Stapling in CityLibrary

Our recent Feedback Wall showed that you are keen to see stapling in CityLibrary.  

The stapling feedback we received
The stapling feedback we received

Well, did you know that you can use the larger combined printers and photocopiers in the library for stapling, too?  
The option can be selected from the Printer Properties menu.  From here you can get the printer do many of the things you might want it to do, such as print in colour, print multiple pages or multiple slides on one sheet.
Through the Finishing part of the menu, you can select Stapling: this section allows you to say how many pages you would like stapled together and whether you want your work stapled in the top left corner or in a booklet format.


Check out this video that shows you how:

Give it a go – it’s a useful and new function that can be used to staple essays or lecture notes at the same time as printing them!


Try our new look Library Services Training Calendar

We’ve revamped the Library Services Training Calendar to give it a fresh modern look and brand new functionality.

What’s changed? 

  • We now have one calendar for all training across Library Services – no separate calendars for The Law Libraries and Cass Business School. Just filter by library to see the workshops nearest to you.

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  • The calendar is now searchable; just enter your keywords to find events of interest.


  • Workshops can be browsed in list view and monthly calendar view 


You can access the Library Training Calendar from the Library Services Homepage or by visiting

If you have any feedback please contact

Do You Want  More?

More Books that is….

City University Library has been running the More Books scheme now for 3 years, and we More Books-01have bought thousands of books through it.

What is it?

Students recommend books that they think should be on our shelves. The book can either be a new title for us to buy, or another copy of one we already stock but that never seems to be available…

All we ask is that it is relevant to your course, and costs less than £80.


We want to stock the books you want to read and find useful; gems that you’ve discovered yourself that won’t necessarily be on your reading list (we always buy those).

By asking you to recommend books, we hope to add to the ones your subject librarians and lecturers order, and create a library collection that everyone feels proud of.


Just fill in the online form. If we can’t purchase your request we will let you know and explain why.

What you said:

“Thank you for running the More Books campaign. I have always wanted to read these books, but I couldn’t find them in the library…”

Recent purchases from More Books:

Forensics: the anatomy of crime written by bestselling crime writer Val McDermid who picks up the scalpel to uncover the secrets of forensic medicine, from the crime scene to the courtroom.

Winning at interview: a new way to succeed.  An interview guide for the 21st century. Alan Jones encourages you to take a radically new approach to preparing for interviews. You can win job offers even when competing with more experienced and better qualified people….

EU Law: Key facts key cases.  A very popular book; the main concepts of your EU law module explained easily. The facts and associated case law for: The constitution of EU law, its institutions, the sources of EU law and the means of enforcement; the relationship with national law; and much more…

Acute nursing care: recognising and responding to medical emergencies. Emphasising the central role and function of the nurse throughout, this book provides a comprehensive overview of the essential issues in emergency care.

Social: why our brains are wired to connect. Matthew Lieberman draws on the latest research in the newly emerging field of social cognitive neuroscience to show that social interaction has moulded the evolution of our brains: we are wired to be social.

Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph. A timeless masterpiece and universally acknowledged as a classic. Nearly half of a century has done nothing to diminish the riveting impact of these pictures or the controversy they inspire. This is the first edition in which the image separations were created digitally.

Resource of the month: Amirsys Imaging Reference Centre

What is it?  

A database offering high quality of medical images. It also contains information on pathology, differential diagnosis and different imaging findings such as CT, MR, nuclear medicine , ultrasound and radiographic findings. A selection of references for further reading is also presented in the database.

How do I use it? 

Select a topic from the ‘Topic Categories’ box or conduct a search in the box at the top of the screen.


Images can be used for teaching, presentations, assignments or dissertations. 

How do I access this resource? Search for ‘Amirsys’ in CityLibrary Search

Library Staff Love #4: Bins

Garbage. Dumpster. Trash can.

The humble dustbin comes in a variety of forms and synonyms, none more exciting than the dazzling array of new multi-purpose bins we have across all the Library sites. Simon B in particular is a big fan of our new bins and wanted to share with everyone just why he loves them so:

“The new bins are great… real snazzy and come in a fetching palette of soothing greys, black and green. You can put recyclable waste in the green bit and non-recyclable waste in black bit, and as long as food has been emptied from the containers you can recycle them… the new bins help support the University’s waste management policies and encourage sustainable processes.”

Our 'snazzy' new bins
Our ‘snazzy’ new bins

We hope that having more snazzy bins throughout Library spaces has made it much easier for users to dispose of plastic packets and cardboard containers, especially since the new policy on allowing cold snacks was introduced.

Thanks for sharing your love of bins Simon!


Love is in the Library

Today is Valentine’s Day. Sweethearts around the country will be swapping cards and flowers. Sometimes it can be a very expensive day, but it doesn’t need to be. CityLibrary Search has tons of great resources to help you celebrate this festival of love. Here are five of our favourite romantically themed items from our collections.

