As part of our exam season offering, Bookable Silent Study Spaces will return to Northampton Square Library.
To help you plan and organise your exam preparation, Library Services are offering Bookable Silent Study Spaces on weekdays from 24th April – 2nd June. Sessions of two or three hours are available from 9am to 9pm. You can book one session a day, with a maximum of two sessions per week. Each session can be booked up to one week in advance. Full terms and conditions are outlined on the bookings page.
The bookable spaces are for individual silent study and you can find them on Level 5 (on the right hand side as you enter, just behind the Library Help Desk). Each of the bookable spaces is numbered and adorned in the unmistakable and handsome livery of Library Services.
Thank you for your feedback. We enjoyed getting out from behind the Library Service Desk to talk to you and we loved collecting your comments from the walls over the 2 week period. We especially liked the fact that 97% of comments about library staff were extra lovely! We’ve looked at every single comment. While a few of your suggestions will take longer term consideration, we’re pleased to say that we can make some immediate improvements in time for the exam season.
3.5% of all comments were concerned by noise levels. We’re always trying to create a good mix of study spaces whilst maintaining that the Quiet and Silent Study Spaces stay as such. From Monday 24th April we are trailing a new text (SMS) service at Northampton Square Library. Text us on 020 3322 6359 between 10am – 7pm if you’re finding it too noisy to study.
78% of comments about opening hours wanted 24/7. While we cannot offer 24/7 throughout the year we have expanded our offering during key times across two locations. Our resources to support 24/7 opening are limited and the provision is also subject to the approval of the University Executive Committee, taking account of our location in a residential neighbourhood and other factors. The current provision gives 24/7 opening during 13 weeks of the year at either Cass or Northampton Square – and these periods are timed to coincide with the busiest revision and exam periods in the academic calendar.
Many of you commented that it was hard to find space to study at times. During exams season we have trialled Bookable Silent Study Spaces at Northampton Square Library – we’re pleased to say that this is now a permanent service. We are trialling the same at Cass LRC this year. We’d also like to remind library users to take breaks outside the library and not to forget to take belongings with them so someone else can sit down to study.
If you’re looking for a computer – there are many secret computer labs in the lesser-trod corridors of the Drysdale Building, check for availability.
We had many positive comments about library resources, and also some feedback that you would like more. Don’t forget to use the More Books and Read for Research schemes, where you can recommend books for the library to buy. We’ve added over 3,111 books to our collections so far.
From Monday 24th of April until midnight on Friday 2nd June the Northampton Square Library will be open 24/7 for you to study around-the-clock.
Library staff will be on hand during normal working hours before handing over to our Security colleagues who will keep an eye on things until morning: but don’t worry, if you suddenly think of a question overnight we have a host of Library Guides plus our FAQs available via the website to help support you.
During 24/7 opening we expect Library users to treat staff, other students and university property with respect, to adhere to the Library Services Code of Conduct and to use 24/7 opening responsibly.
As we are situated in a residential area, Library users are expected to treat our neighbours with consideration by leaving the premises quickly, quietly and causing no disturbance.
Please remember to take plenty of breaks and to keep safe when travelling home from the library late at night.
Right at the top of our agenda is trying to make using the Library as straightforward as possible for our users and one of the key weapons in our arsenal is self-service. Whether it’s using our self-check machines to borrow items, or now collecting your requested items without needing to come to the Service Desk, we’re constantly thinking of ways in which our services can work seamlessly and better for you: helping you to help yourselves to all of the resources at your disposal.
You can use our self-check machines to borrow or renew items, some of them allow you to return items too: and if you know the secret password, they’ll even tell your fortune. Of course, staff are always on hand to help out if needed, so on the rare occasions that something doesn’t work or goes wrong, we’re there ready to step in and solve the problem: although we can’t take responsibility for errors related to predictions of the future (it’s not an exact science).
(Thanks to Mahvesh from our Law Library Team for suggesting self-service as the latest Library Staff Love feature).
