Library systems downtime on Tuesday 13th April

Our Library systems are being upgraded during the day on Tuesday 13th April 2021.

As a result, there’ll be a short period of time when you won’t be able to: Continue reading Library systems downtime on Tuesday 13th April

Take a break, pick up a puzzle

So, it’s time to #TakeABreak. You’ve been reading, writing, revising and now you’re in need of a time out, a distraction, something to divert your attention.

How about a puzzle? Continue reading Take a break, pick up a puzzle

New JSTOR e-books

As part of our continuous process of acquiring and trialing new resources for your studies, we have recently added over 4,500 new JSTOR e-books to our catalogue.

This is especially good news for those who are currently working on their assignments or dissertations. If you are looking for new resources to use for your project, head over to CityLibrary Search, enter your keywords and take a look at the results – there might be new additions that you could find useful.

Remember, if you are exclusively looking for online resources, you might find applying the “Full Text Online” filter helpful once you get to the results page.

As a quick taster, have a look at some of the recent additions to our catalogue:

Take a break

Working hard to achieve academic and professional excellence can be tough at the best of times, but throw in a global pandemic too and, well, it’s safe to say most of us are feeling more challenged than ever before. That’s why we want to encourage you to #TakeABreak and think about the importance of self-care during the exams and assessment period. Continue reading Take a break

March spotlight: Women’s History Month

As we celebrate International Women’s Day on the 8th of March, and Women’s History Month throughout the month, we thought it’d be a brilliant opportunity to highlight some of the resources available in the Library.

The purpose of this day and month is to uphold women’s achievements, recognise challenges, and focus greater attention on women’s rights and gender equality, as well as discover previously neglected heritage. If you are interested in these topics, the most current research is almost always featured in academic journals. If you are not sure what exactly you are looking for, a good idea is to browse through journals related to women’s studies, women’s history, or women’s health on Browzine. Another specialised resource is History of Feminism database, where you can access a wide range of sources, with a special focus on the period between 1776 and 1928.

If you are not looking for the most recent developments in research and would rather read a more in-depth exploration of a topic, have a look at a selection of e-books available to you via CityLibrary:

Of course, as always, bear in mind that this is just a small drop in the ocean that is CityLibrary Search: type in your keywords and apply the “Full text online” filter to your results if you wish to see resources available remotely.

As the celebration continues throughout the month, you may also wish to have a look at some of the events on City calendar, like the seminar “Voice and Voices: Feminist oral histories of the Women’s Liberation Movement” on the 22nd of March, or, if the current issues women are facing are of more interest to you, the lecture “The police response to domestic abuse during and after Covid-19” on the 24th of March. Or simply have a look at some of the extraordinary women of City community.

Reading about LGBT+ lives in February and beyond…

As LGBT+ History Month comes to an end, we want to highlight some of the books chosen by the City community to celebrate and honour LGBT+ lives.

You recommended these titles through our Liberating CityLibrary scheme.

So far, you’ve recommended page-turning memoirs such as Firebird by Mark Doty and We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib.

Illuminating investigations like Out of Time: The Queer Politics of Postcoloniality by Rahul Rao and The Glamour Boys by Christopher Bryant.

And even the children’s novel George by Alex Gino.

But although February is over, it doesn’t mean we stop reading about LGBT+ lives. Liberating CityLibrary accepts book suggestions year-round from staff and students. These books are then always available for you to borrow through CityLibrary.

Did you read something great this LGBT+ History Month that we’re lacking in the library? Recommend it to us!

Please see the full selection of LGBT+ titles purchased through Liberating CityLibrary below, and you can catch up with all the new additions chosen by you in our handy monthly round-ups.

Celebrating LGBT+ History Month

February is when we celebrate the LGBT+ History Month, to coincide with the abolition of Section 28 in the UK.

Although we’re currently living in the era of social distancing to protect each other during the pandemic, there are plenty of events and activities to get involved in to celebrate and remember the history, contributions and resilience of our lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, gender-nonconforming and other peers who have been unfairly treated by the society and yet prevailed and contributed immensely to our culture and understanding of what it is to be human.

Stream the discussion of CityLIS alum Isadore Auerbach George’s work to promote reading by and for LGBTQI+ people, or watch CitySport’s conversation with TV & Radio Presenter and LGBTQI+ advocate, Helen Scott, about this year’s theme ‘Mind, Body and Spirit’ and her journey to fitness and wellbeing. Join a guided meditation with artist Ric Stott to ‘feed your spirit’ as part of LGBT+ History Month 2021’s theme, or discover more events organised by City and other organisations to celebrate, remember, learn, and be together.

Otherwise, have a look at a selection of e-books related to the LGBT+ issues available via CityLibrary, below, or, if you are in the UK, immerse yourself in the playlist of programmes and films exploring the topic, put together by CityLibrary staff.

Six things you might have missed

As we launch into a new year, we thought now would be a good time to highlight six things you might have missed from Library Services (but we definitely wouldn’t want you to) over the last few months: Continue reading Six things you might have missed

More books? – More Books!

It’s a new year, a new term… but did you know that you can request new books, too?

More Books is a scheme that allows our undergraduates and postgraduates suggest books that would be useful for their studies. It might be for a project you’re working on, an area you wish to explore in your research, or anything else that would help you get ahead – just fill in the More Books form to let us know.

If you are a research student or a member of staff, have a look at our Read for Research scheme instead. Or, if you would like to help us expand our collections by recommending a title by or about LGBTQI+ people or which recognise overlapping identities and experiences such as gender, class, sexuality and disability, check out our Liberating CityLibrary scheme.

Browse the book display below to see some of the e-books previously chosen by Library users via More Books: