Posts Categorised: Law Library

For a six week period starting on Monday 28 April, the Arts and Social Studies Building will be open 24/7 (Study Only).

Image showing early bird and night owl with opening hours for 24 hour period

Staffed services are available during the following hours:

Monday to Friday 08:30 – 21:30
Saturday  10:00 – 17:30
Sunday 12:00 – 21:30

Outside the staffed hours, you’ll need your Cardiff University ID card to access the building: no card, no access!

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.

The University is currently undertaking a trial of the database Research Methods from Sage until March 16, 2014.

Research Methods:

  • includes over 175,000 pages of SAGE’s book, journal and reference content alongside search and discovery tools;
  • allows researchers to explore methods concepts to help design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method;
  • suggests related methods and provides links to related authors;
  • content can be read online, printed or sent by email.

Research Methods focuses on methodology rather than any one discipline allowing it to be used across a range of subject areas.

More information about Research Methods is available on the Sage website.

If you would like to try out Research Methods please contact your Subject Librarian who can provide you with access information.

LexisLibrary has had a facelift, with the intention of providing a cleaner, more intuitive look and feel for the database. There are no changes to the existing holdings or functionality.  The improvements aim to simplify the database, making it cleaner and less cluttered.

A new  LexisLibrary user guide and video tutorial have been produced in order to highlight the features of the new look LexisLibrary.

Cardiff University has been provided with access to ICLR Online for a period of 12 months.

The Incorporated Council of Law Reporting’s ICLR Online database contains all the case reports published by the ICLR since 1865 including, The Law Reports, Weekly Law Reports, Industrial Case Reports, Business Law Reports, and Public and Third Sector Law Reports.

Please remember that all of ICLR’s case reports can also be accessed via Westlaw UK and LexisLibrary.

24 hour opening in ASSL Builsing (Study only), Monday 6 May to Sunday 9 June. Staffed services available during the following hours:

Monday to friday 8:30-21:30
Saturday 10:00-17.30
Sunday 12:00-21:30

Please note: SCOLAR and graphic services are open 9:00-17:00 Monday to Friday (except Bank Holidays)

For a trial period from Monday 6th May to Sunday 9th June the Arts and Social Studies Building will be open 24 hours a day 7 days a week for study only. Staffed services will be available during the day (see our Opening Hours webpage for more details if you can’t see the image below).

24 hour opening in ASSL Builsing

It’s easy to renew your items with LibrarySearch, from home or with our mobile app.

Check your due dates and renew online
From the LibrarySearch home page (access via the Library tab in the Cardiff Portal) select Sign In CU Staff/Students at the top of the screen and enter your username and password*. Click on My Library Account. On the right-hand side of the list of your current loans alongside the current due dates, click on the Renew link.

Remember to check the Due Date column to find out when your book is now due. If the due date has not changed, then it has not been possible to renew the book. This could be because another person has reserved the book or you have fines exceeding £10. You can contact your Library to find out more information, just give us a call!

*If you do not have a Cardiff University username and password, click on Barcode / PIN at the top right of the screen. You will automatically be re-directed to the Voyager Library Catalogue to sign in and view your library account.

Get the App!
It’s also possible to access your library account on the Cardiff University mobile app, which you can download from your device’s app store or via on your phone or tablet.

Tap the Library icon and then choose My Account, sign in to see your list of items and due dates. From here simply tick the boxes next to the items and then select Request Renewal.

Ask a Librarian

Alternatively, you can use our live online chat service to enquire about items on your account, or anything else! Available weekdays 9am – 5pm.

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.