Welcome 2013-14

Interior of AUB Library

Welcome to the Arts University Bournemouth Library

A purpose built library, it reflects the core values of the University, dedicated to supporting study, research, collaboration and creativity in the disciplines of art, design, media and performance.

Through our team of staff, which includes five Subject Librarians, our excellent range of specialist resources both online and in the Library, as well as providing a great place to study we aim to help you to realise your full potential at the University and beyond, creating an environment in which ideas can flourish.

What the Library has to offer

Through the Library you have access to our collection of books with over 50,000 titles on the shelves plus a huge collection of ebooks, journals and magazines, DVDs and videos. All of these can be found through the Library Catalogue.

The Library also provides a collection of online resources to support all of our art, design, media and performance subjects. Nearly all of our online resources can be accessed by AUB students and staff, on or off campus, 24 hours a day seven days a week through the Library Online and which you can access using your AUB log in.

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The Library Online

The Library subscribes to a comprehensive collection of online resources. These allow you to search for journal, magazine and newspapers articles, e-books, images, video and sound clips.
Many of these resources give you an abstract of the article and details of the volume or issue in which it appeared. Others provide you with the full text so you can read or print the article in its entirety. For a complete list of the resources available use the 'See All Resources' link below.
Most of the online resources can be accessed without having to come to the Library. So if you need to carry out research or find information from the studio, workshop, home or anywhere else with an internet connection why not try the Library Online.

Find Journal Articles and E-journals
Find E-books
Find E-newspapers
Find Images and Maps
Find Audio and Video
Specialist Web and Reference Resources

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Thumbnail offers training videos that cover software, business and creative skills. It is a dynamic site where new content is added on a weekly basis so that you always have access to training videos covering the latest version of the software.

Use to find a quick solution or take a whole course and be awarded a certificate at the end, either way all the videos are short and presented in bite sized pieces. There are currently over 2,500 courses and over 100,000 individual video tutorials, all presented by experts and accessible on or off campus.

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These resources will enable you to search for audio and video content, from aural history, news and historical events, television programs to theatre performances and drama, illustrated talks and lectures.

Most of these resources require your AUB username and password to access when off campus, while others will ask you to log in regardless of where you are. Please see instructions given with each resource.

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Full details of our current opening and closing times are provided below. Any change in these will be announced both on this website and by email to staff and students of AUB. Alternatively, for non-members of AUB, please contact the Library to check our opening times if you are planning to visit us.

Please note the Library will be closed on certain dates/times during August for refurbishment. Please check for updates on the Library website before you visit the library.

Summer vacation opening hours from Mon. 7th July to Fri. 22nd Aug

Monday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 5.00pm
Saturday CLOSED


Summer vacation opening hours from Mon. 26th Aug. to Fri. 26th Sept.

Monday 8:30am - 5:00pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 5:00pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 5:00pm
Thursday 8:30am - 5:00pm
Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Saturday CLOSED


Normal Library term-time opening hours

Monday 8:30am - 9:00pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 9:00pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 9:00pm
Thursday 8:30am - 9:00pm
Friday 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday 9:15am - 4pm



Introduction to the Referencing Guide


When you are involved in the research process, whether it be for a short essay or research project, you will be engaging with other people's work, their words, ideas and arguments
This guide will:

  • Explain how to construct references according to the Harvard Standard for a variety of different sources
  • Give examples of how to present references in your text include a sample bibliography

This guide can be downloaded as a full PDF.

Contents of the guide:

If you need further help with referencing or constructing a bibliography please contact your Subject Librarian.