Thursday, 29 August 2013

SCONUL Access Scheme - Applying for access to other libraries

Most Birkbeck students are entitled to use many other academic libraries through the SCONUL Access scheme. In the past, it was necessary to get a paper SCONUL card to take with you to other libraries, but these are no longer issued.

To apply for SCONUL Access you should now visit and apply online. You will receive an email confirmation which you can show to gain access to or to join other libraries that are in the scheme.

To get SCONUL access you must have a clear library record, with no overdue items or fines. If you have any questions please contact the Library Help Desk.


Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Do you have a disability or dyslexia? Come to a Library Access Support induction.

If you have a disability or dyslexia, a Library Access Support induction will get you off to a good start, with information and advice about how we can help you with your studies whilst you are at Birkbeck.

Inductions cover:
  • The services we provide and how to access them
  • A question and answer session
  • A tour of the Assistive Technology Centre
Book onto one of our inductions by contacting us by email or phone:
Phone: 020 7631 6491

Induction times:
  • Tuesday September 24th 6-7pm
  • Thursday September 26th 4-5pm
  • Monday October 14th 6-7pm
  • Friday October 18th 2-3pm 

Friday, 23 August 2013

Bank Holiday weekend opening hours

Just a reminder that the Library is open from 10am until 6pm Saturday and Sunday this weekend but closed on Bank Holiday Monday (26th). The Library is self-service on Saturday and Sunday but you can still borrow, renew, return and pay fines at the self-service machines.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Library system upgrade - 21st August

We will be having a small upgrade to the library management system (Horizon) on Wednesday 21st August. We expect the work to begin at 14.00 (it is being done from Utah!) and should take about 4 hours.

During this time it will be possible to borrow items at the Issue Desk only. Any returned items will be kept aside and dealt with when the work is completed. Self-service, requests and renewals will not be possible. The standard catalogue will be down as it too is having an upgrade. VuFind will be available but no item details will be shown and readers will not be able to access their accounts.

We hope that all being well we will be back online by the early evening, but we are advising that disruption may continue into Thursday.

No fines are being charged on these days and no items should be due back. We will issue updates via the Library web site and our Twitter feed (@BirkbeckLibrary).

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Web Of Knowledge maintenance - possible downtime this Friday (23rd)

We have received the following warning from Thompson Reuters regarding the Web Of Knowledge database platform:

Web of Knowledge maintenance will begin on Friday August 23, 2013 at 0900 BST and ending by Friday August 23, 2013 at 1900 BST
Web of Knowledge may not be available during the above times. Thomson Reuters would like to apologise for any interruption this may cause.

Web of Knowledge includes the Science, Social Science and Arts & Humanities Citation Indexes and the Medline database.

Friday, 2 August 2013

Introducing Warc, our new marketing database

The library has taken out a subscription to a new database called Warc, formerly known as the World Advertising Research Centre, which should give you a better idea of what it is all about. Warc specialises in advertising, marketing and media communications.

There are over 25,000 articles, case studies, in-depth trend analysis, marketing strategy, marketing campaign videos and research reports to be found, coming from various sources including Warc's own publications: AdmapMarket Leader,International Journal of AdvertisingJournal of Advertising Research and International Journal of Market Research.

This database will appeal mainly to people researching advertising and marketing, but it also has information that may appeal to other social science researchers as it covers things like government and non-profit campaigns.

You can access Warc here: