New Library resource: London Review of Books

We’re pleased to announce that Library Services now subscribes to the online edition of the London Review of Books. 

Published twice a month, the London Review of Books describes itself as ‘Europe’s leading magazine of culture and ideas’. It features essays by academics, writers, and journalists on a variety of topics, as well as reviews, poetry, and letters.

Our subscription includes access to every piece ever published via the digital archive and to the blogpodcasts and short documentaries available on the website. 

Browse the archive by issue/category or search via keyword. Once you find the article you need you’ll see options to print, cite and email content at the top of each page. 

A selection of articles to get you started:

Acess the London Review of Books via CityLibrary Search or our Databases A-Z.

If you have any questions about the London Review of Books please contact 

New Resource – Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford DNB) is the national record of men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century.

The Oxford DNB includes 60,000 biographies, 11,000 portraits and 250 podcasts. The biographies are concise, up-to-date and written by named, specialist authors. It is overseen by academic editors at Oxford University and published by Oxford University Press. The advanced search functionality lets you search by occupation, gender, and time period and life event and the database is updated regularly throughout the year.

Mary Queen Scots

Some highlights include:

Listen to a life

The Oxford DNB podcast can be accessed via the main database or downloaded via ITunes (where it’s called ‘Oxford Biographies’). An episode is released each week and lasts between 10 and 20 mins.

Mo Mowlam

Popular episodes include:


If you have any questions about Oxford Dictionary of National Biography please contact

Advanced Notice of BoB Service Downtime 11th -13th June 2018

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) will be unavailable between 11th – 13th June 2018. This is due to a Bob Home Screen server relocation. 

Learning on Screen are working very hard to minimise the impact of this move on BoB service delivery but it will be necessary to switch BoB off for up to 3 days whilst they move the equipment. 

BoB will be switched off on the morning of 11th June 2018 and will be completely unavailable during this time.Programmes broadcast during the down-period will be available retrospectively for most channels. Please note that Off-Airs can be ordered in advance during the down-time via TRILT and can be prioritised during this 3-day period.

If you have any questions about the above please contact or

New publications added to PressReader

PressReader is a resource which lets you access over 7,000 newspapers and magazines from 97 countries in 54 languages in full colour, full page format. This month PressReader has added a number of new publications to its catalogue.

New titles include:

Existing  magazine titles include:

Magazines for a healthy body, healthy mind…

To access PressReader you must login with your City ID. If you have questions about PressReader or any of it’s content please email

Compdendex News: See How Engineering Village Can Improve Your Research Success

Compendex Engineering Village has added IEEE standards to the range of material they index.

Watch this recorded webinar for tips on how to improve your research success and save time.



New Resource: Bloomsbury Popular Music

The Library now provides access to Bloomsbury Popular Music a database which includes the entire Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, the 33 1/3 series and an expanding range of scholarly books

Screenshot of Bloomsbury Popular music

Database features include:

  • Search, browse and filter content by music genre, artist name, topic, and country
  • Artist Pages containing curated links to relevant content for each artist
  • World Map enabling users to navigate to books and articles covering a particular country or region
  • Timeline of Popular Music showing dates of all the albums covered in the 33 1/3 series, plus an overview of contextual events in musical and political history, with links to relevant encyclopedia articles
  • Related Content links on every content page makes it easy to discover relevant material
  • Intuitive, user-friendly interface for desktop, tablet and mobile
  • Easy to cite, share, and print content

Screenshot Bloomsbury

This resource will be of particular interest to students, academics and researchers in disciplines such as music, ethnomusicology, media, cultural studies, sociology and journalism.

You can access Bloomsbury Popular Music via the CityLibrary Search or our A-Z database list.

If you have any questions or comments about this resource please email


Online resources update for School of Health Sciences

CINAHL Complete

The library has upgraded CINAHL database from CINAHL Plus with Full Text to CINAHL Complete which allows access to more full text journal articles.

CINAHL provides contents mostly in nursing specialties but it also covers general health and medicine, speech and language pathology, radiography, psychology and more. CINAHL Complete can be accessed via CityLibrary Search or the Databases A-Z list.

eBook Nursing Collection

This new collection comprises of more than 540 e-books mostly in nursing including clinical guides, evidence-based practice manuals and practical handbooks. It also covers e-books on allied health profession such as radiography, midwifery and patient communication. The collection is available from Ebscohost platform which is accessible via CityLibrary Search or the Databases A-Z list and the title list is available online.  

E-Books Screenshot







For questions about either of the resources listed mentioned in this post please contact Endang Scanlon, Subject Librarian for Health Sciences and Radiography. 

From the archive: The Beacon

The Archives Group at City Library are responsible for maintaining and preserving City’s Archives and Special Collections. We are currently working on a number of exciting projects to make the content more accessible to staff, students and external researchers.

In our new series From the archive, each month we’ll be selecting a collection from the archive to share with the world via the News Hub. This month it’s the turn of the beloved student magazine The Beacon. Edited and written entirely by students we hold print runs of The Beacon from the late 1940s until the early 1980s.

The Beacon provides a fascinating insight into the lives of City students throughout this period; the things which were important to them at the time and local political issues of the day. We can also see the activities of the student’s union reflected in the pages, with concerts, theatre productions, dances and sports all recorded or advertised.  

If you would like to find out more about City’s Archives and Special collections please visit our Archives Guide or email 

New books at City Library

We regularly add new books and e-books to our collection. Use the carousel below to browse a selection of the new titles added in the last few months. Click on any cover to see where the book is located or to place a request.

Want to recommend a book? Tell us what’s missing from our collections via our More Books Scheme.