Proquest Platform Upgrades

On Sunday 19th August from 3am to 11am, Proquest will be undertaking some maintenance work which will result in many of their collections being unavailable. During this period of unavailability, use Discover to search for alternative materials

The following resources will be affected:

  • Ebook Central
  • Art and Architecture Archive
  • British Periodicals
  • Design and Applied Arts Index (DAAI)
  • Digital National Secuity Archive
  • Dissertations and Theses
  • Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Harper’s Bazaar
  • Guardian and Observer Archive
  • Periodicals Archive Online (PAO)
  • PsycArticles
  • PsycINFO
  • Vogue Italia
  • Women’s Daily Wear Archive

Library Services apologise for any inconvenience this may cause

IEEE Xplore Upgrades!

On 31st July 2018, IEEE Xplore will upgrade to a new search engine.

This allows for a much more integrated experience and offers users:

  • The ability to include wildcards with phrased searches
  • The ability to include search operators such as AND, OR, NOT, NEAR, and ONEAR via the Basic Search
  • Search that is optimized across a variety of file types including PDF, HTML, audio, and video
  • An improved process for saved searches
  • A foundation for future platform enhancements such as semantic enrichment, smarter recommendations, and concept/entity extraction

Please note, all saved searches and search histories will carry over to the new system. There may be instances where the number of results returned may be slightly different than expected due to the change in search logic so we recommend that all users review their new results and modify the query, if needed. To expand the number of results returned, you can include an OR operator between multiple term searches.

“Rebus:List” upgrade – notice for academic staff

The Library’s reading list software “Rebus:List” is being upgraded this summer to “KeyLinks”. What does this mean for academic staff?

  • From 22nd June access to Rebus:List will not be available
  • Your current reading lists, including notes and tags, will migrate across to the new system
  • New guidance materials will be created to help you use the new system
  • Reading list update sessions will be delivered to help you make the most of the new features
  • Provisional “Go Live” date is Monday 16th July, following a test period by Library staff. We will confirm the launch by email and social media

If you have any queries or concerns about the forthcoming upgrade please don’t hesitate to contact your Academic Liaison Librarian or use the Helpdesk

If you want to find out more or have a sneak preview come and see us on the 5th Floor at the Teaching and Learning Conference!


Moving up at Avril Robarts

Work has started at Avril Robarts to move the book stock from the 1st and 2nd floors to the 3rd floor in preparation for the first stage of the library refurbishment project, which starts in September. The study spaces that were on the 3rd floor will be set up on the 2nd floor, where the shelves used to be.

This work is expected to take until 15th June. We’ll keep you update with progress on this blog, through the Library Enhancement Project webpage (, Twitter (@ljmulibrary) and Facebook (@ljmulibrary).

We are trying to keep the disturbance to a minimum, but it is noisy work. Staff will be able to direct you to the quietest areas in the Library. These will change as the move progresses. Please remember that Avril Robarts Library is open 24 hours a day throughout the summer, so if you come after 4.00pm the moves will have finished for the day, and you won’t be asked to leave at any particular time.

Can I still access my books?

Yes you can. There may be a slight delay whilst they are packed and moved to the 3rd floor but it shouldn’t be more than 30 minutes – providing the lift keeps working!

Staff will also retrieve items for you. Ask at the Avril Hub for more details.

Where will my books be after the move?

The books from the first floor, numbered 001 – 599 start next to the South Stairs on the 3rd floor. Books numbered 600 – 999 and the journals will start next to the lift opposite the balcony.

Where can I get help?

Staff at the Hub on the ground floor will be able to help you if you can’t find what you are looking for, or if you have any other queries.

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) – Scheduled Maintenance

The Box of Broadcasts Service will be completely unavailable between 11th and 13th June 2018. Programmes broadcast during the down-time will be available retrospectively for most channels.

Changes at Avril Robarts

On Friday we told you about the Library Enhancement Project. In preparation for this there will be some changes at Avril in the next couple of weeks.  You may have noticed that some of the books moved from where you would normally find them. From 1st June  the existing shelving and stock from the 1st and 2nd floors will be moved to the 3rd floor, and the shelving from these floors will be replaced with the furniture from the 3rd floor.

If you can’t find what you are looking for please ask a member of staff at the Hub for help.

Library Enhancement Project

From September 2018 until November 2020 the Aldham Robarts and Avril Robarts libraries will be undergoing a programme of refurbishment to create a range of new spaces for our students to study and relax.

Known as the Library Enhancement Project, there will be 4 programmes of work:

  • Refurbishment of Avril Robarts
  • New build pavilion extension to Aldham Robarts
  • Refurbishment of Aldham Robarts
  • Refurbishment of Aquinas Building

Avril Robarts

The Avril project will be the first to get underway, starting in September 2018. The refurbishment will be carried out in phases, floor by floor, starting with the first floor which will be completed by the end of January 2019.

This work is taking place at the same time as the refurbishment and extension of the Tithebarn Building, which will increase and improve the training facilities for the School of Nursing and Allied Health, in line with the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

The other phases are scheduled as follows:

  • February 2019 – May 2019: 2nd floor
  • May 2019 – September 2019: Ground floor
  • September 2019 – December 2019 3rd floor

Aldham Robarts

Subject to planning permission being granted the construction of a new build pavilion to be located in the John Foster Gardens, next to the current library, will start in October 2018. This will be a 2-storey extension and will incorporate a café on the ground floor seating approximately 70 people. There will also be informal and group study spaces on this floor and individual silent study spaces on the upper floor. Access to the pavilion will be through the café space, or via a bridge adjacent to the stairwell on the ground floor of Aldham Robarts. The build is scheduled to be completed by September 2019.

Following the completion of the pavilion the refurbishment of Aldham itself will start with the 2nd and 1st floors in the first phase, the ground and lower ground in the 2nd phase. The Library Enhancement Project programme will be completed with the refurbishment of both floors of Aquinas, which is due to be finished in November 2020.

More details of the scopes of the works and any changes to our current services will be circulated during each phase, and will also be found on our web page