Friday, November 14, 2014

You asked for more space...

Feedback from our recent 'Come and Chat' session

You asked for more space…
Did you know? We recently added 30 SILENT study spaces and 50 more GROUP study spaces are expected Jan ‘15.

Staff also have access to central time-tabling at the Library Counter so we may be able to find you a study room elsewhere on campus when the Library is very busy.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

New Energy Efficient Lighting - are you being left in the dark?

New Energy Efficient Lighting - are you being left in the dark?
Over the summer we installed new energy efficient lighting, including more movement sensors.  The system is set up so lights switch off when movement cannot be detected. 
If you are being left in the dark when you are studying please just move around a little and the sensor SHOULD detect you are there and turn lights back on again. 
If you cannot get lights activated without having to leave your seat please let us know.  We may be able to get sensors adjusted to be less of a nuisance. 

·          Come and talk to us at the Service Counter

·          Phone in on 01782 734159

·          Email

Monday, November 10, 2014

Accessing the British Journal of Social Work from off-campus

If you've been having problems accessing the British Journal of Social Work from off-campus, take a look at this video: Accessing BJSW From Off-Campus

It shows you the best way to access the journal from off-site using the e-journals a-z.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Science and Nature - new electronic titles

The Library is pleased to announce that we have now converted our subscriptions for the journals 'Science' and 'Nature' from print-only to online access. These titles are available from both on and off campus.

To access the subscriptions, go to the eJournals AtoZ and enter the name of the journal that you wish to locate:

We have purchased e-access to 'Nature' as part of a bundle (from 2010 onwards) which also includes:

Nature Genetics, Nature Neuroscience, Nature News, Nature Structural & Molecular Biology and Nature Reviews: Cancer

Smokers shelter

In case you were wondering what it is! Over the last couple of days, despite the weather, builders have been putting up a smokers shelter outside the Campus Library. It gives smokers somewhere to go which is out of the wind, moves their smoke away from the library steps, and clears the road outside the library as well. The grass which has been damaged will of course be replaced.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Campus Library photocopying reduced.

Campus Library photocopying charges are being reduced from today. 

Due to a programming problem, Campus Library photocopiers are not able to charge double sided copies at less than the price of 2 x single sided copies.  We have reduced our charges as follows.  A4 - 2p/4p and A3 5p/10p.

Friday, October 17, 2014

More study spaces in the Campus Library

Did you know that, over the Summer we added an additional 30 spaces in Silent areas? We re-sited some maps and microfilm resources to store and now the new seating can be found in the Law Library and in the top floor to the back of the building, next to the Special Collections office.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Staffordshire Public Libraries - Access to Academic Research

A searchable database of academic journals and research papers is now available from your local public library. The Access to Research website can be accessed from any public library computer, or via the public library wi-fi which is available at most public libraries. The pilot project runs until the end of December 2015 and makes 1.5million journal and research articles available. The free access is subject to strict rules around not copying or downloading the material and the articles are only to be used on the basis of remaining non-commercial and for private study.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Need to Re-fuel?

Need to re-fuel whilst you study? You can grab a sandwich and a drink from our vending machines in the ground floor refreshments area

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Student Resources Area

Have you seen the new Student Resource Area? We have a guillotine, comb-binder and laminator available for students' use. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

New Range of Stationery For Sale

We sell a range of stationery items  - pens, pads, highlighters, USB's, post-it notes and more - full list at the main Service Counter.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Can't renew or borrow?

Is a Library fine stopping you from borrowing books?

If your account exceeds £10 in fines you will not be able to borrow or renew books.

Come and chat to us - we may be able to help.  All fines can be avoided - we'll show you how.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Keele Card fines payments now available.

Announcing our new service of self-service fine payments by Keele card. The payment terminal is located next to the self-service machines in the library foyer.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Update - Library Digitised Documents & Keele Overseas Students

Keele has recently agreed to fund participation in a new CLA (Copyright Licensing Agency) pilot scheme allowing delivery of Library-produced digitised documents to students based at an overseas campus.
This month the CLA launched a one-year pilot for the optional inclusion of overseas campus-based students (OCBS) under the terms of the current Higher Education Licence.
Any academic staff wishing to deliver digitisations to overseas students should notify the Digitisation Service staff at
Separate web links for overseas students will need to be prepared, as those links made for UK-based modules are not interchangable between 'home' and 'overseas' modules through Blackboard.
Please note the pilot is for academic year 2014-15 only - inclusion of OCBS beyond this date will be determined by the CLA/UUK and other stakeholders next year.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Pay your library fines using your Keele card

Under testing in the Campus Library is a new facility which enables you to pay library fines from your Keele card. Simply insert the card and it will list your current fines, which you can then pay from your Keele card. The new machine is installed on the middle floor opposite the self-service machines, and a similar one is planned to be be installed at the Health Library in a few weeks time.If you'd like to be shown how to use it, or have any problems, please ask at the Library Counter.

Friday, June 27, 2014

New version of Literature Online (LION)

The new, improved interface for Literature Online (LION) is now live. Many Literature Online users may already have taken a look, but if you've not yet tried the new interface you can do so here: 

It has a new look, and an improved search engine, but still features all of the existing content. 

