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Library services for alumni

We provide a special set of services for University of Worcester graduates.

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Online journals for alumni

You can continue to access Sage and Project MUSE journal articles for your professional development. These are available wherever you want to study and are for non-commercial purposes only. This is a trial for 2017-2018, please take our survey and let us know what you think.

To access the articles please use your University network username and password. The ICT Helpdesk can remind you of your details: 01905 857500.

If you need help using these resources contact our askalibrarian team.


Getting alumni status at The Hive

Please bring ID showing your name and address to The Hive, and request an alumni borrowing card.  Bring along your student card if you can. If you graduated after November 2013, you should already have alumni status.

If you graduated a few years ago and have been using your old student card to borrow books, please ask for a new alumni card, as it will give you additional rights to use the printing and copying service.

If you already have Worcestershire County Council library membership but haven’t got alumni status, please ask a member of staff to change your status.

Please give us your personal email address so that you can continue to receive library notifications.

To use a computer or the wireless network in The Hive or a Worcestershire County Council library please use the borrower number on the card as your username and your PIN as the password.


Extended borrowing rights

As alumni, you are able to borrow more books from our collections.  To check which books we hold in The Hive and other libraries in the county, please use Worcestershire County Council libraries’ catalogue.


University High Demand

(blue labels)

Other items

(no labels)

Loan allocation



Loan period

2 weeks

3 weeks


17p per day

17p per day

Return to

The Hive,
Worcestershire County Council   libraries

The Hive,
Worcestershire County Council libraries


Online, by telephone, self-service in branch at catalogue terminal

Online, by telephone, staff or self-service in branch at catalogue terminal


Can only be collected from The

Can be collected from any county

Talks and events at The Hive

The Hive has a complete range of exciting, inspiring and educational activities, from music, drama and art to learning opportunities, workshops, book clubs and lectures.


Support and contact

If you need advice about finding information please visit our database and journal searching page.  You are welcome to continue to use the University’s referencing guides.

If you have any questions about using library services or resources, please contact our askalibrarian team.

In addition to providing online support, team members are available at the askalibrarian helpdesk on Level 3 in The Hive.


Using eresources in The Hive

These resources are available to use in The Hive and are for non-commercial purposes only.

  • University eresources
  • Worcestershire County Council libraries eresources these are listed at the bottom of the catalogue page. (Some of these services can be accessed from home, check each one for further information).
  • Access to Research service allows you to use a wide range of online research journals when you visit The Hive, or other libraries in Worcestershire. This service can only be accessed from within Worcestershire libraries. To use Access to Research, log into your library account and click on the icon above information about your loans.


Open access and free web resources

If you are looking for research articles you’ll find that many are now being published via Open Access routes. You can access high quality research articles via a set of Open Access databases.

Additionally Google Scholar provides a search of scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources, including theses, books, abstracts and articles.



Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Categorized, searchable links to free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. Multidisciplinary.

NICE Evidence Searches
Clinical knowledge summaries, journals, evidence, the BNF and more.

More than 23 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life sciences, journals and online books.

Science Direct - Open Access Journals
Publisher Elsevier makes over 400 of its journals available online through its Science Direct database

Worcester Research and Publications
The University of Worcester's institutional repository.


Project Gutenberg
Over 42,000 free ebooks.

More than 23 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life sciences, journals and online books.

Worcester Research and Publications
The University of Worcester's institutional repository.

Sound, film and images

Archival Sound Recordings
A selection from the British Library’s extensive collections of unique sound recordings, which come from all over the world and cover the entire range of recorded sound: music, drama and literature, oral history, wildlife and environmental sounds.

BBC: Your Paintings
Uncovering the nation's art collections.

British Pathe News
90,000 historic clips.

Google Art Project
The world’s great art: close up

Visual Arts Database (VADS)
The online resource for visual arts.

Data and statistics

UK Data Archive
The largest collection of digital data in the social sciences and humanities in the UK.

UK National Statistics
The gateway to UK National Statistics

Evidence, summaries and reviews

Campbell Collaboration
Helps people make well-informed decisions by preparing, maintaining and disseminating systematic reviews in education, crime and justice, social welfare and international development.

Cochrane Library
Independent high quality evidence for healthcare decision making

Free open educational resources produced by the UK Further and Higher Education community.

NICE Evidence Searches
Clinical knowledge summaries, journals, evidence, the BNF and more.

PEDro-Physiotherapy Evidence Database
Over 26,000 randomised trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy.

Social Care Online – SCIE
Social Care Online is the UK’s largest database of information and research on all aspects of social care and social work.