Northampton Square Library toilets

The toilets at Northampton Square Library are undergoing an upgrade this summer.  Starting tomorrow, Thursday 17th August, the toilets on Level 3 will be closed.  Toilets on Level 2 (male) and Level 5 (male and female) will remain open.  Once work has completed on the Level 3 toilets the toilets on Level 5 will be refurbished.

There will be some noise disruption as a result of this work,  our colleagues in Property and Facilities will endeavor to keep it to a minimum.  If you find that noise from this work is disturbing you then silent study is available on Levels 6 and 4 of the Library.

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25 Summer films you really shouldn’t miss

You’ve seen what they read, you’ve seen what they watch on the small screen. Now we delve further into library staff’s cultural beach bag.
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In our latest CityLibrarySummer instalment we thought we’d share our favourite films and which films in particular mean summer to us. We’ve also highlighted where you can borrow films from our DVD collection or Box of Broadcasts [BoB].
  • Jonathan’s favourite film is Aliens (dir. James Cameron) [DVD] for its “excitement and great story line.”
  • Don’t you forget about… the Breakfast Club (dir. John Hughes) [BoB]. These kids did weekend detention in style while discovering a bit about each other (and themselves). This film reminds Jonathan of being a teenager.
  • Amelie (dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet) [DVD] whimsical and most charming is the choice of another member of Library staff – enchanté. And Grease is their summer lovin’ choice.
  • Catherine loves Wayne’s World (dir. Penelope Spheeris) [BoB]  because it always makes her laugh. Catherine, we’re not worthy.
  • She also loves Point Break (dir. Kathryn Bigelow) [BoB] for its depiction of the technical art of surfing, “and the shirtless men in boardshorts” she forgot to mention the acting. Vaya con Dios Catherine.
  • Lynn loves that 90s classic Parenthood (dir. Ron Howard). “Family clashes, crazy parents and kids, teenage tantrums and old rivalries shown with humour. It always makes me laugh and it all turns out right in the end.”
  • Lynn’s favourite summer themed film is Something Wicked This Way Comes (dir. Jack Clayton). “The oppression in the film is not only caused by the heatwave but a sinister set of characters rolling into town.  A lovely view of the eternal summers experienced as a child.”
  • Alex G’s pick is the perennially wonderful Some Like it Hot (dir. Billy Wilder) [DVD]. He says “You can watch it over and over and it’s still so funny. Characters, script and performances are such quality.”
  • His favourite summer film is Jaws (dir. Steven Spielberg) [DVD]“Even though I laugh at it, even though I know what happens in the end – I still get SCARED!”
  • The Wizard of Oz [DVD] is good all year round for one member of staff.
  • May the force be with our library staff member who loves Star Wars (dir George Lucas) [DVDs] and also Cocoon (dir. Ron Howard) [BoB], this film about some rejuvenated retired folk gives them a warm summertime feeling.
  • Samantha is keen on The Princess Bride (dir. Rob Reiner) because “Swashbuckling. And the bit where they roll down the hill and end up with the RoUS. OH and the bit when he’s dead but not completely dead.”
  • Nobody is putting Samantha in a corner this summer as she has the time of her life watching Dirty Dancing (dir. Emile Ardolino) [BoB] “The music and the dancing is awesome, but mostly because it looks like a sweet entertaining cult chick flick but it’s actually a treatise on why you should trust your children and the importance of women’s healthcare and reproductive rights.”
  • Annie Hall (dir. Woody Allen) [DVD] got the vote from another member of staff who sums up the vibe with a “La-di-da”.
  • This staff member’s favourite summer film is A Bigger Splash (dir. Luca Guadagnino) “Sunshine, singing and death all on the tiny Italian Island of Pantelleria.”.
  • Catie has recently been impressed with Baby Driver (dir. Edgar Wright) but she’s not thinking about films at the minute “When good weather blesses you with its presence as much as it has this summer, watching films is sacrilege.”
  • Nevertheless, her favourite summer films are Fast Times at Ridgemont High (dir. Cameron Crowe) or Wet Hot American Summer (dir. David Wain), “They are institutions. For real though they evoke the specific feeling of freedom and infinite possibility you get in the summer when you’re an adolescent that summer days could stretch on forever.”
  • Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (dir. Stephen Herek) [BoB] ranks high on another staff member’s list:
    “Got 24 hours before a big presentation? This highly relatable story set in the world of San Dimas academia will show you how you can take your presentation from meh to wow, and if you start to lose your audience – end on a “City Uni football rules!”
  • Their summer favourite is Do the Right Thing (dir. Spike Lee)  which “takes place on the hottest day in summer. This is one of the greatest films of all time, it was inducted into the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress who deemed it “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant””.
  • A Librarian recommends: Canterbury Tales (dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini) and A Canterbury Tale (dir. Powell and Pressburger) [BoB] – which is a very different film. The Twin Peaks prequel Fire Walk with Me (dir. David Lynch), which has a great David Bowie cameo, and Dazed and Confused (dir. Richard Linklater) – have you seen this one? It’d be a lot cooler if you did.
There are 3 films on this list starring Keanu Reeves, this has been duly noted and the data will be updated.
What’s your favourite film? Is there a film which makes you feel particularly summery, let us know in the comments section.
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4 things researchers at City should know about Library Services

Are you busy writing your PhD? Finishing off a paper for publication? Or, just thinking about starting a project?

