29 April 2016

Birmingham 10k - Sunday 1st May

The Library wishes good luck to everyone running the Birmingham 10k on Sunday. Some of the members of the beginners running group - Aston Running Rockets - will be running.  Please join us in cheering on Lydia Matheson, Victoria Carroll, Ruth Keetley, Sandra Benbow, Susan Doughty, Sara Wilkes and Sue Braithwaite.  #thesegirlscan

20 April 2016

Library SmartSearch access from off-campus

**Off-campus access to SmartSearch has now been restored. Apologies for the inconvenience**


We're currently experiencing problems with off-campus access to Library SmartSearch. We're in contact with the suppliers who are trying to rectify this as quickly as possible.

In the meantime, you have several options open to you to carry on with your research:

1.       Use LibGuides to link to databases within your subject area. Either use the subject guide for your area of study, or if you know the name of the database you want to use, click on the link to the A-Z list of databases on the right hand side. 
2.       Use Google Scholar to search for academic journal articles. Select Settings and then Library Links and then search for Aston University – Find it @ Aston to set Google Scholar up with our full-text linker to take you to articles.
3.       Use the Journals A-Z list to link through to specific journals
4.       To search for books (print and electronic), use the classic catalogue

8 April 2016

Library Opening Hours

This Friday 8 April we're open until 22:00
This Saturday 9 April we're open 10:00 - 18:00
This Sunday 10 April we're open 11:00 - 18:00

From Monday 11th April we're open 24/6 so the Library will be open all the time except for Saturday evening from 18:00 through to Sunday morning at 11:00.

Please remember to bring your uniCARD with you each time you visit the Library.

If you've been away, we look forward to welcoming you back so please come and see us if you have any questions, or alternatively you can use the Ask the Library Live Chat facility.

5 April 2016

Want to read more about the Panama Papers?

Did you know that as an Aston student or staff member you have access to a whole wealth of newspapers from across the world?

When an event as juicy as the leaking of the Panama papers takes place it can be interesting to know how the news has been received in different corners of the globe - as well as here in the UK. Accessing physical newspapers can be tricky - and expensive! - but the Library can offer you access to a newspaper database called Nexis.

Nexis offers today's newspapers as well as an archive of papers dating back a number of years. Whilst it does not cover all newspapers, there is fairly comprehensive coverage of information and articles that you won't find just by Googling.

Why not have a try? See the example search below and access Nexis from this link.


21 March 2016

Emerald functionality - Tuesday 22nd March


There is maintenance on Emerald’s research platform, Emerald Insight, scheduled to take place on Tuesday 22 March 2016, beginning at 08:00 GMT - lasting for up to 12 hours.

During this time, the site will be placed into ‘read-only’ mode, making the following functionality unavailable for the duration of the upgrade:
  • Activating access tokens
  • Adding publications as favourites
  • Alert subscriptions
  • Any changes to ‘My Account’ and ‘Institutional Account’
  • E-commerce
  • Registration
  • Search
Should you access the website during this time, you will receive a notification that the site functionality is temporary unavailable within your browser. Please note that this may also affect some functionality on emeraldgrouppublishing.com.



16 March 2016

Library opening hours during Easter vacation

Easter vacation opening hours

Saturday 19 March 2016 - Sunday 10 April 2016
Saturday 19 March  10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 20 March 11:00 - 18:00
Monday 21 March  08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday 22 March  08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday 23 March  08:00 - 22:00
Thursday 24 March 08:00 - 22:00

Friday 25 March - Tuesday 29 March the Library will be closed 

Wednesday 30 March - Sunday 10 April
Monday - Friday 08:00 - 22:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 11:00 - 18:00

Summer term opening hours

Monday 11 April 2016 - Saturday 11 June 2016*
Monday - Friday 24 hours
Saturday closes at 18:00
Sunday opens at 11:00
* Day passes are not available to visitors during this busy revision and examination period

Access to the Library is with your uniCARD. 
Last entry is 30 minutes before closing time. 
Please ask staff if you need help.

Library books during the Easter vacation period

If you're going away for the Easter break then please:
  • Don't leave books that you don't need in your accommodation (or anywhere you can't get hold of them)
  • Please return them to the Library before you go away 
  • Don't take books abroad in case someone reserves the books and you need to return them 
  • Remember that books are not issued for the whole of the Easter vacation so will need to be renewed where possible (or returned if recalled for another Library user) 

No books will be due back when the Library building is closed from Friday 25 – Tuesday 29 March inclusive and no fines will apply on closed dates. You won't be able to return books during this period. If a 1 day loan book is taken out on Thursday 24th March it will be due back on Wednesday 30th March.

Are your books due back 21st March – 11th April? 

  • Check your Library Record to see when your book is due back 
  • Renew the book if it hasn't been reserved in the meantime 
  • If the book has been reserved and you can't renew it, then you will need to return the book to the Library in person or by post. Please be aware that fines of £3.50 apply per day if the book is returned after the due date. 
  • Please check your Aston email frequently over the vacation period in case a book that you've borrowed gets recalled and is subject to a fine.