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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.

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UX research project,  28 November - 11 December. Posted - 28 November 2022.

  • In the next two weeks, the Library will be undertaking a few User Experience research activities to get a better understanding of how students use the space.
  • Library staff will observe how students use the Library space.
  • Students will take Library staff on a tour of the Library. If you’d like to volunteer for this activity, please fill out the online form by 30 November.

UNISON and UCU strikes 24, 25, and 30 November - Library Services and Opening hours. Posted - 23 November 2022.

  • There may be disruptions to Library Services during the UNISON and UCU strikes, including to the Library’s opening hours.
  • The College will make some rooms available to students at Malet Street if the Library has to close early.
  • Please contact the Library before travelling.
  • We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Non-renewal of Web of Science. Posted - 11 November 2022.

  • We have not renewed our subscription to Web of Science and access to this database ceased on October 22 2022. We do have access to an alternative resource called SCOPUS.
  • Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Postgraduate research sessions. Posted - 7 September 2022.

Alumni online application form not working. Posted - 17 August 2022.

  • The online Alumni online application form is currently not working. This is being investigated and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.
  • Please contact the who will be able to process your application manually.

Past

UNISON strike 4 October and Library opening hours. Posted - 4 October 2022.

  • Due to library staff taking industrial action, the Library will be self-service 7pm - 9.30pm and will close at 9.30pm tonight.
  • There will be rooms available for you to study on the Ground floor at Malet Street (G13, G14, G15, G16) from 9pm.
  • We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Authentication issues for Oxford University Press resources, PEPWeb, Routledge Handbooks and Dramaonline. Posted - 30 September 2022. updated 24/10/2022

  • We are aware that there are currently issues with access to these resources from outside Birkbeck and we are working to resolve these as soon as possible.
    • For DramaOnline please access these via the additional ‘sign in through your institution’ link from the top right icon, then select Birkbeck and log in with your username and password
    • For Oxford University Press resources please access these via the additional ‘sign in through your institution’ link from the top right icon, then select Birkbeck and log in with your username and password.
    • For Routledge Handbooks please access these via the click on 'sign in' in the top right-hand corner, then click on 'sign in via Shibboleth' select Birkbeck College and log in with your username and password.
    • For PEPWeb please access via this temporary link and login via Open Athens to search for your content from the PEP homepage.
  • If you need help with any of these issues please email library-ejournals@bbk.ac.uk.
  • Update: 26/10/2022: All issues have been resolved, please ensure you clear your browser's cache. If you continue to experience difficulties please email library-ejournals@bbk.ac.uk.

New to studying in the Library? Join a library tour! Posted - 20 September 2022.

  • Get to know your way around Birkbeck Library and all it offers to help you succeed in your studies. We will be running tours in the first two weeks of October, Monday to Friday at 5.15pm. Tours will last c.20 minutes and will be an introduction to the Library and its services.
  • There is no need to book: just meet by the Library membership desk at the tour start time.
  • Tours dates and times:
    • Saturday 1 October, 1pm and 3pm
    • Monday 3 October, 5.15pm

    • Tuesday 4 October, 5.15pm

    • Wednesday 5 October, 5.15pm

    • Thursday 6 October, 5.15pm

    • Friday 7 October, 5.15pm

    • Monday 10 October, 5.15pm

    • Tuesday 11 October, 5.15pm

    • Wednesday 12 October, 5.15pm

    • Thursday 13 October, 5.15pm

    • Friday 14 October, 5.15pm

Monday 19 September - library closed. Posted - 13 September 2022.

  • Monday 19 September, the day of the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is a Bank Holiday.
  • We will be staffed for essential functions only on this day, for example, security and on-call maintenance of buildings, equipment and IT infrastructure. Our outer buildings will be closed, as will in-person services such as the Library and catering.
  • The Library's online resources will continue to be available to library users.

Authentication issues. Posted - 9 September 2022.

  • We are aware that library users may not be able to access the majority of our digital resources (ebooks, ejournals, databases and online resources) that are authenticated via our EZproxy.
  • This is being investigated and we hope to resolve this issue as soon as possible.
  • We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Bitesize library sessions - Autumn term 2022. Posted - 1 September 2022.

