Reading about LGBT+ lives in February and beyond…

As LGBT+ History Month comes to an end, we want to highlight some of the books chosen by the City community to celebrate and honour LGBT+ lives.

You recommended these titles through our Liberating CityLibrary scheme.

So far, you’ve recommended page-turning memoirs such as Firebird by Mark Doty and We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib.

Illuminating investigations like Out of Time: The Queer Politics of Postcoloniality by Rahul Rao and The Glamour Boys by Christopher Bryant.

And even the children’s novel George by Alex Gino.

But although February is over, it doesn’t mean we stop reading about LGBT+ lives. Liberating CityLibrary accepts book suggestions year-round from staff and students. These books are then always available for you to borrow through CityLibrary.

Did you read something great this LGBT+ History Month that we’re lacking in the library? Recommend it to us!

Please see the full selection of LGBT+ titles purchased through Liberating CityLibrary below, and you can catch up with all the new additions chosen by you in our handy monthly round-ups.

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.

Keep calm and carry on recommending digital books for us to purchase

Our More Books, Read for Research and Liberating CityLibrary schemes are open for business. If there’s a title we don’t have in the collection which you think we should, tell us.

Each scheme is different, so chose the option which best meets your needs:

More Books (students only)

Tell us what’s missing from the collections, whether it’s a classic text you think every library should have, or a title that just never seems to be on the shelf when you need it. If it costs less than £100 to buy a digital copy we’ll purchase it straight away.

Read for Research (PhD, postdoctoral researchers and staff only)

Suggest titles to help with your research, key works in your field, or texts useful for the research community at City. If it costs less than £100 to buy a digital copy we’ll purchase it straight away.

Liberating CityLibrary (Everyone)

Increase our range of books written by people from a BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) background, books by and about LGBTQI+ people, and titles which recognise overlapping identities and experiences such as gender, class, sexuality and disability. If it costs less than £100 to buy a digital copy we’ll purchase it straight away.

All terms and conditions of each scheme can be found on the relevant order page.

CityLibrary’s collections are your collections, so why not help shape their development and growth?

We can’t wait to see what you’d like to buy.

 

 

LGBT+ History Month in the Library

As you might have noticed from the colourful flags on Library Help Desks, celebration of LGBT+ History Month at CityLibrary is in full swing. So why not look behind the flags and find what else we have in store?

If you are at Northampton Square Library this February, stop by the book display on Level 5 to browse some of the LGBT-related print books in our collection. You can also search for more books at all Library locations on CityLibrary search, or request a new book on LGBT+ or other underrepresented topics to be purchased for the Library’s collection via Liberating CityLibrary. If you are a distance-learner or simply prefer to read online, CityLibrary Search will help you find lots of exciting e-books, too, some of which you can see in the book carousel below.

If you are looking for articles about LGBT+ topics, as always, check CityLibrary Search, or you can browse any of the journals that CityLibrary subsribes to, like Journal of Lesbian Studies, Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, Journal of Bisexuality, or Journal of LGBT Youth.

Don’t forget that with PressReader you have access to the latest issues of a wide range of magazines, including Gay Times and Attitude.

And finally, if you just feel like having a break with a good film, don’t be a stranger to our DVD collection which is right next to the Help Desk on Level 2 of Northampton Square Library: Call Me By Your Name, Carol, God Loves Uganda, The Crying Game, and many more fantastic films are there for you to borrow and enjoy. Or, if you are a distance-learner or don’t have a DVD player, Box of Broadcasts (or, as we lovingly call it, BOB) will be your best ally to find recordings of films and TV shows online.

Have a look at LGBT+ History Month’s events at or around City and nationwide, and we hope to see you around soon!

Liberating CityLibrary

This month we’re excited to launch our new initiative ‘Liberating CityLibrary’ where we’re asking students and staff to recommend books to help us improve the diversity of our collections.

We want to increase the range of books in the library written by people from a BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) background, books by and about LGBTQI+ people and titles which recognise overlapping identities and experiences such as gender, class, sexuality and disability.

Liberating CityLibrary will work in a similar way to the already established book suggestion schemes ‘More Books‘ and ‘Read for Research’. To get involved all you need to do is complete our online form and if the requested book costs less than £60 and there are no copies in stock, your order will be placed within five working days.

We look forward to receiving your suggestions and will be sharing monthly highlights via CityLibrary News and social media.

If you have any questions about Liberating CityLibrary please email library@city.ac.uk.