Northern Ireland Official Publications Archive at Queen’s University Belfast

NI Official Publications

The Library at Queen’s has been developing an online archive, known as the Northern Ireland Official Publications Archive (NIOPA).

We are delighted to inform you that archive is now freely available at the following address:

The Library has historically played an important role in collecting Northern Ireland official publications and making them available to the research community and the wider public.

Print publications have been collected for many years under National Archives and earlier HMSO guidance that the Library should be treated as an official deposit library for Northern Ireland official publications. For the period of September 2015 onwards, the Library has focused on the creation of a digital archive of Northern Ireland official publications.

Documents are gathered from departmental, agency, Assembly and other official websites and added to the archive for long term preservation. Full text searching also enhances the ability of researchers to find recent Northern Ireland official publications from a single source.

Collection development guidelines for the archive have been agreed with the British Library and documents descriptions are supplied to the British Library to support its commitment to preserve digital works under the Legal Deposit Libraries (Non-Print Works) Regulations 2013.

if you have any enquiries please contact

Northern Ireland Official Publications Team

Michael Goodall

Donna McCleary

Norma Menabney

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Library Catch Up for new AEL and HAPP students.

1631pre_7ad23adc40a613eJust started at QUB in Arts, English & Languages or History, Anthropology, Philosophy & Politics?

Missed your library tour or induction, or would like a refresher?

Got questions about using the library?

If so you are welcome along to our short library talks and tours:

Date: Wednesday 27th September
Time: 1300
Venue: Auditorium, McClay Library

Date: Wednesday 4th October
Time: 1300
Venue: Auditorium, McClay Library

Date: Tuesday 10th October
Time: 1800
Venue: Auditorium, McClay Library

If these dates suit please contact your subject librarian directly:
Diarmuid Kennedy (AEL –
Michael O’Connor (HAPP –

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The McClay Library – Study Environment 2017-18

Welcome to the University for the 2017-17 academic year. Whether you are a new or a returning student, I am sure you will spend a lot of time in the McClay Library over the months ahead and we want to make sure that the service meets your needs in all respects.

We have a number of Study Environment policies in place which have been very successful and contributed significantly to student satisfaction with the Library service over the last couple of years.

Control of Noise
The Library is divided into zones (whisper and silent study). The location of these zones is well signposted and will be pointed out to you at induction if you are a new student. Signage showing the location of the zones is also located throughout the building.  You are asked to respect these zones and behave appropriately in each. Mobile phones should routinely be set to silent and used only in stairwells.

Food & Drink
While we are happy for you to have drinks with secure lids (both hot and cold) in any area of the Library (except the Special Collections Reading Room), food should only be eaten in the student lounge area on the ground floor. Consumption of food in the building creates a huge amount of litter and a significant cleaning overhead, as well as leaving study spaces unpleasant for others.

Reserving Seats
To ensure that study and PC spaces are fully utilised at all times, spaces should not be left unoccupied for more than 30 minutes. When you leave a PC for 30 minutes or more, you must save your work, logout and remove all of your belongings. If a PC is left idle for 30 minutes, then it will log out automatically and any unsaved work will be lost. Another student will be free to log in and use the space so your belongings may be at risk if they are left unattended. Please remember that staff will be happy to help you find a PC or study space if you experience any difficulty when the building is busy.

As well as staffing the enquiry desks on each floor, Library staff will operate a roving support service on all floors during the weeks ahead. They will offer help with Library services and resources and remind you about these policies where necessary. We also operate a “Noise alert” service throughout staffed hours during term time. Please report problems that you experience during staffed hours by e-mail to

Please support Library staff and help us to create the environment you have asked us to provide. We wish you all a happy and successful year and encourage you to provide any feedback on Library services to




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Welcome to the Library! Coffee Morning

Welcome to the Library! Coffee morning. Come along to Training Room 2 to the left of the Borrower Services Desk in the McClay Library between 10 am and 11 am for coffee and an introduction to the library.

Welcome to the Library! Coffee Morning. Come and join us on Friday 22 September between 10 am and 11 am in Training Room 2 to the left of the Borrower Services Desk in the McClay Library.


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Student filestore (Q Drive) – full access restored

Full access to the student filestore (Q Drive)  has now been restored.  The restore process completed around 6 pm  Thursday evening (14th September).

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Database training sessions for Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

The Medical Library has scheduled some database training sessions for Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences students in the new semester, to be held in the MBC. Find out more, and book a place, by clicking on the links below.

MEDLINE & EMBASE training > 26th October & 23rd November >

Web of Science & Scopus training > 27th October & 24th November >

QUB staff, undergraduates and postgraduates are all welcome to book places at these sessions.

Postgraduates: please be aware that additional, similar sessions specifically for you will be advertised via the Graduate School, but if those sessions don’t suit you please book a place on one of the sessions above.

If you have any questions, about databases or training, please email Richard Fallis (r.fallis @

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Changes to MEDLINE in QCat and Databases A-Z

If you use Ovid MEDLINE via the QUB Library website, please be aware that we have changed how MEDLINE is listed in QCat and in our Databases A-Z.

MEDLINE (1946 to present) is now called MEDLINE ALL.

MEDLINE (2013 to present) is now called MEDLINE (last 5 years).

Access to, and search functionality within, each version of MEDLINE remains the same.

If you have any questions, please email your Subject Librarian.

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Trial Access to BBC Monitoring Now Available

bbcmonitoringBBC Monitoring provides a service of news and information based on its monitoring of global news media. It is part of the BBC’s Global News Division, which also includes BBC World Service, BBC World News, BBC Media Action (was the World Service Trust) and the BBC’s international online news services.

Staff and students at QUB currently have trial access via the following link: [Please click on Log In and then Log In Via Academic Institution].

We would like to hear what you think of this resource – please leave your feedback here:


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Improvements to Library induction for new students – you said, we did

We wanted to make sure that our Library inductions were as helpful as possible so, following student feedback, we have made the following improvements:

  • You said that the Schools did not give you enough information about library inductions
    • We will work with the Schools to ensure that you have all the information you need
  • You said that you did not know where to go when you first arrived in the McClay Library for induction.
    • We will mark the route to the induction rooms and have clear signage outside of these rooms so that you can easily find where you need to go
  • You said that the induction talks were good but felt that some areas, like the video on how to use the  MFD’s, could be better explained
    • We will take time to highlight the main points of all videos in our induction talks
  • You liked our tours of the Library but thought that they would benefit from clearer demonstrations on how to use equipment like the self-service terminals and the electronic rolling stacks
    • We have revised our induction tour crib sheet so that it clearly illustrates areas for demonstration and what information should be given at each stage of the tour. All tour guides will have a copy of this sheet so that each tour covers the same information in as clear and thorough a way as possible.

We really value your opinion about our services and work hard to make changes when thing are not quite right. If you have any comments on this, or anything else that we do, please feel free to use our feedback form.

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RCUK Open Access Block Grant Extended to 2020

Research Councils UK (RCUK) have confirmed that the open access block grant will continue for the next two years.

Queen’s receives an open access grant allocation from the RCUK twice a year.  The funds

RCUKare made available to support universities in meeting the requirements of the RCUK Open Access Policy, in particular meeting the cost of article processing charges (APC) to make articles ‘gold’ open access through the publisher.

If you have received RCUK funding and are publishing in a fully open access journal you should contact before submission to ensure there are sufficient funds to cover the cost of your article processing charge (APC).

For further information on ‘gold’ open access please visit the open access LibGuide

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