Library news archive

Earn a £20 Amazon voucher

... by spending an hour using the UWE web site and telling us what you think.

Three hour-long sessions are scheduled for Thursday 5th June between 13:00 and 16:00 in Frenchay Library.

If you are a UWE student and are interested in taking part, please e-mail with your preferred time slot. We will be in touch with more information.

One World Fiesta: news from the globe

As part of UWE’s One World Fiesta (17 - 23 February 2014) the Frenchay Library will have a display on level 2 (the entrance level) of ‘News from the Globe’ which includes a selection of print newspapers and magazines from around the world and in different languages, as well as details on how to access many more electronically.

Come in and find out about the news beyond the UK press and material in languages other than English.

Celebrate National Libraries Day

UWE Library is taking part in the National Libraries Day celebrations from 7-14 February.

Events at UWE

National Libraries Day logo

Visit your local campus library where you could find sweets, cake, and more information about libraries in your local community.

Follow the Library on Facebook and Twitter to tell us why you love your UWE library and you could win a fab Scrabble mug.

Events in Bristol

All 28 Bristol public libraries will be celebrating  National Libraries Day on Saturday 9 February with a simultaneous children's storytelling session. 

Local writers Tania Hirschmann and Joff Winterheart will also be taking part in a unique one-off collaboration to bring fiction to life through words and pictures in an event at the Central Library. Tania and Joff will also be discussing their work and offering writing tips to aspiring authors from 11:00 at the library.

Events in South Gloucestershire

National Libraries Day logo

Public libraries across South Gloucestershire will be hosting children's storytimes, rhymetimes, and lots of other activities for 4-10 year olds.

For adults, there will be quizzes, music, food, and a talk from bestselling author Lesley Pearse.

Frenchay Library temporary closure

Frenchay Library will be closed from 16:00 to 18:00 (approximately) on the 12 February due to a power outage. IT systems at other campus libraries may also be affected.

From 18:00 we anticipate re-opening Frenchay Library . There may be some on-going issues with IT access once the Library at Frenchay has re-opened. ITS will work on this as a priority.

UWE announcement of the closure and power outage.

PsycTHERAPY database now available

PsycTHERAPY is a database of therapy demonstration videos that will be of interest to anyone studying psychology, counselling, mental health, nursing, sociology, criminology, business or education.

Because of the sensitive nature of the videos (they are of real client/therapist sessions) users have to accept a disclaimer each time they access the database, confirming that they intend to use the resource for legitimate educational or research purposes only.

e-book service disruptiondawsonera logo

Dawsonera - one of our major suppliers of e-books - will be performing an essential upgrade of their service on Saturday 8 December 2012 between 10:00 and 18:00.

Affected e-books have the dawsonera logo at the top of the webpage.

Win a Google Nexus tabletGoogle Nexus 7 tablet 


Just complete the Library LibQual survey (SURVEY NOW CLOSED) and let us know how you think the library is doing.

This is your chance to inform library developments and influence what the future library looks like at UWE.


Monday 12 November to Friday 30 November.


Take part and win a Google Nexus tablet computer, or one of 5 runner up prizes of £20 Amazon vouchers.

IT shutdown weekend

Scheduled maintenance of UWE IT services will take place between 16:30 on Friday 20 July and 08:30 on Monday 23 July.

Access to all library and UWE IT systems are likely to be affected during this period.

More information from IT Services.

Library wins student experience award!

The Students' Union annual Student Rep awards were held on Wednesday 28th March 2012. For the second year running students nominated the Library for an award… and this year we won “The Student Experience Impact Award”.

We were nominated for the Christmas opening initiative. Olly Reid from the Students' Union highlighted that this was one example of the Library being responsive and working effectively with students.

Now we have to find somewhere to display it!

See more examples of the Library responding to student feedback.

