Take a look through Rock’s Backpages

Rock’s Backpages is the world’s most comprehensive online database of pop music writing, and we offer unrestricted access to it both on and off campus.

It contains over 40,000 full text articles from the 1950s to the present day, along with a collection of almost 600 exclusive audio interviews. The articles are searchable by artist, date, genre or keywords, and new articles and audio are added each week.

Recently added articles include:

To access the database:

Search for Rock’s Backpages in the Databases A-Z, or go straight to https://rocksbackpages.com/. If you’re on campus you’ll be automatically logged in. Off campus, click on Sign In – UK: Shibboleth/OpenAthens, and go to Liverpool John Moores University and enter your LJMU username and password.


BoB – on demand TV

On demand TV and radio for education

Are you making the most of our institutional access to the excellent BoB (Box of Broadcasts)?

With BoB you can:

• Access 2 million broadcasts dating back to the 1990s
• Record from over 75 free-to-air channels
• Create your own playlists, clips and clip compilations
• Search programme transcripts and subtitles
• Embed content in VLEs and share on social media
• One-click citation for easy academic referencing
• Available on all devices

Access content from:

• BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four, ITV, Channel 4, Film4 and more
• 10 foreign language channels: Italian, French and German
• BBC Shakespeare Archive content dating back to the 1950s

To access BoB:

Locate BoB (Box of Broadcasts) on the Databases A-Z page and follow the link, then chose LJMU from the organisation list and log in with your username and password. Or go to https://learningonscreen.ac.uk and log in in the same way.

Our new pavilion (and cafe) is open


Library Services is pleased to announce that the pavilion extension to Aldham Robarts Library is now open.  With a café on the ground floor along with a mix of group and social areas, and silent study on the first floor there should be a space to suit everyone.

Access to the pavilion is through Aldham Robarts library and via the link bridge.  On the ground floor you will find 4 meeting rooms which accommodate groups of up to 4.  These have screens with collaborative software allowing users to share content wirelessly from laptops or mobile devices, and write on walls.  These can be booked in advance using our room booking system and selecting Pavilion Meeting Room. The study tables all have power so that laptops and other devices can be plugged in and we have collaborative booths for group work.

The first floor is for silent study throughout, with 74 PCs, individual study booths and room to spread out your books and read in the central area.

There are printers on both floors.

The café is open from 8.00am  – 5.00pm Monday – Friday and at all other times is open as additional study space, with an extra 53 seats.

The pavilion is open 24 hours a day.