Return of 24/7 opening

The Northampton Square and Cass libraries will open for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during City’s main exam and assessment period.

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Cass Learning Resource Centre:

Monday 25th March – Friday 3rd May

Northampton Square Library:

Tuesday 23rd April – Friday 31st May

Bookable study spaces will be available at both sites to reserve a seat in advance. At Northampton Square our Occupancy Chart will be back on Level 2 so you’ll know which floors are currently busier than others, plus each library will have additional security staff working through the night.

We’ll also be running our #TakeABreak campaign throughout 24/7 offering tips, advice, puzzles, colour-me-calm sheets and a weekly prize draw, all to encourage you to pause, refresh and recharge in between.

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Pick up a puzzle

Thanks to everyone in advance for showing consideration to local residents when entering and exiting university buildings through the night, this goes a long way to helping ensure we can stay open for longer at this busy time of year.

Detailed opening times can be found on the Library website.

Good luck everyone.

Email reminders

Last night’s upgrade to our system prevented our email reminders from being sent out.  Our suppliers are working to resolve this and we will send them out later today.  In the mean time, you can log in to your Library Account to view the due dates of your items and renew them if necessary.

Library system downtime: March 11th-12th

We are upgrading our library systems overnight Monday 11th – Tuesday 12th March.  As a result you may experience intermittent periods of downtime during which you will be unable to:

  • login to online resources
  • see book availability through CityLibrary Search
  • request items, or
  • login to your CityLibrary Account to renew items.

Please plan ahead to conduct research and manage your account ahead of this time.

Article access: scheduled maintenance Saturday 9th February

Due to scheduled maintenance by one of our suppliers,  direct ejournal and Journal Article links  from CityLibrary Search, Reading Lists, and Google Scholar will not work on Saturday 9th February.

The maintenance will start at 1am on Saturday and last for up to 24 hours.

Links to journals from the Journals A-Z, and the Is it  @CityLibrary links in databases such as EBSCOhost and Web of Science will also be affected.

You will be able to access the articles you need by following the instructions on our FAQs page.


CityLibrary seasonal opening hours

If you are planning to catch up on some studying and/or exam revision over the festive holidays then check out our opening hours and plan ahead:

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From Monday 17th December to Friday 21st December the Northampton Square Library will be operating vacation opening hours of 9am to 10pm with reference and self-service after 5pm.

Cass and City Law School libraries at Gray’s Inn Place and in the College Building will be open from 9am to 5pm.


All libraries will be closed from Saturday 22nd December to Wednesday 26th December.


The Northampton Square Library be open between Thursday 27th December and Monday 31st December from 10am to 6pm (reference and self-service only).


All libraries will be closed on Tuesday 1st January 2019.


All libraries will reopen on Tuesday 2nd January: at Northampton Square and Cass this also marks the start of our 24/7 opening during the January exam period.


Please note: from 27th December until 18th January access for SCONUL users is restricted, please check the website for details.



Meet the Team: Law Team

The Law Team works across two libraries, Gray’s Inn Place Library and Law Library College Building. The team makes sure both libraries run smoothly throughout the week, checking the environment and answering students’ questions.

The team is made up of the following people:

Martin Edwards – User Services Librarian
Martin is the User Services Librarian. He manages the frontline staff and is the person to contact should you have issues with your Library account. You can also contact him regarding feedback, complaints or general enquiries.

Martin also manages the library spaces, making sure the study environment is appropriate and meets your learning needs.

You can contact Martin at


Rob Hodgson & Tom Ellen – Subject Librarians
Rob and Tom are your Subject Librarians for Law. Rob has been working at City for a few years, Tom has recently joined us from the Law Society.

They are your contact for all things relating to library resources and library support for teaching and learning. Book a one-to-one appointment with them to learn how to use databases and other resources effectively, discuss literature searching for your dissertation, get help with citing and referencing using OSCOLA (citing correctly is the only way to avoid plagiarism!) and more. They also run training workshops throughout the year which can be booked via the Library Calendar.

You can drop in without appointment during their office hours. You can find them in B301 (Northampton Square Library) on Wednesdays between 1-3pm and at Gray’s Inn Place (Room 1/04) on Thursdays from 11-1pm.