  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is the classic love story. If you don’t know the play, you will know the story: star crossed lovers from different sides of the track falling in love (think West Side Story or Buffy and Angel). If you are new to the play, this BBC recording from 1978 is a great place to start. Watching it this year will have added resonance as it was also the big onscreen debut of the great Alan Rickman.
  • Pride and Prejudice is a great novel. There’s romance at the heart of the story, but the book contains much much more than that. In it you get a humorous view of the joys and pains of falling in love, a gentle comedy of manners, a sharp and ironic dissection of  Georgian society, and let’s not forget that scene. Very few readers will forget when hunky Mark [sorry, Fitzwilliam] Darcy climbs out of the pond in his wet shirt and kegs #swoon. Set in Regency England, the novel still resonates and enthralls readers today.
  • George and Mildred Box of Broadcasts has tons of great videos, often episodes of shows which aren’t available elsewhere. Choosing one couple from the great TV power couples was hard – Jack and Vera, Homer and Marge, Miss Piggy and Kermit etc – but we have chosen George and Mildred – one of the sweetest TV couples ever. If you have never seen it before, now is your chance.
  • My Beautiful Laundrette directed by Stephen Frears from a screenplay by Hanif Kureishi is one of the great classics of Cinema. Set in London during the Thatcher era, the film explores how the relationships of characters develop  across communities, classes, generations and sexual identities.
  • Wings of desire an angel in 80s Berlin falls in lurve with a mortal circus performer. So beautiful. Look out for cameos from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Peter Falk (aka Columbo). The stand out star is of course the State Library at the edge of the Potsdamer Platz where angels listen in to the readers thoughts.

New Addition to the Northampton Square Library

A new addition was recently made to Level 3 of the Northampton Square Library, which you may have spotted while picking up your printing or making photocopies.
An extra vending machine, full of snacks, has been installed so you don’t have to trek all the way down to Level 2 and go through the gates and back to grab a quick snack.
The machine contains a variety of crisps, chocolates and drinks and accepts both cash and cards.
So, should you be studying within the library and fancy a little something, just head to the back of Level 3 where you will find the machine in the corner with the printers and photocopier.  

The new vending machine in the corner with its printing neighbours.
The new vending machine in the corner with its printing neighbours.

Speaking of printing – if you are unsure about how printing your work, well, works, then head over to the Printing Facilities pages on the IT section of the University website.


From here, if you click on the Managed Print link on the right hand side then you will be able to top-up your Print Credit.

We want your feedback

Design, Deliver and Develop Library Services

Last year we asked you for your feedback to help improve Library Services and you responded in droves. Over 4,300 students took part in at least one university survey, including 73.9% of final year undergrads who took part in the National Student Survey. You can find out more about the changes that have taken place around the university on the university’s website.

Your feedback is instrumental in designing, delivering and developing your Library Service. We’ve made lots of improvements over the past two years, much of which has been as a direct result of student feedback. So please keep the feedback coming, it really does make a difference.”

Louise Doolan, Director of Library Services

These are just some reasons why you should give your feedback. In the past two years we have made the following changes to Library Services.

Cold Food policy

You can now bring cold food into the all libraries. To stop other students being disrupted we only ask that the food is cold, that it isn’t smelly or messy, and that you use the bins afterwards. So far this scheme has been very successful.


Library Essentials

Library Services have introduced a new series of short workshops to help you get up to scratch on all aspects of Library Services. From Getting to know CityLibrary to employability workshops these series will help you get the most from Library Services during your time at City.

Opening Hours

  • Northampton Square Library and Cass Learning Resource Centre are both open 24/7 during exams (in January and May)
  • Northampton Square is now open between Christmas and New Year
  • We have also introduced regular Sunday opening throughout term time at Gray’s Inn Place
  • The new Graduate School Library Centre is open for the same hours as the University Library during term time.

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More seats for you

Following feedback we have added:

  • More seats than ever in all the libraries.
  • A new Welcome Zone in the Cass Learning Resource Centre designed to support interactive student engagement
  • A new group study room at Gray’s Inn Place Library
  • A completely new silent study computer lab on level 6 of the University Library
  • 53 new study spaces (and counting) on levels 5 and 6 of the University Library

More Stuff on shelves

In the last two years, acting directly on feedback from you, we have:

  • Dedicated funds set aside to buy books recommended by you. Suggest a book to Read for Research or More Books and we will buy it.
  • Expanded print and e-book collections using student-led selection models
  • Expanded e-journal collections across all subject areas
  • Purchased new databases to support education
  • Purchased additional Bloomberg terminals
  • Introduced fiction collections at the University, Cass and Law libraries.

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Easier Services

  • We introduced CityLibrary Search, a new resource discovery tool, making it easier for you to search a wide range of Library resources from a single search bar. We have made several smaller improvements to how it works because of feedback from you.
  • You can now pay fines online to help you manage your library account.
  • You can now book a 1-2-1 with a subject Librarian through our “one click” system.
  • You can check our LibAnswers website for any FAQs.