New resource: Bloomsbury eBook collection

Around 2000 eBook titles from Bloomsbury Collections are now available in Library OneSearch, and form part of the continuing ‘Your Books, More Books’ campaign. Example titles include:

Access to Bloomsbury eBook titles in the 40 collections which the library has subscribed to is direct on-campus and by university username and password from off-campus. At present, support for the Shibboleth protocol on the Bloomsbury Collections platform is limited, so we are unable to incorporate authentication-aware direct title-level deep-links in the Library OneSearch records for customers accessing Bloomsbury Collections titles from off-campus.

As a consequence, the current off-campus experience when logging in to the first Bloomsbury Collections book involves several steps (which are documented below). The library is continuing to impress on Bloomsbury the need to improve this far from seamless off-campus experience, and Bloomsbury’s technical team are reviewing LLR’s specification for improved off-campus deep-linking. Further updates will be provided as and when this element of the service offer improves. The current walkthrough for off-campus access is as follows:

Follow the View Online link from Library OneSearch, and on the Summary page for the requested title select the login option (see below).

Bloomsbury Collections - Shibboleth access - Library OneSearch

Select the Log In option in the top-right of the display on the Bloomsbury Collections site (see below).

Bloomsbury Collections - Login option

On the main Log in page, select the link for the Shibboleth login page (see below).

Bloomsbury Collections - Shibboleth option

On the Shibboleth WAYF (‘Where Are You From?’) page, select ‘Nottingham Trent University’ (if this option displays at the top of the list), and click on that link to be resolved to the NTU Single Sign-on page. If this option does not display, click on the Show Organizations link (see below).

Bloomsbury Collections - Shibboleth WAYF page

This will reveal a full list of organizations and a filter search box (see below). In the search box, type ‘Nottingham Trent University’ and click on that entry in the results list. This will resolve the browser to the NTU Single Sign-on page.

Bloomsbury Collections - Shibboleth WAYF page - find Nottingham Trent University

After successfully signing in with a university username and password, the browser will resolve to the Bloomsbury Collections home page. Confirmation of your logged-in status is provided by the display of the phrase: ‘Bloomsbury Collections – Access provided by Nottingham Trent University‘ (see below).

Bloomsbury Collections - Access provided by Nottingham Trent University

To access the requested eBook, click on the Recently Viewed link to reveal a list of recently requested titles, and click on the required title (see below).

Bloomsbury Collections - Recently Viewed link

When the browser resolves to the requested eBook page, the unlockled padlock icon next to the the phrase ‘Subscription-based Access’ is further confirmation that access to the full-text of the title is now available.

Bloomsbury Collections - Access to a subscription title

Subsequent requests from Library OneSearch to Bloomsbury Collection titles (in the same off-campus session) will resolve to the authenticated full-text at the title level.