Access drama texts through Drama Online

Did you know we have access to over 1500 play texts through Drama Online from Bloomsbury?


  • Plays from Aeschylus to the present day
  • Student editions, scholarly works and first night programme texts
  • The internationally renowned Arden Shakespeare play editions
  • Realist works from Ibsen and Chekhov
  • Major foreign works in translation: Bertolt Brecht, Luigi Pirandello, Eduardo De Filippo, Frank Wedekind and more
  • Comic masterpieces from Oscar Wilde and Noël Coward
  • Modern classics from Tom Stoppard, David Mamet, Alan Bennett, Caryl Churchill, Simon Stephens, Mark Ravenhill, Edward Bond, Alan Ayckbourn, Harold Pinter, Christopher Hampton, Brian Friel, Willy Russell, John Osborne, David Greig, David Harrower, April De Angelis, David Hare, Anthony Neilson, Shelagh Stephenson, David Eldridge and many more
  • A continually growing collection of the very latest contemporary writers including Polly Stenham, Katori Hall, D.C. Moore, James Graham, Rebecca Lenkiewicz and Lucy Prebble

To access the resource from within the University, go to Drama Online in the Databases A-Z, and enter your LJMU username and password, then browse plays by either Plays, Playwrights & Practitioners, Genres, Periods, etc.

From off-campus, look for an option to login via your institution and/or Athens, then enter your LJMU username and password.

Avril Robarts Library Refurbishment

From 11th May onwards the 2nd and 3rd floors of Avril Robarts Library will be undergoing refurbishment and will not be accessible.  This project is part of LJMU’s ambitious estates masterplan and will provide:

  • new reception areas and more visible spaces for the teams from Library Services, IT Support, Academic Skills, Student Advice and Wellbeing and Careers;
  • creative media spaces, along with new printing hubs and self-service laptops;
  • dedicated postgraduate spaces and clearly defined zones for silent study;
  • improved heating, ventilation, lighting and toilet facilities

Books, journals, PCs and study spaces are all available on the ground and 1st floors.

We are sorry for any inconvenience whilst we improve our facilities.

Further information is available at  If you have any enquiries about this or any of the Library projects please email

Avril Robarts Library 12th – 27th April

Avril Robarts Library is being refurbished as part of a programme of improvements and developments on the Tithebarn Street site under the university’s estates masterplan.  In order to be ready for the first phase of the work starting in May we need to move the book stock currently housed on the 3rd floor to the 1st floor.  This will take place between 12th and 27th April (excluding the bank holidays).  We will endeavour to keep any noise to a minimum, and staff will be on hand during our normal hours (8.45am – 11.00pm) to help resolve any queries or concerns.  Use of the lift will be restricted whilst the moves are going on. The library is open 24/7 throughout this period, including the Easter weekend when staff will be on site from 10.00am – 8.00pm.

In response to student and staff feedback the completion of the project will see an overall increase in study spaces as well as dedicated postgraduate and silent study areas.   More information about the Library Refurbishment Project can be found on our website:

Do you use Digimap? Then take our survey

Library Services currently provides access to Digimap. Operated by EDINA at the University of Edinburgh, Digimap offers a number of data collections, including Ordnance Survey, historical, geological, LiDAR and marine maps and spatial data.

There is also a new supplier of geospatial data on the market, called JISC Geospatial Data which aims to provide the same information as Digimap to the HE community. We have a trial to this resource to take the opportunity to compare the two services and make some decisions about which resource best meets the needs of our staff and students.

If you use Digimap, and or have used the JISC Geospatial Data Service, we would appreciate your feedback by completing our survey, Accessing Geospatial Data at LJMU.

The survey will run until 31st May 2019, after which time, the responses will be analysed and recommendations made on which of the services the university should subscribe to from August 2019.


New trial: Society Digimap and Global Digimap

Two new Digimap collections have been launched on a trial basis until 31 July 2019.

  • Society Digimap offers easy access to maps of 2011 census data through Digimap’s standard Roam interface (with data download coming soon).
  • Global Digimap offers access to worldwide coverage of Open Street Map and Natural Earth data, both for mapping (in Roam) and data download.

To log in, search for Liverpool John Moores University and enter your username and password.

Note that the first time you access these services you will need to agree to the licences. This is a simple click-through process once you have logged in to Digimap.

Let us know if you have any feedback either by filling in a reply below, through Library Chat or via your Academic Liaison Librarian.

LexisNexis news unavailable – UPDATE

Access to LexisNexis news content has been restored. However, this access is only available on-campus as Lexis have deactivated the off-campus authentication route for the News content for ALL customers.

While they work on a solution to this problem, off-campus users wanting to access LexisNexis news content, should use Off-Campus applications


We have been made aware that the newspaper content via LexisNexis Academic is currently unavailable.

There are a number of other resources which provide access to current awareness materials, all of which are available via the Databases A-Z webpage:

PressReader: Provides access to the most recent 3 months of newspapers and magazines in full colour and full-page format. Choose from 2542 UK and international newspapers. UK newspapers include The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Observer, The Independent, i, The Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, as well as regional papers such as the London Evening Standard.

Factiva: A global news information service providing online access to over 1,700 newspapers from around the world.

Alternatively, search Discover for a particular newspaper using E-journals A-Z. The ‘View It’ part of the screen shows in which databases the newspaper is available.

Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies – Trial access

We have trial access to Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies until 25th April 2019.

Access is available on-campus only for the duration of the trial.

Users can easily study and compare countries through six key education levels: early childhood education, childhood, youth, primary education, secondary education, and higher education.

Combined with eBooks, articles, and helpful research tools, students can study and build an understanding of education systems, policies, and the nature of childhood and youth experience in different countries throughout the world.

We would be interested in your feedback on this resource