Bruce – my big adventure in China

Bruce the Badger reporting from China:

I know I have been quiet recently but I am absolutely fine. In fact I am so thrilled with the wonderful things I have done and seen in the time I have been here that the urge to give you an update is very compelling.

My human minder planned a two-day city break with a visit to the famous Qianshan National Park also referred to as ‘The Northeast Pearl’. Feeling a certain amount of trepidation, I packed my bag and I tagged along to Anshan city – China’s capital of iron and steel, where my human met two friends from university on a catch up visit.

It got off to a great start as with my ticket clutched tightly in my paw, I got the chance to experience my first scenic high speed train journey from my human’s home town of Shenyang to Qianshan National Park. It was a breathtaking 20 minute ride reaching an amazing 305km/h (over 189 mph). My snout was constantly pressed to the window of the train trying to catch a glimpse of the view. Really all I can remember is a blur… but I was quite proud of myself as I didn’t even have time to feel scared.

On Friday it was time to tour the fantastic Qianshan National Park. As cars aren’t allowed anywhere in the park, tourists hire electric carts to reach some of the way up the mountains and then walk the rest on foot, or for more adventurous types like me simply climb the steep paved foot paths to the top which I did on my own (Hmm…really I had to rely on the help of my most lovely human and her friends as it was quite tiring and I needed a quiet sleep from time to time). I found it all quite thrilling being able to see amazing temples, pagodas and shrines. There were many breaks along the way to appreciate the outstanding scenery while leaning over the metal railings … Ooh! we were so high up and all the while being surrounded by masses of fragrant pine trees, some over 100 years old. I distinctly remember a really good cup of tea, long enough to get my breath back – a cosy sit down and rest.

Qianshan National Park was really an incredible experience. My human translated the story of the mountains to me. Legend has it that a long time ago the 4 corners of the sky collapsed and in an attempt to save the earth people, a goddess plugged the holes with huge rocks but one smashed into 1000 peaks covering the forests in the shape of a lotus flower which gives it its name of Thousand Lotus Flower Mountains.

I think I spent 6 hours climbing the mountains that day and after 6 hours of climbing I was truly ready for my bed and sleep after my big adventure.

Time flies so fast. My human minder has just reminded me that I only have a few days left of my stay here in China as her visit with her mum and sisters is coming to an end but there is still time to meet my human’s very best friends from school, one arrived last night from Belgium. I am really looking forward to their visit and to hear their exciting news. They are bound to make a fuss of me too.

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NEW! After Hours Library Enquiry Service

Ever had one of those burning library questions when you’re sat in the library in the early hours of the morning but all the library staff have gone home?! Well, the Library’s NEW After Hours Library Enquiry Service is just what you need!

You can chat to a librarian and get the answers to your library questions, whatever the time.


123 for Student-Led Purchasing

The Library’s Student-Led Purchasing scheme is back for the new academic year. There are a wealth of new titles for you to access  on 123Library full-text 24/7 across a range of subjects.

The Library will buy those titles most used by students. So get reading and make sure titles you need are bought and available for you! The current selection of full-text titles on 123Library is available until early January 2017, after which we’ll buy the most used titles. Then, we’ll give you access to more selections of great titles full-text 24/7 for the rest of the academic year. If you think we should buy any of titles you’re using on 123Library email with your suggestions.

Your Library, Your Say.



E4Libraries Award Again for Bucks New University Libraries

The Library at Bucks is very proud to announce that it has been re-accredited with its e4libraries award by BIC (Book Industry Communication). What this means for our students is that we continue to be acknowledged for our optimum use of technology in book and e-book acquisition, library catalogue management and book circulation. Even Bruce the Badger enjoys making use of all this technology to take his books out!

With a select number of libraries receiving this award, it shows our commitment to providing access to learning resources in the most efficient way possible for our students (and badgers!). For details of the accreditation scheme see here.

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New e-book titles! It’s as easy as 123 …

Want to improve your critical thinking and reflective skills? Need to complete a successful research project? Want to succeed in exams and assessments? Or need to know how to write better law essays or understand business finance? If the answer is “Yes!” to any of these, check out the “How to …” series of e-books available on 123Library.

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These e-books are available full-text 24/7 for students and staff at Bucks to support your course success. Help the Library decide what to buy!  Make good use of the e-books on 123Library and the Library may buy some of them as part of it’s Student-Led Purchasing Scheme. Your Library, your say!

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