  • Join us for the following bitesize library sessions. You have the option of joining an online session or coming to a session in the library.
  • You can book your space through the events and workshops options in your MyBirkbeck profile or via the event listing on the Birkbeck website. For the online sessions, you'll be sent the link to join when you book.
  • An introduction to Birkbeck Library
    • Whether you're a new or returning student to Birkbeck, you're welcome to join us for an introduction to Birkbeck Library. We'll cover the basics of using the library, such as our opening hours, the type of spaces there are to work in, how to borrow books, what the online library looks like, and the help and support available.
    • Tuesday 11 October 1.00pm - 1.20pm - Online
    • Wednesday 12 October 1.00pm - 1.20pm - Room 111a Birkbeck Library
    • Wednesday 12 October 5.30pm - 5.50pm - Room 111a Birkbeck Library
    • Thursday 13 October 5.30pm - 5.50pm - Online
  • How to find and use books and ebooks
    • Join us for a guided search of the library catalogue for books and ebooks. There will be time for you to ask any questions you have about using the library catalogue.
    • Tuesday 18 October 1.00pm - 1.20pm - Online
    • Tuesday 25 October 5.30pm - 5.50pm - Room 111a Birkbeck Library
  • Finding journal articles on your reading lists
    • Join us for a guided search showing how to find a journal article on a reading list using the search tool Discover. This allows you to search across multiple databases to locate the journal article that you are looking for. There will be time for you to ask any questions you have about finding journal articles on your reading lists.
    • Wednesday 19 October 1.00pm - 1.20pm - Online
    • Wednesday 26 October 5.30pm - 5.50pm - Room 111a Birkbeck Library
  • Beyond your reading list: finding journal articles for your essays and assignments
    • Join us for a guided search showing how to find journal articles beyond those recommended on your reading lists. We’ll show you where you can see the ejournals you have access to through the library website. We’ll also demonstrate how to search for journal articles using a database that covers multiple subject areas.
    • Thursday 20 October 1.00pm - 1.20pm - Online
    • Thursday 27 October 5.30pm - 5.50pm - Room 111a Birkbeck Library
  • An introduction to citing and referencing
    • Join us for an introduction to citing and referencing information. We'll look at the reasons why this is important, the relationship between the in-text citation and the reference. We'll consider the range of bibliographic styles available and the one(s) most used in your subject area as well as where you can get further help and guidance.
    • Friday 21 October 1.00pm - 1.20pm - Online
    • Monday 24 October 5.30pm - 5.50pm - Room 111a Birkbeck Library

Birkbeck Open Research Symposium - call for lightning talks. Posted - 24 August 2022.

  • Birkbeck Library is pleased to announce our first Birkbeck Open Research Symposium,  which this year is themed “Open for Climate Justice”, in line with International Open Access Week. It features a keynote from Dr Caroline Edwards, and an afternoon of speakers and lightning talks, aimed at discussing the crossovers between Open Access and Climate Justice. This will be a hybrid event, with attendees both online and in person and will take place Tuesday 1 November, 1pm – 5 pm, at Birkbeck Library.
  • This is an opportunity to share your research with others in a cross-discipline setting, at one of the world's leading research universities, which strives to promote research that makes a positive difference to society.
  • Themes could include but are not restricted to: Open Access, Climate Change, Environmental & Climate Justice, Environmental issues, Climate activism, Open climate data, and International inequalities in climate action.
    • Talks will last 10 minutes each, with 5 minutes for questions to follow.
    • Talks should include at least one slide as there may not be a camera for online participants to view the speaker.
    • Talks can be delivered online (MS Teams) or in-person.
  • To participate, please submit a brief lightning talk outline with title and all author affiliation(s), and indicate your preference for an in-person or virtual format via the lightning talk submission form, the deadline is Friday 23 September. If you have any questions please contact , at d.mcelroy@bbk.ac.uk
  • Submissions will be reviewed by a non-expert panel.
  • Submission form: Birkbeck Open Research Symposium - lightning talks submission form
  • This call is open to Birkbeck staff and postgraduate students, and non-Birkbeck colleagues in relevant areas.

