Library Essentials Pop-Ups Next Week

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Did you miss your induction?  Did Welcome Week pass by in a blur?

Then why not drop-in to one of our Library Essentials sessions next week.  Helpful library staff will tell you about the services and resources available at CityLibrary including:

We will be at:

  • Northampton Square Library, on Level 2, from 2-3pm Monday 24th to Friday 28th October
  • Cass Learning Resource Centre, from 2-3pm on Tuesday 25th and Thursday 27th October
  • Law Library Innovation Centre, from 2-3pm on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th October

Students of all levels are welcome!

Problems with Library Systems

Unfortunately we are experiencing problems with our Library systems.  This is affecting access to electronic resources and your CityLibrary Account (including renewing items).

We are working to resolve this as soon as possible.

Apologies for the inconvenience caused.

Library Systems Update Tonight

Due to a library systems update overnight tonight, a few of our online services will be unavailable.

You won’t be able to login to your Library Account to renew items or access some E-resources for about half an hour from 2:30am.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.  Normal services will resume soon after.

Extended Library Opening

Following the success of 24/7 opening in January, we will once again be opening 24/7 at Northampton Square Library and Cass Learning Resource Centre in the lead up to and during the spring assessment periods to give you more time to use the Library for revision and preparation for exams and assignments.

From Tuesday 29th March until Friday 6th May the Learning Resource Centre at Cass will be open 24/7.

At Northampton Square, 24/7 provision will run from Monday 25th April through to Friday 3rd JuneThis includes Bank Holidays – but remember our staffed services will not be available after 9.00pm or on Bank Holidays.

If you are planning on taking advantage of 24/7 opening here are a few things you need to remember …

• To bring your City University ID card; if you do not have your ID card you will not be permitted access.

• To leave the University premises quickly and quietly. We are based in a residential area, so please be mindful of our neighbours when leaving late at night (or early in the morning!).

• The Library Services Code of Conduct

• Access outside of staffed hours is for City University students and staff only.

Hold Up!

You can place a book on hold when there are no copies available at all or if the only available copies are at other sites.

Once a hold is placed, a copy of the desired item will be put aside for you upon its return; or a copy will be transferred from another site for you.

This can be done by following the steps in this short video:

When a book is completely unavailable it can potentially mean a long wait, especially if lots of people have made the same request but please do not be put off by this.

By placing a hold you are alerting library staff to the fact that a book is in demand and holds statistics are used to inform our purchasing. In other words, when a book gets placed on hold a lot we may buy more copies to help satisfy demand.

Finally, when that book gets put aside for you, you’ll receive an email to let you know it’s available for collection and how long for. Additionally, its status will change in CityLibrary Search to ON HOLDSHELF. Please present your card at the Service Desk of your chosen pick up library to collect it.

And that’s all there is to it.

Holds are both a great way to help you get what you want as well as a way to help us get you more of what you want.

Stapling in CityLibrary

Our recent Feedback Wall showed that you are keen to see stapling in CityLibrary.  

The stapling feedback we received
The stapling feedback we received

Well, did you know that you can use the larger combined printers and photocopiers in the library for stapling, too?  
The option can be selected from the Printer Properties menu.  From here you can get the printer do many of the things you might want it to do, such as print in colour, print multiple pages or multiple slides on one sheet.
Through the Finishing part of the menu, you can select Stapling: this section allows you to say how many pages you would like stapled together and whether you want your work stapled in the top left corner or in a booklet format.


Check out this video that shows you how:

Give it a go – it’s a useful and new function that can be used to staple essays or lecture notes at the same time as printing them!


Are you going to be revising for your exams or studying over the Christmas break?

We can now confirm our opening times for the holiday period.

From Monday 21st December the will be open from 9am to 10pm (reference and self-service after 5pm), closing at 3pm on Thursday 24th December and re-opening on between Tuesday 29th December and Thursday 31st December from 10am to 6pm (reference and self-service).

Access during these times will only be available to City University students and staff.

Usual weekend services will recommence Saturday the 2nd January.

The library will close at 3pm on Thursday 24th December and will re-open on Saturday 2nd January, commencing 24 hour opening from Monday 4th January at 8.30am.

The libraries will close at 3pm on Thursday 24th December and will re-open with usual hours at 9am on Monday 4th January.

24/7 Opening 

To help support you during the exam period Northampton Square Library and Cass Learning Resource Centre will be open 24/7 from 8:30am Monday 4th January until midnight Friday 22nd January.

 Before travelling in, please check the opening times at each site

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