Wednesday, December 16, 2015

North Staffordshire dialect display in the Library

The latest Archives display commemorates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Wilfred Alan Bloor, creator of the Jabez character. Under the pseudonym A. Scott, Bloor wrote over 400 Jabez tales in North Staffordshire dialect for the Sentinel newspaper, from 1968 until his death in 1993.
Many of the stories are based on reminiscences of Bloor’s early years in Scot Hay, providing a unique insight into life in a North Staffordshire mining village during the interwar period.

The Library’s Wilfred Bloor Collection comprises manuscript and typescript stories and articles, cuttings, correspondence and audio recordings. Bloor publicly performed many of his stories, some of which are available to purchase on CD from the Archives.

To find out more, contact the Special Collections and Archives

The newly published Centenary Compendium of the Jabez Stories can be purchased online at

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Keele Library leaning book tree

This is the third time Keele Library has had a Christmas book tree. This year the angles are a little unusual, but we feel that's part of its charm. All decorations are home-made and recyclable.

How many volumes do you think were used to build the tree? We are offering a prize for the nearest estimate. Please send your answer to

With good wishes to all our users.

Keele University Library Staff

Monday, December 7, 2015

Library and IT Services Building Closure

Regrettably, the Library will be closed from 10pm on Friday 18 December until 8.45am on Monday 21 December.

This is due to emergency repairs being undertaken on the building's heating system.

Alternative arrangements have been made to extend some facilities over the week-end.

  • For BOOK RETURNS please use the out of hours bin to the left of the building 

  • STUDY SPACE has been reserved in the Chancellor's Building, 9am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.
           Rooms  CBA1:072, 073, 076, 077, 078, 079, 080, 081, 098 and 100

  • HEALTH LIBRARY is staffed and open  as normal, 10am to 10pm on both days, and provides study space, PCs, printing and photocopying.

  • PCs are provided in the Lennard Jones building, access to all students is by Keele card swipe access 9am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday

  • PRINTING will be available in Chancellor's Building foyer and Lennard Jones PC Lab
The Library and IT Building will re-open from 8.45 am on Monday 21 December

Vacation Opening

Friday 18 Dec - 24 hour opening ends at 10pm
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 Dec - CLOSED
Monday 21 Dec - 8.45am - 10pm
Tuesday 22 Dec – 8.45am – 10pm
Wednesday 23 Dec – 8.45am – 10pm
Thursday 24 Dec – 9am – 5pm
Christmas Day - Friday 25 Dec – CLOSED Bank Holiday
Boxing Day - Saturday 26 Dec – CLOSED Bank Holiday
Sunday 27 Dec – 9am – 5pm
Monday 28 Dec – 9am – 5pm
Tuesday 29 Dec – 9am -5pm
Wednesday 30 Dec – 9am – 5pm
Thursday 31 Dec – 9am – 5pm
New Year’s Day - Friday 01 Jan – CLOSED Bank Holiday
Saturday 2 Jan – 9am – 10pm
Sunday 3 Jan – 9am – 10pm
Monday 4 Jan - 24 hour opening resumes from 8.45am
Please note some services are
NOT available throughout all opening hours.

Friday, December 4, 2015

In memory of Ronnie Frankenberg

In memory of Keele's first Professor of Sociology, Ronnie Frankenberg (1929-2015), this cartoon by Max Atkinson is from papers relating to Frankenberg’s introduction of the workshop-seminar curriculum in Sociology. The papers (1973-1980s) comprise a case study, reports, workshop proposals and correspondence. To find out more, contact the Archives