Literature Online includes over 350,000 works of poetry, prose and drama from the 8th to the 21st Century with a huge library of critical and reference material, including thousands of literary articles, essays, biographies and encyclopaedia entries.

The 'old' version of Literature Online will be switched off soon. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Dawson e-books - current lack of access

Unfortunately there is currently no access to our Dawsonera ebooks. The platform providers, Dawson, are having severe problems with their content and its delivery and they anticipate the full Dawsonera service to continue to be unavailable throughout the weekend.

They are working to restore access to the most frequently used titles in the first instance and then will progressively load additional titles based on accesses and year-to-date usage over the weekend. We'll try to keep you informed about progress as we hear from them.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Library gets Gold award for being green!

Green Impact is an initiative led by the National Union of Students to promote green practices and increase recycling in Universities.  The Library recently won the Gold Award in a competition that included 28 teams from across Keele University.

We know that green issues are important to students and the Library will continue to strive to minimise its environmental impact and to maximise recycling within the building.  One of the best ways that students can support this effort is to use the recycling bins correctly so that more rubbish can be directed away from landfill.

We look forward to engaging students even more next year to build upon the success of 2014.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Community Day - Archives Open

As part of the University's Community Day,  a selection of material from the Library's Special Collections and Archives will be on view between 1pm and 5pm on Sunday 1st June. Find us on the top floor of the Library.

Keele Hall, c. 1810, watercolour by the Reverend Lewis Sneyd of All Souls.

Summer Lighting Project – may restrict access to some resources

Summer Lighting Project – may restrict access to some resources

The introduction of 24 hour opening and its popularity with students mean that electricity consumption in the Campus Library has increased significantly during the last two years.  

We know that green issues are important to students so, in order to be more energy efficient, Estates will be upgrading the lighting in the Library between early June and mid-September. 

We are undertaking this project during the summer (starting Monday 2 June) in order to minimise disruption to our users but, inevitably, there will be times when certain areas of stock won't be publicly accessible.

We will operate a stock retrieval service for these areas but you may need to allow 24 hours for your request to be retrieved. We will put out information about which class-marks are affected at which times on the Library website and Facebook pages and via the Library blog. 

Thank you for your patience during this period. We think that the benefits in terms of improving our environmental sustainability are well worth it.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Notice for Final Year Students

Are you a Final Year Student?
Please remember if you are Graduating this July you must return all books on loan and settle any Library fines by Wednesday 28th May 2014.  Books not returned by this date will be regarded as missing from stock and the Library will send you an invoice for the replacement cost(s) plus a £5.00 administration fee.
You can settle your fines or other Library debts by phoning 01782 734159 or by coming in person to the Service Counter.
Thank You

Thursday, May 1, 2014

EBSCO Databases - Off-campus access - Update

Off-campus access to EBSCO should now be fully available again. To access go to and use your Keele log-in details.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

EBSCO Databases - Off-campus access - Update

While off-campus access to EBSCO is still not working as we would like users can now access the databases again. First access as normal, and when the error message appears enter the url in your browser's address field. Hopefully users should then have access to Keele's databases.

Community Care Inform: New Log-In Details

Following a recent update to the Community Care Inform website,, the username and password for Keele users to log-in to the service have been changed.

If you would like to know the new log-in details please contact the Library InfoPoint ( or phone on 01782 733535).

Monday, April 28, 2014

EBSCO Databases - Off-campus access

EBSCO databases are currently unavailable off-campus as there are difficulties with their log-in system. These problems are not just confined to Keele and EBSCO are working urgently to reactivate our access.

Monday, April 14, 2014

First World War centenary

To commemorate the centenary of the First World War, Keele student Max Bailey has produced a Library display from the Josiah Clement Wedgwood Papers held in our Special Collections and Archives.

Max is a second year undergraduate in History and Maths. During a work placement in the Archives, he has researched and digitised original records to illustrate J C Wedgwood’s war-time experiences.

Take a look at the display in the Library foyer, or view at J C Wedgwood at War 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Easter Opening Hours

We're now in the Easter vacation for the library, for full details of our opening hours over this period have a look at our Opening Times

We'll return to 24 hour opening from 8.30am on the 22nd April.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Refworks - Shibboleth Login Problem Reported

Access to Refworks, through the Keele Shibboleth login, is not currently available (as of 25 March 2014).

We have reported the problem to Refworks in the USA and hope the issue, which appears to be affecting users across the UK, will be fixed soon.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Leisure Reading - brought to you by Newcastle Public Library

We have often been asked about having more fiction for leisure reading at Campus Library but we do not want to spend Library funds for this purpose. 

we chatted with our local Public Library in Newcastle Under Lyme and we now have a Leisure Collection supplied by them within the Campus Library.  Although the books belong to Newcastle Library you can check them out on your Keele Card.

We hope this will be a popular addition for many of our members. 

We'd recommend all students to become members of Newcastle Library.  As well as providing an alternative study space that may be convenient especially if you live off campus, there are some other leisure services that the local Public Library can offer you that Keele can't. 

