Mobile device charging units

We are trialling some portable mobile device charging units

The portable units will allow you to charge your phone, tablets and laptops.

Your devices can be charged-up via a standard 3-pin plug or USB

Pressing the rocker switch on top, gives you 1 hour’s charging time.

The charging units are currently located on Library Floor 1 and Floor 3

Let us know what you think


UEA Great Reads

Did you know the UEA library has a large collection of fiction books?  We have the classics and collected works, right through to children’s books.   To show you what we have, we have asked library staff to recommend their favourite books in the collection.


The Old man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

The old man and the seaRecommended by Kate Squire, Academic Librarian (SSF)

Main Library Main shelves           PS3515.E37 OLD

A beautiful story of tradition, strength, love and dignity set in a sleepy sun-drenched Cuban fishing village in the 50s.

So much adventure hope and heartache is packed into this tiny book that you won’t be able to put it down, and if you’re anything like me you’ll end up reading it over and over.


The shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The shadow of the windRecommended by Zoe Cross, User Services Team Leader

Main Library Rolling stack main shelves – Floor 02 extension         PQ6668.U49 SHA

This novel is beautiful and poetic but also deep, dark and atmospheric. Set in Barcelona in the 1940s it’s got a little bit of everything – intrigue, mystery, tragedy and a love story.


London belongs to me by Norman Collins

London Belongs to meRecommended by Rob Mitchell, Assistant User Services Manager

Main Library Main shelves  PR6005.O36534 LON

In turn humorous, touching and poignant, Collins’ Dickensian flavoured 1945 novel depicts a slice of life in the capital where war still hangs in the air like London smog.  It delivers its social and political message lightly and still resonates today.


The Monk by Matthew Lewis

indexRecommended by Allison Carroll, Electronic Services Manager

Main Library Main shelves  PR4887 MON

Written in the late 18th Century but don’t let the age put you off.  It’s a gothic tale of murder, deception, passion, woman disguised as monks and pregnant nuns.  Think “Brookside” in habits!  What’s not to like?


Gone Girl by Gillian Flint

51i9ZwcXctL__AC_US218_Recommended by Rosanna Miller, User Services Team Leader

Main Library Main shelves  PS3606.L935 GON

A dark story of the sudden disappearance of Amy Dunne and the twisted narrative she has created about her life. All is not quite as it seems!


Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

NoughtsRecommended by Sarah Harper, Senior Collections Asst (E-Services)

Main Library Main shelves  PX 5400 BLA

This is written for teenagers but is so worth a read.  The story of love set in a society divided by racial bigotry and a world rocked by terrorism.  Eye opening and heart wrenching.  It will keep you gripped and wanting to read the rest of the series.  Warning, you will need tissues.


Children of the dead end – Patrick MacGill

ChildrenRecommended by Alison Castleton, Information Assistant (King’s Lynn NSC)

Main Library Main shelves  PR6025.A23 CHI

Autobiography written as fiction. Life story of an Irish navvy who helped build the Kinlochleven dam in Scotland. Really portrays what a hard life it was. Especially interesting as my father’s side of the family come from the Kinlochleven area.


Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood

OryxRecommended by Allison Carroll, Electronic Services Manager

Main Library Main shelves  PR9199.3.A8 ORY

By the author of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and one of my favourite authors ever!  A post-apocalyptic tale, set in the not too distant future, following a global pandemic.  Told in a series of flashbacks, the story is gradually pieced together to reveal how it all went so wrong and how the survivors now live.  It’s the first book of a trilogy. Read them all because they are fab! (“The Year of the Flood” & “MaddAddam”)


We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

CastleRecommended by Catherine Mitchell, Library Information Assistant.

Main Library Main shelves  PS3519.A392 WEH

Shirley Jackson is the master of weird, witchy, wonderful books. We Have Always Lived in the Castle is an unsettling story about the strange, and possibly murderous, remaining members of the Blackwood family.


