Thursday, 23 January 2020

Animation Library at Bucks

Gateway Building at Bucks - home to the Animation Library
The animation shelves of the library in the Gateway Building here at Bucks are an important resource for our students. In recent years the University has bought our department more books, and more copies of the key books, so there are more to go around.

And we have many journals too, such as Animation Magazine - materials that help students learn from the best sources and keep in touch with the latest news from the industry. Below is some general information about to library for our new animation students.

Shedloads of books - we got 'em
Gateway Building
The Animation Library is located in the Gateway building - the big blue modern building that looks a bit like an old-school TV set.

Library Opening Hours
The library is open Monday to Thursday: 8.30am until 11.30pm.
Friday: 8.30am until 9pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am until 6pm

WiFi is available in the library for all our students. Ask for a login at the Help Desk.

Digital Animation at 006 on the 3rd floor. Flash, 3DS Max and Blender.
How to Find Animation Books

You can search for the animation books by browsing the shelves (see details below) or you can search the online catalogue, by going to the Library tab at Blackboard.

The library staff are very helpful and will also show you how to search the catalogue.

Book Borrowing Limits

Animation and comics at 741 - 4th floor
Undergraduates can borrow up to ten books at a time, and can keep them for 7 days, or sometimes 28 days. A few hot items are just loaned for 24 hours. Keep them too long and you will have to pay library fines.

The Animator's Survival Kit

The number one book every animator should have on their shelf is The Animator's Survival Kit, Expanded Edition by Richard Williams. We have several copies in the library.

How to Find the Animation Books
Animation and film-making at 777-778 - 4th floor

The animation books can be found in three sections. If you want to browse the shelves search under:
  • 006 Computing - 3rd floor
  • 741 Comics - 4th floor
  • 777-778 Animation and film - 4th floor
Digital Animation section on the 3rd floor at 006
Start with the Digital Animation section on the 3rd floor at 006 (see below).

Books on computer animation are located with various other materials on computers, game design and Adobe Flash (now Adobe Animate).

Comics section at 741 on the 4th floor
Next, try the comics section at 741 on the 4th floor. Here, animation books are mixed in with books on comics, cartoons and graphics.

Film-making shelves at 777-778, on the 4th floor
Finally, look on the film-making shelves at 777-778, on the 4th floor (see below). Here the animation books are to be found alongside books on film-making, cinematography, editing and so on.

So there are three main areas to browse. If you need a book that isn't there, ask the library staff. If they don't have it, leave a request in the comments section below, or email me at

For more on the experience of studying at Bucks New University, come and visit us at one of our Open Days,  take a virtual tour of one of our animation studios, check out what our students think of our course, and see why we're ranked in the top 12 creative universities in the UK. 

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