Coming soon – new look library catalogue and changes to StirGate

A new look for the library catalogue will be launched on 1st December 2016. The upgraded catalogue will offer an increased number of ways to explore the library’s printed and electronic collections. It will be possible to search for printed books, electronic books, printed journals, electronic articles and much more from one simple search box.


New features and old favourites


The new-look catalogue will feature several new search options. These include a “did you mean” suggestion service and a “recently added books” listing to help you to find alternative, newly purchased books on your topic. Finding theses and dissertations will be much easier in the new-look catalogue and exporting results to RefWorks will be simpler.


Popular features of the current catalogue will be retained. It will still be possible to renew books online, place holds on books which are on loan and book materials from the Short Loan collection. The catalogue will still be part of our popular MStir app and links to materials on reading lists will be unaffected by this change.


User guides, webpages and library leaflets will be updated in advance of the launch of the new catalogue and these will be publicised via the Weekly Email bulletins for staff and students.


Changes to the StirGate service


The launch of the new catalogue will result in changes to how StirGate is accessed. StirGate will be fully integrated with the catalogue, and will no longer be available on the A-Z list of online resources. If you wish to continue using StirGate you should simply select the “Articles” tab from the new-look catalogue homepage.


What do I need to do?


If you have saved search alerts in StirGate, please take a note of these now. These searches will not transfer to the new catalogue.


If you would like to volunteer to test the new look catalogue and provide feedback to Library staff, please email




The upgrade to the catalogue will not affect books which you may have on loan, these can continue to be renewed using your existing password for ‘My Library Record’. No downtime is anticipated on 1st December when the new catalogue goes live.