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.
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.
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.
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:
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
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…
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
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.
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.
“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.
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.
“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.