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Rosser Lounge closed 9am 26 August until 9am Monday 9th September


Rosser Lounge will be closed from 9am 26th August until 9am Monday 9th September for redecoration work. Other 24/7 computer spaces are PJM Lounge, B23 and Joseph Parry (see The Hugh Owen Library is open 08:30-17:30 Monday-Friday in August (excluding Bank Holiday), and 08:30-22:00 Monday-Friday and 10:00-18:00 Sat-Sun in September before term starts. 

Researchers: Taylor & Francis Open Access discount


When you submit your article to a to a hybrid (not fully Open Access) Taylor & Francis journal you will see a message to say you may be entitled to a lower price APC and that you should contact us at If you have had UKRI funding for your research output, Information Services can use Aberystwyth University’s UKRI Open Access pot to facilitate your discounted article processing charge (APC). You will get 75% discount on the current APC price and there are 50 APC vouchers available. The discount offer ends 31st December 2019.

Information Services including all libraries will be closed on August bank holiday Monday 2019


Information Services including all libraries will close at 5.30pm on Friday 23 August and will reopen at 8.30am on Tuesday 27 August. During this time The Lounge @ Rosser, The Lounge @ PJM and Joseph Parry Computer Room will remain available for users with an Aber Card to swipe into.

Summer Vacation Library Opening Hours 2019


Information Services wishes everyone an enjoyable break.

Information Services will operate vacation opening hours from Sunday 2nd June until Friday 20th  September 2019:

Hugh Owen Library

  • The Hugh Owen Library will close at 6pm on Saturday 1st June and will be open Monday to Friday 08:30 – 17:30 during the summer vacation
  • The Hugh Owen Library will be open from 10am to 6pm every weekend in September, and until 10pm on weekdays from 2nd September

Physical Sciences Library

  • The Physical Sciences Library is open Monday to Friday 08:30 – 17:30 during the summer vacation

Every library will be closed on Monday, the 26th August which is a Bank Holiday. 

Full details on library opening times can be found on our website. Computer room opening hours over the summer vacation are available here.

Interested in using other university libraries over the holidays?


Find out more about the Sconul Access Scheme which is open to staff, research postgrads, full-time taught postgrads and part-time, distance learning and placement students.

Open Access Repository Newsletter - August 2019


Take a look at the Open Access Repository's newsletter for August 2019, containing top links to Aber research and August's thesis of the month'.

Read the newsletter here.

Hugh Owen Library, Iris de Freitas room refurbishment: 3D architect's plans


Exciting to see how plans for the refurbishment of the Iris de Freitas room on Level E of the Hugh Owen Library are progressing. The architect, has provided us with a "fly-though" 3-D representation of the refurbishment so far: (by kind permission of George and Tomos architects) and come and visit the library to see a display of the plans in more detail. Keep up with refurb plans via the blog:

Information Services: library loans over the summer vacation


Information Services wishes everyone an enjoyable summer vacation. Details on borrowing from the library over the summer can be found below:

For library opening times over summer, please check the libraries' webpages:

Changes to Video Conferencing


Information Services will be moving to Skype for Business for Video Conferencing from September 2019.

Skype for Business will be installed on all PCs in centrally timetabled teaching rooms, libraries and computer rooms during the summer vacation. 

The video conferencing suite in Cledwyn will be upgraded and converted for use with Skype for Business.

A number of rooms across campus will be provided with Video Conferencing equipment.

Further information, including how to download Skype for Business as part of Office 365 subscription, is available at 

Two types of training sessions will be offered on using Skype for Business:

  1. Using Skype for Business for Meeting Organisers
  2. Using Skype for Business for Learning and Teaching Activities

You can book onto a course online.

If you have any queries, please contact

Blackboard unavailable between 09:30 and 12:30 on Thursday 29 August


Blackboard will be unavailable on Thursday 29 August between 09:30 and 12:30. It will be ‘at risk’ until 14:00. After this downtime, Blackboard will be read-only until Monday 2 September. This downtime is the final part of the work to move to Blackboard SaaS.

ICT 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.