Sage Research Methods Online, and publishing with SAGE

Training and information event

This event is intended to help researchers get the most out of the Sage Research Methods Online resource, and to find out more about the process of publishing with SAGE.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Thursday 26 April, 10:00 - 12:30, 2S704 (in the Resources Centre)

To book a place please e-mail

Phaz Learning Zone - what do you think?

Answer the survey and you could win a £20 Amazon voucher

The Phaz Learning Zone at Frenchay has now been open for over 6 months and we’d like to know what you think about it.

The Zone is located in the Health and Life Sciences faculty and is designed to meet the need for more attractive open access study spaces at UWE. Evaluation of how the space is being used will inform further learning zone development across the university. If you have used the Zone we’re interested to know your views.

The following survey will only take a few minutes of your time and you could also win a £20 Amazon voucher!

Complete the Phaz Learning Zone Survey (open until 23 March 2012)

One World Fiesta: news from the globe

As part of UWE’s One World Fiesta (5 - 9 March 2012) the Frenchay Library will have a display on level 2 (the entrance level) of ‘News from the Globe’ which includes a selection of print newspapers and magazines from around the world and in different languages, as well as details on how to access many more electronically.

Come in and find out about the news beyond the UK press and material in languages other than English.

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL)

Get help from PAL students on referencing sources and finding relevant material for your assignment.Peer Assisted Learning

Starting Weds 1 February
Library PAL drop-in sessions weekdays 13:00 - 14:00 in OneZone

PAL leaders will be on hand to provide you with help on referencing sources, finding relevant material for your assignment and on getting to grips with other library resources. Drop by OneZone weekdays 13:00 - 14:00 and find out more about using the library resources.


UWE Harvard Referencing

UWE Harvard guide

To help get you started with the new UWE Harvard referencing style, the Library has produced a quick guide to the most commonly cited media formats. This is available from all UWE libraries and also for download from the Printable Library Guides page.

Reference builder

We have also produced the UWE Harvard reference builder (see the link in the ‘Referencing tools’ section at which will produce UWE Harvard style references for Journal/e-journal articles and books/e-books.

For more information about the UWE Harvard style, please see ‘How do I reference’.

Weekend problems accessing Library electronic resources

Library Services apologise for the problems you have had accessing our electronic resources over the last two weekends. We believe the problems were due to a hardware fault which caused difficulties authenticating user names and passwords.

The fault has now been corrected, and Library services are now working as normal. While we believe we've found the root cause of the problem, we are not sure why the problems only appeared at weekends. There is a chance there will be further disruption to services this weekend. We are continuing to investigate. Staff from the Library and ITS will be monitoring the services and should be in a position to mitigate any further problems quickly.

We appreciate the difficulties this is causing, particularly at this busy time of year. We note all the feedback you have given us on the problems this is causing. We will keep you informed of any further difficulties, please check the Library news page for details.

In addition, please note Proquest databases will be unavailable on Sunday 4 December due to the provider carrying out essential infrastructure maintenance. For further details of the databases affected and alternative resources see Library news.

Frenchay Library and Octagon open during the christmas vacation

Frenchay Library will be open Tuesday 27 December to Monday 2 January 12:00 - 18:00 inclusive.

The Library will open with a minimum service level as per the 24/7 overnight provision and will be staffed by Security. Student Ambassadors will also be on hand to assist students with basic library queries.

The Octagon will be open Tuesday 27 to Friday 30 December and Monday 2 January, 12:00 - 16:00. All students are invited to the Living Centre at The Octagon for some social festive fun, films, board games and refreshments. Everyone is welcome!

Changes to MyPC booking over the vacation

No time restrictions for holiday period

During the rest of the christmas holiday period (December 20 – January 2) the advance bookable PCs will be both advance bookable and walk-up bookable. There will be no restrictions on how long you can use them.

Changes to MyPC booking over the vacation

Some PCs and rooms unavailable Tuesday 20 December

Maintenance work is being carried out on the MyPC booking system on Tuesday 20 December. Computers, group study rooms and quick-access PCs normally booked using the MyPC system may not be available during this time. (Bookable PCs and rooms are mostly found at Frenchay Library.)

