Our Easter opening hours are:

Monday 14th April to Thursday 17th April – 09:00-17:00

Friday 18th March to Monday 21st April – Closed

Normal opening hours resume from Tuesday 22nd of April


Easter vacation loans:

1 & 2 week loans:

Issued Monday 7th April

Due Monday 7th May

1 day loans

Issued Thursday 17th April

Due Tuesday 22nd April

Coinciding with World Book Day on the 6th of March, Cardiff University Libraries are launching an eBook Week!

There’s a range of activities taking place across the University Libraries during the week, including:

  • Displays in libraries of the eBooks available and QR codes for easy access
  • Sweets and prize draws
  • Information and feedback posters
  • Demonstrations
  • Training sessions on how to access eBooks and get the most from them

More information is available via the main library blog: http://blogs.cardiff.ac.uk/library/ebook-week/

To start things off here are a few videos to introduce you to how to find eBooks in Librarysearch and what the main features are within the DawsonEra platform (the platform we use for the majority of eBooks).

We’ll also follow up shortly with a video on how to download eBooks to ipads/iphones so watch this space:

(HD options are available on these videos)



What is it?

EBooks on Demand is a Cardiff University trial of Patron Driven Acquisition or PDA which will run from Thursday 6th March for a limited period.  This is a method of allowing library users to create a library collection that is relevant to them. Librarians select the range of materials included in Librarysearch, after that the users determine which eBooks are rented and which are eventually purchased from University Library funds.

During this trial, there will be an additional range of eBooks  on Librarysearch which you will be able to rent for one week, free of charge.  This will include access to over 25000 eBooks published in relevant subject areas between 2011 and 2014 provided by the University’s main eBook supplier Dawsonera.

How do I use it?

When you have found an eBook that you want to read there are 2 options available – 5 minute preview and Rental. You can use the preview option to check the books suitability before you decide to rent the book.


When you click on the Rental button you will see a pop up box which asks for your Cardiff University e-mail address and barcode from your ID card.  Click Submit.


The rental is automatically approved and you will see a pop up box and get an email which reads:

Your request for title Accounting for Worker Well-Being (eISBN 9781849502733) has been approved for rental period of 1 week


You will be able to read this book for one week,  either via the email link sent to you, or by going to the ‘My Accounts’ section on the Dawsonera site and clicking on ‘Rentals Available’.

How do books end up being purchased for the library?

Books in the rental scheme can be rented on up to two occasions, a third rental request by any user will cause the book to be purchased from library funds. After purchase all users can then access the eBook from Librarysearch in the normal way.

If you’re using the eduroam network in Cardiff University on an iPad/iPhone and having trouble with your wifi dropping out it could be because your device is trying to connect to a different network. As part of the process of registering your iPad/iPhone to use eduroam you need to connect to other networks, once the registration is complete these networks are no longer needed but your device may still connect to them, causing disruption to browsing. Follow the instructions below to stop connecting to other networks.

  1. Open the Settings app on the device and select wifi, this will bring up a list of available networks.
  2. If either CU-Guest-WiFi or eduroam-setup appear in the list click on the circled ‘i’ to bring up further settings.
  3. For both CU-Guest-WiFi or eduroam-setup ensure that the Auto-Join and Auto-Login are deselected and then press the “Forget this Network” button.
  4. If you follow these steps then your device will no longer automatically connect to CU-Guest-WiFi or eduroam-setup networks and will only connect to eduroam.

iPad Wifi

LibrarySearch, our library catalogue will be upgraded between the evening of Thursday January 23rd and Monday January 27th inclusive.

During this time you will be able to search for items on LibrarySearch as normal, but you will not be able to renew your loans or place reservations via LibrarySearch.

You will still be able to renew your books during 23rd – 27th January in the following ways:

  • Via the Portal - select the Library page and My Account tab in the My Library portlet.
  • At the library desks during staffed hours
  • Over the telephone during staffed hours.LibrarySearch

Contact details and opening hours for all libraries are available on our web pages.

As usual please continue to ask at the library desk for assistance in reserving books.

Full renewal and reservation services will be restored as soon as the upgrade is completed.

For earning announcement dates on Datastream, use the following datatypes:

Fiscal year end:


Interim earnings announcement dates use the quarterly ones:


British companies won’t necessarily announce interim results on a quarterly basis, they will often announce every 6 months so your quarter 1 and quarter 3 results may be blank (i.e. no data) for UK companies.

Remember to set the frequency to Yearly for Fiscal year end and set it to Quarterly for the interim dates.

You will notice that each datatype is repeated – one at a Company level and the other at Security level. It doesn’t seem to matter, for earnings announcements, which you pick as they are both the same.

Legal cases are referenced differently from other types of publication in the Cardiff Harvard system. 

The format is:

 Name of parties involved in the case [Year] Volume number (if used), abbreviation for name of law report and first page of report

 An example reference is: 

A Turtle Offshore SA v Superior Trading Inc. [2009] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 177
If you are not sure of the abbreviation for the law report look up the Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations at http://www.legalabbrevs.cardiff.ac.uk/

For general sources, the citation used is author and date, however this is different with legal cases. If you were citing a case directly in the text it would be the case name (in italics) and the year in square brackets e.g. A Turtle Offshore SA v Superior Trading Inc. [2009]

Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, the views contained within this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Cardiff University.