Library news and events

Library Service Opening Hours:

24/7 has now ended. See here for updated opening times.

Exhibition - Hedd Wyn

Bangor University Archives & Special Collections is commemorating the centenary of the death of Hedd Wyn with an exhibition celebrating the life, work and legacy of the Welsh poet and soldier who died on the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele on 31 July 1917.

On display are some of his pieces including a draft of the ode “Yr Arwr” which he planned to enter for the Chair Competition of the National Eisteddfod to be held in Birkenhead, 1917.

Also on display is Hedd Wyn’s letter “Rhiwle yn Ffrainc,” which was written about 5 weeks before the National Eisteddfod in Birkenhead, in which he describes life "behind the lines" of the Western Front.

The exhibition is on display from June 5th until December 15th 2017 in the Council Chamber Corridor of the Main Arts Building.

We will also be promoting the exhibition at the Bangor University tent on Friday the 11th August at the National Eisteddfod 2017

Archives Exhibition

Polly Wilton, a volunteer with the Archives and Special Collections, has been busy creating an exhibition based on a postcard of Bangor. Pop to the Shankland reading room in the Library to view her 3D model which recreates the scene and pick up a leaflet that reveals the story behind the postcard.

Polly Wilton

LIBRARY AMBASSADORS

Thank you very much:

Alexandra Wuergler (Senior Ambassador)

Ankita Goyal     

Finvola Dunphy                  

Laurence Jones

Thandiwe Mphoka

..for helping the Library & Archives Service improve our services for students.

We will be looking for new library ambassadors for next year, if you are interested, e-mail: libsupport@bangor.ac.uk and we'll send you an applicaton pack in September 2017

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Cataloguing the Arthurian Collection

We reached a milestone this week in the cataloguing of the Flintshire Harries Arthurian Collection when we catalogued the 1,000th book. More...

Launch of the Centre of Arthurian Studies and Inaugural Professorial Lecture by Professor Raluca Radulescu

‘Portable Arthur: Why Medieval legends are still relevant to us’

Followed by opportunity to view an exhibition of rare Arthurian books

Location: Eric Sunderland Lecture Theatre (MALT), Bangor University
Time: Friday 20 January 2017, 16:00–20:00

Deiniol Library 24/7

24/7 opening returns to the Deiniol Library from January 3rd until January 22nd 2017

LIBRARY AMBASSADORS

Introducing our new Library Ambassadors:

Five student Library Ambassadors have been appointed to work with the Library and Archive Service to promote the services and various events, as well as obtaining feedback in order to improve communication between the service and students.

The five Ambassadors are undergraduates and postgraduates from different Schools across the University.  The five are:

Alexandra Wuergler (Senior Ambassador)

Ankita Goyal     

Finvola Dunphy                  

Laurence Jones

Thandiwe Mphoka

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Trial: Health Research Premium Collection & British Nursing Index Databases

Bangor University is currently running a trial (11/10/16 – 30/11/16), for the Health Research Premium Collection & British Nursing Index Full Text databases package.

These databases can be accessed here and here

To give your feedback on these resources, please click here and here

‘Postcards from North Wales, England. Nineteenth-century European Travellers and the Discovery of Wales.’

The Shankland Lectures 2016 - Treasures from Bangor University Library and Archives

Professor Carol Tully, School of Modern Languages

‘Postcards from North Wales, England. Nineteenth-century European Travellers and the Discovery of Wales.’

19th October 2016

Shankland Library, Main Arts Library, Bangor University (Entrance via the Vice Chancellor's Corridor)

5pm

Refreshments will be provided

Related documents:

 

‘Putting the “E” in “e-books”: Exploiting the digital interactivity inherent in dedicated e-readers.’ 

The Shankland Lectures 2016 - Treasures from Bangor University Library and Archives

Dr Lyle Skains, School of Creative Studies and Media

 ‘Putting the “E” in “e-books”: Exploiting the digital interactivity inherent in dedicated e-readers.’ 

