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Arts and event management
Arts & Event Management


Digital Media Production
Digital Media Production


Film Production
Film Production

Fine Art
Fine Art

Graphic Design


Interior Architecture
Interior Architecture

Make Up
Make Up

Model Making



Visual Communication
Visual Communication


  • Over 1 million TV and radio programmes available, including all BBC TV and radio content dating from mid-2007
  • More than ten foreign language channels
  • An extended 30-day recording buffer
  • Display and search transcripts and thumbnails
  • Watch BoB on your handheld device
  • An improved way to create clips, playlists and clip compilations
  • An easy one-click citation to reference programmes in your work
  • A new-look website and improved navigation
  • Share what you're watching on Twitter
  • Add YouTube style comments on programmes and clips


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Welcome to the Library for the 2014-15 academic year


Photograph of the efurbishment

Over the summer there has been considerable investment in the ground floor of the library. This has included an increase in the number of study spaces, an increase in provision of power sockets and network points for laptops, journals being made more accessible, improved lighting, and the addition of a display area for student art.

What the Library has to offer

The library is a combination of study space and social space, where you can study in groups or simply come to find a quiet place to read. There are thousands of books and DVDs available to borrow, some for longer than others, and the library staff, including subject specialist librarians, are always happy to help answer any question you might have.

Joining the Library

You will need to activate your student card as your library card at the library counter before you can borrow any books or DVDs from the library.

Getting started

To make the most of the library the best thing to do is to get in early and find where in the library the books for your subject(s) are housed. Familiarise yourself with these books and learn to use the online resources relevant to your subject.

Student handbook

The student handbook contains all of the essential information for using the library e.g. how to find the books you need, what you can borrow and for how long, fines for overdue books, who to contact if you need help, the library rules and code of conduct, and how to use other libraries.

Printing and photocopying

Your print account allows you to print and photocopy in the library and you can top up your account in the library.

Library Search

The recently launched Library Search allows you to simultaneously search a number of the library’s online resources, and the books available in the library.

Unfortunately this search will not search for audio visual resources, so these will need to be searched for individually.

My subject

A selection of online resources for each subject is available via the My Subject page. If you need help using any of the resources accessed from these pages please contact your Subject Librarian.

Getting in Touch

The best way to get in touch with us once the term has started is via out Live Chat service.


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

See All Resources


Welcome to the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) Library. We offer a range of resources and facilities to support you with your studies. A copy of the AUB Library Student Handbook is available online and which contains updated information about using the Library services, borrowing, fines and contacts.

These pages provide some further basic information about using the Library and the services on offer. We have also provided some information specifically for international students to provide some additional help in studying at AUB. We recognise that international students may need specific information and help to make the best of Library facilities. The information below gives a basic introduction to the Library service but you are welcome to contact your Subject Librarian for further information.


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.

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 9:00am - 4:00pm


The Festive Season opening hours are:

Monday 15th December 8:30am - 9:00pm
Tuesday 16th December 8:30am - 9:00pm
Wednesday 17th December 8:30am - 9:00pm
Thursday 18th December 8:30am - 9:00pm
Friday 19th December 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday 20th December Closed
Sunday 21st December Closed
Monday 22nd December 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday 23rd December 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday 24th December to Sunday 4th January - Closed
Monday 5th January 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday 6th January 8:30am-9:00pm term-time opening hours resume

Contact the Library


The Library
Arts University Bournemouth
BH12 5HH

Tel: 01202 363308

Email the Library

If you would like to get in touch with us to ask a question or get some help, please use the Library's contacts page, choosing the most appropriate contact. If you don't know which contact to use simply use the general feedback contact. If you would like to contact your Subject Librarian you can contact them from the Subject Resource page for your subject.

The Library welcomes feedback from staff and students. If you wish to provide feedback - good or bad - about the Library or the services we offer, you can contact the Library or use one of the comment forms available in the Library.

We will usually respond to comment forms within four days of receiving them. They are an important way for us to receive feedback.

Suggest Items for Stock

We welcome suggestions from students for items to add to Library resources. If there are specific books, CDs, DVDs or journals you would like to recommend, please contact the Library with the details of the item or complete a comments and suggestions form. If you put your name and course on the form, you will normally be notified of our decision within four days. In addition, you will be told when any items you have suggested are added to stock, so that you have the opportunity to borrow them first.


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.


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To start a webchat with the Library, please enter your email address and your query into the form above.

You can open the chat tool in a new window by clicking on the icon in the top right of the chat box.

Please complete the quick (two question) survey at the end of your chat.

You will receive a transcript of your completed chat by email.