Friday, 13 February 2015

New Journal titles

We now have electronic access to two new titles available from Bloomsbury Publishing and listed in Library Search:

The journal of Home Cultures is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the critical understanding of the domestic sphere, its artefacts, spaces and relations, across timeframes and cultures. 'Home' is a highly fluid and contested site of human existence that reflects and reifies identities and values. In this context Home Cultures explores the relationship between body and building, consumption, material culture, the meaning of home, moving cultures and social consequences of planning and architecture.

The Senses & Society journal provides a crucial forum for the exploration of this vital new area of inquiry. Peer-reviewed and international, it brings together ground-breaking work in the humanities and social sciences and incorporates cutting-edge developments in art, design, and architecture. Every volume contains something for and about each of the senses, both singly and in all sorts of novel configurations.

The Senses & Society Journal
Home Culture Journal

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Merry Christmas!

                                                    Photo credit: @Doug88888

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a well deserved break! 

The library will close at midday on the 24th December and re-open on the weekend beginning the 3rd January, opening hours can be viewed on the library website:

All books issued now will be due back on the 5th January 2015.

If you want to get ahead ready for the new semester, why not book on to some of our upcoming library drop-in sessions.  They are short 30 minute sessions aimed at helping you make the most of our resources and improve your grades and tackle all your referencing needs.  Feel free to drop by or sign-up online here:

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Digimap developments

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There are a few new developments in the Digimap Service that should make life a lot easier for you.

 EDINA have been busy over the summer making improvements to the Data Download service and as a result you can now order OS MasterMap Topography Layer in formats ready for use in GIS or CAD software rather than having to convert the data first. We have also updated the Basket in Data Download to make it more obvious how you can do this. The data is available directly in DWG format for CAD software and File Geodatabase for ArcGIS and QGIS, see the following blog posts for more information:

Further help information for Digimap is avaialble here:

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Help with locating architectural information in print journals

We have a wealth of information relating to architects and their projects and buildings, a lot of this information is held within our print collection of architectural related journals on the third floor of the library.  Unless you have been given a specific reference to where information has been published it can be difficult to trace this information via Library Search, as information in print journals that are not available electronically are not indexed.

I usually use and suggest the RIBA catalogue for tracing this type of content, as they do index their print journal collection.  You can then cross reference with the journal titles that we hold to find the relevant information.  I have created a short clip to demonstrate how you can use the RIBA catalogue to this effect:

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Time for some re-growth and regeneration

The library has been going through a regenerative phase over the Summer and we can't wait to unveil it for you all to enjoy.  Thank you for bearing with us, it won't be long now...

Why don't you take the opportunity to improve your research skills by attending some of our sessions scheduled throughout semester one.  Topics include using Library Search to improve your marks, Referencing skills and a new addition delivered by our very knowledgeable Archive's team on using the Archive for architectural research. More details on sessions can be found here:

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Supporting student group work

Most students understand the need for group work, some find it difficult to perform effectively within the small group setting.

Our Westminster Change Academy project aims to improve the student experience of group work.

We need your input and would very grateful if you would complete a short questionnaire, which should take no more than 5 minutes to complete by following the link below:

 Thank you for your time.

On behalf of the Westminster Change Academy 'Supporting Student Group Work' project team.

 If you have any questions, please contact the project leader, John Begg, at

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

New online resource for planning

I am pleased to announce that we now have online access to the Development Control Practice resource or DCP Online for short.

We currently take the print version of this in the library which is reference only, so I hope the enhanced access to online will be helpful for students accessing remotely.

To access it you just enter Development Control Practice in to Books journals and more search tab, click on the online access tab and then Go next to Miscellaneous E-journals.

About DCP

First set up in 1982, Development Control Practice is now the essential guide for all those involved in the planning process. A comprehensive reference for everyone from developers and planning consultants through to local authorities:

· Wide-ranging, with 37 chapters the guide offers a unique combination of legislation, policy statements, appeal and court decisions and best practice.

· Reliable, the information is based on 65 years of combined practical development control knowledge.

· Up to date, bi-monthly updates ensure that DCP is constantly relevant and dependable.

· Easy to use, all formats include a clear user guide and simple index system.

· Full colour illustrations and helpful diagrams.