Library opening hours during train and tube strikes – 18-20 August. Posted - 16 August 2022.

  • The Library will be open as normal on Thursday 18 and Saturday 20 August.
  • On Friday 19 August, it will close at 8pm due to staff shortages. Alternative rooms will be made available in the Malet Street building.

Reintroduction of fines and payments. Posted - 28 June 2022.

  • From Saturday 9 July, the Library is reintroducing fine payments on late requested items only, at the rate of 50p per day.
  • This will help ensure that requested items come back on time so they can be shared between all our users who need them. Fines were suspended in 2020 as a pandemic adjustment.
  • Most of your borrowed items will continue to be renewed automatically and no fines will be charged – it is only when another library user needs a book and you don’t return it on time that fines will apply. Exceptions apply to one-day and two-hour items and interlibrary loans.
  • Items can be returned by post (address), as well as in person.
  • If you’re registered with the Disability and Dyslexia Service you won’t pay fines on requested items, though you won’t be able to borrow new items until you return any requested ones.
  • It’s important that you check emails from the Library regularly so you know if one of your borrowed items is requested.
  • You will be able to pay fines with cash or card in person, or card over the phone.

Problems with ebooks and ejournals not being displayed in search results. Posted - 12 May 2022.

  • Following the power outage on Monday, May 9 some of our digital resources are not being displayed in the search results on the catalogue (VuFind) or Discover Articles & more.
  • This is a random occurrence with ebooks and ejournals, and it appears ejournals and Kortext titles are most affected by this. We are working to resolve this issue.
  • In the meantime, if you are looking for an ejournal then please use the ejournal search, for Kortext titles login via Kortext app and for BibliU titles use the BibliU app. If you are experiencing this issue you can also contact the library via Chat for help.
  • We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
  • This was resolved 15/05/2022.

Power outage and closure of the Library today. Posted - 9 May 2022.

  • Following the power outage this morning, power is beginning to be restored to Malet Street, but there seems to be a level of uncertainty about how permanent this might be.
  • The College has decided that the Library should remain closed for the remainder of the day because of the fear of further power outages. Face-to-face teaching will take place.
  • We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

New to studying in the Library? Join a library tour! Posted - 3 May 2022.

  • Get to know your way around Birkbeck Library and all it offers to help you succeed in your studies. We will be running tours in the week beginning 9 May at the following times:
    • Monday 9 May 12.00pm
    • Tuesday 10 May 5.00pm
    • Wednesday 11 May 5.00pm
    • Thursday 12 May 5.00pm
    • Friday 13 May 12.00pm
  • There is no need to book: just meet by the Library membership desk at the tour start time.

Silent study area closure - Tuesday 26 April 9am-12noon. Posted - 21 April 2022.

  • The Silent study area will be closed from 9am to 12pm on 26 April while some work is undertaken on the desks.
  • Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience caused.

Bitesize Library sessions - summer term. Posted - 4 April 2022.

  • Join us for the following bitesize library sessions online. You can book your space through the events and workshops options in your MyBirkeck profile or via the event listing on the Birkbeck website.
  • How to find and use books and ebooks
    • Join us for a guided search of the library catalogue for books and ebooks. There will be time for you to ask any questions you have about using the library catalogue.
    • Tuesday 10 May 1.00pm - 1.20pm
    • Tuesday 17 May 5.30pm - 5.50pm
  • Finding journal articles on your reading lists
    • Join us for a guided search showing how to find a journal article on a reading list using the search tool Discover. This allows you to search across multiple databases to locate the journal article that you are looking for. There will be time for you to ask any questions you have about finding journal articles on your reading lists.
    • Wednesday 11 May 1.00pm - 1.20pm
    • Wednesday 18 May 5.30pm - 5.50pm
  • Beyond your reading list: finding journal articles for your essays and assignments
    • Join us for a guided search showing how to find journal articles beyond those recommended on your reading lists. We’ll show you where you can see the ejournals you have access to through the library website. We’ll also demonstrate how to search for journal articles using a database that covers multiple subject areas.
    • Thursday 12 May 1.00pm - 1.20pm
    • Thursday 19 May 5.30pm - 5.50pm

New Silent study area is open. Posted - 1 April 2022.

