CityLibrary online

The buildings might be closed but CityLibrary is most definitely open. Whatever help you need accessing and using Library resources and services, there are lots of ways you can get it, including:

Online Chat

We have extended our Online Chat service so you can now speak to a member of Library staff online from 9am to 5pm during weekdays. You can find the Online Chat box via the Library homepage.

Ask Us

When Online Chat isn’t available, you can still ask questions and find answers using our Ask Us service. If you can’t find an answer to your question straight away, simply submit a new question and we’ll get back to you with an answer as soon as possible.

Appointments with a Subject Librarian

Our Subject Librarians are available for appointments via Teams or telephone. Book an appointment online or contact your Subject Librarian to arrange a suitable date/time.

Research support

If you need help with your PhD research project, guidance on Open Access publishing via City Research Online or advice relating to Copyright, you can contact a member of our Research Support Team.

Library Guides

Find advice, guidance, tips and useful links via our Library Guides, including subject-specific pages for each School, and information on the types of services and resources available.

Library Guides Homepage

CityLibrary News and Social media

Keep up-to-date with all things Library related by subscribing to CityLibrary News or following us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

Finally, as ever, you can email library@city.ac.uk with your questions, comments and suggestions and use our online feedback form too.

 

Keep taking care of yourselves, and each other.

24/7 opening at Northampton Square and Cass

The Northampton Square and Cass libraries will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the January exam period, from Thursday 2nd January to Friday 17th January, 2020.

24/7
Northampton Square and Cass libraries will be open 24/7 during the January exam period.

Library staff will be available at Help Desks and roving around as usual, with a security team in place overnight.

Detailed opening hours can be found on the Library website.

We would like to thank everyone in advance for showing consideration to local residents when entering and exiting the buildings during 24/7 opening.

If you have any questions or comments about 24/7 opening, please contact our User Services Team.

Seasonal opening hours

The Northampton Square Library will be open from 10am to 6pm between Friday 27th and Tuesday 31st December, 2019. Security staff will be present, and yule be able to borrow items using the elf-service machines as usual.

If you are planning to visit the Library to study or revise over the festive holidays, then check out our opening hours and plan ahead.

Graphic of bells with #CityLibraryChristmas.

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All libraries will reopen on Thursday 2nd January, with Northampton Square and Cass libraries open 24/7 until the January exam period is wrapped-up.

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Please note: access for SCONUL users is permitted during Library-staffed hours but restricted during 24/7: see the Library website for more information.

Improved access to full-text articles via PubMed

It’s now easier than ever to check if the articles you’ve found on PubMed are available in full-text via CityLibrary.

Use the direct link to PubMed on the Databases A-Z and each time you search and select an article, look for the ‘isit@citylibrary’ link on the top right-hand side of the screen. This link will then:

  • display a pdf. if available
  • take you to a log-in screen, or
  • show information on how to use the Inter-Library Loan service to obtain a copy.

If you have registered for an account with PubMed you can also change your settings by logging-in to MyNCBI and changing the Outside Tool setting.

If you have any problems accessing full-text articles drop us an email, Ask Us or speak to a member of staff at a Help Desk during staffed hours.

Take a break, win a prize

Here at CityLibrary we think it’s important to remind all of our students and staff about the importance of self-care during the exams and assessment period. Working hard to achieve excellent results can be tough, both mentally and physically. That’s why we like to encourage everyone to #TakeABreak.

Whether you go for a walk, get some fresh air, switch off your smartphone for half an hour, or go home to get some sleep, it’s crucial to look after yourself and to find of ways of managing the stress you’ll experience as best as you can.

If you want, you can distract yourself for a while with one of our puzzling puzzles or our colourful colouring-in sheets:

Sudoku puzzle sheet.
Samurai Sudoku

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Codebreaker puzzle sheet.
Codebreaker 

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George Daniels clock colouring-in sheet.
Colour-in the George Daniels Clock

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City of London skyline colouring in sheet.
Colour-in the City

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This year we’re running weekly prize draws, so tweet us your artistic achievements or hand-in your completed copies at one of our Help Desks (remembering to include your name and City email) and you could win £10 print credit for your efforts.

We’d also recommend you take advantage of the range of support services and resources available to you:

And please remember: friends, colleagues, staff, there are loads of people around wanting to help you through the process as best they can; try not to let everything overwhelm you, talk to someone, get support, seek advice – you will get there in the end.

Good luck everyone.

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.

Open 24 hours graphic, red text on black background.

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.

Image of puzzles and sudokus
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.

Subscribe and use CityLibrary News

To keep up to date with what’s happening across Library Services why not subscribe to CityLibrary News?

