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.



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 1pm to 5pm. 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 8pm (BST) on Saturday 8th September 2018 until 6am on Sunday 9th September 2018. During this period of 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 at 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 4pm 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 & 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 2pm and 5.30pm on Tuesday 7 August. Please consider the service at risk during these times.

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!