Celebrating LGBT+ History Month

February is when we celebrate the LGBT+ History Month, to coincide with the abolition of Section 28 in the UK.

Although we’re currently living in the era of social distancing to protect each other during the pandemic, there are plenty of events and activities to get involved in to celebrate and remember the history, contributions and resilience of our lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, gender-nonconforming and other peers who have been unfairly treated by the society and yet prevailed and contributed immensely to our culture and understanding of what it is to be human.

Stream the discussion of CityLIS alum Isadore Auerbach George’s work to promote reading by and for LGBTQI+ people, or watch CitySport’s conversation with TV & Radio Presenter and LGBTQI+ advocate, Helen Scott, about this year’s theme ‘Mind, Body and Spirit’ and her journey to fitness and wellbeing. Join a guided meditation with artist Ric Stott to ‘feed your spirit’ as part of LGBT+ History Month 2021’s theme, or discover more events organised by City and other organisations to celebrate, remember, learn, and be together.

Otherwise, have a look at a selection of e-books related to the LGBT+ issues available via CityLibrary, below, or, if you are in the UK, immerse yourself in the playlist of programmes and films exploring the topic, put together by CityLibrary staff.

Six things you might have missed

As we launch into a new year, we thought now would be a good time to highlight six things you might have missed from Library Services (but we definitely wouldn’t want you to) over the last few months: Continue reading Six things you might have missed

More books? – More Books!

It’s a new year, a new term… but did you know that you can request new books, too?

More Books is a scheme that allows our undergraduates and postgraduates suggest books that would be useful for their studies. It might be for a project you’re working on, an area you wish to explore in your research, or anything else that would help you get ahead – just fill in the More Books form to let us know.

If you are a research student or a member of staff, have a look at our Read for Research scheme instead. Or, if you would like to help us expand our collections by recommending a title by or about LGBTQI+ people or which recognise overlapping identities and experiences such as gender, class, sexuality and disability, check out our Liberating CityLibrary scheme.

Browse the book display below to see some of the e-books previously chosen by Library users via More Books:

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

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

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

CityLibrary’s online, you’re feeling fine

We want to make sure you’re able to access and use all the online Library resources and services available to you working remotely. There are lots of ways you can get support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including: Continue reading CityLibrary’s online, you’re feeling fine