  • Birkbeck Library's new silent study area, accessible via Level 2 of the Library, is now open, providing over 100 study spaces.
  • The new study area, with plenty of natural light, includes a variety of seating styles, desks with and without PCs, as well as some height-adjustable desks. An adjacent room provides a new home for the Library's archive collections: the Birkbeck College archive, the David Bohm Papers and the Sir Bernard Crick Archive.

Bitesize Library sessions. Posted - 19 January 2022.

  • Join us for the following bitesize library sessions online. You can book your space through the events and workshops options in your MyBirkeck profile or via the event listing on the Birkbeck website.
    How to find and use books and ebooks
  • Join us for a guided search of the library catalogue for books and ebooks. There will be time for you to ask any questions you have about using the library catalogue.
  • Tuesday 25 January 1.00pm - 1.20pm
  • Tuesday 1 February 5.30pm - 5.50pm
  • Finding journal articles on your reading lists
  • Join us for a guided search showing how to find a journal article on a reading list using the search tool Discover. This allows you to search across multiple databases to locate the journal article that you are looking for. There will be time for you to ask any questions you have about finding journal articles on your reading lists.
  • Wednesday 26 January 1.00pm - 1.20pm
  • Wednesday 2 February 5.30pm - 5.50pm
  • Beyond your reading list: finding journal articles for your essays and assignments
  • Join us for a guided search showing how to find journal articles beyond those recommended on your reading lists. We’ll show you where you can see the ejournals you have access to through the library website. We’ll also demonstrate how to search for journal articles using a database that covers multiple subject areas.
  • Thursday 27 January 1.00pm - 1.20pm
  • Thursday 3 February 5.30pm - 5.50pm

Library receives customer service excellence award. Posted - 27 October 2021.

  • The Library has achieved the Customer Services Excellence standard, the main nationally recognised measure for organisations providing customer-facing services.
  • To achieve the award, evidence of nearly 300 examples of good practice collected during 2020 and 2021 were submitted and an assessor met groups of students and academic staff during an assessment day in September. As well as reaching the standard for all 54 criteria, a ‘Compliance Plus’ rating was given for several parts of the application, where the Library had gone above and beyond these requirements.
  • The assessor has produced a detailed report which includes recommendations for continual improvement. The award lasts for three years, although the Compliance Plus elements will be tested again in a year’s time. More information about Customer Service Excellence can be found on their website.

London Open Research Week 25 - 29 October 2021. Posted - 12 October 2021.

  • A group of London-based peers working in the areas of scholarly communication, research data management, librarianship, publishing, and institutional repositories decided to collaborate across institutional boundaries for London Open Research Week 2021: having experienced frustrations with the fractures and divides across the topologies of openness, we have worked together to try and forge a broad event for practitioners and research communities.
  • Predicated by our experiences at and beyond the four institutions collaborating in London Open Research Week, and working with the theme of  this year's International Open Access Week, It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity, we have curated a diverse and engaging programme of live, online sessions that are free to attend.
  • Feminist perspectives from Early Career Researchers, critical perspectives on openness, and the increasing tensions arising in the realm of research evaluation and (biblio)metrics and the various intersections with open research will be included, amongst a wealth of international insights from scholars and professionals across the sector.
  • We welcome you to join us to share in the ideas and benefits that come from common approaches; as a rich field, working collaboratively and exchanging experiences and ideas beyond our usual operational, departmental, and institutional limitations, we hope to explore the tensions that exist between our current conception and operation of openness in direct relation to structural equity in order to build upon and challenge the equitable premise that 'open' is often understood to imply.
  • For more information and to book please visit: London Open Research Week 2021.
  • If you have questions about any of the events, please contact .