29 April 2014

Library Summer term opening hours

Welcome back

This week (week commencing 28 April) the Library is open 24 hours.
We will close as normal on Saturday 3 May at 18:00 and re-open on Sunday 4 May at 11:00.

On Monday 5 May the Library will be open.  Please remember to bring your uniCARD with you to the Library as day passes won't be available.  Self-service facilities will be available as normal, although the Help desk won't be open.

Sunday 4 May 2014 - Saturday 14 June 2014 - 24/6 Opening

Monday - Friday - Open 24 hours
Saturday - Closes at 18:00
Sunday - Opens at 11:00

The Help desk is open Monday to Friday 09:00 - 18:00
(Except for Monday 5 May and Monday 26 May when the Help desk is not open)

If you want somewhere quiet to study, third floor is for single silent study at all times. 

Best of luck for your revision and approaching examinations.  Please remember to ask staff for help at any time or email library@aston.ac.uk

Library Public Services Team

24 April 2014

Looking for something a bit different for your research project?


Check out the free resource called VLearn which links you to a collection of talking head videos from business leaders and academics.  You can see and hear discussions on a range of business research topics including sustainability, business ethics, change management, leadership, entrepreneurship, finance, operations management, human resource management and more..

As an academic, if you are interested in talking about your research you can contact VLearn or students can put forward suggestions for future topics.

Vlearn is hosted by the University of Central Lancashire and you can access the collection via your Business and Management LibGuide > Databases tab > Information Portals category  , directly at http://vlearn.org or keep up to date @VLearnTweets

15 April 2014

Library Survey - £25 Amazon voucher prize winners have been notified

Congratulations to Victoria Todorova and Arjun Joshi who have both won a £25 Amazon voucher! The other 2 winners have also been notified via email.

684 of you responded, providing really valuable feedback.  So thanks to all of you who took the time to complete the survey. 

We will share findings and any changes implemented as a result, as soon as we can.

Thank you again!

Library Public Services Team

14 April 2014

Library Easter vacation opening hours

Dear staff and students,

Library staff would like to wish you all a very good break for the Easter period.

For those of you who will be studying in the Library here is some information about the opening hours:

This Monday 14 April, Tuesday 15 April and Wednesday 16 April the Library is open 24 hours.
On Thursday 17 April, the Library closes at 22:00

The Library will be closed from Friday 18 April to Tuesday 22 April inclusive.
The Library re-opens on Wednesday 23 April at 08:00 and will be open 24/6.

For further details please see http://www.aston.ac.uk/library/openinghours/

Best regards
Library Public Services Team

11 April 2014

Don't forget to save your work to the H Drive when using Library Laptops

If you are using Library Laptops don't forget to continuously save your work to your H drive as if the battery charge runs out you will lose your work.

8 April 2014

Current Aston students - chance to win a £25 Amazon voucher!

The Library needs your views.

Please complete our short online consultation survey by 23:50 this Friday 11th April to be entered into a prize draw to win 1 of 4 £25 Amazon vouchers:

You will find a link to the survey from Library Matters Announcements on Blackboard

Thank you for your participation

Library & Information Services
Public Services Team

4 April 2014

Library Fines paid week commencing 7 April 2014 will be donated to Students' Union Rag Week charities

All Library fines paid week commencing 7 April 2014 will be donated to Aston Students’ Union RAG week charities. You can check whether you owe any fines on your Library Record.

You can pay your fines at the self-service machines in the Library or please ask staff if you need any help.

The Rag Week charities include:

So from Monday 7 April and throughout that week, is a good time to check your Library Record and pay off any fines you may have!

Best regards
Public Services Team

3 April 2014

Library Book Loans During the Easter Vacation

During the Easter vacation, books will continue to be loaned for the normal one day, seven day or long loan period.  They will need to be renewed online:

or returned when due. (No books will be due for return during the Library closed period between Friday, 18th April to Tuesday, 22nd April inclusive.)

Any book which cannot be renewed due to a reservation will need to be returned by post if necessary.  Fines will be charged for late return of books which have been reserved by another reader.

You can check the Easter vacation opening hours here.

Best wishes for the Easter break. 

Library Public Services Team

Dawsonera: Notification of downtime

Dawsonera e-books platform will be unavailable for a short period of time over the next two weekends: "Please be advised that we will be conducting essential system maintenance on dawsonera in the forthcoming weeks and, as a result, the system will be unavailable on Saturday 5th April between 7am and 10am. There will be a second period of downtime that will occur on the following Saturday 12th April between 7am and 10am."

2 April 2014

Would you like to search UK Doctoral Research for free?

You should try using EThOS.  It’s a free research tool which gives access to the best of the UK’s doctoral research. Search over 350,000 theses covering every subject area, and download over 100,000 straight away.

•             Search and read theses on your topic;

•             Find examples of how to structure and approach your thesis;

•             Research the work of specific institutions or academics.


Watch the video: http://bit.ly/1fjv6Hd

Search EThOS now: http://bit.ly/1fjv6Hd

1 April 2014

Essential maintenance to Self Service laptop system on Wednesday 2nd April between 10:00am and 11:00am

Due to essential maintenance the self service laptop system will be unavailable on Wednesday 2nd April between 10:00am and 11:00am.  During this time you can continue to borrow laptops from the Help Desk if any are available.  Also all laptops borrowed should be returned to the Help Desk.

Normal service should resume at 11:00am.  If you have any queries please email library@aston.ac.uk