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PGCE book loan periodsPGCE book loan periods


Welcome back to Aberystwyth! I hope your teaching practices went well. Just a note about book loan periods during January. You have until this Friday 8th January  to return the books you took out on teaching practice. Any books you take out or renew from now until 24th January will be issued as two week loans. Then from 25h January books will be issued for the extended loan to cover your teaching practice placements. Any questions please do get in touch with me thanks.

2016 Library opening times2016 Library opening times


Sat 2 January 2016 – 24/7 opening hours start at 10am in Hugh Owen Library and extended opening starts at 10am in Thomas Parry Library. Happy New Year from Information Services.

ICT Service disruption on Tuesday morningsICT Service disruption on Tuesday mornings


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: We apologise for any inconvenience.

Undergraduate students can now borrow up to 20 booksUndergraduate students can now borrow up to 20 books


Following feedback to the library, undergraduate students can now take out up to 20 books (an increase from 15). Further information on borrowing books:

Six More Centrally Time Tabled Rooms Refurbished During The Summer of 2015Six More Centrally Time Tabled Rooms Refurbished During The Summer of 2015


Between May and October 2015 Aberystwyth University has refurbished six CTT rooms across two buildings: Physical Sciences: Physics Main; Physics A; Physics B; and Edward Llwyd: 0.01; 0.26; 1.16. In addition the new accessible entrance to Llandinam A6 has been completed. Further information and photos of the refurbished rooms at:

Open Access Publishing in Springer Journals: an updateOpen Access Publishing in Springer Journals: an update


The AU library has signed a new agreement with Springer that covers all Article Processing Charges (APCs) for articles published in Springer (hybrid subscription journals (see This means that with effect from 15th October 2015 you do not need to pay Springer an APC to make your article open access in a Springer subscription journal as we have already paid for it as part of this new agreement and therefore automatically compliant with researcher funders open access requirements.  The agreement specifically refers to when UK higher education staff are acting as the corresponding author for a paper and does not apply when the corresponding author comes from outside UK higher education.  Honorary members of staff and students are included in the agreement but alumni are not part of the agreement.  Original papers, reviews and brief communications papers are eligible.

How does it work?

Up until 2014/15, UK higher education institutions were paying an annual subscription fee for Springer journals and then paying additional Article Processing Charges (APCs) to make the articles published under the Springer Gold Open Access scheme if required. These articles with APCs paid would then be immediately accessible to all readers on the Springer website, and not hidden behind a paywall for non-subscribers.  In this new model, the annual licence fee paid by UK HE institution will instead cover all the APC payments for papers published by their staff, using the open access CC BY licence as required by RCUK open access guidelines.  An additional annual transition fee will cover the cost of ongoing access to all of the subscribed journal content published in Springer’s ca 2000 journal titles by researchers from elsewhere across the world.

The Aberystwyth University license agreement with Springer has therefore essentially been “flipped” from a subscription-based agreement to a publishing agreement.  The total fee paid by UK universities will remain at the same levels as paid for subscriptions for 2015 and APCs during 2014.  It is hoped that the new agreement will dramatically increase the number of open access papers published by UK authors, in a sustainable financial and administrative manner.

When does it start?

The agreement runs for 3 years 1st January 2016 to December 2018 with annual opt outs in order that the impact of the agreement can be evaluated on an ongoing basis.  However, our UK higher education negotiators, Jisc Collections, have agreed with Springer that they will apply the agreement from now – October 2015 – so effectively it starts immediately.

As such, up until the January 2016 launch, Springer and JISC Collections will be running an author verification system under which UK higher education institutions will manually verify that their authors are members of their institution.  This can be by confirming the address, the e-mail address or the web (IP) address of the author. As authors, you may therefore receive correspondence from Springer that your accepted paper is going forward for open access verification before publishing.  You do not need to take any action at this point as the confirmation will take place centrally at each university.  In future, when workflows have been firmly established, corresponding authors may be asked to confirm their details themselves after articles have been accepted.

Springer will provide Jisc Collections with a periodic report of Open Access publication details for each institution

Please note, that there are 30 Springer subscription journals are not included in this agreement as they do not offer CC BY licensing.

For more details, contact

Tell us Now - Room BookingsTell us Now - Room Bookings


In light of feedback from Tell us Now, Students are reminded that they are welcome to book University teaching rooms for group work and also clubs / societies. Details of how to do this are available on the Timetable web site:

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Are the books you want out on loan?Are the books you want out on loan?


Reserve them online via Primo and we will let you know when they are available to you

Need to borrow a book from another AU library? Use the free Inter-Site serviceNeed to borrow a book from another AU library? Use the free Inter-Site service


If you need to order a book located in another AU library – sign into Primo, check that the book is available, then click on the 'Inter-Site' option. Books ordered before 9am should be available for pick up on the same day. More information is available at

Students: free vouchers and pizza for an hour of your timeStudents: free vouchers and pizza for an hour of your time


For a chance to receive £10 Hospitality credit and free pizza, join our Information Services Focus Group. We are looking for students who will engage with IS to provide feedback and suggest ideas for improving service. If you have good ideas about how to improve the IT, library and media facilities for your studies, please email

No bandwidth cap during off peak periodNo bandwidth cap during off peak period


We are implementing an ‘off peak’ period between 3am and 9am that doesn't count towards your bandwidth cap.

New library Food and Drink PolicyNew library Food and Drink Policy


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: