National Libraries Day 2014

National Libraries Day is on Saturday 8th February, celebrating libraries and their important place in our community. Whether you use Goldsmiths Library as a study space, for our resources, help from the staff or as a place to chill out, we are sure you can appreciate it’s an essential part of university life. So why not celebrate with us this week? We’ve even put on an event or two…


Love your Library feedback

Throughout the week we’ll be asking you to tell us what you love about your library. Pop in and fill out a post-it note, stick it to the notice board and we’ll be tweeting some of our favourites on twitter at @goldsmithslib. National Libraries Day is only once a year so it’s a great opportunity for you to tell us what we get right. If you do love your library, don’t forget to let the National Student Survey know as well!


On Friday 7th February we’ll be running some short and sweet sessions between 12 – 2pm, teaching you some of the best tips and tricks we know to get the most out of the library. Each session is designed to be 5-10 minutes long, allowing you to drop by, ask questions and hopefully find out something new about the library that will help your studies.

The event is taking place in the ground floor social study space, which means you can even bring your lunch along to eat whilst we show you everything from renewing your books (and avoiding fines) to 5 things you didn’t know about the library website.

Our full session programme includes:

  •  Essays are coming… how to get the books you need
  • Catalogue search tips every student should know
  • How to renew your books (and avoid fines)
  • You shall not pass – changes to your e-resource login
  • 5 things you didn’t know about the library website

Shibboleth moving to campus log-in from 3rd February

From Monday 3rd February you’ll need to use your campus log-in details (eg jsmit001) to use all e-resources from home. Some online resources, such as ebooks, require you to log-in even when in the library. Your Campus log-in details are the same as what you use to access your College email and This change is part of the ITS project to move all university access credentials to one username and password.


There will be some service disruption on Monday 3rd while the changeover happens, so if you can’t log-in straight away try again later. Remember, for most e-resources, service from within the College network will not be interrupted.

E-Resource of the Month – ACLS Humanities E-book


What is ACLS Humanities E-book?

Most of the library’s ebooks are supplied by Dawsonera and available from either their website or via our library catalogue. However, we do subscribe to ebooks from other places. ACLS Humanities E-book is an online collection of around 2800 ebooks in various fields of humanities, including Art, History, Media and Politics. These books are provided in collaboration with twenty learned societies, nearly 100 contributing publishers and librarians at the University of Michigan’s Scholarly Publishing Office. These titles are recommended and reviewed by scholars.

How do I access ACLS Humanities E-book?

Go to the E-Resources A-Z list. You can leave it as All e-resources selected or click A (either way, it will be one of the first results that appears). Click on the G icon if you’re on-campus and click on the W icon if you’re off-campus. If accessing off-campus, you may be asked to log-in with your Goldsmiths IT username and password. Alternatively, ebooks can be accessed via the library catalogue (see below).

Searching ACLS Humanities E-book?

When logged in, you can either browse or search the collections. To browse, click on the browse heading. You’ll then be able to browse by either author, title or subject. Regardless of which you choose, you’ll then be able to browse alphabetically. For instance, if you wanted a book on film noir, you could choose to browse by subject, then select ‘F’ and scroll down until you find film noir. Click on the subject to see which ebooks are available. Searching allows you to enter keywords, e.g. film noir again, and you can even limit by author/publisher/title/subject if you wish. To access the full text of a book, click its title, then click on the chapters you wish to use.

Titles from ACLS Humanities E-book have also been linked to our library catalogue, so it might be more likely that you find them this way. Just as you would any e-book, you’d just need to click on the ‘electronic book [click here to access]’ in the location field on the results page of the catalogue, and then click on the link in the record to reach the full text.

E-books can only be read one page at a time, but chunks of three pages at a time can be downloaded as PDFs should you wish to print.