Keep calm and carry on recommending digital books for us to purchase

Our More Books, Read for Research and Liberating CityLibrary schemes are open for business. If there’s a title we don’t have in the collection which you think we should, tell us.

Each scheme is different, so chose the option which best meets your needs:

More Books (students only)

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. If it costs less than £100 to buy a digital copy we’ll purchase it straight away.

Read for Research (PhD, postdoctoral researchers and staff only)

Suggest titles to help with your research, key works in your field, or texts useful for the research community at City. If it costs less than £100 to buy a digital copy we’ll purchase it straight away.

Liberating CityLibrary (Everyone)

Increase our range of books 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. If it costs less than £100 to buy a digital copy we’ll purchase it straight away.

All terms and conditions of each scheme can be found on the relevant order page.

CityLibrary’s collections are your collections, so why not help shape their development and growth?

We can’t wait to see what you’d like to buy.

 

 

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.

New Books – February 2019

We are regularly addding new books to our collection. Use the carousel below to browse a diverse selection of the new titles added over 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.

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.

Greetings of the Season from CityLibrary

 We want to buy you a present, this festive season.

Pick up one of our CityLibrary Christmas bookmarks. You’ll find them on display at all CityLibrary locations.

We have included a cut out bauble, in the gorgeous reds of the library’s livery.

On the back of the bookmark you will find a special Christmas ‘More Books’ request form. If you fill this out and hand it back to Library staff by 23rd December, we’ll buy the book.*

Or you can take a photo of your completed bauble and share it on Twitter or Instagram using #CityLibraryXmas, and we’ll buy it for you.*

bauble
James signing up for some More Books action

 

*Standard MoreBooks Terms and Conditions apply and any purchase will need to be authorised by a librarian first. The promotion is open to current students and research students (Read for Research). You will need to put your City username on the bauble and we will email to confirm that you have recommended the book. This special festive form will only remain valid until 23rd December, but you will still be able to recommend a book for the library to buy through MoreBooks (or ReadforResearch) via our online form.

You can continue to recommend a book through MoreBooks during this period through the online form.

Not able to visit us? You can download your own copy of the bookmark and decoration to place on your own tree.

 

 

Library Staff Love #10: Read For Research

This month’s choice comes from Research Librarian Diane Bell who loves supporting research here at City (which is handy) almost as much as she loves leopards.

Diane said:

“It’s awesome to work in partnership with our research staff & students to build research collections and create resources. Read for Research allows City research students and staff to recommend titles for purchase by Library Services. The wide range of titles shows the diversity of the research done at City and we have had lovely feedback about it.”

Read For Research was set up to help postgraduate researchers get hold of print material specifically related to their topic of interest: you’ll know if you borrow a book purchased via the scheme because it will have a bright shiny sticker on the front proudly telling you so.

Read For Research
Shiny Read For Research sticker

The form to submit a Read For Research request can be found on our website and there is some helpful information provided about how the scheme works- you can even place a hold on the item being purchased, guaranteeing that you’ll be the first person to borrow it when it becomes available.

Diane also asked if she could give a quick plug for her own new resource too: Citylibresearchcasestudies.

“The purpose of this is to give a practical insight into researching different subjects from the point of view of a research student or staff member who has either recently researched the topic(s) or who is a new or experienced researcher. It concentrates on areas such as: Library resources such as databases and journals, useful textbooks, literature searching experiences and keywords and any publications, articles blog posts etc. and tips for new researchers.”

There’s some really interesting stuff on the site and it’s great to see so many of City’s researchers engage with the project.

Thanks for your suggestions Diane!