Non-bookable PCs will still be available, or see a member of the IT Support Centre for advice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

ScienceDirect journals unavailable 10-11 December - POSTPONED

The ScienceDirect Journals platform were to be unavailable for maintenance from Saturday 10 December at 12:30 till Sunday 11 December 01:30 (ie for 13 hours).

This has now been postponed until 2012.

Proquest databases unavailable - Sunday 4 December

Proquest will be performing infrastructure maintenance on their databases on Sunday 4 December. A twelve (12) hour window will be required for this maintenance. The window will take place from Sunday, December 4, 2011 at 04:00 for twelve (12) hours. Databases unavailable during this maintenance period are:

  • ANTE
  • Artbibliographies Modern (ABM)
  • BHI
  • British Periodicals Collections I and II
  • DAAI
  • IBSS
  • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts
  • LISA
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Philosophers Index
  • Social Services Abstracts
  • Sociological Abstracts
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
  • BNI British Nursing Index
  • Australian Education Index
  • British Education Index
  • ERIC

You will find alternative resources to help with finding relevant subject based information on the subject resources web pages

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Library Service disruption - Wednesday 30 November

Due to planned industrial action on Wednesday 30 November library services may be disrupted.

UWE libraries will open as normal however services will be limited. Library staff will be available until 17.00. From 17.00 Frenchay, Glenside and St. Matthias Library will be open with security staff on a self service basis. For Bower Ashton and Alexandra Warehouse Libraries please check the campus library opening hours.

News from the Globe

Read the news from around the globe at UWE!

Visit Frenchay Library, look at our News from the Globe display on Level 2 and see what titles we have for you. Check the latest Washington Post’s issue, read the latest film reviews from French newspaper Liberation, or discover India Today.

Newspapers and magazines are kept on Level 2 and Level 3.

For online news explore Nexis, our full-text news database for the printed press. It includes the following:

  • International, national, regional and local newspapers
  • Trade and professional publications
  • It also covers companies, industries, market surveys, countries and people

More information at the search for things A-Z -> news page.

Network disruptions

UWE IT Services will be performing major network upgrade work this weekend from 17:00 on Friday 4 November to 08:00 7 November 2011.

All UWE services (including the library's) will be intermittently affected. More details at ITS News.

We apologise in advance for any incovenience that this may cause.

Open access publishing and a free lunch

Weds 26 Oct, 12-2 pm, 4E18

As part of Open Access Week, Paul Gough will be introducing a lunch time talk on open access publishing. Find out more about how open access publishing can increase the impact of your research.

Lunch will be provided.

Please sign up to attend.

Open Access Week 2011

Mon 24 to Fri 28 October is Open Access Week - a global event, now in its fifth year. The event aims to promote open access to the research community, and inspire wider participation, by showing how free, immediate online access to scholarly research has the power to transform the way research is conducted.

UWE will be holding a lunchtime event with refreshments, from 12.00 to 14.00 on Wed 26 October. We will also be running drop-in sessions at all campuses, and running a competition: whoever uploads the most full text items during the week will win a bottle of wine.

In addition to all of this, The Research Repository blog will feature one interview each day with a UWE academic who speaks about open access, the repository and its benefits.

HSC books moving from Hartpury to Alexandra Warehouse

Health and Social Care (HSC) books will be available at Hartpury College Library until Friday 19th August.

HSC books will be unavailable for the following two weeks as stock is moved to Alexandra Warehouse Library (Gloucester Docks).

From Monday 5th September Health and Social Care students should use the Alexandra Warehouse (Gloucester Docks) Library and not the Hartpury College Library.

Access to health and social care online resources will remain available.

(3 August 2011)

Frenchay Library summer works

Disruption to levels 2 and 5 at Frenchay Library.

Due to building works there will be disruption to services on levels 2 and 5 of Frenchay Library until the 31st August. Access to book stock is unaffected. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

(4 July 2011)


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