Monday, 23 July 2012

Library resources on your mobile phone or tablet

There are now a range of mobile-friendly web sites and smartphone apps available for a number of our databases and e-journals. If you have a smartphone or tablet and want to discover which resources have mobile-friendly content available, see our page on Library resources on your mobile.

Our Library catalogue is now mobile-friendly, too. It uses screen size detection to supply a version of the catalogue interface suitable for the size of your device. Large-screen devices like desktop or laptop PCs or tablets will see the normal interface, but phones, media players etc. with smaller screens will display a faster loading, less graphics-laden page. The interface works with all main mobile device browsers including iPhone, Android, Opera Mobile/Mini, Windows Phone 7 Mango and the latest Blackberry versions.

The complex nature of some e-resources and the huge variety of mobile devices in circulation may lead to occasional problems when trying to view the desktop version of our electronic resources on a smartphone or tablet. We have a list of the more common issues, and what to do to resolve them, on our mobile problems page.

If you do experience a problem using one of our resources on your smartphone or tablet, please let us know via email at or use the Library enquiry form.

Queen Victoria's Journals - freely available online

All the personal journals of Queen Victoria have been made available to search and read online. This unique resource is now openly available to everybody at

The journals span Victoria's lifetime and consist of 141 volumes. Transcriptions of each page–searchable by keyword–are currently provided for the period up to 1840, with further releases planned throughout the year. The site includes an interactive timeline and drawings by Queen Victoria , selections from her sketchbooks and a number of essays about aspects of Queen Victoria's life, authored by Sir Roy Strong, Laurence Goldman and Peter Ward-Jones among others.