9th November 2016

Shankland Library, Main Arts Library, Bangor University (Entrance via the Vice Chancellor's Corridor)

5pm

Refreshments will be provided

Related documents:

 

Getting the most from Google!

Main Arts Library Social Learning training room,

20th October 12.00-13.00

  • Better Googling - improve your search, understand the results
  • Using Google scholar effectively
  • Other useful Google tools

Gain employability points for attending https://apps.bangor.ac.uk/bea/activity/1882/

Staff Training Sessions

The library and archives service are delivering a number of training sessions for research staff and postgraduate students during semester 1.
See more details here:

Research Staff

Postgraduate Students

New Loan Periods and Borrowing Entitlements
BU staff & students only.

 

We’ve reviewed and simplified our standard loan periods and increased the number of items most library users can borrow at a time.

From 25th August 2016, entitlements will be:

  No. of items Standard Loan Period
Undergraduates 15 4 weeks*
Graduates
(Masters & Research)
30 4 weeks*
University staff
(Academic & Support)
30 4 weeks*
External Borrowers 6 2 weeks

Please remember that all loans are subject to recall, and due dates will be reduced if a borrowed item is wanted by another library user.

*Standard loan items which have not been recalled by another user will be auto-renewed for a further 4 week loan period 7 days before they are due (NB auto-renewals do not apply to loans to external borrowers).

New Wales-wide library system will foster greater collaboration between universities

A new library management system which will promote collaboration between cross-sector libraries in Wales will be celebrated at an event in the National Assembly today (Thursday 22 September 2016). [More]


Left to right: Julie James, Minister for Skills & Science, Sue Hodges, Director of Libraries & Archives BU and chair of WHELF, Mandy Powell, Head of CILIP Cymru and Hywel James, Principal Librarian of Gwynedd Library Service.
[Photograph credit: Mike Hall.]

Your New Library Search is now live!

The new Library Search facility is now live!  Click here to explore our new library search page.

If you need help or have any questions about this new system, just:

  • Ask any of our friendly staff
  • Chat to us via our library chat facility
  • Email us at library@bangor.ac.uk
  • Phone us on 01248 382981
  • Visit our FAQs page
  • Find us on Facebook and Twitter by searching @BangorUniLib
  • For help with detailed or complex searches contact your academic support librarian https://www.bangor.ac.uk/academic-support

Remember, this new Library Search has many new benefits and features, such as:

One search box for full discovery

With Library Search you can not only search for items physically in the library like books print journals and DVDs, but you can also search for online resources like full-text* journal or newspaper articles.

 

Citation Trail*

This exciting new feature provides researchers and students with more ways to discover resources.  Starting from one article, the citation trail will find other materials that cite that article or are cited by it.

 

Seamless Inter Library Loans*

If the item you’re looking for is not available here, simply click the ILL link and all the details will be automatically uploaded and your request will be processed.

 

Longer loans

Standard loan periods for undergraduates will be increased from two weeks to four weeks.

 

Auto-renewal: BU Staff & students only

We will automatically renew your standard (4 week loan) items, up to fourteen times – as long as they are not recalled by another person.

 

Increased loan allowance

All students and staff will have increased borrowing entitlements:

Undergraduates - 15 items

Postgraduates – 30 items

Staff – 30 items

The new search is live!, so visit our FAQ for all the latest developments and answers to any questions you may have.

[More]

We aim to have no disruption to services, but if you experience any problems, please get in touch.

 

*Some of these features will only be accessible when you have signed into your Library Account.    The sign-in will use our usual Bangor user-id and password.  

Usability Testing

Would you like to improve the look and functionality of 'Library Search' and receive Employability Points in the process?

