Black History Month

October is Black History Month in the United Kingdom, when we pay special attention to the often untold history, experiences, and contributions of black people to this country and to the wider world. The Black Lives Matter events have brought to the forefront the issues of systemic racism and social inequalities. Whatever our skin colour, it is important to understand the background of these events, and to listen to the experiences of people who have suffered and continue to experience discrimination in many areas of their lives for no other reason than the colour of their skin.

Due to current circumstances we can’t have a book and information display in the physical space of the Library, but there is genuinely a wealth of resources and opportunities out there to learn, listen, and be together. Continue reading Black History Month

Time for fiction?

If you are lucky enough to have some time off during the summer, your thoughts might turn to books you’ve wished to read for a long time, or maybe to simply losing yourself in some attention-grabbing fiction to forget about all else and completely recharge.

The Library now offers a Click & Collect service for items that are located at either Northampton Square Library or Law Library (Northampton Square). However, if you can’t make it to the campus, don’t forget we have many e-books available, too. Like any other resource, you can find them using CityLibrary Search. Just type in the title and select the Full text online filter on the left hand side (you might need to click on the menu icon if using a mobile device). Here is a selection of what we’ve found:

If you find it too hot for fiction, why not browse a magazine via PressReader, or check Box of Broadcasts for a film or a TV show? Either way, we hope you manage to take some time off for yourself before it’s time for the next chapter.

Finding your dream job

Now that the summer’s here and you have less on your plate studies-wise, it can be a good time not only to have a breather, but also to take a moment and focus on the bigger picture. What is the job you would like to land after your studies? What are the tips and tricks of getting through the selection process? How can you prepare yourself and get ahead in your chosen career?

Continue reading Finding your dream job

Taking the time to look after yourself

Being in the midst of a global pandemic is not easy for anybody. Having to study or work from home, not seeing friends and family in person, and worrying about our loved ones and our own health makes this a difficult time for all of us.

Continue reading Taking the time to look after yourself

LFW stands for Library Fashion W…month, right?

With the buzz of London Fashion Week surrounding us, CityLibrary couldn’t help but highlight some of the more fashionable sections of our collections that many might not know we have.

Fashion display at Northampton Square LibraryRegardless of whether you are a fashionista or not, you might find something captivating here. Fashion embodies a lot more than the newest trends on the catwalk: it can help us understand what messages societies are and have been sending across to express ideas on class, changing beauty and societal standards, ideas on identity, sustainability, race, gender expression, and more.

Come and browse (and borrow from) our book and information display on Level 5 at Northampton Square Library this month, or use CityLibrary Search to find more. If you prefer to find your resources by catwalking through the Library, the best direction will be towards sections 746 and 391 on Level 5, or 070.4 on Level 3, if you are looking for fashion journalism.

Fashion display at Northampton Square LibraryAlternatively, if you are a distance-learner, or simply prefer reading online, there’s lots in stock electronically, too. Check out Vogue Archive for the entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition), from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution colour page images. PressReader has a whole section dedicated to fashion magazines in different languages, too. And, as always, CityLibrary Search will be the best place to find e-books and journal articles, just enter your keywords and use the “Full text online” filter on the left hand side. Have a look at some intriguing e-books below, and get inspired!

LGBT+ History Month in the Library

As you might have noticed from the colourful flags on Library Help Desks, celebration of LGBT+ History Month at CityLibrary is in full swing. So why not look behind the flags and find what else we have in store?

If you are at Northampton Square Library this February, stop by the book display on Level 5 to browse some of the LGBT-related print books in our collection. You can also search for more books at all Library locations on CityLibrary search, or request a new book on LGBT+ or other underrepresented topics to be purchased for the Library’s collection via Liberating CityLibrary. If you are a distance-learner or simply prefer to read online, CityLibrary Search will help you find lots of exciting e-books, too, some of which you can see in the book carousel below.

If you are looking for articles about LGBT+ topics, as always, check CityLibrary Search, or you can browse any of the journals that CityLibrary subsribes to, like Journal of Lesbian Studies, Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, Journal of Bisexuality, or Journal of LGBT Youth.

Don’t forget that with PressReader you have access to the latest issues of a wide range of magazines, including Gay Times and Attitude.

