Category Archives: Using the Catalogue

Library Systems Upgrade – Tuesday 5th July 3pm

An upgrade to the library system is scheduled for Tuesday 5th July – Wednesday 6th July.

This will require us to shut down the system from 3pm on the Tuesday and it will not return until around 12.00 pm on the Wednesday.

You will be able to visit the library as normal and all our spaces will be open, you will also be able to borrow and return our physical collection during this time.

However access to our main online collection via the catalogue will not be available.  You will also be unable to renew items, pay fines or place ILLs online and we apologise for this inconvenience.

For access to electronic resources during this period, please use a search engine such as Google to find the resource.

If you do this on campus your computer network IP address should automatically recognise and authenticate you as a University of Exeter user and provide access to the relevant resource.

If you are off campus, you will need to identify yourself as a member of the University.  In most cases, simply enter your university computer username and password when requested.

  • When looking for the login link in a resource, the wording can vary from resource to resource – it could just be Login, or it might be something like Institutional login,Shibboleth login, UK Federation login, UK Access Management Federation login– or maybe some other variation

Here is a file of our major e-resources, some may need the VPN installed to work off campus.

Major E-resource links

If you need help during this time please do not hesitate to contact us:

Phone:  +44 (0) 1392 723867

Know how to request books from Penryn?

To request books located at Penryn Campus Library, you need to do the following:

  • Find the item on the library catalogue

Penryn item

  • Click on the link “View record details on Penryn Campus Library catalogue” – this will connect to the Voyager catalogue for Penryn
  • Click on the link on the right hand side “Request for Streatham user”
  • Log in using your IT username and password
  • At the bottom of the page giving details of the book, press the “Submit Request” button
  • You will receive an email to say your request has been successful

Penryn catalogue 2

  • A message will appear on the screen if it is not possible to borrow the item. This will appear for reference books, DVDs and journals which are not borrowable from Penryn.
  • Once the book has arrived here, you will be notified by email. Please pick this up from the library desk on Level 0



Know how to check your bookings online?

1.  Access your record by clicking on the Patron Record button via the library catalogue: logging in with your University username and password.


2.  To check bookings, click on the blue link ‘items booked for future use’ in the left-hand corner box under your name.

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3.  Click on the link to show the time of your booking and allows you to cancel any bookings from this page.


4.  Click on the title on your booking to show the classmark of your booking in the library catalogue.

Know how to renew your books online?

1.  Access your record by clicking on the Patron Record button via the library catalogue: and logging in with your University username and password.


2.  Shows ‘Items checked out’ page when you first login, where you can view materials you have checked out.

3.  Select materials to renew by selecting the boxes in the RENEW column on the left-hand side and clicking ‘Renew Selected.’     To renew all the items on your record, click the ‘Renew All’ button.

4.  Click Yes to renew the selected items.


Check the STATUS column for information on your renewal:

If you cannot renew items, a message will appear on the screen.

If you are successful, a new due date will appear in the STATUS column.

Upgrade to our Library Management System

Please be aware that on Monday 12th August we will be implementing an important upgrade to our Library Management System. Beginning  at 10pm the upgrade is likely to take around 3 hours. During this time Library services will be unavailable.

During the upgrade you will not be able to:

  • Use the Library Catalogue or Article Search
  • Access the Electronic Library
  • Login in to your Library record or renew books online
  • Pay online fines
  • Use the 24/7 returns machine at St Luke’s

We have chosen this late time to reduce disruption as far as possible. The Forum Library is not currently open 24/7 so hopefully the short period of overnight downtime will prove to be of minimal inconvenience. But if you do prefer to use our services  remotely overnight please keep in mind the short period in which our services will be unavailable.  

We anticipate full service will be restored during the morning of Tuesday 13th August although the system will be subject to testing for a short period. This should not affect access but please do contact us if you are experiencing any difficulties during this time.

Library catalogue/online resources access feedback needed!

We need your help and opinions!

Falmouth University and the University of Exeter are looking at a joint replacement of their respective library systems within the next couple of years. Library systems manage the catalogue & lending as well as access to online resources. We are seeking student advice and comment ahead of, and during the procurement process. As a starter, it would be helpful to know (by end of March 2013):

1. What do you use the library catalogue for?

2. Where else do you obtain information for your academic studies such as e-journal articles?

3. What problems do you encounter finding and accessing academic information – are there additional features and tools which would encourage you to make better use of the library catalogue and search systems?

Please let us know what you think and do encourage your friends to respond too. You can reply to this post, or email your responses direct to Martin Myhill (

There will be a focus group running on Tuesday 7th March in the Research Commons Seminar Room A/B (10-12pm) for anyone wishing to discuss or explore this in person. Refreshments will be available – email Martin if you want to come so we can make sure there’s enough!

History, English and Geography Reading Lists top the charts!

The Library’s Reading List team work closely with Colleges, with the aim of providing simple access to the resources student need via their ELE modules.
The digitised lists are produced using smart reading list software called Talis Aspire and provide quick web links to:

  • E-books
  • Digitised chapters and articles (where legal)
  • Catalogue references to printed resources

We are just emerging from our pilot phase, and have the aim of digitising all reading lists within ELE so that every students has the opportunity to access their key resources in this way.

Our reading list supplier, Talis Aspire,  has recently implemented statistical monitoring on our Reading List software and we are delighted that these highlight University of Exeter lists as achieving the  highest hit rate worldwide relative to the size of our reading list collection – no mean feat!

Humanities and Life Sciences lists form the top five lists for Exeter, all have been used over a 1000 times since January this year and HIH1410 – Understanding the Medieval & Early Modern Worlds  takes top place with a hugely impressive 3,123 visits since January.

From 1/01/12 – 20/03/12, the top 5 chart is:

HIH1410 – Understanding the Medieval & Early Modern Worlds – History – 3,123 visits
HIH3502 – Popular Rebellion in England 1381-1549 – History – 2,009 visits
EAS2083 – The Shock of the New – English – 1,525 visits
GEO3126 – The Geography of Monsters: Science, Society and Environmental Risk – Geography – 1,524 visits
HIH3595 – Sexuality in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Britain – History – 1,484 visits

If you are a module leader and would like the library to digitise your lists, please get in touch with your subject librarian for more information.

As you will appreciate, there are peaks in demand for this service around the start of each term, so get your list in early to guarantee your list will be ready for the new term.