News and updates

News or updates on Library services and resources

You will find information about updates on the Library, our services and planned downtime for resources that we subscribe to.



Text us: new Birkbeck Library text service starts 1 November 2018.  Posted - 31 October 2018.

  • If you are being disturbed by other library users eating or chatting when you are trying to study, you can now text Library staff on +44 (0)2003 331207. You will need to tell us where you are sitting, and what the problem is, so that we can investigate.
  • This is a pilot that the Library will be running for the rest of the autumn term. We shall aim to respond to your texts throughout our opening hours. Texts are anonymous – Library staff will go to the relevant area to check that the Library’s regulations are being respected.

Library Services Annual Review 2017-2018. Posted - 9 October 2018.

  • We’re very pleased to announce the publication of our Annual Review for 2017-2018 which highlights some of the things we’ve achieved in the past 12 months and reveals our plans for the coming year.


Normal Library opening the 27 - 28 October. Posted - 26 October 2018.

  • The Library will be open as normal this weekend, despite some disruption in the Torrington Square area.

Dawson platform scheduled maintenance  27 -  28 October. Posted - 24 October 2018.

  • In order to complete routine maintenance, Dawson ebooks will be unavailable from 10 pm Saturday 27 October to 2 am Sunday 28 October. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

ProQuest platform scheduled maintenance 27 November for 90 minutes. Posted - 23 October 2018

  • To maintain the currency and security of ProQuest ebook platforms, Ebook Central, PubCentral, and LibCentral will be unavailable for approximately 90 minutes on Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 5 pm to 6.30pm. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

International Open Access Week: 22 - 28 October 2018. Posted - 27 September 2018.

  • International Open Access Week is a global, community-driven week of action to open up access to research. Birkbeck Library has organised a programme of events which you’re welcome to participate in.
  • The week starts with the launch of the Birkbeck's Research Office on Monday 22 October. Tuesday 23 October sees three events, beginning with an introduction to using open access resources as part of your literature search, followed by an open access game that introduces you to the key concepts and how it works here at Birkbeck. This leads to the main event; ‘Open knowledge: process, ethics, possibilities’ a panel event held in the Keynes Library, featuring Professor Martin Eve (Birkbeck), Simon Bowie (SOAS) and Lucy Lambe (LSE) chaired by Dr Sarah Lee (Birkbeck) which will investigate the practicalities and ethics of opening up access to knowledge, and the potential to widen engagement with research.
  • If you’re keen to understand the different routes (green and gold) of open access publishing then come along to the session on Wednesday afternoon. Thursday you can learn about how to get a DOI for your research data or to create an ORCID.
  • Throughout the week, we’re asking the question “What would the world look like if access to knowledge was free?” You can tweet us your answer @BirkbeckLibrary #OAWeek or come to the library and write your answer on a postcard.
  • To participate please book on to the sessions of interest - see below: 
  • If you have any questions please .

Get to know your library: tours, guides, workshops. Posted - 21 September 2018.

    • To help you get to know Birkbeck Library and how it can support your studies, there are daily tours, online guides to resources for your subject area, a special library skills Moodle module, and Saturday workshops. We also provide specialist assistance to disabled and dyslexic students.
    • Library Tours
      • We will be providing Library tours at 5.30pm every weekday night between 1–20 October as well as on Saturdays at 1.15pm. Tours last c. 20 minutes.
      • On Sundays 21 & 28 October and 4 November, 12–1 pm, we will be running quiet tours which give you a chance to explore and get to know the Library at a quieter and calmer time.
      • No need to book – you can just turn up and join one of the tours. Meet by the Library entrance on the ground floor of the main Birkbeck building on Torrington Square.
    • Academic subject guides
      • Compiled by your Subject Librarian, our academic subject guides incorporate all of the relevant resources for your area of study.
    • Library and information skills Moodle module
      • Take this online tutorial to develop your library skills and optimise your study time.
    • Assistance for disabled and dyslexic students
    • Saturday workshops
      • On Saturdays 20 October and 10 November, we will be delivering workshops on a variety of topics to help you get a head start in building your library and study skills. The workshops will be held in the Library Seminar Room on level one of the Library. All staff and enrolled students are welcome but you do need to book (there is a maximum of 30 places on each workshop).
        • 10.00am - 11.00am - Getting ready to study
        • 11.30am - 12.30 - Getting to grips with your reading list
        • 1.30pm - 3.00pm - Finding information for essays and assignments
        • 3.30pm - 5.00pm - Google Scholar vs Birkbeck Discover
      • For more information on each session and to book your place for 20 October or 10 November sessions.
    • Further help in using the Library
      • We are staffed throughout our opening hours and are happy to answer your queries whenever you are in the Library – you can recognise library staff by their green lanyard or badge. You can also contact us by live chat, email and phone.

Accessibility Centre closed 20 September. Posted - 13 September 2018.

      • The Accessibility Centre will be closed all day on 20 September whilst the computers are upgraded. We apologise for the inconvenience.

EBSCO Platform scheduled maintenance on 13 September 1 pm to 5 pm. Posted - 4 September 2018.

