New Login Procedures for Accessing OpenAthens Protected Resources

From 8pm on Monday 23rd January 2017 users can authenticate to OpenAthens protected Library e-resources (databases, e-journals, e-books, etc) via a new Ulster login page using their institutional email address and network password. In preparation for this, automatic Athens authentication upon login to the University Portal will be discontinued from 11am on Monday 23rd January 2017. Access to Library e-resources will be available throughout this change.

From 11am on Monday 23rd January, when accessing an OpenAthens resource for the first time, you may be faced with a generic OpenAthens login screen (see below). If so, you must search using the ‘Find your organisation‘ box on the right in order to navigate to the correct Ulster login page. A search for Ulster will present a list that includes an Ulster Universitylink.

Generic OpenAthens login: Find Your Organisation here


Between 11am and 8pm on Monday, this will link take you to the usual Library OpenAthens login page, where you can login with your user ID and network password (the same password as the Portal, IT workstations).

From 8pm on Monday 23rd January 2017 onwards, clicking the link will take you to the new Ulster sign-in page that will accept your institutional email address and network password to login (see below). Logging in successfully here will take you to the desired e-resource. Once logged in, you will remain authenticated throughout your browser session and shouldn’t be challenged to login again if you visit other OpenAthens resources.

New Ulster sign-in page: login with your Ulster email & network password (same password as Portal, workstations)


In many cases, links from the Library Databases page will pre-identify you as an Ulster user and will pass you directly to the Ulster branded sign-in page and on to the desired resource after successful login. A successful login from the Ulster sign-in page will keep you authenticated during your browser session, preventing further login challenges from other OpenAthens resources.

The Library has taken steps to ensure that database personalisations, saved searches etc, will be retained when logging in via this new route. This is also true of Refworks data. However, your personalised data may not appear immediately. Following the login change, there will be a 24hr at risk period during which all suppliers are expected to update their data to maintain user personalisation, with each individual supplier applying these updates at different times. Additional advice for Refworks users is available.

If you’re having any problems accessing e-resources as these changes are implemented, please contact us via Library Help.

Christmas & New Year Opening Hours

Happy Christmas!


We wish you a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year and we look forward to seeing you in January when we will have extended opening hours for the exams.

Here are the opening hours for library and IT facilities this vacation:

Belfast & Coleraine Jordanstown Magee
Library Close 21.00 on 22 Dec 2016
Re-open 08.45 on 3 Jan 2017
Close 21.00 on 22 Dec 2016
Re-open 07.30 on 3 Jan 2017
Close 21.00 on 22 Dec 2016
Re-open 08.45 on 3 Jan 2017
IT Facilities Closed 21.00  22 Dec 2016
Re-open 08.45 on 3 Jan 2017
Closed 21.00 22 Dec 2016
Re-open 08.45 on 3 Jan 2017
Closed 21.00 22 Dec 2016
Re-open 08.45 on 3 Jan 2017
IT Open
Access Area
Within Library 27 Dec to 2 Jan inclusive 10.00 – 22.00 Room 2B11 27 Dec to 2 Jan inclusive 10.00 – 22.00 Room MF116 27 Dec to 2 Jan
inclusive 10.00 – 22.00

Holiday IT Support arrangements

Normal IT Support arrangements will be in place during the holiday period, for more information please refer to Out of Hours IT Support.

New Database: Birkhäuser Building Types Online

Birkhäuser Building Types Online
birkhauseris an innovative and comprehensive online resource for teaching and practice of architectural design. It is based on Birkhauser’s high international standing in professional architecture books, on the knowledge of the authors and editors who are leading experts in their fields, as well as on the technical quality of the illustrations.

Birkhäuser Building Types Online includes:

  • A large international collection of contemporary buildings: housing, schools, libraries, office buildings, museums, sacred buildings, industrial complexes and other building types
  • Comprises currently approx. 5000 drawings and 2000 photos
  • Content from 12 previously published Birkhäuser publications (2002-2016), comprising more than 850 international case studies from mostly the past 30 years and more than 120 thematic articles on specific aspects of building design
  • annual updates to include additional 1-3 new Birkhäuser publications with additional building types and new projects
  • first update in 2017 to comprise sports buildings, hospitals and more housing types

Design Directory Ireland

desdirA new database provides information on designers in Ireland. “Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, T.D., today officially launched Design Directory Ireland … the first centralised database of designers in Ireland across multiple disciplines. This new web portal is a comprehensive and searchable register of over 1,000 designers, design companies, architectural practices and makers in this country, and creates links for the Irish design community to businesses, other designers and to the public.”

isurv – Recent Password Change


isurv – the online information centre from RICS, contains full text information on current practices, regulatory matters, compliance and RICS guidance in the following areas: Building surveying, Commercial property, Construction, Disputes, Environment and much more.

Please note that if you are a regular user of this service, the password changed recently. You can find the new details by logging into the University Portal and accessing isurv via the Library Tab.

Changes to BCIS Building Running Costs Online

From the BCIS News Service:

When producing a life cyclbcis2e cost report the new five-year forecasts for maintenance and cleaning costs, can now be used to project the costs up to five years ahead in the Life Cycle Costs module.

Further changes concern the structure and user interface within Life Cycle Costs.

Subscribers will now benefit from:

  • the option to see building fabric and services costs split by activity, so they can be viewed for renewal/replacement and maintenance costs
  • the option to view discount factor if you choose to apply Future Cash or Net Present Value when using the service; and
  • the ability to adjust the proportion of renewal costs attributed to fabric maintenance and services maintenance.

The five-year forecasts are part of the improved Quarterly Briefing: Maintenance, Cleaning and Energy.

The BCIS service can be accessed on-campus only.

NRM 1, 2 and 3 (New Rules of Measurement)

nrmThe RICS New Rules of Measurement books are very popular at the moment. We have a number of paper copies of these books in stock, but it is also available online in the RICS database iSurv.

See here for details of NRM 1 and NRM 2 in paper format. We have ordered some copies of NRM 3 and they will be available soon.

Electronic copies of these books can be accessed via iSurv. Login to the University Portal first to get the username and password, and then look for the New Rules of Measurement link on the iSurv homepage.

Welcome to Ulster University!

A warm welcome to all the new students in the Faculty!adbelibs

Whatever Art, Design and Built Environment course you are doing, you are always welcome to contact your Subject Librarian team for help with finding information for assignments and dissertations, referencing, or any help relating to the Library.

There is lots of online help available too.

  • If you missed an introduction to IT and Library services, or want to catch it again, we have an online video you can watch.
  • Our in-depth subject guides will give you an idea of the useful resources for your course
  • Online FAQs
  • Keep in touch with us on Twitter
  • Our blog, of course.


Have a great time during your studies and enjoy your time at Ulster University!