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Season’s Greetings and Service Update

We would like to let you know about some planned maintenance to the Library Hub Discover service.

As a result of this maintenance, Library Hub Discover will be offline and unavailable to access on 9th January 2024 between 05:30am and 10:00am. The service should be considered at risk for the rest of the 9th January 2024.

Library Hub Cataloguing and Library Hub Compare should also be considered at risk for the whole of the 9th January 2024.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused. If you require any assistance or have any questions, please contact

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Library Hub team.

String of coloured Christmas lights
Image by Freestocks on Unsplash

Library Hub Support will be taking a break from the 22nd December until the 2nd January.

The Library Hub services – Discover, Compare and Cataloguing – will be available over Christmas and New Year. Any queries sent over this period will be dealt with when we return.

A snapshot of the past year

Planned work on National Bibliographic Knowledgebase

To ensure the longevity and security of our services, we are carrying out some planned infrastructure work. This will enable faster indexing and the possibility of future expansion and development. Library Hub Discover, Library Hub Cataloguing and Library Hub Compare services will continue to operate as before, and current contributors should still send us their updates as they do now. The addition of new library catalogues to the NBK will be on hold until the work is complete. If you would like to ask us about any aspect of the work, the NBK, or our Library Hub services, please contact us at

Library Hub welcomed 16 new catalogues

We are delighted that 16 library catalogues were added to Library Hub in 2023, from a variety of diverse institutions:

  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Drill Hall Library
  • The German Historical Institute London
  • Goldsmiths University of London
  • Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
  • Leeds Arts University
  • Museum of London
  • National Maritime Museum Caird Library
  • Rochester Central Library
  • Salisbury Cathedral
  • University of Chester
  • University of Chichester
  • University of Greenwich
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • University of Plymouth

The diversity of our contributing libraries provides a broad depth and range of resources, which can be discovered by the public, researchers and libraries. We are committed to facilitating seamless access to information and promoting a culture of shared knowledge.

International Open Access week

Our Blog shared tips on how to discover Open Access resources available from our contributing libraries.

Tips on using Library Hub Discover

In our Blog we provided some tips on how to search Discover following our last feedback survey.

Library of the Week

Our regular feature, Library of the Week, asks libraries to give us a more in depth look at their libraries, highlights of their collections, their engagement with users and any upcoming events.

We enjoyed reading that the Chapter Library, St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle has been an integral part of the life of the College from its foundation in 1348. The medieval library started as a small collection of manuscripts chained to desks and in a press inside the Chapel.

Or about the exciting digitisation projects at the Royal Society Library such as ‘Turning the Pages’ which allows users to view scanned images of some of the most important books in their collection.

Library Hub Team update

Shirley Cousins, co-creator and former manager of Library Hub, is retiring this month. The Jisc Library Hub team would like to give a huge thanks to Shirley for her innovative and outstanding work on Library Hub and its predecessor Copac and her overall service to the library community. We wish her all the best for her retirement.

University of Hertfordshire

Our two large and modern Learning Resources Centres (LRCs) are central to life at University of Hertfordshire and home to many of the library and computing services and facilities which support the student academic journey.

Find out more about the University of Hertfordshire library on their Discover information page.





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