Take part in the Library & Archives usability test for 'Library Search'

 

What's trending

This page represents a monthly snapshot of selected library resource usage by Bangor University staff and students. Usage statistics are a vital tool for helping the University make informed decisions about which resources to purchase OR cancel. If you would like to see usage information for any other articles, journals or publishers. [More]

Trending

Recalls - What you need to know!

All library stock is loaned on the understanding that items may be recalled if required by another user. The fact that you have not yet finished with a book is not acceptable as a reason for not returning it when recalled.

When You receive a recall:

  • Check the new Return date. This supersedes any date given at the time of issue or renewal
  • Get the book back to the library as soon as possible.  Consider posting the book back to us if you are away on placement and not able to return in person.

If you miss the new return date, you will incur an increased overdue charge of £1 per day. More importantly, you will be inconveniencing another library user who needs access to our finite library resources.

Recalls apply to all users and all items – loans which may have been extended to cover placements and field trips can still be recalled. You must ensure that you are able to respond promptly to recall notices at all times.

Long Service Award

Lynne Meadows with Alan Hughes

University staff, who have completed more than 35 years of service to the University, were honoured at a ceremony which took place on 24th February. Alan Hughes, Collections and Digital Developments Assistant, is pictured receiving his award from Lyn Meadows, Director of HR

Oxford Journals Access Problem 24-02-2016

Some users have been experiencing problems while trying to access journals from Oxford University Press.
The problem is a certificate error that seems to block access to the journals, but can be overcome if you follow these instructions.

In Chrome:
Click “Advanced”, then “Proceed to…”

In Firefox:
Click on “I Understand the Risks”, then “Add Exception”, pop-up box, make sure the “Permanently store this exception” box is ticked, then click “Confirm Security Exception”

In Internet Explorer:
Click on “Continue to this website”

If you have any problems or questions, please contact us at eresources@bangor.ac.uk or 01248 388027.

Lifetime Library Access

If you live in or around Bangor you may want to continue using the Library and we can arrange for you to have a library card to continue to access the University’s library.

The Alumni borrowing entitlement is 6 items on loan at any one time. Please note that some categories of stock are not available for borrowing by associate borrowers, such as short loan items and electronic access is not included.

To request library access, please email: alumni@bangor.ac.uk

Number 1 Library in Wales!

Results from the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2015 show that our libraries have been rated top in Wales for ‘good library and good library opening hours’.

Our score of 6.5 was also the second highest score across the 113 institutions surveyed, and puts us at equal 5th in the UK.

Bangor University’s Director of Libraries and Archives, Sue Hodges, said "We are delighted by the outcome of this survey. Library and Archives staff have worked incredibly hard to improve services and facilities, and it is rewarding that students have acknowledged how we support teaching, learning and research, and also appreciate our extensive opening hours. We will continue to work closely with students and the Students Union to improve our services and plan for the future.

Love Your Libraries Poster Competition – Winner Announced

The Library and Archives Service is pleased to announce that Murphy Parys has won our recent poster competition.  Murphy is a first year undergraduate in the School of Creative Studies and Media studying Creative and Professional Writing.

The competition was run as part of the ‘Love Your Libraries’ campaign which was launched on 26th January at the Santes Dwynwen Lecture.  All of the entries were delightful and creative, so a big thank you to everyone who took part.

Here is Murphy being presented with the winning prize, a voucher for a meal for two in the Teras Restaurant, by Sue Hodges Director of Libraries and Archives. 

The poster competition asked entrants to create a poster on the theme of Santes Dwynwen or Saint Valentines within the theme of ‘Love Your Libraries’.  Murphy said of her design ‘I was thinking about Santes Dwynwen and Saint Valentine and what they represent. I thought about them bothresearching in the library and Icame up with the idea that they would be looking for books related to their lives’.

And here is the winning entry titled 'Of Books and Patron Saints'.

Winning entry

 

About to leave Bangor?

Lifetime Library Access

If you live in or around Bangor you may want to continue using the Library and we can arrange for you to have a library card to continue to access the University’s library.