And finally, if you just feel like having a break with a good film, don’t be a stranger to our DVD collection which is right next to the Help Desk on Level 2 of Northampton Square Library: Call Me By Your Name, Carol, God Loves Uganda, The Crying Game, and many more fantastic films are there for you to borrow and enjoy. Or, if you are a distance-learner or don’t have a DVD player, Box of Broadcasts (or, as we lovingly call it, BOB) will be your best ally to find recordings of films and TV shows online.

Have a look at LGBT+ History Month’s events at or around City and nationwide, and we hope to see you around soon!

Liberating CityLibrary

This month we’re excited to launch our new initiative ‘Liberating CityLibrary’ where we’re asking students and staff to recommend books to help us improve the diversity of our collections.

We want to increase the range of books in the library written by people from a BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) background, books by and about LGBTQI+ people and titles which recognise overlapping identities and experiences such as gender, class, sexuality and disability.

Liberating CityLibrary will work in a similar way to the already established book suggestion schemes ‘More Books‘ and ‘Read for Research’. To get involved all you need to do is complete our online form and if the requested book costs less than £60 and there are no copies in stock, your order will be placed within five working days.

We look forward to receiving your suggestions and will be sharing monthly highlights via CityLibrary News and social media.

If you have any questions about Liberating CityLibrary please email library@city.ac.uk.

Library Loves Feedback: 18th to 24th November 2019

Once again Library Staff will be popping-up across City to find out what you think about Library Services. We want to know what you love and why you love it: plus, your ideas for how we can improve things too.

Your feedback makes a difference: we use it to help plan and make changes for the benefit of everyone who uses the Library’s services, resources and spaces.

We’ll have our usual in-person pop-up stalls, plus our popular feedback walls so that you can post your comments anonymously, read other people’s thoughts and see responses from Library Staff. If you don’t make it in, you can submit your feedback online: https://city-uk.libwizard.com/f/feedback-2019.

Poster advertising Library Loves Feedback
Library Loves Feedback

As a massive “thank you” for giving us your feedback, we’ll have some fabulous freebies and prizes to giveaway too!

Here are details of our pop-up locations for this year:

Northampton Square:

Monday 18th Nov Myddleton Street Building Reception Area 12:15-12:45
Tuesday 19th Nov University Building Pavilion 13:15-13:45
Wednesday 20th Nov University Building Stalls – Level 1 Walkway 12:15-12:45
Thursday 21st Nov College Building Entrance Area 13:15-13:45
Friday 22nd Nov University Building Stalls – Level 1 Walkway 13:15-13:45

City Law School, Gray’s Inn Place:

Tuesday 19th Nov Common Room, Atkin Building, Gray’s Inn Place 11:45-12:15

Cass Business School, Bunhill Row:

Thursday 21st Nov Bunhill Row, 1st floor, outside Cass Learning Resource Centre 15:15-15:45

Finally, there are loads of other ways to contact us too throughout the year including via email, Online Chat, and Social Media: tell us what you think!

Find your Library Guide

City Library Guides bring together the essential resources in your subject area and connect you quickly and easily to information about Library Services.

Library Guides Homepage

From the Library Guides homepage select your school to see the Subject Guides relevant to you. In each of these guides your Librarians have gathered together the most important resources for you to use in your assignments and research. You’ll also find other helpful information such as details of library workshops or contact information for your Librarian.

As well as Subject Guides you’ll also find links to Help Guides and Library Service Guides which cover topics such as services for students with additional needs, how to access other University of London libraries and help with copyright.

If you have any feedback or comments on the Library Guides please contact your Librarian directly or look for the Report a problem button on the page.

More Books: You choose, we’re all ears

We're all ears

Since 2013, CityLibrary has given students the chance to help choose the books we have through the More Books scheme.  So far, just over 2000 books have been bought.   You can find a selection of these on display on Levels 4 and 5 of the Northampton Square Library, as well as below in our virtual display.

Books on all kinds of subjects have been bought covering many courses taught at City.  From health sciences to law to engineering, psychology, history, English, maths, computing and beyond, there is something for everyone.

You can get in on the act by filling out the More Books form online (or the Read for Research one if you are a research student) here.  Tell us what’s missing from the collections, whether it’s a classic text you think every library should have, or a title that just never seems to be on the shelf when you need it.

The scheme was set up in response to student’s wanting to have more control over books that were bought for the library.  To see what else Library Services have done to improve the student experience, check out the Student Survey section on the Student Hub.