Well, the good news is Library Services can help you. And the even better news is that we can help you help yourself too. Here are 4 things you need to know:

  1. We have experts dedicated to you: Research Librarians, a Copyright Librarian, the Publications Team- we have a host of talented and dedicated staff members ready to answer your questions, support your enquiries and help solve your problems; all to make sure you know everything you need to know about all the things you need to know about
  2. Our specialist Library guide is special: so special in fact that it covers literally everything, from starting a literature search to ordering an Inter-Library Loan. And when we say everything, we mean everything: including those things you didn’t even know that you didn’t know about…
  3. You can tell us to buy things for you: Read for Research is set up so you can ask us to purchase books needed for your research. You’re just an online form away from ordering all sorts of goodies to be added to our collection- and the best bit? You get to borrow the item first, freshly processed, still glistening with newness
  4. City Research Online has gone global: our institutional repository reaches a worldwide audience, meaning your research really will have an international impact. Plus, you can keep up to date with all the latest output from schools and departments across the University via Twitter: articles, PhD theses, book chapters and more.

4 things, one outcome: your research success.

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DataStream and Thomson ONE service change

From Friday 1st September, access to DataStream and Thomson ONE software will only be accessible through Eikon. This change is part of a wider move by Thomson Reuters to streamline its products into Eikon. IBES, Mutual Funds and Worldscope will also be moved into Eikon, but IBES access through the WRDS platform is not affected.

Thomson Reuters Eikon delivers news, analytics and financial content, giving access to a range of prices for multiple assets, derived from exchanges, brokers and specialists around the world. It can be accessed on three terminals at Northampton Square and 20 terminals at Cass. Eikon terminals at both Cass Learning Resource Centre and Northampton Square Library can be booked through our website:

For training, certification and to learn more about Eikon visit

If you have any questions about this change, please get in touch with Samantha Halford (postgraduate students and researchers) on or Catie Tuttle (undergraduate students) on

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25 interdisciplinary books you must read now

Summer is a great time to expand your mind. During the year, you can find it too busy to read up on all the stuff that has piqued your interest;  but there’s nothing better than taking the time to explore new ideas and find out more about what’s going on. It’s good for inspiration and creativity and if nothing else, you can always get more interesting conversation pieces from reading widely.

Here’s a list of great books from across different subjects that are worth reading.

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  1. Margaret Austin, Rudy Crawford, and Vivien J Armstrong, First aid manual: the authorised manual of St John Ambulance, St Andrews First Aid and the British Red Cross
  2. Jean-Dominique Bauby, The diving-bell and the butterfly
  3. Leonard Bernstein, The unanswered question: six talks at Harvard
  4. Tom Bingham, The rule of law
  5. Michael Blastland and AW Dilnot, The tiger that isn’t: seeing through a world of numbers
  6. James Cameron, Point of departure
  7. Dale Carnegie, How to win friends and influence people
  8. Michel Foucault, Discipline and punish: the birth of the prison
  9. Sigmund Freud, The Penguin Freud reader
  10. James Edward Gordon, Structures, or, Why things don’t fall down
  11. Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John “JJ” Jay, The Federalist papers
  12. Andrew Hodges, Alan Turing: the enigma
  13. Helena Kennedy, Eve was framed: women and British justice
  14. Tim Lang and Michael Heasman, Food wars: the global battle for mouths, minds and markets
  15. Harper Lee, To kill a mockingbird
  16. Larry MacDonald, The Bombardier story: from snowmobiles to global transportation powerhouse
  17. David Ogilvy, Confessions of an advertising man: the all-time best seller about advertising
  18. Inderjeet Parmar, Foundations of the American Century : the Ford, Carnegie, and Rockefeller Foundations in the rise of American power
  19. Sheryl Sandberg, Lean in: women, work, and the will to lead
  20. Mary Seacole, Wonderful adventures of Mrs. Seacole in many lands
  21. Gary Slapper, How the law works
  22. Susan Sontag, Illness as metaphor and: AIDS and its metaphors
  23. Thorstein Veblen, The theory of the leisure class
  24. Dan Ward, The simplicity cycle: a field guide to making things better without making them worse
  25. Alex Wright, Cataloging the world: Paul Otlet and the birth of the information age

(In alphabetical order by first author surname)


Have we missed anything that you would recommend to your fellow students? Tell us in the comments below.



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