Recently we learned of the bankruptcy of our journal supplier, SWETS. This has not just affected the Birkbeck Library, but many higher education libraries in the UK.
The Library is working as quickly as possible to transfer our journal subscriptions to another supplier and this is proceeding well. It does however take some time to transfer thousands of journals to a new supplier and there is a possible risk that we will lose access to some e-journal titles temporarily from 1st January, although we cannot say which titles, if any, will be affected. Birkbeck academics have already been informed of this and will have contacted their students.
For this reason we urge Birkbeck students who will be studying over the Christmas period to be aware of this possibility and to take preventative action by downloading their key readings before the Christmas period.
Robert Atkinson, Director of Library & Media Services