Preludes and Nocturnes (The Sandman Volume 1) by Neil Gaiman

PreludesRecommended by Eleanor Hingley, Senior Collections Asst (E-Services)

Main Library Main shelves  PR6057.A319 SAN

Following the story of Morpheus, the God of Dreams, Neil Gaiman seamlessly weaves mythology and his own original weird fiction into a dimension-spanning tale in his Sandman comic series. The first collected volume is Preludes and Nocturnes, in which Morpheus is released from his decades-long imprisonment and sets out to rebuild his kingdom. Beware, though – these horror-fantasy comics are not for the faint-hearted.


IQ84 by Haruki Murakami

1Q84Recommended by Jessica Daly, Assistant User Services Manager (Circulation)

Main Library Main shelves  PL856.U673 ONE

A vivid and addictive escape into parallel worlds of cults, communes, literary conspiracies, assassins, maths teachers… and lots of cats.


The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

GoatsRecommended by Rachel Henderson, Academic Engagement Librarian (Science and Research)

Main Library Main shelves  PR6103.C36 TRO

It’s written from the point of view of a child during the heatwave of 1976, and it’s delightful as well as a bit quirky and touching.


The Honours by Tim Clare

HonoursRecommended by Stacey Armes, Senior Library Collections Assistant

Main Library Main shelves  PR6103.L37 HON

I’m really enjoying this inter-war story set in rural Norfolk – it’s about a schoolgirl, Delphine, whose family are living with a rather strange ‘Society’ at Aldebaran Hall. Her beloved father has had a breakdown and her mother believes the Society can help him – but Delphine suspects something far more sinister is going on. She’s pretty unusual herself with a surprising knowledge of weaponry and survival skills for her tender age… It’s like ‘Downtown Abbey’ meets ‘Son of Rambow’ – and the author, Tim Clare, has an MA in Creative Writing from here at UEA. The first chapter had me gripped!


The Bridge over the Drina by Ivo Andric

BridgeRecommended by Ben Wynes, Information Assistant

Main Library Rolling stack main shelves – Floor 02 extension  PG1418.A6 BRI

This Nobel Prize winning novel, set around a bridge in the Balkans, spans centuries as it follows a number of key historical events and how they affected one town.


The Spy who Came in from the Cold by John le Carre

SpyRecommended by Ben Wynes, Information Assistant

Main Library Main shelves  PR6062.E33 SPY

This excellent spy thriller is filled with numerous twists and turns as the division between good and bad become increasingly hard to distinguish. The ending will stay with you.


The Recruit by Robert Muchamore

RecruitRecommended by Lucy Fleming, Academic Librarian (Education)

Main Library Main shelves  PX 7700 MUC

Find out about CHERUB, basic training and what it takes to become an underage spy. An absorbing read, I really wish I could have been a CHERUB spy.


Corrag by Susan Fletcher

jacketRecommended by Zoe White, Senior Collections Assistant

Main Library Main shelves  PR6106.L48 COR

Corrag has been imprisoned as a witch in 17th century Britain. She tells her story of how she fled to Scotland and her witnessing of the Glencoe Massacre.

I love historical fiction and this is beautifully written. Corrag’s voice is unique. Everyone I have recommended this book to has loved it!


The complete stories of Truman Capote

TrumanRecommended by Stuart Ellison, Information Assistant

Main Library Main shelves  PS3505.A59 AAB

Children on their birthdays and A Christmas memory are perfect if you want to immerse yourself in melancholy, in the company of an author who writes beautifully – it feels like Harper Lee but better. Try it on rainy day!


Library Access browser tool

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Library Access browser tool

We are piloting a new browser tool which is due to fully launch for the start of the new academic year.  However, you can try it out now!

Library Access makes it easier to access UEA Library online resources off-campus.

         It lets you know when you are on a website that contains UEA licensed material

         Helps you get logged-in to the website for access

         Checks for open access alternatives when a journal article isn’t available through UEA Library.

         Saves you time because you can get access where you are searching.

It’s available for Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari (coming soon for Edge) and it’s free!

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What does it do?

Library Access is a browser tool that gives you quick and easy access to academic articles, journals and databases licensed by UEA library, wherever you are.

