McClay Library: Opening Hours: Overnight + Christmas Holidays

24-Hour Opening 

The McClay Library will remain open overnight from Sunday morning till Friday night between 04 and 16 December 2016, and again from 03 till 23 January 2017. During these five weeks, study facilities on the upper floors will be available until 2 o’clock in the morning. There is no change to the staffed service hours. See the Library’s opening hours for full details.

Christmas and New Year Opening

On the weekend before Christmas, the Library will open at the normal time of 10:00 on Saturdays and 12:00 on Sundays and close at 2 o’clock the following mornings.

From Monday 19 till Friday 23 December the Library will open at 08:00 as normal but will close at 20:30 except on Friday when it will close at 17:30 for Christmas.

The Library will be closed from Saturday 24 till Tuesday 27 December inclusive.

The Library will offer exceptional opening, primarily to facilitate students studying for exams, for five days when the University is closed.

From Wednesday 28 till Friday 30 December the Library will open at 09:00 and close at 21:00. In addition to providing study access, a limited staffed service will be available on those three days from 09:00 till 17:00.

The Library will also open for studying on Saturday 31 December and Monday 02 January from 09:00 till 21:00. On these dates there will be no staffed services available.

Overnight opening resumes from 08:00 on Tuesday 03 January.

Access to the Library

Library members and visitors must have a valid card to obtain admission. During this busy period, additional identification checks will be in place.

Students studying at other Universities who wish to use the Library for reference purposes during the Christmas period should apply well in advance by completing the Student Vacation Access Registration Form  To ensure that you receive your pass in time, applications must be submitted before Monday 19 December.



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Launch of CONUL Strategy 2016–2019

The Board of CONUL (Consortium of National and University Libraries) will hold the launch of:

‘Ireland’s memory, Ireland’s discovery: CONUL Strategy 2016–2019’

at 5.30pm on Tuesday, 22nd November at the Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

Irish research library collections hold Ireland’s memory and enable Ireland’s discovery. CONUL is at the heart of Ireland’s global advance as a place of new research, of digital depth and cultural breadth.

Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Richard Bruton, T.D. will officially launch the Strategy which outlines the Consortium’s vision for the next three years.

Please contact for more information.

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Trial Access to London Illustrated News Historical Archive

ILNQUB staff and student have access to Gale’s London Illustrated News Historical Archive 1842-2003 until 12/12/2016.

You can access it from the following link:

We’d like to hear what you think of this resource – please leave your feedback here.

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Library’s Resource Development and Management Policy

The Library’s Resource Development and Management Policy has been updated and we would welcome any comments from library users before the document is finalised. Comments can be made using our online Feedback Form.

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ORCID – What, Why & How?

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What is ORCID?

ORCID (Open Researcher & Contributor ID) is a non-profit organisation which provides a unique permanent digital identifier for researchers. The 16 digit ORCID iD distinguishes you from other researchers and can be used to clearly identify you as the author of a publication or activity. There have been more than 2.5 million iDs issued since the organisation’s creation in 2012.

By using ORCID you can:

  • eliminate name ambiguity and distinguish yourself from other researchers, ensuring proper attribution
  • ensure that your work is discoverable and connected to you throughout your academic career
  • minimize the time you spend on repetitive data entry online

Many funders such as the Wellcome Trust and the Research Councils UK allow researchers to connect their ORCID iD to grant applications. Many publishers are integrating ORCID iDs into their manuscript submission process and you can now link your ORCID iD to your Pure profile. These are important steps towards improving the flow of research information across the Higher Education Sector.



How do I get my ORCID iD?

Setting up your ORCID iD is easy:

  1. Register online
  2. Add your information
  3. Use your ORCID ID

You can also create or connect your ORCID iD via your Pure profile, please click here for instructions.

What next?

When you have your ORCID iD, use it when applying for funding and in your manuscript submissions.

ORCID is a hub connecting the research landscape. It is a good idea to connect your ORCID iD to any other research identifiers you have e.g. your Scopus Author ID, your Web of Science Researcher ID and your Europe PubMed Central ID.

