27 October 2015

Please bring your uniCARD each time you visit the Library

It's really important that you bring your uniCARD each time you visit the Library.

If you do forget your card, then you can ask for a Day Pass Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00 but students can only get 3 day passes per academic year so please do try and remember to bring your uniCARD on each visit.

Thank you
Public Services Team

26 October 2015

New version of Solidworks is now available to borrow from the Library Help desk

The Library now has the new version of SolidWorks.
Please ask for it at the Library Help desk.

It is available to collect Monday to Friday 09:00 - 18:00.
It will be loaned until 13:00 the following day.

Please check availability on the Library Catalogue first.

Do you need access to SPSS?

Aston University has signed an agreement where SPSS can be used  for academic and / or teaching purposes.  University students can install it on their personal devices for the purposes of studying. University staff can also install it on personal devices for studying or to help develop or deliver academic or teaching activities.

To apply for the software and install it on your personal device please go to

If there are any queries, concerns or comments regarding SPSS please contact

IT Services Help desk
Main Building G6

Telephone 0121 204 3445

22 October 2015

Journals and articles from Taylor & Francis currently unavailable

The e-journals platform Taylor & Francis is currently unavailable due to a technical problem. The suppliers of the platform are looking into this as a matter of urgency. This blog post will be updated when the problem has been resolved.

In the meantime if you are using Find it @ Aston to access journal articles and the article is from another supplier as well as Taylor & Francis please use one of these links instead to access the full text.

***Update: 10:30 on 22nd October 2015***

Our suppliers have informed us that this problem should now be fixed and you should be able to access journals and articles from Taylor & Francis.  Please let us know if you are still having problems with access.

19 October 2015

Aston Aspires Week - EndNote Workshops

EndNote is a service which allows you to collect, store & manage your own collection or 'Library' of references. You can transfer references from many library catalogues and databases into your EndNote Library. You can also use EndNote to create in-text citations and bibliographies in Word documents, formatted in the style of your choice.EndNote is available as a Web version (also known as EndNote Basic) and a desktop version. Aston University Library will be hosting workshops on using EndNote throughout Aston Aspires Week.  The workshop will include:

  • Creating a Library
  • Searching for references using EndNote
  • Importing references from other sources
  • Importing PDF's
  • Organising your references
  • Importing references from EndNote in to your document
  • EndNote Online

To book on to a workshop please choose ONE of the days and times below:

Tuesday 3rd November       11:00-12:00     Book Event
Tuesday 3rd November       12:00-13:00     Book Event

Wednesday 4th November  11:00-12:00     Book Event
Wednesday 4th November  12:00-13:00     Book Event

Thursday 5th November     13:00-14:00     Book Event
Thursday 5th November     14:00-15:00     Book Event

MyiLibrary currently not available

**This problem has now been fixed as of 12.30pm 19th October**
The e-books platform MyiLibrary is currently unavailable due to a technical problem. The suppliers of the platform are looking into this as a matter of urgency. This blog post will be updated when the problem has been resolved.

International Open Access Week: 19-25 October 2015

This week is International Open Access Week 2015.

Academic publishing is changing because of Open Access - share your research freely and openly online, and be eligible for the next REF.

For more information visit:
Please contact openaccess@aston.ac.uk with your enquiries.

12 October 2015

Check out Ask the Library to see the winning entries for the iPAD mini and the book vouchers

The Ask the Library Competition has now closed. Perhaps you were a lucky winner?

10 October 2015

Aston University Open Day

Today the Library is welcoming prospective students and their families for the University's Open Day.  Members of Library Staff are on hand to answer any questions and provide directions.

The Library 2nd Floor Workshops are open so visitors can find out more about the support and workshops offered to students by the Information Specialists as well as the online resources specific to their subject area of interest.

There are also food and drinks available at Cafe Libro to sustain visitors.

9 October 2015

The Ask the Library Competition is now closed - check Ask the Library on Monday after 14:00 to find out who has won

The Ask the Library Competition is now closed

Competition Entries have been randomly drawn by Joshua Crawley, Digital Marketing Projects Assistant and the winners will be revealed on Ask the Library on Monday 12 October at 14:00.

One person has won an iPAD mini and 5 others have each won £50 of Waterstones vouchers.

EndNote - downtime

Please be aware that EndNote will be unavailable on Sunday the 11th October from 12:00pm until 1:00pm.  This may also effect Web Of Science and ResearcherIDs

Aston Aspires Week - Westlaw task based training for law students

ASTON ASPIRES: Westlaw training
On Wednesday 4th November the Library will be hosting a Scenario and task based training session using Westlaw UK. 
The workshop will be led by a Thomson Reuters Westlaw trainer - Julie Watts.  Students will be given a 1 hour demonstration and will then have 30 minutes to work through a realistic research exercise using Westlaw UK. This innovative task-based training will replicate common questions asked in legal practice. 

If you are interested in participating please book on to ONE of the following workshops on the 4th November

Westlaw scenario training            9:30-11:00           Book Event
Westlaw scenario training            11:30-13:00         Book event [repeated session]
Westlaw scenario training            14:00-15:30         Book event [repeated session]

Any questions please do not hesitate to contact
Nicola Dennis
Business & Law Information Specialist

8 October 2015

Remember your uniCARD when using the Library

Your uniCARD is your Library card

7 October 2015

Need help finding the books you want?

Library staff at the Help desk are happy to help you find books.  When the Help desk is closed, please ask Our Evening and Weekend Team.

Just Ask!

2 October 2015

Library Term 1 opening hours

Please remember to bring your uniCARD with you on each visit.

Book rescue sale in the Library on Wednesday 7 October 12-14:00

Please come with £5 notes if possible.