The Alumni borrowing entitlement is 6 items on loan at any one time. Please note that some categories of stock are not available for borrowing by associate borrowers, such as short loan items and electronic access is not included.

To request library access, please email: alumni@bangor.ac.uk

The Development and Alumni Relations Office offer a range of services and benefits for Bangor Alumni.

These include:

Library Help During Exams

How the Library can support you during revision and exams?

We understand that revision and exam time can be stressful. Here are some services and resources from the library that might help. If you have any questions or if we can help with anything, please let us know. Email library@bangor.ac.uk

Long opening times

Main Library and Deiniol Library are both open 24/7 until the end of May and Normal Library is open until late on weeknights as well as Saturday afternoons. See our webpage for full details of opening times at all our sites.

Service desk staff – here for you!

If you need help or assistance, go to the service desk (in the foyer). Service desks are open late on weeknights and Customer Service staff are also here for part of the weekend. Staff are on site:

Monday-Friday 09.00-21.00 (Main, Deiniol & Normal)
Saturday 12.00-17.00 (Main, Deiniol & Normal)
Sunday 12.00-17.00 (Main & Deiniol Only)

One-to-one help from the Academic Support Team

The Academic Support team are on hand for in-depth help with searching our databases, problems with ebooks or any resources, referencing software and more! See our webpage to find the Academic Support Librarian for your college.

Chat service

Not in the library but need help? You can instant chat with us Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Look out for the red “Ask-the-Library’ banner on our webpages and start chatting using the widget!

Group meeting rooms

Want a quieter space to study together? How about one of our group meeting rooms? We have bookable rooms at Main and Normal libraries - there must be at least 3 people in your group, and rooms can be booked for 2 hours at a time

Food and Drink

There are vending machines at Main, Deiniol and Normal which serve a range of hot and cold drinks as well as snacks. Each site also has a drinking water fountain.

We don’t allow hot food in any of our buildings due to the extra rubbish and odours hot food can produce. Also, please don’t take hot drinks or any food into the reading areas, but use the designated eating areas (by vending machines or sofas in foyers /corridors) instead.

Alternative study spaces

The Library can get very busy, especially the PCs. A list of other spaces where you can find a seat and/or a pc if the Library is too busy can be found at www.bangor.ac.uk/itservices/pclabs/index.php

Number 1 Library in Wales!

Results from the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2015 show that our libraries have been rated top in Wales for ‘good library and good library opening hours’.

Our score of 6.5 was also the second highest score across the 113 institutions surveyed, and puts us at equal 5th in the UK.

Bangor University’s Director of Libraries and Archives, Sue Hodges, said "We are delighted by the outcome of this survey. Library and Archives staff have worked incredibly hard to improve services and facilities, and it is rewarding that students have acknowledged how we support teaching, learning and research, and also appreciate our extensive opening hours. We will continue to work closely with students and the Students Union to improve our services and plan for the future.”

 

St. David's Day

St.David is the Patron Saint of Wales, we celebrate his life on the 1st of March – St David’s Day- every year.  St David was born sometime in the late 5th century, to a nun called Non who had been raped by Sant, king of Ceredigion. David accompanied by Padarn and Teilo made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem where he was made archbishop by the patriarch there. This account of his life was written by Rhigyfarch, the son of Sulien, bishop of St David’s, towards the end of the 11th century. The legitimacy of the account is questionable as it contains much that is legendary.

Many miracles have been attributed to St David the most celebrated of which was performed when he was preaching at the Synod of Llanddewibrefi – a dove landed on his shoulder shortly before the ground rose beneath his feet, enabling the crowd to see and hear him. 

Visitor Access to E-Resources

Bangor University offer visitors access to a selection of subscribed Electronic Resources subject to registration*. Due to agreements we hold with publishers this use can only be for the purpose of education, teaching, distance learning, private study and/or research. [More]

Love Magazines?

