Anything we can help you with…?

Starting University, or even just returning after a summer off, can be daunting and you might be thinking “This thing looks simple enough to do, but I don’t know/can’t remember how…”

Not to worry!

Library staff are always ready, able and willing to help – even when we don’t know the answer ourselves, we’ll direct you as best we can to those in the know. Find them on the second floor of the Gateway Building and the first floor of Uxbridge.

Prefer to figure things out yourself or use an online guide? We have those too! Once you get to know Blackboard a little more you’ll find a plethora of information on the Library page. Such as how to guides on using the online library, links to your subject librarian and their contact details, and links to a referencing guide (something that still scares me and I’m a proper grown up librarian!).

Any questions just ask in person, email us ( call (01494 605 107) or tweet (@buckslib) – someone at the end of the line or in front of you will be happy to help 🙂




Goodbye David!

Friday 20th May at 11am marks an end of an era as the Library Team bid a fond farewell to our Library Assistant, David Taplin. He has worked at Bucks for the past 17 years. A life(time, sentence) I hear you cry!

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He’s the helpful face at the Library service desk and a great team member, whose grumpiness has cheered us along many a time. He was our wise Librarian in BucksBiblio imparting useful nuggets of library information. And if you were really lucky, you may have come across him on our virtual help service, Ask a Barbarian, sorry Librarian, as the fierce Viking warrior. All in all, such a good sport as he even invited the Library badger to his wedding. Bruce had a fantastic day too!

David, you’ll be very much missed and, from us all in the Library Team, we wish you well. May you enjoy a long and happy future out West.


Art therapy in the library

Do you remember when, as a kid, it would get to the end of term and the teacher had run out of curriculum to show you…ahem, I mean they, in their kindness, let you colour-in or play games on your final day?

Turns out colouring-in is a form of therapy that is used to combat stress – you can even buy colouring books that are specifically designed for this.

So as you come to the end of your studies, either for just the year or your whole degree, maybe take ten minutes out to do some colouring-in – avoid the computer screen and your phone and just concentrate on the pretty patterns.

There are limited copies on the service desk at the Gateway for you to colour in however you like. Alternatively go to this website, print off a colouring page and take a break from revision whenever you need to.

^Rebecca, with thanks to the library team at Portsmouth University for the inspiration

Our Library system is being upgraded…..

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The library tortoise has packed his caravan and is making his way to his new home in the Cloud.

The Libraries are upgrading to a new cloud-based management system, taking place next Tuesday 2nd June p.m. until Wednesday 3rd June p.m. This will mean some disruption to library services, though both libraries will be open their usual hours.

Self service and laptop loans will be unavailable over this 24 hour period, but staff at the Service desks will be able to issue and return books – just remember to take them out before 9pm!

LibrarySearch will continue to work as normal and staff will be on hand to answer any questions. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Raising money at Bucks New Uni : Blood Bikes

Now the University is no stranger to raising money for a good cause – be it the Student Union and their Good Deeds or the library donating fine money during RAG week. So we wanted to let you know about one of our staff who is getting ready to face his biggest fear in order to raise money for a worthy cause.

Steve Dewhurst, Director of Strategic Development and Planning here at Bucks, is raising money for Blood Bikes, a volunteer run agency that uses motorbikes to get urgently needed medical items (such as blood or scans) to hospitals in the Bucks area.

Steve will be abseiling 400ft(!) down the Northampton Lift Tower in July in the hope the money he raises will help to replace the aging motorbikes in the Blood Bikes fleet.

Best of luck Steve – we’ll stick to donating fines money!

To find out more about Blood Bikes click this link:

If you’d like to make a donation click here: