Library and Information Skills
On this page you will find resources and links for the development of library and information skills. This content also appears in the Information Services page for Information Skills.
With so many sources of information available as a student, it is often difficult to know where to begin. This page will offer some guidelines about how to get started with your academic study and what kind of resources are available to you. Use the tabs below to learn more.
Using the Libraries
You can use any of our libraries:
Hugh Owen is the main University library on Penglais Campus, and houses the main collections for the humanities, social sciences, and biological and earth sciences. It has three floors:
- Level F - Contains the humanities collection, including resources for English literature, geography, history, international politics, social sciences, theatre, film and television studies, as well as the Celtic Collection and the Effective Study Collection.
- Level E - Contains the science collection and science periodicals, as well as the DVD collection.
- Level D - The main enquiry desk and the book swap and book sale.
The Physical Sciences Library is the main library for the Institute of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science students, and contains the main collecitons for mathematics, physics and computer sciences, as well as a number of periodicals. It is situated on the top floor of the Physical Sciences building.
Finding resources, as well as some tips on the type of materials to read, are covered in more detail in the what to read and how to find it guide.
Physical and Online Resources
Check out the library catalogue, Primo to discover the variety of materials Aberystwyth University subscribes to, including books, journal articles, theses, multimedia and more. See our Section on tips for finding resources.
For materials more specific to your subject area, view our Subject Guides. These give you detailed information on print and electronic resources related to your subjects.
Finally, to find materials for the specific modules you are studying, find your module reading lists in Blackboard in the left-hand menu of the module page. You can also search Aspire for your lists.
Borrowing and using library materials is one of the key information skills which students need to master, whatever their degree scheme.
You can borrow books by using the self issue machines in all our libraries or by coming to our enquiry desks. You will need your Aber Card.
Students and staff can borrow up to 40 books at a time. Each book has a one week loan period which will be automatically renewed for up to 6 months or until someone else requests the book. Fines are only charged if a book requested by someone else is returned late to the Library. For more details see borrowing from the library.
Blackboard is the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where lecturers share information and teaching materials relating to your studies. Login with your student ID and password. Your modules will be available in the My Modules each academic year a short while after registration. Some of the things you will find here include:
- Module announcements from lecturers.
- Information about the module and its contents.
- Course documents, which are updated and added to by lecturers over the course of the module.
- Weblinks relevent to the module.
- The Aspire reading list for the module.
You can find Blackboard at blackboard.aber.ac.uk
Printing and Photocopying
Combined printer/copier/scanners are available in locations across campus. You can log into any of them with either your username and password or Aber Card. You will need to top up your Aber Card with money to print. Printing costs from 2p per side (black and white, A4), and it is free to scan on our printers though you will need some credit on your Aber Card before you start.
See here for a guide on printing.
See here for more information on printing and current charges.
ApAber is Aberystwyth University's new mobile app, bringing everything relating to your Aberystwyth University experience together in one easy-to-use and personalised app.
Integrated features include:
- Email - access to a light version of your Aber webmail
- Calendars – including access to your lecture timetable
- AberLearn Blackboard
- Attendance – check your attendance
- AberCard Balances – check your catering and printing balances
- Library account - keep up-to-date with your borrowing history and reservations, as well as notifications when a reserved book is available, or overdue notices
- Computer Availability – see where there are free computers
- News – latest news from Aberystwyth University
- Alerts – important notices
More features are planned for the near future.
Advice from departments
SimSphere: "SimSphere is a soil/vegetation/atmosphere/transfer (SVAT) model that simulates the interactions among soil, plant, and atmospheric systems and the transfer of energy, momentum, and water through the systems."
- Link to SimSphere: https://www.aber.ac.uk/simsphere
- SimSphere description: an extensive guide
- SimSphere lecture: an introductory lecture
- SimSphere practical from EA12210: Using SimSphere Simulation Process Model
Digital map library: a wide range of mapping resources. These include online resources, such as Digimap, which provides online access to the Ordnance Survey. Online resources are available for students to use (AU login required): http://digimap.edina.ac.uk (may also be accessed via DGES Digital Map Library https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/iges/facilities/map-library/)