The Copyright and Digitisation team is responsible for promoting copyright compliance at City, and for managing the Digitisation service, through which lecturers can make scans available to students of key chapters or extracts from books, or articles from journal issues, via Reading Lists. The team is made up of Stephen Penton (Copyright Librarian), Mark Pester and Hannah Boroudjou.
Copyright (Stephen Penton):
I promote copyright compliance in a number of ways. I have developed a comprehensive library guide, providing information for both lecturing, researching and studying. For example, there is information relating to:
I also provide copyright briefing sessions for academic staff, sometimes departmentally, and occasionally meet with staff individually to discuss any copyright issues they may have. Please contact me if you would like to book a session with me
For those complicated copyright conundrums that can’t be easily answered using the guide, I can be contacted on Stephen.Penton@city.ac.uk.
The Digitisation team deals with requests from lecturers for digitised material from books and journals. These will be readings which are considered particularly valuable for students to read, and they are accessible from Reading Lists, by clicking on the title of the reading and then entering login details.
City has a licence from the Copyright Licensing Agency which permits us to do this copying (which would not otherwise be permitted under copyright law), and there are certain conditions that we must satisfy, such as that Library Services must own the publication, and that we cannot copy more than a certain amount of a publication.
Whether you’re a new or existing student, there is something there for everyone, including a series of short videos to help you make the most of our online services and resources, and a glossary to define all the words that are frequently used by Library Services.
Take our short quiz to test your library knowledge and you could win one of ten CityLibrary thermos mugs or umbrellas – good luck!
Rob: As the Subject Librarian for Law I provide library support for teaching and learning across both City Law School sites. This includes managing the law library collections, delivering training workshops and academic liaison.
Hilary: I work as a Research Librarian and my role is to provide library support for researchers at The City Law School.
What support do you offer to students?
Rob: I offer 1-2-1 and group training for undergraduate and taught postgraduate students. This can cover anything from legal research, OSCOLA citing and referencing, finding articles, generating keywords, literature searching/reviews, understanding law reports, advanced search strategies, accessing resources outside of our collections… shall I go on?
Hilary: I help Law PhD students and academic staff to track down the materials they need for their research, and I also offer training to researchers on library resources – either on a one-to-one basis or as part of a group session.
Best thing about working at City?
Rob: The variety of library users that I interact with and their even more diverse enquiry needs. Switching from Academic to Practitioner research as I change sites keeps me on my toes, as do the endlessly challenging niche research enquiries from LLM dissertation students!
Hilary: The friendliness of the staff and students! Also the great location of City, with all the wealth of research resources we have on our doorstep. Check out our library guide with suggestions to other libraries which researchers can visit.
Favourite library resource/space?
Rob: I’m going to cheat and pick two. Firstly, the Legal Journals Indexin Westlaw as it “contains abstracts from every substantive legal journal published since 1986” and as such it provides an excellent starting point for journal research. Secondly, Halsbury’s Laws of England. 102 volumes of seemingly complicated cross-referenced encyclopaedia entries. Once you understand how it works, it is a deceptively simple way of starting complex research when you really don’t have a clue! It is also an excellent way of coming up with keywords to improve your searches. The print edition is great, but it is also available in electronic format via LexisLibrary.
Hilary: I love the HeinOnline database. It contains hundreds of legal journals, the English Reports (an old series of law reports), and lots of interesting features such as World Constitutions Illustrated and the United Nations Law Collection. For more information, please see our post about HeinOnline on CityLibrary News.
Did you guess what was in the huge pile of boxes on Level 3? It wasn’t, as suggested by many, an indoor tennis court for giants, although 10 out of 10 for imagination.
Instead, the library elves have been busy putting together our stylish new top-of-the-range study pods. Combining comfort and practicality, the new seating allows up to six people to study together on soft comfy chairs, complete with desk and electrical sockets.
Choose a pod with a higher or lower back for your own level of privacy.
We think they’re rather snazzy, but we’d love to know what you think. Tweet us a picture of you using the pods to @CityUniLibrary .