News

Libraries open on Bank Holiday Mondays in MayLibraries open on Bank Holiday Mondays in May

27/04/2016

On Bank Holiday Mondays, 2 and 30 May, the Hugh Owen and Thomas Parry libraries will be open with a limited staffed service (as offered weekends and evenings).

  • Hugh Owen Library: Mon 2 May 24/7 as usual; Mon 30 May 8:30-17:30
  • Thomas Parry Library: Mon 2 May 7:00-22:00; Mon 30 May 8:30-17:30
  • Physical Sciences Library: Mon 2 May 8:30-17:30; Mon 30 May closed

Further information http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/opening-hours/

You Said/We Did: Modern teaching spacesYou Said/We Did: Modern teaching spaces

23/03/2016

We’ve now completed a £8.5 million refurbishment of all centrally bookable teaching spaces on the Penglais and Llanbadarn campus.

Improvements to the Information Services websiteImprovements to the Information Services website

21/03/2016

Information Services have reorganised their website and developed a new home page in order to make it easier for our users to find information. The new pages launched on the 21st March. Every effort has been made to ensure this change is seamless but as some information is in a different location there is a small chance of disruption especially if using old bookmarks or links.

We welcome your feedback and comments on these changes. Please enter your comments in the feedback box at https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/feedback/

You Said/We Did: Water FountainsYou Said/We Did: Water Fountains

11/03/2016

Over 20 water fountains are now available across our campuses including new ones in our libraries : www.aber.ac.uk/en/maps-travel/maps/water-fountain

Library Noise Alert Service now available in Thomas ParryLibrary Noise Alert Service now available in Thomas Parry

10/03/2016

Following feedback, we have introduced a new Library Noise Alert Service in the Thomas Parry Library, 07971548016, alongside the existing service in the Hugh Owen Library. Further information at: https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/library/study-zones/

More power and usb sockets in the Hugh Owen LibraryMore power and usb sockets in the Hugh Owen Library

09/03/2016

Following feedback from library users, we are installing more power and USB sockets by study desks on Levels E & F of the Hugh Owen Library. This follows work to install more power sockets in the Iris de Frietas Room / Quiet Group Study Area last year. The work to install these sockets will take place from Monday 14 March for 4 weeks, over the Easter holidays. Apologies for disruption while this work is ongoing.

Come and see our display celebrating Aberystwyth University influential and early womenCome and see our display celebrating Aberystwyth University influential and early women

08/03/2016

Come and take a look at Aberystwyth University influential and early women and the roles they played in making AU what it is today. See when women first studied at AU and who our first female Principal was along with other key figures. http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/news/women-day/

Quiet Group Study Room in Hugh Owen Library now Iris De Freitas RoomQuiet Group Study Room in Hugh Owen Library now Iris De Freitas Room

07/03/2016

The Quiet Group Study Room in the Hugh Owen Library, Level E, has been renamed the ‘Iris De Freitas’ room in honour of Iris De Freitas, who graduated from Aberystwyth University, achieving a BA in Law in 1922. A renaming ceremony will take place in this room during the afternoon of Tuesday 8th March, on International Women's Day. https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/news/archive/2016/03/title-181429-en.html

You Said/We Did: Extended library opening hoursYou Said/We Did: Extended library opening hours

04/03/2016

The Hugh Owen Library is now open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during term time. We’ve also extended the Thomas Parry Library opening hours from January 2016.

Improve your employability with KeynoteImprove your employability with Keynote

01/03/2016

There is currently a trial to Keynote until the 6th April 2016. This database is a great resource for all students across all disciplines. It allows research of potential employers before interviews or applying for a job. See http://aberssel.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/boost-your-employability-with-our.html for more information.

Are you interested in a module? Why not take a look at the reading listAre you interested in a module? Why not take a look at the reading list

26/02/2016

Visit the Modules Information page

Find the webpage for a module by searching for the module code or browsing by department

If a reading list has been created for this module there will be a View on Aspire link to click on 

This will take you to the module reading list in Aspire for this academic year

N.B. If you are choosing modules for the next academic year, remember to check on the Modules Information page that the module you are interested in is running next year.

You Said/We Did: Increased number of books on loanYou Said/We Did: Increased number of books on loan

26/02/2016

The maximum number of books you can borrow has increased from 15 to 20.

Doing more through the Welsh LanguageDoing more through the Welsh Language

22/02/2016

Would you like to use more of the Welsh language on your computer? See our FAQs at https://faqs.aber.ac.uk/ (search for Welsh), or visit us in the Hugh Owen/Thomas Parry library on St David's Day (1st March) for support and Welsh Cakes between 10am-4pm. You can:

Turning off Clutter in Office 365Turning off Clutter in Office 365

19/02/2016

In response to user feedback that important information is being missed, we are turning off the "Clutter" function in Office365. If someone chooses to turn Clutter back on, it will be turned off again. 

Workshop servicesWorkshop services

17/02/2016

Problems with your laptop? Free diagnostic available from Information Services' team of experienced technicians, who can provide maintenance and repair services for student owned PCs, laptops and peripherals with both Windows and Apple operating systems. More info at http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/computers/repairs/

Love your libraries – litter isn’t lovelyLove your libraries – litter isn’t lovely

14/02/2016

Help make the Library a good place to work in by keeping it clean.
Tidy up after yourself - use the recycling bins and avoid leaving litter on the tables or stairs.
Help improve our campus with cleaner, litter free libraries and learning spaces.
http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/library/study-zones/

You Said/We Did: More WIFIYou Said/We Did: More WIFI

12/02/2016

There is now full Wifi coverage in all academic buildings, our student residences and most outdoor spaces.