      • EBSCO will be performing scheduled maintenance on Thursday, September 13th, 2018, from 1 pm to 5 pm. While they hope this will not affect you, users may experience a very brief interruption or slowness while using EBSCO products during this time.

Dawson Books unavailable from 8 pm on 8 September to 6 am on 9 September. Posted - 4 September 2018.

      • Due to the Dawsonera platform being moved to a new data centre, the Dawsonera platform will be unavailable from 8 pm (BST) on Saturday 8th September 2018 until 6 am on Sunday 9th September 2018. During this time you may not be able to access any of our Dawson ebooks. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Taylor and Francis Online resources / technical difficulties today  4 September 2018. Posted - 4 September 2018.

      • Taylor & Francis Online is experiencing some technical difficulties today, 4 September 2018. Currently, there are e-content access problems on their website and they are working to restore access as soon as possible.

Box of broadcasts (boB) National at risk on 31 August midday to 4 pm. Posted - 29 August 2018.

      • BoB National will be undergoing schedule maintenance and you should consider this resource to be at risk from 12noon to 4 pm on Friday 31 August. There, however, should be minimal disruption.

Group study area closed on Saturday 1 September. Posted - 16 August 2018

      • The Group Study area will be closed on two Saturdays for new flooring to be laid. The area will be closed Saturday 1 September AND Saturday 8 September. We apologise for the inconvenience.

UK Data Service unavailable 23 August - 29 August. Posted - 31 July 2018

      • The UK Data Service will be unavailable whilst they overhaul their systems, from Thursday 23 August until Wednesday 29th August. Some parts of the current website, account area and data catalogue will be unavailable during this period.  Normal services are expected to resume on 30 August 2018.
      • While they will continue to do their best to service data users’ needs, they recommend that you download or request any data that you need before 22 August, so that your research will not be delayed.

IT and Library Services Survey is now open until 31 August. Posted - 30 July 2018.

      • The annual IT & Library Services Student Survey is now live. Please complete this survey as we value your feedback and it informs our plans. The survey will close on Friday 31 August 2018 at 23.59.

ProQuest platform unavailable on Saturday 18 August from 5 pm to Sunday 19 August 11 am.  Posted - 24 July 2018

      • Due to platform maintenance, the following ProQuest products will be temporarily unavailable for approximately eight hours beginning Sunday, 19 August 03:00 -11:00 a.m.
        • Ebook Central
        • Research databases on the ProQuest platform:
          • ABI/INFORM Collection
          • Accounting, Tax & Banking Collection Asian & European Business Collection
          • British Periodicals‎
          • Business Market Research Collection
          • Business Premium Collection‎ 
          • Entrepreneurship Database
          • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)‎
          • J.P. Morgan Research 
          • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)‎
          • MLA International Bibliography‎  
          • Performing Arts Periodicals Database‎
          • Periodicals Archive Online‎ 
          • Periodicals Index Online‎
          • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I‎
          • The Vogue Archive‎

Box of broadcasts (boB) National unavailable 7 August from 2 PM to 5.30 PM. Posted - 6 August 2018

  • BoB (Box of Broadcast) National resource will not be available whilst further system maintenance takes place between 2 pm and 5.30pm on Tuesday 7 August. Please consider the service at risk during these times.

The temperature in the Library. Posted - 23 July 2018

      • We're hoping for an update later today about the air conditioning system that broke on Friday (20 July), but the Library is very warm - 27 to 30 C - so if you can find a cooler place to study you'd be strongly advised to use it. Currently, the coolest parts of the Library are those at the far end of the first floor - the Group Study Area and the quiet area outside it.

Springer Protocols website deactivation and move on 25 July. Posted - 18 July 2018

      • The platform will be deactivated on 25th July  2018, and content will be available at their new site, Springer Nature Experiments. After 25th July, you will no longer be able to access SpringerProtocols content on the platform, and any stored protocols and saved search results in your account will no longer be available.
      • Please visit in advance of the platform closure to download any stored protocols or record saved search results.

Water dispenser installation begins 23 July. posted - 4 July 2018

      • There will be building works that may cause a disturbance in the area near the Seminar Room starting Monday 23 July whilst the water dispenser is being installed. The work should be completed by Monday 30 July. We apologise for the disturbance and will try and keep the noise to a minimum.

Making the most of the Library during the exam period. posted - 23 March 2018

    • Birkbeck Library is open 08.30 - 23.45 daily.
    • Plan ahead: The Library’s busiest period is mid to late afternoon when study spaces can be hard to find. Remember that you can also use the ITS workstations rooms that are available in the Malet Street building. There is real-time information about the availability of Library study spaces and which ITS workstation rooms are open.
    • Take a break: Look after yourself and use one of our ‘I’m taking a break’ cards to reserve your desk for up to 30 minutes and let other students know you will be back.
    • Find the right resources: Use the Library website to access your subject guide, past exam papers and our eLibrary.
    • Remember it’s a shared space: We have quiet, silent and group study areas: make sure you choose the space that reflects your personal preference. Drinks can be brought into the Library but no food. Always go to the Phone Zone before you make your call and use the recycling bins to clear away your rubbish.
    • Ask for help if you need it: Speak to us in person, use our live chat or contact us by email or telephone.
    • Good luck!