News archive for 2007

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The Library is a high scorer!

11th Dec 2007

The Higher published a table last week based on their own survey of 22,000 undergraduates

Portsmouth came 27th overall, but the really good news is that on the question "Good library and library opening hours" we were 6th in the table

[Only Oxford, Cambridge, Bath, Liverpool, Heriot-Watt came higher on that question]

New resource on Europe

19th Sept 2007

The Library has taken advantage of a JISC deal to procure a subscription to the leading EU information service, European Sources Online. Access via the Library Catalogue or the Subject Directory. Passwords are required for off campus access; ask for these at the Information Desk or any of the Subject Enquiry desks, or email

Library trials new search interface, ELIN

19th Sept 2007

The Library is currently trialling ELIN, a search facility developed by the University of Lund. For more details go to the Trials page

MyiLibrary offers Elsevier and Cambridge titles at discount prices

19th Sept 2007

MyiLibrary, the e-book service from Coutts are currently offering Cambridge University Press titles at 70% discount and Elsevier at 50%. For more information see

Anyone interested in taking advantage of this offer please talk to your Faculty Librarian, Philip Dance or Ian Mayfield

Taylor and Francis books withdrawn from Ebrary

19th Sept 2007

Publishers Taylor and Francis are to withdraw their e-books from the Ebrary service within the next few weeks. Most are available from others suppliers and Faculty Librarians are currently studying useage statistics to decide which individual titles they need to buy. Ebrary are replacing the lost titles with e-books from a variety of publishers including Oxford and Macmillan Palgrave.

Comments or suggestions to your Faculty Librarian, please.

Crime fiction writer P. D. James opens £11m Library.

Read the news write up and see pictures of the official opening ceremony of the new Library building held on Wednesday 31 January.

Official Opening

On Wednesday 31 January 2007, over 100 guests will be visiting the University Library for a short official ceremony to mark the opening of the new building. Baroness James of Holland Park, [P D James, the writer], will unveil a plaque to mark the occasion.

Library staff will try to keep disruption to services to a minimum, but library users should note that the Issue Desk will be closed from approx. 11.20 to 12.00 on that day while the speeches are being made. We will also be asking students for their co-operation in using certain routes through the building

Ian Bonar
University Librarian