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 our 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.


Subject Librarians


Each course has a Subject Librarian who can provide assistance for information and research skills. They will also provide an introduction to the Library service during induction week.

All Subject Librarians are based in the Library.

Contact your Subject Librarian.


How to borrow library items


You must use your Library card to borrow items. Items can be borrowed at the Counter or by using the self-service facility in the Library. Please remember that you are responsible for the items you borrow and you will be fined if you do not bring them back on time. The Library will send an email reminder to return your items on time or if someone else has reserved them, so please check your University email account regularly.


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