You can contact Rob at
You can contact Tom at



Hilary Vieitez – Research Librarian
Hilary is the Research Librarian for Law, supporting academic staff and PhD students at The City Law School with their research needs. She offers both one-to-one training and group workshops. Areas in which she can offer support and advice include: literature searching techniques; how to track down resources for your research; effective use of reference management tools; and correct citing and referencing.

You can contact Hilary at


Stefanie McDade – Senior Information Assistant
Stefanie worked at The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn Library for 2 years assisting barrister and student members of the Inn with their legal enquiries. She therefore has a lot of experience and can help you with your legal research, and with OSCOLA too.

You can contact Stefanie at

Information Assistants & Evening and Weekend Team
Every day from Monday to Friday, you can ask for help at the desk from our Information Assistants: Alex, Conor, Martina, Monika and Stephanie; and, if you use the library in the evenings or at the weekends, you will find Emma, Josephine, Mark, Luciana, Phong, Sadeer, Tim or William available to assist you.

Our staff can help you with: finding books on the shelf, printing, reading a report citation, using the catalogue; and have all been trained on how to use key law resources like Westlaw or Lexis. They will also be able to refer you to the right person should your enquiry require a more in-depth answer.

You can get in touch with the team at

Library Services on 12th July

To allow for a staff development event on Thursday 12th July Library sites will be open for reference and self-service only.

Access on that day will only be available to City University students, staff and registered Library users.

Normal opening hours will apply. Staffed services will resume at 9am on the following day, Friday 13th July.

New resources available on Westlaw

Library Services now provides all current City students access to a huge range of books and looseleaf encyclopaedias on Westlaw.

Previously, access was limited to a small selection of titles such as The White Book, Archbold, and Palmer’s Company Law. Our new extended subscription gives access to over 300 books, including 66 looseleaf works  and all the Common Law Library titles.

What subjects are covered?

These titles cover a lot of different law topics: Company & Commercial, Crime, EU and International Law, Land and Property, Litigation, Tort and many more.

There are now 9 new arbitration titles in the collection, for example Davidson on Arbitration, Handbook of UNCITRAL Arbitration, and Russell on Arbitration.

Shipping books such as Snell’s Equity, Kennedy Rose on the Law of Salvage, and Scrutton on Charter parties are now available online, which means you don’t have to wait to get your hands on it!

We also subscribe to 66 looseleaf works. This means you don’t have to come to the library to access important material such as UK Oil & Gas law; Mitchell, Taylor and Talbot on Confiscation and the Proceeds of Crime; or Emmett & Farrand on Title. It’s all available from your computer and you can access it from everywhere.

You also have now access to all the Common Law Library titles, such as: Bowstead & Reynolds On Agency; Gatley on Libel and Slander; Goff & Jones: The Law of Unjust Enrichment and many others.

If you’re already writing your dissertation, you’ll be happy to know that, thanks to this, the library is in a better position to support you as even more content will be accessible remotely.

Not a law student? We have a lot of titles on banking and finance, and also business, accounting and health and social care.

How do I get a list of all the available books?

Does this sound interesting but you’re unsure which books are in the collection?

There are many books available, some of which you may be unfamiliar with as we have never had them before. To get a full list, search “Westlaw” in our catalogue ( and log in using your City username and password. From the top menu click on “Books”: you can see all the titles included in our subscription. If you wish, you can also filter the titles by subject area, by using the menu on the left-hand side.

Resolved: issues accessing online journals

The problems we were experiencing accessing some online journals have now been resolved by our suppliers, and you should be able to access our online titles as usual.

If you are still getting a 502 Bad Gateway error when trying to access an online journal please try to clear your browser’s cache.  If the issues persist then please do contact the Library.


Problems accessing some online journals: 502 bad gateway

Update: 22nd March 16:15

The issues we were experiencing have now been resolved.  If you are still getting a 502 Bad Gateway error when accessing our online journals please try to clear your browser’s cache.  If the issues persist then please do contact the Library.

We are currently experiencing some problems accessing some online journals, resulting in a 502 bad gateway error.

This is due to technical issues with the platform that provides online journal hosting to several of our suppliers, blocking access to content.  A number of universities have been affected by this, and we are working with publishers to resolve the issues as soon as possible.

We have been able to find workarounds for some of the suppliers, and are regularly updating our help and guidance to reflect the current status.