You Said/We Did: Extended library opening hoursYou Said/We Did: Extended library opening hours

12/02/2016

The Hugh Owen Library is now open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during term time. We’re also extending the Thomas Parry Library opening hours from January 2016.

You Said/We Did: Ability to check computer availability in LibraryYou Said/We Did: Ability to check computer availability in Library

03/02/2016

You can check computer availability online at :https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/computers/rooms/

You Said/We Did: Increased bookable study spaceYou Said/We Did: Increased bookable study space

02/02/2016

We’ve made more bookable spaces available for students across every campus : www.aber.ac.uk/en/ timetable/room-bookings

You Said/We Did: More comfortable chairs in the libraries.You Said/We Did: More comfortable chairs in the libraries.

01/02/2016

You asked for more comfortable chairs in the libraries

During January and February 2016, we are replacing over 1000 chairs in our libraries with more comfortable, ergonomic chairs for study and computer spaces. This is in response to feedback from students and staff in recent surveys 

• Want to see more comfortable chairs

• The library seats are still highly uncomfortable, especially those plastic chairs 

• Want to see better chairs 

• Library could do with refurbishment the tables and chairs are tired and damaged.

• Want to see more supportive chairs, the ones in the group study areas are not very supportive on your back

• Some of the chairs in the library are falling through, so it feels like they could rip at any moment.  

• Want to see fewer broken chairs  

• Comfier chairs (at desks not computers) in the physical science library.

You Said/We Did: Modern teaching spacesYou Said/We Did: Modern teaching spaces

29/01/2016

We’ve now completed a £8.5 million refurbishment of all centrally bookable teaching spaces on the Penglais and Llanbadarn campus.

You Said/We Did: Wednesday afternoonsYou Said/We Did: Wednesday afternoons

29/01/2016

Wednesday afternoons are now kept free of centrally timetabled teaching activities.

You Said/We Did: Water FountainsYou Said/We Did: Water Fountains

29/01/2016

Over 20 water fountains are now available across our campuses including new ones in our libraries : www.aber.ac.uk/en/maps-travel/maps/water-fountain

Dissertation support: looking for books / journal articles not held in the library?Dissertation support: looking for books / journal articles not held in the library?

06/01/2016

If you are looking for a book or journal article that is not available in one of the University libraries, we have the following options for you:-

Postgraduate research students-  Document Supply Service is free up to a maximum of 10 requests per academic year. 

Undergraduate & Postgraduate taught- More Books Service (free of charge) or Document Supply request (which starts at a cost of £6 for electronic).

Free EndNote training delivered online by Thomson ReutersFree EndNote training delivered online by Thomson Reuters

04/01/2016

Choose a relevant session from the schedule for your computer (Windows or Mac) in a time slot convenient for your location then sign up. 

Semester two academic timetableSemester two academic timetable

04/01/2016

Happy New Year!

The academic timetable for semester two is now available on your online student record. 

If you have any concerns about your timetable, your departmental timetable officer and staff at the timetable office will be on hand to advise you. The contact details for all departmental timetable officers are available on the timetabling web site: http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/timetable/departmental-timetable-officers/ 

The Timetable Office can be contacted at attstaff@aber.ac.uk 

Kind regards,

Timetable Office

Extended term time opening hours in the Thomas Parry LibraryExtended term time opening hours in the Thomas Parry Library

23/12/2015

Due to library user feedback, the term time opening hours for the Thomas Parry Library have been extended to 7am-10pm Monday-Sunday from 2016. See the opening hours webpages for further details: http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/opening-hours/

In addition to extended opening hours, here are a few tips for Llanbadarn based students on how to make the best of library resources over the exam period

  • If you find it easier to work in the Hugh Owen Library during this period, please remember that the Intersite service will  deliver books from any AU library to any AU library of your choosing, so you can request books from Thomas Parry library to be delivered to the Hugh Owen Library - https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/library/intersite/
  • You can also return books at any AU library.
  • Short loan items have had their loan periods extended from 10 hours to 24 hours. This 24-hour borrowing period is be based on the opening hours of the library from which the item is borrowed – so if borrowed during term-times at 10pm on Monday from the Thomas Parry Library – it will be due back at 4pm on the Wednesday. Please check your library account on Primo to check when your books are due back. primo.aber.ac.uk
  • Undergraduates can now borrow more books at any one time – up from 15 to 20.
  • Electronic resources are available to you at any time. See the subject pages for more information - http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/subject/index.html

For more information and for additional help and support, see the Information Services webpages at http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/index.html

International Arbitration Reporter- Free Trial

14/12/2015

We now have trial access to IA Reporter, a news and analysis service tracking international arbitrations between foreign investors and sovereign governments. Trial ends 20th February. https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/elecinfo/trials/

ICT Service disruption on Tuesday morningsICT Service disruption on Tuesday mornings

20/11/2015

A reminder that Information Services carries out essential maintenance on the University’s ICT services on Tuesday mornings. Access to all services, including email and web access, must be considered "At Risk" between 7am and 10am.  Further information at: https://faqs.aber.ac.uk/94 We apologise for any inconvenience.