BBC Genome

BBC Genome (1)

Have you ever watched a TV programme and wondered where you have seen the actor featured in it before? You have a funny feeling that it was a BBC drama but you could not remember the name of it? I have. So, what can you do to figure this out?

Enter BBC Genome. This BBC project site contains an archive of BBC listings information that was printed between 1923 and 2009 in the Radio Times. The site can be used to search for people, dates, Radio Times editions and BBC programmes. It allows you to find information about BBC programmes that you have long forgotten and research a particular person (actor/director etc). Through the search function, you can find thousands of TV and radio programmes that you can listen too or view from the BBC website.

The website also contains some interesting information about the BBC including significant milestones in the history of the Radio Times. There is also a useful FAQ section which allows you to gain more insight into advance searching along with other useful information.

For fun, you can even look up what was on TV at the time you were born (unless you were born after 2009 that is!).

So, did I find the program I was looking for? Yes, I did. Unfortunately, it is not available to view on the BBC website but I can buy it on DVD!
Click the link to access the website;

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Holiday opening times

Here are our library opening hours over the summer:

St Brycedale

Monday 0900 – 1650
Tuesday 0900 – 1650
Wednesday 0900 – 1650
Thursday 0900 – 1650
Friday 0900 – 1600
Saturday closed


Monday 0840 – 1650
Tuesday 0840 – 1650
Wednesday 0840 – 1650
Thursday 0840 – 1650
Friday 0840 – 1600

Stenton Library – closed for refurbishment

Due to refurbishment, the library at Stenton campus will be closed until further notice.

The libraries at St Brycedale (tel: 01383 223410)  and Halbeath (01383 845127)  are open and general enquiries can also be emailed to

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Rosyth Library

Closed for the summer


CC Search

Finding good images online that can be used freely without breaching copyright can be a challenge.  CC Search ( is a tool which aims to make this task a little easier.  CC search is working to improve discoverability of copyright cleared images by cross searching open archives.  The CC stands for Creative Commons, a licencing system that facilitates the sharing and reuse of content.   Simply enter your search term in the box and get results returned from Flickr, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Library, Rijkmuseum and Europeana amongst others.  CC Search is a prototype at the moment but still has lots to offer.   The total number of searchable images is now over 10 million after the recent integration of 470,000 more images from Europeana.  Extra features, like creating lists and favourites are available by setting up an account on the site.  Another good feature is one click attribution, making referencing your source quicker and easier.  CC Search is worth a visit if you are looking for images.

“By the Seaside” by Klearchos Kapoutsis is licensed under CC BY 2.0
“Ice cream” by CeresB is licensed under CC BY 2.0
“Beach Huts” by Mary T Moore is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Academic Search Elite online journals

Looking for journal articles?  Academic Search Elite is an online database providing full text access to journals covering many subject areas.  Trial access is available at the moment for Fife College students and staff. If you are doing some research give it a try.

You can find the link on the eresources section of the Library site on ilearn or click here.  Access is available on campus only 

We would really like to hear what you think of Academic Search Elite.  Let us know if you found what you were looking for.  Your feedback can help us decide if this could be a useful resource for Fife College.    Please take a few moments to fill out our short survey by Friday 5th of May:

Student survey

Staff survey

Please contact your campus library for if you have any questions or further details.



New to Fife College Library, Drama Online.

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Take a look at the Library’s newest eResource, Drama Online. This resource contains plays and monologue in text form, as well as audio and video content.  Find new writers alongside the most iconic names in playwriting history. The collection is constantly growing and includes ensemble to one-person plays; comedy to tragedy; the historical to the contemporary, and the political to the personal. Currently it consists of 1,700 playtexts, 350 audio plays and 150+ hours of video.

The resource also includes features such as Character Grids as well as Word and Speech graphs to offer new ways to engage with plays for close study or for performance aid.

Fife College students and staff will have unlimited access to both the Bloomsbury & Faber and the Nick Hern collections.

Access is available via the Library iLearn eResources page.  No password is required on campus.  Off site login is with your college email and password.

User guides are available here. Contact your local campus library for more details.


Ebook changes

On Wednesday 15th of February the Ebrary and EBL ebook platforms will both be migrating to a new platform called Ebook central.   There may be some disruption to ebooks access on these platforms during the migration.

On the new site – Ebook Central:

  • Logging in will not change, use your College email address and network password
  • Ebrary bookshelves will migrate over
  • Ebrary and EBL links will redirect automatically

For a look at the new Ebook Central platform, click here to see some short video guides.

Please contact staff at your nearest campus library or email if you have any questions .

No fines for January & February

wanted-poster-2017Happy New Year to all students and staff!

To start the year we have a fines amnesty on.  This means you can return overdue books without having to pay fines.  So if you have come across some library books over the holidays now is a good time to return them. No questions asked.   Books can be returned to any campus library.

The amnesty is on for a limited time only (9th of January to 28th of February 2017) and does not include admin fees for books that have been invoiced.  See posters at campus libraries or ask staff for details.