News & Events

    Access to physical book collections via Click and Collect is limited May/June 2021

    May/June 2021 - Due to essential building work being carried out in the Library, access to the physical book collections is limited. Some items may only be available as an ebook and there will be a delay in fulfilling requests. We apologise for the inconvenience.

    Library survey of researchers' skills training needs

    The Library is collecting information in order to develop their skills training provision to best meet the needs of our researchers - staff and students.

    If you are a researcher, please complete our short survey: Researchers' Survey 2021 You can respond anonymously or include your contact details

    For further information on Library support for research students and researchers, see our Research LibGuide at:

    If you have any questions, please contact us ( /01970 62 1896). Thanks for your time! 

    IS User Survey 2020 - Findings and Actions

    We ask our users to take our Information Services User Survey every year to find out what we do well and what we need to improve. We use the results to develop our services, so we're very grateful for your input. 

    Thank you very much to everyone who completed our survey last year. We have now analysed all the feedback and you can see our findings here: 

    Until next time! 

    Upgrades to core services 09:00-23:00 Saturday 5th June

    Information Services is undertaking major upgrade work on core infrastructure between 09:00-23:00 Saturday 5th June.

    Whilst downtime and service unavailability is not expected, all services should be considered at risk during this period. This includes the corporate website, AStRA, ABW, and central filestores. Please contact if you encounter any issues. 

    Booking study spaces in the Physical Sciences Library from Thursday 8th April

    From Thursday 8 April 2021, the Physical Sciences Library is providing booked study spaces to Aberystwyth University students and staff. Please see our Physical Sciences Library webpage for more information on services available, and information on how to book a study space / time to use the printer.

    Changes to staff access to AStRA

    From Monday 19th April we will be changing how staff get access to AStRA (Aberystwyth Student Records and Admissions System). Instead of completing request forms staff will be given access automatically based on their roles. We will be reviewing permissions on a case by case basis and as such users may gain or lose permissions as we apply the changes. If you have any issues then please contact

    Supporting your Learning Blackboard module

    All students and staff have been enrolled on the Supporting your Learning Blackboard module including essential information for students. To visit the module, log into Blackboard and look for BB-AU-0054-O: Cefnogi eich dysgu - Supporting your Learning under My Organisations.

    Wanted: Students to join IS Online Focus Groups

    Students, wneed your feedback to develop our services.  

    Over the coming months, Information Services will be holding a series of Online Focus Groups with students on a variety of topics relevant to your interests.

    • Group 1 – Tuesday 4th May, 2pm: Digital Strategy 
    • Group 2 – Wednesday 5th May, 12pm: Student enquiries  
    • Group 3 – Tuesday 8th June, 2pm: Customer Service Excellence 

    Each group meeting will last no more than 1 hour. You can attend more than one group. Everyone’s opinions are welcome 

    More information and a link to register your interest available here:

    Are you a researcher?

    Please take 5 minutes to complete our short survey to help the Library develop our skills training provision to best meet your needs:

    For further information on Library Support for Research Students and Researchers, please visit our Research LibGuide at:

    Open Access Newsletter for May 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 April 2021 

    Library support for researchers

    The Library guide for researchers provides information about services, guidance, and resources to support you at every stage of your research journey including: 

    ·         Finding resources during planning and literature searching phases 

    ·         Making publications or data Open Access 

    ·         Managing your references 

    ·         Helping with bibliometrics/altmetrics 

    Temporary changes to some Hugh Owen Library study spaces and possible temporary disruption to book retrieval May-Ju

    Between 4th May and 30th June, Levels E & F of Hugh Owen Library will close for study space bookings while building works take place to replace the lighting.

    Library staff will still be retrieving books for the click and collect service although there may be some delays to the service. We advise you request any books you need for your studies in advance of these dates if possible:

    We are working to provide additional study spaces to support your study needs:

    Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit Online sessions 17/05 - 24/05

    17/5 Improving Assessment & Feedback Processes

    17/5 Strategies for Feedback Engagement

    18/5 Blackboard Tests

    18/5 Aligned Teaching & Assessment Design

    19/5 Designing Rubrics

    19/5 Designing Out Plagiarism

    20/5 Panopto for Assignment

    21/5 Anxiety Free Assessment

    24/5 Academy Forum Reflection

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    Science: new subscription now available to Aberystwyth University staff and students

    Aberystwyth university now has a full subscription to Science, the world's leading journal of original scientific research, global news, and commentary.

    This subscription provides our users with digital access to all Science content from 1880 to the current issue. Please sign in via Primo – the library catalogue to access:     

    Learning and Teaching Conference - extended by an extra day

    Annual Learning and Teaching Conference – extended by an extra day

    We are now starting the Learning and Teaching Conference at lunchtime on Tuesday 29th June and running until the afternoon on Friday 2nd July.

    The full programme will be announced in due course.

    You can book your place online now via this form.