User Survey, and are pleased to clarify that hot or cold drinks (with lids) are allowed throughout the libraries. To maintain a pleasant study environment, hot food cannot be brought into or consumed in any of our libraries. The full policy is at: http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/regulations/fooddrink
14/09/2015In response to feedback received through our User Survey as well as our 24 hour Opening survey, Information Services is happy to announce the installation of extra vending machines (with healthy options), a hot drinks machine, and a new water fountain, all located in the Group Study Area on Level E of the Hugh Owen library. The library has also updated its food and drink policy: http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/regulations/fooddrink
14/09/2015New lockers have been installed in the Physical Sciences Library in addition to those in the Hugh Owen and Thomas Parry Libraries. If you would like to rent a locker please go to https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/library/lockers/. Following feedback there is a quiet group study area set up at the far end of the ground floor of the library where indicated by screens.
14/09/2015Over the summer, Information Services have installed extra powerpoints in the silent study area in the Lily Newton Room, Level E Hugh Owen Library in response to requirements from our users. 12 new computers have also been installed on the main Level E floor of the Hugh Owen Library, opposite the entrance door from the stairwell.
14/09/2015In our annual user survey and feedback forms, there have been regular requests for drinking water fountains. Water fountains are now available on Level D (in the Short Loan Area), main Level E floor (by the entrance to the toilets), and the Lily Newton Room (far end in the silent study area). Drinking water fountains remain the toilets up on Level F of the library. A map of water fountains across the University is at: http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/maps-travel/maps/
14/09/2015During the summer vacation Information Services have implemented a number of changes to the Hugh Owen Library in response to feedback from both students and staff. Please note that our zoning arrangements have changed. The Group Study Area is now called the Lily Newton Room, and provides both quiet group study at the front of this room and silent study spaces at the back. Additional quiet group study spaces have been provided in the Herman Ethé Room which is on the right as you walk into the Lily Newton Room. New mobile whiteboards have been installed in the group study area to facilitate collaborative working. Desk dividers have been installed in the silent study area to provide individual study spaces. Please see our zoning webpages for further information: http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/library/study-zones/
03/09/2015If you are a member of staff or a returning student, please be aware that your PIN number is now a 4 figure number, using the first 4 numbers of your previous 5 figure PIN number.
17/08/2015Information Services has just published a comprehensive guide to creating and publishing your reading lists in Aspire. http://aberssel.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/aspire-self-paced-training-now-available_17.html
07/08/2015Aberystwyth University’s Office 365 webmail service has changed its login screen. After typing in webmail.aber.ac.uk you will be redirected and be asked to input your full username (eg email@example.com) and password into a Microsoft site, which is branded with the university logo. The URL begins with https://login.microsoftonline.com and the site is secured with a “Microsoft Corporation” certificate. Please be aware that this is the only external site into which you should enter your AU username and password.
05/08/2015The new Academic Timetable and Room Bookings policy is available at: http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/timetable/policy/
The provisions of the policy document are intended to provide greater clarity regarding the timetable process with the aim of improving the student/staff experience. Please also note that the teaching hour will now begin at 10 minutes past the hour throughout the teaching day.