News & Events

Libraries, Study Spaces and Computer Rooms Christmas Opening Hours


Information Services wishes everyone an enjoyable break!

IS will close for the holidays at 5:30pm on Thursday 23rd December 2021, and will open again at 8:30am on Monday 3rd January 2022.

  • Saturday 18 December: last day of term. Hugh Owen Library open until 6pm. Physical Sciences Library closed.
  • Sunday 19 December: libraries closed
  • Mon 20 December - Thursday 23 Dec: 8.30am-5.30pm
  • Friday 24 December: Iris de Freitas Room open 8.30am-5.30pm
  • Saturday 25 December and Sunday 26 December: CLOSED
  • Monday 27 December – Friday 31 December: Iris de Freitas Room open 24/7
  • Saturday 1 January – Sunday 2nd January 2022: CLOSED
  • Monday 3 January: Iris de Freitas Room opens at 8.30am then open 24/7
  • Tuesday 4 January: Hugh Owen library re-starts 24/7 opening at 8:30am. Physical Sciences library re-opens 8:30am-5:30pm

Libraries' opening hours webpages:

The following computer rooms are available over Christmas:

  • B23 (booking required)
  • Y Sgubor, Fferm Penglais
  • The Lounge @ Pentre Jane Morgan
  • The Lounge @ Rosser

The Postgraduate Study Centre is open over the holiday period.

Mini Conference Programme Announced


On Thursday 16th December, the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit will be hosting the second Academy Mini-Conference online of this academic year: Using Polling Software to enhance Learning and Teaching Activities .

For session abstracts and timings, please see the programme on our webpages.

You can register to attend the Mini-Conference by clicking on this link.

New Dissertation and News and Media LibGuides


Our Subject Librarians have published not one but two new LibGuides to help you with your studies and what comes after.

Dissertation LibGuide

Whether you’re planning ahead for your dissertation or part way through it and regretting every decision you’ve made, this guide can help you!

In one easy-to-follow and simple guide, you will find all you need to understand and manage the dissertation process from finding information sources and developing your searching techniques to evaluating and referencing the sources you use.

For help and advice for every stage of your dissertation, from concept to conclusion, take a look our our Dissertation LibGuide:

News and Media LibGuide

Our News and Media guide is a clear and comprehensive resource to help you navigate the tricky world of news and media throughout your time at University and beyond.

  • Protect your image online
  • Define key concepts such as free speech, misinformation, disinformation and censorship
  • Learn how algorithms are used to target people on social media platforms
  • Understand concepts of selection and bias
  • Explain what fake news is and how to recognise it

Our News and Media LibGuide is here to help you help yourself stay safe and savvy:  

See all of our subject and study support LibGuides here

What a view! Aberystwyth University Library Photo Competition


If you spend most of your time in the library staring out of the window, then we’ve got just the competition for you.

From now until the end of term, you can take part in ‘What a view!’ – a competition to find the best picture of the view from one of our libraries or the best picture of the library itself.

What to do:

  • Take a picture of the view from or of the Hugh Owen Library or the Physical Sciences Library. Or draw it. Be as creative as you like
  • Share the picture on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #wawaber21

Our expert team of Librarians (who are highy-qualified at staring out of library windows), will pick the best picture. The artist will win a box of tasty treats just in time for Christmas!

Follow Information Services on Twitter @aberuni_is or Instagram @ISAberUni where we will be sharing the entries.

So here’s your chance to grab yourself some new followers, bag some likes and get creative. It’s also a great way to procrastinate.

Closing date: 15 December

Disclaimer: the library does not endorse procrastination, we’re just here to help


Open Access Newsletter for November 2021


Find out more about Aberystwyth’s Open Access staff publications including the AU thesis of the month and links to the top 5 downloaded articles and theses in October 2021:

Food and drink in the library


Cold food and hot and cold drinks are allowed in all areas of our libraries:

  • Please ensure drinks are in in spill-proof containers with lids.
  • Consider others and do not bring in smelly, greasy, or messy cold food.
  • Most importantly, please make sure you clear up after yourself.

Hot food or full meals are not allowed in any area of the libraries.

Anyone with hot food or any cold food that causes disturbance will be asked to take it out of the library.

You can read the IS Food and Drink Policy here

Exemplary Course Award 2021-22


Applications for the Exemplary Course Award are now open. The Exemplary Course Award is designed to recognise exemplary practice in Blackboard modules.The closing date for applications is 31 January 2022. To submit an application, download the application form and consult the guidance available on our webpages.

Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit Online sessions 30/11/2021


30/11 Enhancing productivity & time management for academics

2/12 Forum: Designing Blended Learning

6/12 Creating Accessible Learning Materials

8/12 Submitting an Exemplary Course Award

13/12, 5/1 Component Marks Transfer

6/1 Designing Online Learning Activities

7/1 MS Teams for L&T

Closes tomorrow: Call for Proposals: Mini Conference


If you would like to submit a proposal to this year’s Mini-Conference, Using Polling Software to Enhance Learning and Teaching Activities, please fill in this online form before Friday 19th November.

You can register to attend the Mini-Conference on Thursday 16th December by clicking on this link.

ENVI Geospatial Imagery software will not be available after 31st December


The institutional licence for ENVI Geospatial Imagery software will come to an end on the 31st December and will not be renewed. This service will not be available to users from the 1st January 2022.

Semester 1 Academic timetable now available


Your personalised academic timetable for 2021-22 can be viewed by logging on to and choosing the My timetable tab.

  • From the week beginning Monday 20th September, you will also be able to view your timetable through your online student record and on your personal calendar through Office 365
  • Please note that some classes may not appear on your timetable until approximately three working days after you have completed the registration process, especially for 1st year students.

There will be some adjustments to the timetable over the next few weeks while students finalise their module choices. We’ll keep changes to an absolute minimum, but we do recommend you check your timetable regularly in case any adjustments have been made. The semester one timetable will settle after the initial weeks of the teaching period.

  • This timetable is accurate based on our current planning for the coming academic term.  Our priority is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our students, staff and the wider community. We will keep our teaching provision under review in order to operate in line with Welsh Government rules and guidance on COVID-19.  Naturally, should there be any major changes in public health advice, we will notify you of any further adaptations as soon as we can.
  • If you have any questions about your timetable, your departmental timetable officer will be able to advise you:  


Library Action Plans for Faculties


Welcome to our Aberystwyth University Library action plans 2020-21 for each Faculty

This plan: 

  • presents key developments in our services and provision of library resources in 2020-21 
  • details library resource usage (books, journals, digitisations, document supply) over the past academic year by FASS departments 
  • analyses use of reading lists within and by departments 
  • outlines research outputs by FASS departments
  • highlights how we use benchmarking, budgets, and feedback from FASS departments to support teaching and learning 
  • clarifies subject level library support including how to contact your subject librarian 
  • summarises what you can expect from the Library in 2021-22