We'd particularly mention their i-Magazines service that enables you to download a wide range of popular magazines to your phone, iPad or other tablet .  What's more, you can join the Public Library at the Keele Campus Library service desk.

For more information please speak to a member of staff.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Need to use a Library closer to home?

Want to find out how you could access other Libraries beyond Keele? - find out about SCONUL Access
Go to

The SCONUL scheme provides Keele students access to resources of other libraries.  Over 170 higher education institutions in the UK and Ireland are members of the scheme.

Green Week Library promotion

Library Staff braved the weather today to demonstrate the amount of rubbish that is generated in the Library in 1 day. 

It is one of the busiest buildings on campus so a lot of rubbish will be generated but, although much of it could be re-cycled; most of it actually goes to landfill.  Why?...

Quite simply because we are not disposing of our rubbish very considerately.  Designated re-cycling bins have the wrong items deposited in them so it ends up at landfill anyway.  General use bins are used for waste that could be re-cycled.

Our call for action is to use the bins more considerately so LESS rubbish can be sent to landfill.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Keele Research Repository and Catalogue Plus

This morning we launched another new feature in Catalogue Plus. Anything you put into the search box now searches across Keele's Research Repository as well as the Library Catalogue and most of our databases.The Research Repository aims to make Keele's scholarly research freely available.
When you've done a search you will see 'Keele Research' appear as an extra tab at the top left of the window and as an extra Collection in the column of facets on the left side, and you can of course click on the title to get more information. The technology isn't yet up to giving a direct link to the full text (although we're working on it), but it informs you of  the existence of the information which may be accessed using the link to the Research Repository on the bottom right corner of the screen.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Refworks Downtime 16 February 2014 03:00 to 11:00

Refworks have notified all users that there will be a system "downtime" for approximately 8 hours on Sunday 16 February 2014, between 03:00 and 11:00. This is due to the usual "essential maintenance".

Refworks also added in their communcation...

"During this time period RefWorks users can expect sporadic availability, including short periods of complete downtime. We anticipate that access issues and possible functionality problems will last anywhere from 3 to 15 minutes. If you experience issues with RefWorks during this maintenance window we recommend that you close your browser session, and return to RefWorks at a later time."

We're sorry if this inconveniences anyone.

For anyone with questions on this, please forward them to

Thursday, February 6, 2014

National Libraries Day Saturday 8th February

Did you know the Campus Library houses 1400 linear metres of Special Collections and Archives? Along with manuscripts spanning ten centuries, we hold almost 25,000 rare books and journals, of which almost 600 are pre-1700 imprints. Publications are on the Library catalogue and you can explore the Archives here

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Free webinar: Using doctoral theses in your research

If you're interested in finding and using doctoral theses, why not sign up for this free webinar to learn how EThOS works?

EThOS ( is a fantastic resource for researchers, with over 100,000 UK theses freely available to download, and another 200,000 to search and scan on demand. The webinar also explains how EThOS works with UK universities to support the whole research cycle.

Hosted by Sara Gould and Melissa Byrd on Thursday 13 February 2014, 15:00 GMT, this is a repeat of the session held on 10 December 2013. To attend, register now at:

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Web of Knowledge ... now Web of Science - major upgrade (Jan 2014)

The service we knew as Web of Knowledge has changed its name - to Web of Science - as part of a recent service upgrade. 

The Web of Science database itself is now called the "Web of Science Core Collection" and, don't forget, also includes the multi-disciplinary Book Citation Indexes and the Index Chemicus.    

There are changes to the searching experience.  There's a simplified search screen for the databases and a prominent link for checking full-text availability ... click the Full-Text button to bring up @Keele, our e-journals checking service; this service checks for full-text availability through both Keele e-journal subscriptions and a range of major Open Access journal collections such as PubMed Central Open Access.

And finally ...
Don't forget, we also now have access to two additional databases to support your research: Current Contents Connect and the Data Citation Index.  For more Information view the "Web of Science" tab on this web page:

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Semester 2 Training Sessions: details now available

Read about our forthcoming 'Essential Information Skills' training sessions at the Keele Campus Library ... you can also book online: View details here

If you are based at the Hospital Campus view information about training sessions delivered at the Health Library:  View details here

Don't forget we have online tutorials and videos - including videos on using RefWorks: View the Keele Campus Library YouTube channel here

Based at the Health Library and want to develop your searching skills?  View e-tutorials and videos here

Monday, January 6, 2014

New feature in Catalogue Plus!

We've just enabled a new feature in Catalogue Plus which is now under testing. When you look at the full display for a book there is now a 'Find it' button on the right of the screen next to its location and shelfmark.

Click on this and you'll see a map of where it is in the library, which should make it easier for you to find it:

This feature works on most modern browsers, and for Catalogue Plus and the Classic Catalogue. We hope you find it helpful, and please let us know what you think of it.

Environment Digimap - Free Trial

Environment Digimap is available free of charge until 31 July 2014. This new Digimap collection offers land cover map data from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH). More details are available in the Environment Digimap Help Pages.