Access to online journals – tonight

Due to a system upgrade you will not be able to access some of our online journals through CityLibrary Search and other links overnight tonight.

The Journals A-Z will also not work during this time.

This work has been scheduled to take place between 1am and 4am on Saturday 17th February to have minimal impact on your use of online journals.

Access to online databases will not be affected.

Library systems: planned downtime

We are upgrading our library systems overnight Tuesday 13th – Wednesday 14th February.

As a result you may experience intermittent periods of downtime where you are unable to:

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

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


Revising for your exams or studying over the Christmas break?

We can confirm our opening times for the holiday period.

Northampton Square Library
From Monday 18th December to Friday 22nd December the library will be operating vacation opening hours of 9am to 10pm with reference and self-service after 5pm.

The library will be closed from Saturday 23rd December to Tuesday 26th December inclusive.

We will be open between Wednesday 27th December and Friday 29th December from 10am to 6pm (reference and self-service only).

The library will be closed Saturday 30th December 2017 to Monday 1st January inclusive.

Term time opening hours resume on Tuesday 2nd January. From Monday 8th January, 24-hour opening will begin and run until Friday 26th January.

From the 27th December until the end of 24-hour opening, access will only be available to City University students and staff.

Cass Learning Resource Centre
The library will close at 5pm on Friday 22nd December and will re-open on Tuesday 2nd January at 8.30am.

24/7 opening will run from 2nd January at 8.30am until Friday 19th January.

During this time, access will only be available to City University students and staff.

City Law School Libraries
The law libraries at Northampton Square and Gray’s Inn Place will close at 5pm on Friday 22nd December and will re-open with usual hours on Tuesday 2nd January.

24/7 Opening
To help support you during the exam period Northampton Square Library will be open 24/7 from 8:30am on Monday 8th January until midnight Friday 26th January

Cass Learning Resource Centre will be open 24/7 from Tuesday 2nd January until Friday 19th January.
Before travelling in, please check the opening times at each site.students in silent study spaces

Getting to Know CityLibrary: competition winners announced!

Back in September we launched our Getting to Know CityLibrary competition with some fantastic prizes up for grabs: and, excitingly, we can now reveal who our lucky winners are!

Photograph of CityWolf and some prizes (study skills books)
CityWolf with some of the prizes


So congratulations to:

Brigi Fijo: winner of the top prize, a free day pass to CitySport!

Taking home Library Study Packs full of fantastic books and goodies:

  • Lara Physant Murdoch
  • Tom Jenkins
  • Helena Hicks
  • Savvas Soteriou
  • Zin Tun
  • Marwa Sharif
  • Hirva Hingu
  • Najam-Us-Samad Anjum
  • Tom Peri
Photograph of competition entry cards and prizes.
Competition entry cards and prizes

And finally, claiming £10 Print Credit:

  • Nystha Baishya
  • Clarence Tang
  • Jasmine Turner
  • Yulia Sharkova
  • Nithesh Vairavan

Thanks to everyone who took part, we had hundreds of entries- watch out for more competitions and quizzes in the new year!

Law Resources: JustCite

What is JustCite?

JustCite is a legal search engine and citator that indexes and cross references case law and legislation from the UK, Ireland, and other common law jurisdictions. It does not provide full text results, however it provides links to full text content on other databases, such as Westlaw and LexisLibrary.

Why is JustCite useful?

If you don’t know whether to search a case on Westlaw, Lexis, or another database, you can start your research on JustCite.

All on one screen, you can see where a case has been reported and which of these reports City provides access to; you get a list of parallel citations; and you can understand immediately which is the most authoritative citation in the case’s history.

As a plus, JustCite also shows you how a case has been treated subsequently.

How do I log in?

Select JustCite from the databases list, and log in using your City username and password. You then need to click on the “Sign in” button on the top right hand side of the screen, and from there select “Academic – Athens Sign In” (please see screenshots below).

Now select “City, University of London” from “Find your organisation”. You might need to insert your City username and password another time.

First steps using JustCite

Let’s say you are looking for the following case:

Lucasfilm ltd v Ainsworth

Type the 2 party names into the search bar and hit the green button. From the list of results, select the case.

