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 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 if you have questions or need any help at all.


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

Services and Resources Status Updates

Have you ever wondered why a library resource is not working or wanted to check if there is any upcoming system maintenance? You can now quickly do so, by checking our Current status of library services and resources page!

We knew that having a centralised place to check would make your life easier, so we worked hard to produce a tool that would clearly show you the status of Library Services’ core systems and services. So now, in one place, we are able to highlight to you known issues and periods of service disruption, and provide you with information on alternatives where necessary.

On that page you will be able to check the status of our online resources, services and spaces. Specific major issues are highlighted at the top, but you can click on each category to get more details on what is happening (an alert shows next to a category when there is an issue related to it), and learn about other potential issues:

  • In Online resources are listed current issues with library resources and news items about upcoming maintenance, as well as workarounds for known issues. If you have found an issue with a resource, this page may tell you why. If not, you can report the issue to
  • By checking the status of our Services, you will know if any of them is disrupted – did you know that all but one are available at the moment?
  • Currently all our physical Spaces are closed, of course, but this will be a useful page to remember checking when we reopen.  

Give it a quick try at –  see what’s happening and what will be happening soon!

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.

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.

New look Westlaw launched

Exciting news! Westlaw has been updated to include some brand new and improved features, with the new platform going live from today. City students and staff will still be able to log-in directly using your username and password.

Screenshot of the Westlaw website.

Some of the changes include:

  • Folders:  the new platform will provide improved folder capabilities, annotation and sharing options, plus a new favourites feature. Your existing folders won’t be transferred automatically though, so you’ll have to recreate them on the new platform.
  • Alerts: the new platform has improved search and alerts functionality – just like Folders you’ll need to recreate any existing alerts on the new platform.

Our Law Librarian Rob will be running introductory workshops to help you get to know the new layout:

Tuesday 13th August      1-2pm AG24a Register Online
Thursday 15th August    2-3pm Princeton Street, Computer Room Register Online
Wednesday 2nd October 3-4pm Northampton Square Library, Level 3 Teaching Room Register Online
Thursday 3rd October    2-3pm Princeton Street, Computer Room Register Online

Westlaw are also running online introductory training sessions on using the new platform – see below for dates and links where you can sign up for the training:

Westlaw is a key resource which covers cases, legislation, journal articles and abstracts, full-text practitioner books and commentary: it also contains the Legal Journals Index of UK legal periodicals dating back to 1986.

Please contact  for more information about Westlaw or if you have any questions about using the new platform.

Want help with your citing and referencing?

Are you confused about Harvard citing and referencing, or do you need a refresher on the basics?

Good citing and referencing can help:

  • Structure your written work
  • Follow good academic practice
  • Give your written work credibility
  • Avoid plagiarism by crediting other people’s work.

If you want some help with your citing and referencing, then the library can help.

CityLibrary is running workshops throughout the term at both Northampton Square and Cass Business School on the basics of Harvard citing and referencing. These sessions will help you learn how to include citations in your work, how to reference different types of materials (e.g. book and articles), and how to create a reference list at the end of your written work.

Workshops at Northampton Square Library are running on:

Workshops at Cass Business School are running on:

  • Monday 11th February, 2.10pm – 3pm Book here
  • Tuesday 26th February, 2.10pm – 3pm Book here

Anyone can sign up for these sessions at either Northampton Square or Cass. If you can’t attend, there is also a guide on Harvard citing and referencing here.

Oxford Reports on International Law

Oxford Reports on International Law (ORIL) is a database which brings together decisions on public international law from international law courts, domestic courts, and ad hoc tribunals, with:

  • Analytical commentary
  • Full text of the opinions of the court
  • Lists of cases and instruments cited

The case law within ORIL is divided into modules, you can access the following:

  • Oxford Reports on International Law in Domestic Courts
  • Oxford Reports on International Criminal Law
  • Oxford Reports on International Human Rights Law
  • Oxford Reports on International Investment Claims

The database can be searched by subject, including human rights, international criminal law, relationship between international and domestic law, and law of treaties; or by jurisdiction, including location of organisations/institutions or geographic region. It is also possible to filter results, including by date, author, and organisation.

You can download documents as PDFs, or print/email them. If you create a personal profile you will also be able to save content and searches.

How do I access Oxford Reports on International Law?

Access ORIL through the Databases A-Z list. Once in the database you can also access other Oxford databases, including Oxford Public International Law, Max Planck Encylopedia of Public International Law, and Oxford Scholarly Authorities on International Law.