Get free e-zines from Welsh Libraries:

  • Easy to access - you just need a library card and PIN
  • Download 24/7 - direct to your e-reader, tablet, smartphone, laptop or PC/MAC
  • Magazines covering all interests - from sport to fashion; nature to business; tattoos to baking
  • Download as many e-zines as you wish
  • No need to return - build up your own back catalogue
  • Over 250 top titles to choose from Welsh Libraries.org

Managing your account

Exam time can be a busy period!

Don't forget you can manage your library account online and over the phone.

'Sign in ' to check on current loans and holds. This is also where you can check their eligibility for auto-renewal.
http://library.bangor.ac.uk

Problems with overdue charges or need more info?


The Main Library and Deiniol Library can answer your questions as well as take debit/credit card payments for overdue charges.
Main: 01248 382983 Deiniol: 01248 382984
Other sites see here.

Don't forget you can also save time by paying for your printer credits online at: https://www.bangor.ac.uk/itservices/user/index.php.en

Why Use Your Library?

This film has been produced for HE libraries in Wales to encourage students to use the facilities and services on offer to help them make the most of their studies. Enjoy!

 

Lots of new ebooks in the Library Catalogue

You will have noticed that when browsing some of the ebooks from our library catalogue that after about 5 minutes of reading online, a pop-up window appears and you are asked if you wish to continue reading. [More]

 

Bangor University Library Blog:
http://bangoruniversitylibrary.blogspot.com/

 

Recalls - What you need to know!

All library stock is loaned on the understanding that items may be recalled if required by another user. The fact that you have not yet finished with a book is not acceptable as a reason for not returning it when recalled.

When You receive a recall:

  • Check the new Return date. This supersedes any date given at the time of issue or renewal
  • Get the book back to the library as soon as possible.  Consider posting the book back to us if you are away on placement and not able to return in person.

If you miss the new return date, you will incur an increased overdue charge of £1 per day. More importantly, you will be inconveniencing another library user who needs access to our finite library resources.

Recalls apply to all users and all items – loans which may have been extended to cover placements and field trips can still be recalled. You must ensure that you are able to respond promptly to recall notices at all times.

Do you Tweet?

Twitter LogoBecome a follower by clicking here. You can also keep up to date with Library news as a FaceBook user by becoming a fan. Search the Facebook pages using the term 'BangorUniLib'

Welsh Journals online

The National Library of Wales has undertaken the digitisation of the back-numbers of more than 50 journal publications relating to Wales, and is now unveiling Welsh Journal Online as a research tool at http://welshjournals.llgc.org.uk.[Further details]

 

Digitisation Service

The University has signed up to the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) licence that permits the digitisation of print copies of journal articles and book chapters published in the UK (with some exceptions).

To exploit this licence, with immediate effect, the library will not normally accept photocopied articles or book chapters into the short loan collection, and offer instead a digitisation service to provide online access to short loan material under licence terms

To take advantage of this service, please complete a digitisation form. Due to the CLA's requirements, forms must be completed in full before processing can take place.

Please contact Sarah Owen if you have any further enquiries.

SCONUL Vacation Access Scheme

Are you a full-time undergraduate? Would you like to have access to another higher education library during the summer break?

Through the SCONUL vacation access scheme, Undergraduate students at UK Universities will normally be granted reference use of other UK higher education libraries free of charge during the vacations of the host institution.

Most libraries allow access on production of your Bangor University library card, although it is advisable to contact the library you intend to visit beforehand to confirm that they are open and have no additional local requirements or restrictions. Contact details of libraries in this scheme can be can be found via the list of participating institutions.

Important notes

Please remember that this is a reference scheme and does NOT provide for borrowing, nor for access to electronic sources of information.

Whilst higher education librarians will do their best to honour this scheme, temporary building work or other disruptions may cause libraries to withdraw from time to time. Admission to other libraries is always at the discretion of the Librarian or Director..

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