An overview of the whole case will be shown: there is a short summary of the case, the key cases considered, eventual recent articles published about it, the legislation and the EU information considered, and full text links to the actual transcripts or report(s).

On the right of the screen, there is a list of parallel citations. The most authoritative citation is pointed out by a yellow arrow.

In order to see if the full text of the judgment is available through library resources, click on the citation (e.g., on “Law Reports” under the “Supreme Court of England” headline), and select the database of your choice from the drop down list. In this instance, you can see the full-text is available both on LexisLibrary and Westlaw.

Note: To link through to LexisLibrary records please ensure that you have opened and logged into LexisLibrary first.

Also, when clicking through to a Westlaw record, please choose the Athens link rather than the home institution link:

Need an in-depth guide?

If you need more information and want to make the best out of JustCite, please get a “Getting Started” guide in Gray’s Inn Place Library or the Innovation Centre Library. Ask the staff at the Library Service Desk if you can’t find one.

OSCOLA Tutorial

The Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA) is a guide to legal citation and it is the standard citing and referencing format used by The City Law School.
Citing what you have read to complete an assignment is not only important to avoid plagiarism, but it also makes your argument stronger.
Where do I start?
First, download the OSCOLA Handbook. The guide contains all the rules you need to know.
Then you can check the interactive tutorial that Library Services, in cooperation with LEaD, have put together. You can find it in our Citing & Referencing guide:
The tutorial will guide you through everything you need to know.
Need further help?
If after doing the tutorial you are still confused or you have questions to ask, come along to meet your subject librarian at the following times and locations:
Innovation Centre Library 1st floor, every Wednesday from 1-3pm
Gray’s Inn Place Library, every Thursday 11am-1pm.
Ask at the Library Service Desk if you get lost!


Getting to Know CityLibrary

The first “Getting to Know CityLibrary” competition has started today! To take part, grab a card at Freshers’ Fair or Induction Week and answer the four questions on the back. Don’t worry, if you miss these events, you can still pick one at any of our Library Service Desks.

What can you win?
Our first prize is a 1 day membership at CitySport, which will allow you to try their gym and classes. We are also giving books on study skills, like “Palgrave Students Planner” to help organising your studying, and print credit.

Questions are all Library related, and they can all be answered by visiting We will also be dropping tips and hints on our Twitter account, so don’t forget to follow us @CityUniLibrary: look for #CityLibraryQuiz!

Once completed, return the card to any of our Libraries and post it in the box at the Library Service Desk. Don’t forget to write your name and City email address.

Completed cards must be returned by 1st December 2017. Winners will be selected at random from all complete and correct entries and will be notified by email to the City email address supplied on the card.

Meet the team: Law Team

The Law Team works across two libraries, Gray’s Inn Place Library and Innovation Centre Library, which you can access using your City card. The team makes sure both libraries run smoothly throughout the week, checking the environment and answering students’ questions.

All City students are welcome to study at the Law Libraries, but the available material on the shelves (books, journals, reports) is law-focused.

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 – Subject Librarian
Rob is the Subject Librarian for Law. He is your contact for all things relating to library resources and library support for teaching and learning. Book a one-to-one appointment with him 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! Rob also runs training workshops throughout the year which can be booked via the Library Calendar.

You can drop in without appointment during his office hours. You can find him at the Innovation Centre 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

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 and Monika; and, if you use the library in the evenings or at the weekends, you will find Carol, Emma, Josephine, Mark, Steffi 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

Advanced notice: Library systems downtime overnight 4th – 5th September

We are upgrading our library systems overnight Monday 4th September – Tuesday 5th September.  As a result you may experience intermittent periods of downtime where you are 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 of this period.

Changes to accessing online resources

Today we are making some changes to our login screens for access to:

  • Your City Library Account
  • Online resources
  • Requesting items

These should make the pages much more user friendly.

As a result you may experience some brief disruption to accessing the resources today, Tuesday 29th August.  This should not last too long.  If you do find you cannot access an online resource or your City Library Account, please try again later.

new login screen
A sneak peek of our new login screen