Please consult the following guidance on how to connect your ORCID iD to other identifiers:

SCOPUS guidelines

ResearcherID guidelines

Europe PubMed Central guidelines

If you need help creating your ORCID iD from Pure, please contact the Open Access Team.

If you’d like further information on ORCID, consult the:

ORCID website


ORCID Knowledge Base




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Full text access to selected e-books – Edward Elgar Publishing

Queen’s currently has full text access for books published 2012-2014 on the Edward Elgar Online site.

The Queen’s trial link provides access both on and off campus. The selected full text will be available during November and December.

660 books are available in subjects including law, social sciences, economics and management, and environment. Funding for on demand ebook acquisition means that the Library will be able to purchase a limited number of the most used titles at the end of the access period.

Use the Browse option on the Elgar Online website and limit to ‘All accessible content’ to review titles available in full text by subject, date etc.

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Trial of RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with full text October/ November 2016


QUB staff and students now have trial access to RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with full text.  The trial ends 30 November 2016Access is available on-campus only from this link:,uid&custid=ns022249&profile=music&defaultdb=rft

We would be interested in getting your comments and feedback:

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with full text

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature serves as a comprehensive, ongoing database of publications on music from 178 countries and territories, in 173 languages from Azeh to Zulu, and from the 19th century to the present. Featuring nearly a million bibliographic records, this database includes in-depth vocabulary-controlled indexing and detailed abstract texts, with titles given in both the original language and English translation.


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On your reading list? Not in the Library? Let us know!

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The Library makes every effort to hold the key texts that are on reading lists.

If you are a student, and after checking the Library catalogue, you find the Library does not hold a book title on your reading list then you can submit a request to purchase the book. This can be done by either sending us a book form or emailing the details to your Subject Librarian.

The Librarian responsible for your school will receive the request. If they think it is appropriate and book funds are available they will order the book, however funds are limited and so the Library may not be able to purchase every request. We will get back to you once we’ve received your request and let you know what action is going to be taken.

It can take anything from two weeks to several months for a book to arrive and be available for borrowing so in the meantime you could try the following:

  • check the catalogue to see if another book would be useful. You can search by keyword, author and title.
  • check the Readings Online available for your Module, there may be useful scanned journal articles and book chapters. To access these, just select the relevant Module in Queen’s Online look under ‘Library Links’ and you will see any scanned readings attached to that module.

If you have any further queries about reading lists or Readings Online please contact your subject librarian by clicking on the relevant guide.

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Library sessions for Biological Sciences Postgraduates

If you are a postgraduate student in the School of Biological Sciences, come along to one of the following training sessions in the Medical Biology Centre to learn how to:

  • Find books and e-books using QCat Library Catalogue
  • Use QCat Article Search to connect quickly and easily to full-text articles
  • Use databases to find articles on a particular topic, including Medline, Web of Science and Scopus

Places at this session are limited to 20 QUB students from the School of Biological Sciences.  For details and bookings please click on the training dates below:

Friday, 30th September 2.00pm to 4.00pm

Tuesday, 11th October 2.00pm to 4.00pm

Tuesday, 25th October 2.00pm to 4.00pm

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Incentives to get people to return books 2016 – you said we did

Over the last couple of years we have been talking with student representatives in the Students Union about how to encourage people to return their library books so that they are available for other people. Here are a few changes we have made from their suggestions which we hope will improve your access to books in the Library:

  • You thought that our fines on books which have been recalled were too low and did not encourage people to return them.
    • We raised the fine from 20p to 40p per day
  • You would sometimes miss our emails telling you that a book you have out has been recalled and so got unnecessary fines.
    • We now text recall messages as well as emailing them where possible
  • You said that we took too long to tell you that your books were overdue and so you got more fines.
    • We have shortened the timings. You will now get 3 overdue reminders followed by an invoice over 25 days rather than 50 days
  • You felt that stopping people from borrowing after they owed £10 did not discourage them from getting fines by returning their books late
    • We have changed this block to £5
  • You thought that our notices were not clear enough and too intimidating and so made you worried about coming into the Library with overdue books.
    • We have made our notices easier to understand and will phone or text you when you are going to receive an invoice so that you know how the process works
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