Statement following an incident in the library

You may have seen a story circulating on Twitter about an incident that happened at the library. We can’t say too much because of the police involvement and to protect those involved, however we wanted to share as much as we can with you:
There was an incident at the library late last night which involved a library user and a security contractor who was on duty overnight. In response to the individual’s behaviour, the contractor felt it appropriate to call the police, who subsequently made an arrest.
The matter is now with the police. We are in discussion with the security contractor in relation to the incident. We open our library 24 hours a day and this kind of thing happens very rarely.
Please appreciate that we can’t say much more than this but if you do have any queries or comments please email us at

Making your library a better environment to work in…


We know the Summer term can be stressful. Essays and dissertations need to be written and exams are revised for. We know students value the library as a quiet and effective place to work in, free from distractions. We understand how hard you are working and how you need the library to be a place you feel comfortable studying in.

With this in mind, we will start monitoring noise and other behaviour in the library from the 28th of April until the end of May. This won’t involve anything too different to usual. We’ll keep an eye on the different areas of the library so that we can help you work more effectively. If you see us in the library, and have any questions about where you can work, please feel free to ask. And please don’t take offence if we ask you to lower your voices or take that call on the ground floor.

To help your fellow students, please use mobile phones on the ground floor and eat outside of the reading rooms. Hot drinks you buy from the café are fine to drink whilst you work, but please make sure they’re covered. Also, don’t leave your laptops or other valuables unattended in the reading rooms.

The library has lots of different types of study space – choose the places that suit your needs. These will be well signposted:
Silent: 2nd floor near the 800s section (no laptops), 1st floor near School Practice (laptops allowed)
Quiet: 1st floor reading room, 1st floor IT, 2nd floor reading room, 2nd floor AV area, 2nd floor art journals room
Group: 7 study rooms in 2nd floor AV area (these will be unavailable after the 12th of May)

Please help your fellow students during this important time of the year by behaving as politely and respectfully as possible when you’re in the library, and let’s all hope you achieve the results you want to.

E-Resource of the Month – Dawsonera

dawsonera-logo-450x215What is Dawsonera?

Dawsonera is the largest supplier of electronic books to academic libraries. It is part of the same company that provides our print books – Dawson Books. Dawson works with the world’s leading publishers to ensure that Dawsonera provides the richest and most diverse collections of electronic books available. Over 300,000 books are available for purchase or rental. Dawsonera ebooks are designed to be made available to users however they want it – whether it’s a quick preview, reading it in your browser, or downloading it if you plan to refer to it often. Books our library doesn’t own can be rented, and it’s often much easier than trying to locate an inter-library loan copy. Ebooks are also a great way of ensuring books can be spread around – no need to wait for print copies to be returned! Dawsonera ebooks are also available on numerous devices. Dawsonera has upgraded recently, so this is an overview of what’s changed and what’s remained intact.

How do I access Dawsonera?

Dawsonera can be accessed directly at its website or it can be accessed via our e-resources pages. Click on ‘D’ and find Dawsonera ebooks. Click on ‘sign in’ in the top right corner, and choose Shibboleth login. Choose ‘Goldsmiths’ from the list of subscribing universities, and then enter your campus username and password, e.g. jsmit010. This form of login applies whether you’re accessing it on campus or off. All Dawsonera ebooks we own are also available via the library catalogue. On the results page, click on ‘electronic book [click here to access]’ and follow the link in the record to take you to Dawsonera.

Searching Dawsonera

Once signed in, you’ll be directed to the Dawsonera homepage. You’ll be shown the most read books by Goldsmiths and also ‘recently added’ (added to Dawsonera itself, not Goldsmiths’ collections). In the right column, you’ll see your own Dawsonera activity, including books you’ve saved to your bookshelf and your recently viewed books. These are handy if you plan to return to books you’re reading. You can browse by clicking ‘ebook catalogue’. If you ensure that ‘show unowned content’ is unticked, you’ll only see the books Goldsmiths owns. You can change the year of publication (you might wish to see 2014 books only) and you can choose specific categories (e.g. subjects) to browse within.

The search bar at the top of the page allows you to search by author, title, keyword, etc. If you use this search, be as thorough as possible, including title and author if you know it. The advanced search allows you to be even more specific, including searching by ISBN if you know it.

When you find a book we own, you’ll see two icons – the first allows you to download for 1-3 days. It will be saved as a PDF in your documents folder, titled by its ISBN. The PDF will no longer be available once the time you requested it for lapses. The read online option allows you to open the book there and then in your browser. Mac users should always download ebooks and open the ebooks with Adobe Reader, not Preview (which is a Mac’s default PDF reader).

If you find a book we don’t own, you’ll see three icons – the first allows you a 5 minute preview to check its contents. The second allows you to request a rental (which in most cases is accepted), whilst the third allows you to suggest that the library purchases the book.