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.

11 March 2016

Proquest - Business Journal Database system maintenance

On Sunday March 13, 2016, ProQuest will be installing critical firmware updates to its systems infrastructure. The window is scheduled to begin at 03:00 AM and will last for eight (8) hours 11:00 AM

The databases effected
  • ABI Inform Complete
  • Proquest Dissertations
  • Proquest Entrepreneurship
  • Ebrary
  • PsycArticles


8 March 2016

Library now open 24/6

The Library is now open 24/6 - open all the time except for Saturday evening from 18:00 - Sunday morning at 11:00

1 March 2016

ABS 2nd year Undergraduates *Placement workshops*

Library Services and the ABS Placement Team have added a *NEW* workshop to your timetable.

Workshop details:
Using the library business databases to research your placement essay
Library Building, 2nd Floor, L215-L216
The Eventbrite organiser URL is http://astonunilibraryservices.eventbrite.com
    • Short explanation of the placement project expectations by your tutor
    • Accessing library databases in your placement year
    • Utilising Proquest to find theory, company reports and business intelligence
    • Market Research - KeyNote
    • Current Awareness
    • Library Services Business Team
      You can view information about some of the databases covered in the workshop by visiting the Library Ground Floor and browsing the literature on the display table

      Please register for ONE of the following workshops:

      Monday 7th March 12:00-13:00                   Please book an Eventbrite ticket
      Monday 7th March 15:00-16:00                   Please book an Eventbrite ticket

      Tuesday 8th March 11:00-12:00                   Please book an Eventbrite ticket
      Tuesday 8th March 12:00-13:00                   Please book an Eventbrite ticket

      Friday 11th March 10:00-11:00                     Please book an Eventbrite ticket
      Friday 11th March 11:00-12:00                     Please book an Eventbrite ticket

      Monday 14th March 12:00-13:00                 Please book an Eventbrite ticket
      Monday 14th March 15:00-16:00                 Please book an Eventbrite ticket

      Tuesday 15th March 11:00-12:00                 Please book an Eventbrite ticket
      Tuesday 15th March 12:00-13:00                 Please book an Eventbrite ticket

      Friday 18th March 10:00-11:00                     Please book an Eventbrite ticket
      Friday 18th March 11:00-12:00                     Please book an Eventbrite ticket

      Any questions please contact your Business Information Specialists via LS_Businesslibrarian@aston.ac.uk