Card catalogues - a relic from a bygone era in libraries.

Before the internet, before computers, before typewriters and the skill of typing was commonplace, there were handwritten catalogue cards. What few people realise is that librarians developed a distinctive handwriting style specifically to make these cards easily readable and therefore functional. Enter the ultra-clear written script of ‘Library hand’.

Update 31.08.16 – The Library services affected by the upgrade are now working normally. On Tuesday, 30th August the following services will be disrupted all day due to a major Library upgrade: Library Catalogue: there will be no availability information, working …

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Update 09.03.16 – The catalogue is available again but further maintenance tomorrow morning will mean it will be unavailable again for a short period from 8 am tomorrow (Thursday, 10 March). Due to essential server maintenance, we regret the Library …

Resolved 09/03/16 – Library catalogue temporarily unavailable (9 March) Read more »

We are pleased to announce that another of our archive catalogues, the catalogue for the Portsmouth College of Technology collection (PCT), is now available to search on the Archives Hub.  The University Archive collection descriptions can be searched through the hub or viewed …

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Update 12/10/2015 – All catalogue records are now appearing in Discovery. We have just discovered that updated or new catalogue records have been blocked from reaching the Discovery Service by the University firewall.  Information Services are working to resolve the problem. …

Recently catalogued books not appearing in Discovery (resolved) Read more »

Observant returning students may have noticed that the journals tab has disappeared from the search widget at the top of Library webpages. This is because our Discovery service has been updated to incorporate journals as part of the core service …

Finding Journal Titles in the Library Read more »