Screenshot of a news story on CityLibrary News
CityLibrary News

We regularly post stories on topics such as brand new online resources, the latest textbooks purchased, campaigns like Take a Break and service updates, e.g. on our opening hours or bookable study spaces during the exam period.

Plus we’re always interested to know what you think, so you can send us your comments and questions on any of the news items we publish, or suggestions on any topics you want to read more about.

Happy reading!

 

Food, fitness, fiction and fun: four top tips for surviving the exam period

We’re always impressed with the dedication displayed by City students, especially during the exam period when our libraries are full of focused individuals from morning until midnight. But we’re also keen to make sure you’re all taking of yourself, and of each other, during what can be a stressful time for many: having regular study breaks, getting some rest, even distracting yourself entirely for a few minutes can help to ensure you avoid burn-out.

Here are 4 things we think might help you survive the exam period in tip-top shape:

1: Borrow a book for fun

Research has shown that reading can help to reduce stress levels and we have a rapidly growing fiction collection just waiting to be explored. Books aren’t just a gateway to knowledge and exam success, they’re also a great way to escape into other worlds, leave your cares behind, daydream and wonder. Even if just for a few minutes on the Tube ride home. Ask at one of our Help Desks for more information (and maybe the odd recommendation too).

Image of CityWolf looking at books on Wolf-themed topics, e.g. Wolf Hall
CityWolf loves borrowing books from the Northampton Square Library

2: Stay classy

CitySport have an expanded range of classes on offer on everything from intense fitness to yoga. The old cliché ‘a healthy body equals a healthy mind’ is a cliché for a reason.

Screenshot of the CitySport website
CitySport website

CitySport are offering five free spaces in each of the following classes between 7th-18th January. This is part of Study Well. Sign up via the CitySport website (please note, you will need to register in order to login).

 

Days

Time

Activity

Monday 7th and 14th

12:30-13:30 Yoga

Tuesday  8th and 15th

17:45-18:45

Afrobeats

Wednesday 9th and 16th

12:45-13:45

Yoga

Thursday 10th and 17th

18:00-19:00

Yoga by candlelight

Friday 11th and 18th 12:15-13:15

Pilates

 

3: Chow down

As well as free breakfasts available at the Student’s Union Hub, the EATC1TY food outlets across campus will be extending their opening hours to make sure everyone can grab a snack. Re-fueling is important and skipping meals is actually bad for you in the long run.

4: Chillax

CityBar’s longer opening hours provide a great opportunity to spend a few minutes relaxing at the end of a long hard day. Even if it’s just a few minutes catching up with classmates, having an opportunity to unwind can be just the reward for all that achieving.

Group study spaces outside the Library at Northampton Square

Study spaces are in high demand during the exam period, and the Library can be very busy.

5 jelly bears sitting closely to each other in the Library

A number of group study spaces outside the Library are also available for you to use:

  • Tait Building: the Garden Café, the sofas near the Students’ Union, the tables at the entrance to the Tait building from the University Building, the area outside the Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre, the learning space next to the City Faith Centre
  • University Building: the Pavilion (the area near the main entrance), the sofas near the main entrance coffee shop, the coffee shop, the refectory, the breakout spaces in the stairwell to BM02
  • Drysdale Building: the breakout spaces on the lower ground floor, the area in front of the Careers Service
  • And any empty teaching room

3 jelly bears working in a group outside the Library at Northampton Square

Take a break

It’s that time of the year again when exam revision and coursework deadlines leap to the top of your to-do list. It’s also that time of year when Library Services launches our #TakeABreak campaign.

#TakeABreak is about highlighting how taking proper care of yourself can help you achieve better results. That might mean making sure you take regular rest breaks, go for a walk, have a snack, distract yourself for 10 minutes, or leave early to get a good night’s sleep. Pushing yourself to achieve outstanding results shouldn’t mean compromising your health and wellbeing.

Image of puzzles and sudokus
Pick up a puzzle

Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be highlighting a few tips and ideas to help you cope with what can often be a busy and stressful time of year, from reminders about our extended opening times to how you can book a study space; and watch out for our popular sudokus, puzzles, plus some fabulous freebies we’ll be giving away too.

Image of red CityLibrary reusable mug
We’re giving away free mugs during 24/7

And remember, if you are feeling overwhelmed and need to talk to someone, there are lots of ways to get support here at City via the Student Union, Chaplaincy, Health Service and of course Library Staff.

(When you do take a break from your studies, share your results on Instagram & Twitter #CityLibraryExams / #TakeABreak and let us know how you’re getting on).

Good luck everyone!