Three things to help you unwind over the festive break

It’s been a tough year for most of us, but now it’s almost over. Although some of you might have assignments coming up, we really hope you might find a little bit of time to sit down comfortably, relax, and recharge for a bit during the winter break. So, here you will find some of our virtual treats:

1) If you are staying in the UK, check out the festive playlist of films put together by CityLibrary staff to help you unwind. From well-known Christmas feel-good classics, to comedies and beyond, find it on Box of Broadcasts.

2) If you are eager to set your eyes on some fiction and forget all else, have a look at this selection of e-books available though the Library:

3) This winter break will be very different for many of us, not being able to see our families and friends, and dealing with the craziness around us. If that’s the case for you, please remember that you are not alone. Speak to somebody, if you can. And have a look at our wellbeing e-books below, if that can be of help:

Please take care and stay safe this Christmas and New Year.

With love (and Love Actually),

Your CityLibrary.

CityLibrary’s open during the holidays

With the end of term and vacation not far around the corner, CityLibrary have released details of available services through the festive period. Continue reading CityLibrary’s open during the holidays

Westlaw and Practical Law Essential Maintenance 30th November 5pm

Westlaw Uk / Westlaw Books / Practical Law

The CityLibrary Login screen for these databases will change from 5pm today, 30th November.

Sign in via the IT login screen when prompted.

There will be some downtime overnight when Westlaw personal folders will not be available.

Please contact us at e-access@city.ac.uk if you need any help

Essential maintenance to Westlaw, LexisLibrary, Nexis and other databases from Monday 23rd November

We will be updating the login for some of our online library resources in the week commencing 23rd November.

How will this affect me?

This work will affect the way you login to the following online library resources which use the OpenAthens or Institutional login.

  • Westlaw UK
  • Westlaw Books
  • Practical Law
  • Lawtel
  • LexisLibrary
  • Nexis UK
  • JustisOne

What should I do?

All users are asked to back up any important research data in these databases by Wednesday the 25th November.

Please be aware there may be intermittent access issues for some resources during the week of 23rd to 30th November while publishers systems update.

We aim to make the process as seamless as possible.  However, whilst we are working with publishers to try and maintain our users’ personal settings, we cannot guarantee changes to users’ settings will not occur.

As a precaution, please can you save any personal settings, files and folders on online library resources websites that you have associated with your City account details before the 25th Nov.  This is to minimise any risk to your research data.

From 23rd November onwards, you will start to see changes to login screens when you follow options to sign in via institution or sign in via OpenAthens.

OpenAthens Login Screen

Things to be aware of

  • If you have a personal account you may need to re-associate it with your login the next time you access a database (e.g. ThomsonReuters OnePass)
  • If you have saved searches and alerts you may need to set them up again.
  • If you have bookmarked resources you may need to re-bookmark them.
  • Please contact us via e-access@city.ac.uk if you need any help.
  • This will only affect online library resources that use an OpenAthens or institutional sign in as below.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused. Contact our E-Access Team via e-access@city.ac.uk if you have questions or need any help at all.

 

Business Library re-opening 16th November

We are pleased to announce that the Business Library at Bunhill Row will re-open on Monday, 16th November from 09:00 – 21:00. Monday to Friday. Bookable study spaces, PCs and specialist financial terminals will be available in addition to a click and collect service for requested books.

Please ensure you book a study space or PC in advance.  Track and trace will be in operation via QR code check-in for bookable spaces  and, in accordance with University guidelines,  all Library users are required to wear a face covering when using Library spaces unless exempt from doing so.

Library users are advised to check the Library website for current information about service availability.

Getting stuck with your assignments?

Do you sometimes feel confused and unsure where to start when an assignment deadline is approaching? Do you think your writing or argumentation skills could benefit from a little push? Fret not, there are various teams at the University that are here to give you all the support you need. Continue reading Getting stuck with your assignments?

Library workshops and specialist support

Did you know you can attend Library workshops to support your studies and research?

Or, that you can book an appointment with a Subject Librarian for expert help? Continue reading Library workshops and specialist support

Book Study Spaces

Need somewhere to work quietly and comfortably?  Desks for studying at the Northampton Square and Business School Libraries are available to book on the CityLibrary website.  There are study spaces with and without PCs and computers with financial resources. 

Access to the Library is only available to students and staff who have items to collect or have booked individual study spaces. You must book ahead of your visit to the Library.  Continue reading Book Study Spaces

Brush up on your academic skills this autumn

Do you ever feel overwhelmed when you’re assigned to write an essay? Do you struggle to manage your time effectively? Do you want to get better at sitting exams?

Our colleagues in the Academic Skills Team are hosting a series of Study Skills webinars that address these common challenges and more.

These webinars are designed to support you when learning remotely and will begin on the 16th of October, running through to 8th of December. They include: Continue reading Brush up on your academic skills this autumn

Black History Month

October is Black History Month in the United Kingdom, when we pay special attention to the often untold history, experiences, and contributions of black people to this country and to the wider world. The Black Lives Matter events have brought to the forefront the issues of systemic racism and social inequalities. Whatever our skin colour, it is important to understand the background of these events, and to listen to the experiences of people who have suffered and continue to experience discrimination in many areas of their lives for no other reason than the colour of their skin.

Due to current circumstances we can’t have a book and information display in the physical space of the Library, but there is genuinely a wealth of resources and opportunities out there to learn, listen, and be together. Continue reading Black History Month