Summer in the City

Summer, for many students, has now arrived, and for others, it is not far off.

Before you go, don’t forget to return your library books and settle any outstanding library fines. You can check your account on the CityLibrary website.

Working through the summer? We are open throughout the summer too.

Northampton Square Library will begin summer opening hours from Monday 2nd July:

Monday-Friday 09.00 – 22.00
Saturday and Sunday 10.00 – 22.00
Staff services will be available Monday-Friday 09.00 – 17.00

Detailed opening hours for all sites can be found on our website.

Books on sandy beach with sunglasses
Books on sandy beach with sunglasses Photo credit: Angela Waye/Shutterstock.com

 

Graduating? Congratulations!
Members of Alumni can access City libraries with an Alumni card. This includes use of books for reference in the library.  For a small annual fee you can borrow up to five items at a time. Alumni can access several online resources when they visit the library from walk-in access computers located in the library.
If you’re in London over the summer, don’t forget that we have more than just academic books. Have a look at our fiction collection or DVDs for some much deserved rest and relaxation time.

Whether you’re in the City this summer or enjoying it elsewhere, have a fantastic time.

Christmas from the Archive

Whether through tradition, faith or common experience, Christmas is a time when family, friends and strangers come together to celebrate, remember, and look forwards with optimism to the new year approaching.

Never more is this optimism tested than when suffering hardships such as poverty, illness, or experiencing and surviving conflict: and sadly the latter has proved particularly challenging throughout history, throughout the world.

Photo of children at a Christmas party during an air raid
Christmas party sheltering from an air raid in World War II

The photo included, from our Archive, shows children having a Christmas party- but look closely at some of their faces and you begin to sense it’s no ordinary scene. The photo was taken during World War II and the young people featured are sheltering from the horrors of an air raid in the basement of what we assume is College Building (the annotations on the reverse of the photo are limited).

Many higher education colleges and universities closed during the war, but the Institute carried on, determined that normal life should continue as much as possible for everyone involved: one example of this spirit of determination being that the timetable was altered to allow students to get home safely before nightfall heralded the inevitable menace of bombings and gunfire.

The Northampton Institute (City’s previous name) played a vital role supporting both the war effort and the local community. Various armed forces were stationed here, including the RAF- and there are entries in the Alumni magazine of the time, the N’ION, detailing the Morse Code classes that students were invited to attend.

Among the other entries in the N’ION include stories from those escaping the terrors of internment camps, lists of alumni who gave their lives in defence of the freedoms many of us now take for granted, and a passionate editorial outlining the importance of the National Union of Students coming together to fight for a hopeful future based on respect, equality and above all peace: a sentiment still utterly relevant today.

Merry Christmas and a happy, peaceful to new year to all.

(If you know anything more about the photo, or persons featured, we’d love to hear from you)