Access problem with ScienceDirect Journals – resolved

The problem with access to ScienceDirect e-journals now appears to be resolved.

We again, apologize for the inconvenience.

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Access problem with ScienceDirect Journals

There is a problem with access to some of our e-journals from the ScienceDirect platform. You may find that you are being asked to ‘Purchase’ access to our subscribed content.

This problem is affecting other UK institutions.

We are currently following up the problem with Elsevier.

You can still access ScienceDirect content but you must use the QUB Shibboleth link.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Library trial: Historical Texts

The Library has arranged a 30 day trial to the JISC Historical Texts database. It will run from 7th December 2018 until 7th January 2019 inclusive and can be accessed by clicking here.

Historical Texts is a full text digital archive enabling you to cross search, view and download over 460,000 texts published in the late C15th to the long C19th from four key collections:

  • Early English Books Online (EEBO) (1473-1700)
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) (1701-1800)
  • 65,000 British Library 19th Century texts (BL) (1789-1914)
  • UK Medical Heritage Library (UKMHL) (1800s-1900s)

The resource encompasses a wealth of content ranging from the Romantic to the Victorian period and covers a wide range of subject areas including English literature, history, geography, science, social science, religion and medicine.

Materials include books but also pamphlets, sermons, prayer books, sheet music, broadsides, newsbooks and much more.

Please send your comments on using this collection to:



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Christmas Jumper Week at QUB Libraries

It’s getting close to that time of year again when the Christmas jumpers come out of their year-long hibernation. We love ours so much here in @QUBLibrary we’ve decided to stretch #ChristmasJumperDay to a whole week – #QUBChristmasJumperWeek.

Library staff will be handing out some gifts from Monday December 10th until Friday December 14th to anyone they spot wearing their festive wear in the McClay, Biomedical and Medical Libraries.

Check out the Biomedical Library elves – they are all set and ready to go in theirs! So “Be cool and wear your winter wool!”

Merry Christmas

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McClay Library: additional study spaces

The McClay Library is likely to be particularly busy during the next couple of weeks. So, if you are having difficulty finding a seat, please ask a member of staff. They will be happy to help you find a free desk.

Alternatively, additional study space is available on the third floor of the PFC in Rooms 12 and 18.

These rooms will be available for studying from Monday 03rd until Friday 14th December 2018 on the days/times listed below: –

Mondays         09:00 until 21:00

Tuesdays        09:00 until 21:00

Wednesdays   09:00 until 21:00

Thursdays       09:00 until 21:00

Fridays            09:00 until 20:00

Saturdays        Closed

Sundays          Closed

Other options include the SU Lounge in the Elmwood Building. It provides tables, booths, sofas and kitchen facilities for about a hundred people.

Also, your School may have a Common Room that can be used for quiet study and many of them have tea/coffee making facilities.

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The Visible Body Human Anatomy Atlas 2018

The Visible Body Human Anatomy Atlas, a 3D interactive anatomy visualisation and education tool, is now available.

Features include:

• 6,000+ structures in each model
• The ability to delve into the microanatomy of tissue and special organs, including the eye, ear and tongue
• Watch muscle movements demonstrated in rotatable moving 3D models
• Encyclopaedic reference and study content
• Save and annotate in a favourites library

Why not watch this introductory video to find out more –

To access this tool go to the Library catalogue where you can browse on a PC or download the app for mobile devices.

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Library Help Drop-In Sessions – Biological Sciences

Library Help Drop in sessions are running throughout November and December for students from the School of Biological Sciences.

No need to book, just come along if you need help with literature searching, finding articles, using databases or reference management.

Friday  23rd November  2.00pm – 4.00pm
Tuesday  27th November  9.30am – 12.00pm
Thursday  29th November  2.00pm – 4.00pm
Tuesday  4th of December  2.00pm – 4.00pm
Tuesday  11th December  9.30am – 12.00pm
Tuesday  18th December  2.00pm – 4.00pm

Where: Biomedical Library Office, Ground Floor MBC Building.
Contact: Patrick Elliott, Subject Librarian Biological Sciences.

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Tame the Library!

Are you confident about how the library works? Are you finding everything you need?

If you’ve got any questions why not call over to one of our Tame the Library drop in events.  You don’t need to book – just call in.  The sessions will run as follows:

Dates: Every Wednesday from 21st November to 19th December
Time: 1pm – 1:45pm
Location: Peter Froggatt Centre, 01/024

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The McClay Library Expansion Project – November 2018 Update

This is the second of a series of regular updates planned for the 2018-19 academic year which will keep you informed on progress of the McClay Library Phase 3 expansion project.

The project is progressing well with most of the work currently concentrated in the area which is being extended outside Short Loan and in the courtyard area behind Borrower Services.

No particularly disruptive work is anticipated over the next few weeks.

In the meantime, if you have any particular feedback or questions, please contact:

McClay Library Expansion Project – October 2018 Update

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24-Hour Opening: The McClay Library

Overnight opening in the McClay Library will start on Sunday 11 November and run until  Friday 14 December 2018.

During that period the Library will open early on Sunday mornings at 08:00 and will remain open throughout the night until 02:00 on Friday evenings. It will the also open very early on Saturday mornings, at 06:00, and close at 02:00 on Saturday nights.

Throughout these weeks, access to the upper floors will be extended until 02:00 in the morning and books may be borrowed and returned using the self-service facilities. Please note that the staff service hours will remain unchanged. During the extended opening we are simply providing a study environment.


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