26 September 2012

Visit us in The Hub!

Every lunchtime, 1pm to 2pm, in Welcome Week and in the first week of term, one of your Information Specialists will be guests at The Hub.

Why not drop in to see us to ask any questions you have about the Library and Information Services?

We can provide you with more information about the Library Matters Live sessions for new students, show you the brand new Library SmartSearch and LibGuides, or help you carry out a preliminary literature search for your final year dissertation.

We'd love to see you!

21 September 2012

Library Update for All Students

Aston University Library Welcomes All New and Returning Students

Library Matters Live  All new students are invited to attend a Library Matters Live session which takes place in Fresher's Week and Week One of term.  You can see the timetable on the Library website.

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From 1 October 2012, the Library will be open 24/6 throughout term-time.

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You can use Library SmartSearch to find books, journals, articles and electronic resources.  We will be holding drop-in help sessions in the Library foyer throughout Week One.  Library SmartSearch is complemented by a series of LibGuides containing listings of recommended resources for each subject for finding information such as books, journals and databases.  

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You can renew your books and check your Library Account via My Library Record.  You can also renew your books using the self-service machines in the Library.

Location of Books
Most of the books are on the second and third floors and some have moved location over the summer.  Books numbered 001 – 499 are on Floor 2 and books labelled 500 – 999 are on Floor 3. Please check the class number / call number on Library SmartSearch, pick up a floor plan in the Library or ask staff for help. 

Help Desk
If you have any queries, please ask a member of staff in the Library at any time.  
During term-time, the Help desk is open 09:00 - 18:00.  Email: library@aston.ac.uk     Tel: 0121 204 4525

Web links

17 September 2012

Library SmartSearch

Library SmartSearch replaces the Library Catalogue and Aston e-Library as the new way of searching for printed and online resources.  You can link to Library SmartSearch from the Library home page:

Library SmartSearch is complemented by a series of LibGuides containing listings of recommended resources for each subject for finding information such as databases, journals, books and web pages.  You can link to LibGuides in your subject area from the Library web site:

For help and enquiries please call the Library Help desk on 0121 204 4525 or email library@aston.ac.uk

14 September 2012

Problems with Web of Knowledge access

While these problems persist, we have temporarily set access for the Web of Knowledge to go via the proxy server. You can access this route via the LibGuides A-Z list of databases.

We are currently experiencing some problems with access to Web of Knowledge.  We are aware of this and are in contact with them to rectify the problem.

Contact us if you are having problems library@aston.ac.uk

7 September 2012

Library SmartSearch Teaching Bite

Introducing Library SmartSearch, the brand new way of searching for information.  Search and access quality resources in one place.  The next LIS Teaching Bite for academic staff will take place on Wednesday 12th September in the Library Seminar Room.  Lunch from 12.30, Seminar begins at 1pm.  Email library@aston.ac.uk or just turn up.  Encourage your colleagues to come along, all members of staff involved in teaching are welcome!