When off-campus, Library Access will let you know when you are on a website with content that UEA Library has access to.  A pop-up will help you login (with your UEA username/password). Once you are logged in, you can view our licensed content.

If content is not available off-campus or you need to do something different, the Library Access pop-up will tell you that too.

If UEA Library does not have access to a particular journal article, Library Access will check if there is an OpenAccess version for you or give you the option to try an Interlending request.  This function will developed to include e-books soon.

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How do I get it?

Library Access is available to download on PCs and laptops (coming soon for mobile devices) for Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari (coming soon for Edge and Internet Explorer).

Simply Download from here and select University of East Anglia from list.

Choose UEA

If you don’t want to see pop-ups and just want to go straight to the UEA login box, tick ‘Skip the pop up and automate my access’

Skip pop-ups

And away you go!

Library Access is also available for Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) on UEA Staff PCs/laptops only via the Service Centre.  Find out how to install for IE11

View Library Access FAQs

Let us know what you think

For more information or help contact us at 


Box of Broadcasts (BoB) – free training session


Box of Broadcasts – introductory training session

 When:            Wednesday 12 September 10am

Where:           Arts 0.29 * please note change of venue

Open to staff and students

What is Box of Broadcasts (BoB)?

BoB is Learning on Screen’s on demand TV and radio service for education. It allows UEA staff and students access to streamed off-air UK TV and radio programmes broadcast since 2007. It covers 67 channels and can be used by on and off-campus 24/7 across the UK.

 What does it do?

Unlike BBC iPlayer, 4OD and ITV Player users can request to record programmes from the last 30 days and these are stored indefinitely.  Individuals can request the recording of 5 programmes every day.

Users can create public or private playlists, make clips from programmes and share them using social media. Programs can be embedded in Talis Reading Lists and Blackboard. You avoid the copyright problems associated with using YouTube videos and can be confident that programmes will be there when your students need to access them.

 Find out more

Library Search – enhancements now live

New enhancements to Library Search:

  • Journal covers displayed alongside search results Browzine_journal covers


  • Option to “View complete issue” next to journal articles in search results Browzine_view complete issue


  • Link to “View journal in BrowZine Browzine_View in BrowZine

Find out more about BrowZine

Please contact us with your feedback and questions

Student Legal Design Sprint


The Design Sprint

Today Emily Allbon, Senior Lecturer and Director of Mooting at The City Law School and creator of the award-winning website, Lawbore and Justis are seeking students from around the world to join us for a student-focused Legal Design Sprint this summer, in London.

The design sprint will take part over two days over this summer. On the first day (26th July 2018), participants will be introduced to Legal Design and learn associated skills, as well as hear from experienced mentors, designers and legal practitioners.

Participants will then work in teams to solve a real-life legal problem through design. Participants will then be encouraged to develop their solutions over the summer period, using the skill and knowledge acquired on day-one. Students will also have the option to sign up for drop-in support sessions over the summer for further guidance.

On the second day (6th Sept 2018) teams will have the opportunity to showcase their ability to transform the law to a panel of experts. The best design will win a grand prize, and be in with a chance to have their work created and distributed. We will also be awarding other prizes during the event.

All students will be provided with a certificate on completion of the two days, to accredit their attendance at the Legal Design Sprint, and to demonstrate their knowledge of Legal Design and ability to turn a real-life legal problem into a visual solution.

Who can attend?

We would like to welcome students from all disciplines within higher education. There is no requirement to study law or design to take part. We’ll give everyone an introduction on the day of the workshop to bring you all up to the same level.

See link for further details

ScienceDirect no longer supporting older browser version from end December 2018

Science Direct

As part of improvements to security and privacy for customers, Elsevier will implement a change to ScienceDirect by the end of December 2018.

As a result, ScienceDirect may not work with older browser versions.

Most modern browsers (e.g., Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer 11) will be unaffected. To avoid any issues, update your browser to the most recent version.

If you use Internet Explorer 10 please below steps to enable TLS v1.2

To enable TLS v1.2 in Internet Explorer 10:

Go to the Internet tools.
Select the Advanced.
Scroll to the Security settings and select TLS v1.2.
Select Apply.