Off Campus Library Services

Ask me a question

Book an Online one-to-one chat

Download the Off Campus Library Newsletter Oct 2013.

Useful Library Links
Library Services for Off Campus Students

The dedicated off campus web pages have information on all the services we offer you.

Videos, Tutorials & Guides

Library staff make videos, online tutorials, guides you can download as well as offering online library support.

Library Services for Staff at Partner Centres

If you're teaching on a University of Sunderland programme at a partner centre visit the Partner staff web pages.

Posts tagged "free web resource" provides access to the information chemists need to enhance their research, product development, self-development, education, and/or their businesses in Chemistry and related disciplines.

There are a number of trade magazines that may be useful for pharmacy or other sciences students. You do have to subscribe to the magazine you want, but the site says subscription/registration is free.

The UNEP Knowledge Repository is the United Nations Environment Programme’s official platform for its research content and knowledge products.

The repository gives open access to UNEP’s publications, technical and assessment reports, guidelines, newsletters, journal articles and other types of information material. The repository complies with interoperability standards and supports optimal content search.

It aims to improve access to and the visibility of UNEP’s body of published work among governments, scientists, NGOs, the private sector, students and the public.

Guggenheim New York

The Guggenheim have made freely available online 100 art catalogues from their collections which provide introductions to the work of artists such as Gustav Klimt & Egon Schiele and Edvard Munch as well as themes and movements.

Metropolitan Museum of Art - MetPublications

MetPublications is a portal to the Met’s comprehensive publishing program with close to 1000 titles, including books, online publications, and Bulletins and Journals from the last five decades.

The MetPublications collection offers access to 394 free art books and catalogues in full text.

Related post

Take a look at our recent post about the British Library recently making over a million images available on Flickr commons.


In between all the studying and assignment writing it doesn’t hurt to read something for fun so this is a blog post by Open Culture that I’m sure the sci-fi readers among us will be interested in.

The British Library have uploaded over one million images in the public domain onto Flickr:

We have released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose. These images were taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books digitised by Microsoft who then generously gifted the scanned images to us, allowing us to release them back into the Public Domain. The images themselves cover a startling mix of subjects: There are maps, geological diagrams, beautiful illustrations, comical satire, illuminated and decorative letters, colourful illustrations, landscapes, wall-paintings and so much more that even we are not aware of.

British Library Digital Scholarship Blog

Image 1 taken from page 219 of ‘Notes on the Treatment of Gold Ores’

Image 2 taken from page 29 of ‘Aan het Minnewater. 3 schetsen uit het Brugsche leven’


Day three of Open Access Week!

There are a number of sites where you can find and download for free theses or dissertations. This can be useful if you’re starting your own dissertation, or if you want to search for theses about a particular topic. Here are a few suggestions:


'EThOS is the UK’s national thesis service which aims to maximise the visibility and availability of the UK’s doctoral research theses.' In many cases full text is available immediately, or you can request it to be digitized.

PQDT Open 

'PQDT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge.' Provided by Proquest with a North American focus.

Theses Canada

Full text access to thousands of Canadian dissertations.

Image:Sam Hames (Flickr)

Elsevier is the company that provides us with one of our biggest databases Science Direct.

Although you need a login to access most content on Science Direct, you’ll actually find that some articles are published as open access (open access articles are available by everyone without needing to a log in).

This is great news for those of you who may not be affiliated to a University, our retired members of staff or partner centre staff.

Elsevier have written a detailed post on accessing open access content.

Check it out now

Starting from July 2013, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will make its digital publications available free of charge with an open access license. 

By adopting this new publishing policy, UNESCO aligns its practice to its advocacy work in favor of Open Access and strengthens its commitment to the universal access to information and knowledge.

UNESCO Media Services

UNESCO already make some of their publications available to download free of charge so their website is definitely a good source of quality information.

Some examples of what you can download from UNESCO now:

Adult and youth literacy, 1990-2015: analysis of data for 41 selected countries (2012)

A World of Science
A quarterly journal providing information on the work of UNESCO in the field of natural sciences.

I originally read about this open access news on the ‘New Research selected by LSE Library' blog which reports on new research in a wide number of fields.


The ESL podcasts are free and they cover a range of topics including business, daily life, relationships, entertaining and dining to name but a few.

From the ESL Podcast web page:

We believe the fastest way to improve your English is to listen to conversations and discussions you can understand….

At ESL Podcast, we provide English at a slower speed and use everyday phrases and expressions. We explain what these expressions mean and how to use them. That’s all! It’s simple, it’s obvious, and it’s very powerful.

ESL Podcasts have a blog too so check it out if you’re a TESOL student and see what you think

Photo by Bent Kure

National Foundation for Educational Research

FER is the UK’s largest independent provider of research, assessment and information services for education, training and children’s services. We make a difference to learners of all ages, especially to the lives of children and young people, by ensuring our work improves the practice and understanding of those who work with and for learners.

NFER is useful for students studying all types of Education and provides sources that have a professional practice aspect You can view and download their publications and policy papers directly from the website.You can also read about the NFER’s research programme which is focusing on the following areas:

  • From Education to Employment
  • Developing the Education Workforce

Find out more at the NFER website

Photo: Students from a Model School
William James Topley, June 1899
Library and Archives Canada