If you have any questions or feedback regarding ORIL please contact

CityLibrary seasonal opening hours

If you are planning to catch up on some studying and/or exam revision over the festive holidays then check out our opening hours and plan ahead:

Image of a snowman in CityLibrary colours and #CityLibraryXmas


From Monday 17th December to Friday 21st December the Northampton Square Library will be operating vacation opening hours of 9am to 10pm with reference and self-service after 5pm.

Cass and City Law School libraries at Gray’s Inn Place and in the College Building will be open from 9am to 5pm.


All libraries will be closed from Saturday 22nd December to Wednesday 26th December.


The Northampton Square Library be open between Thursday 27th December and Monday 31st December from 10am to 6pm (reference and self-service only).


All libraries will be closed on Tuesday 1st January 2019.


All libraries will reopen on Tuesday 2nd January: at Northampton Square and Cass this also marks the start of our 24/7 opening during the January exam period.


Please note: from 27th December until 18th January access for SCONUL users is restricted, please check the website for details.



Library Loves… Feedback: 19th – 23rd November 2018

Library Staff will be popping-up across City this week to find out what you think about Library Services. We want to know what you love and why you love it: plus, your ideas for how we can improve things too.

Your feedback really does make a difference: it helps us plan and make changes for the benefit of everyone who uses the Library’s services, resources and spaces.

As well as our in-person pop-ups we’ll also have our popular Feedback Walls at all sites so that you can post your comments anonymously, read other people’s thoughts and see responses from Library Staff.

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Library Loves Feedback

And as a thank you for giving us your feedback we’ll have some fabulous freebies and prizes to giveaway!

Details of our pop-ups are:

Northampton Square:

Monday 19th Nov


Drysdale Building 1st floor walkway – opposite Careers 12:30-13:00

Tuesday 20th Nov


University Building Reception Area 13:00-13:30

Wednesday 21st Nov


University Building Stalls – Level 1 Walkway 12:15-12:45

Thursday 22nd Nov


College Building Entrance Area 13:00-13:30

Friday 24th Nov


Drysdale Building 1st floor walkway – opposite Careers 13:00-13:30

City Law School, Gray’s Inn Place:

Tuesday 20th Nov


Common Room, Atkin Building, Gray’s Inn Place 11:45-12:15

Cass Business School, Bunhill Row:

Wednesday 21st Nov


Outside the Cass Learning Resource Centre 14:15-14:45

Don’t forget, there are lots of other ways to contact us too including via email, Online Chat, and Social Media: let us know what you think!


Your top 10 most borrowed books also available online

Print books are great, but sometimes they can be incredibly popular- so what can you do if the title you want is in high demand? One option is to access the book digitally. We have access to thousands of e-books, including those Essential items on your Reading Lists.

CityLibrary’s e-book guide

We’ve crunched the numbers to find out which are the most borrowed books we also have available online. Here are your top 10 in reverse order:

10: Optimize equity and trusts

This revision guide by Judith Riches is designed to help law students take what they’ve learned and apply it effectively.

9: Land law

It’s a book about land law. For law students. What more could a law student studying land law ask for?

8: EU law

If only there was some urgent need to brush up on EU law because knowing more about it might be hugely important?

7: Why love matters: how affection shapes a baby’s brain

Why love matters: how affection shapes a baby’s brain / Sue Gerhardt.

This well received book examines the development of the brain in infancy and how it influences our lives as adults. Perfect for nursing, midwifery and psychology students or anyone fascinated by neuroscience.

6: International financial statement analysis

The latest in the popular series, Cass Business School students in particular will want to take a look.

5: Atiyah and Adams’ sale of goods

571 pages of commercial law joy. If that’s your thing.

4: Equity and trusts

Now on its 9th edition this weighty tome scores 4.3 out of 5 stars on a well know unnamed online retailer’s website, suggesting it’s quite popular.

3: Management accounting for decision makers

One of the most popular titles in our collection, this 8th edition by Peter Atrill is fully available online and you can download and keep specific sections too.

2: Desk reference to the diagnostic criteria from DSM-5

Despite sounding like a covert government agency, DSM-5 is actually a useful text to help with forming a diagnosis.

And your number one is…

1: Introduction to banking

Yes, business students certainly like a book to be popular- Introduction to Banking was the most popular book last year of all the books which had a print copy available in the Library.

What will make the top 10 next year? Who knows. What we do know is some of our most popular textbooks have online versions- why not check CityLibrary Search for your favourite today?