The Library Hub was launched in February 2016 and provides all currently enrolled students, staff and other members of the University with access to an extensive range of online resources. This includes full-text databases, eJournals, eBooks, and a range of other useful links and resources.
The Library Hub interface is undergoing a major refresh over the summer, the first major update since the Library Hub was first established. As well as having a completely different look and feel, several new online resources will be added prior to the start of Semester 1 2019. The new website will better integrate different search options and introduce a range of subject-based and general information LibGuides.
After a recent meeting of the University’s Library Committee, the Library Hub Agreement between the University of Divinity and Mannix Library was renewed for a further three years (2019-2021).
- The Library Hub uses a Discovery Layer called EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). EDS makes it possible to search across multiple databases at once, via a single search. This is especially useful when searching for journal articles, where it isn’t necessary to separately search the different vendor databases (e.g. ATLA, EBSCO, Gale, Informit, JSTOR, ProQuest). However, for more specialist databases some additional functionality will be available in the native web interfaces. An A-Z List of all available databases is available here.
- Anyone can search the Library Hub and they will only need to login when they go to access licenced content. There is no need to login first and then select a database. A lot of open access material is available via the Library Hub and this is available to anyone, even without a login.
- The best way to see if the University can provide access to a book or eBook is to use UDCat. As well as providing access to all eBooks, UDCat is a combined library catalogue which allows the simultaneous searching of the holdings of multiple University libraries. All members of the University are eligible to borrow from all of its associated libraries. For more information see the Libraries of the University of Divinity Libraries Brochure.
The Books and eBooks search can also be expanded to include WorldCat, the world’s most comprehensive library database, enabling users to identify resources held in library collections all around the world. Discovering Books and eBooks via UDCat will be a more prominent search option in the new Library Hub interface.