RESOLVED: Ongoing issues with iPad loans

This issue has now been resolved and we are able to issue out iPads to current students and staff once again.

 

We are currently unable to issue any iPads due to problems with the software used to manage the collection.

IT are working with the software supplier to resolve these as soon as possible, and we will update you when the iPads are available to borrow.

 

 

Autumn Specials

Autumn Specials: A series of drop-in sessions at Northampton Square and Cass Libraries
This autumn Library Services will host a series of drop-in sessions and workshops at the Northampton Square and Cass Libraries. These sessions form our Library Services Autumn Specials. They will be an excellent opportunity to meet the people behind these resources and learn about how to get more out of library resources.

See the table below for dates and times of each session. Select the links to find out more information and book your place.

Autumn Specials at Northampton Square

 

Event Date Time Location
Successful Employability with the Financial Times Tuesday 24th September 12-12:30pm A110 College Building
Financial Times Drop-in Tuesday 24th September 1-3pm Northampton Square Library Level 2
Euromonitor Passport Drop-in Monday 7th October 12-3pm Northampton Square Library Level 2
Gale Cengage Roadshow Wednesday 17th October 11am-2pm Northampton Square Library Level 2
SAGE Research Methods Thursday 7th November 11am-2pm Northampton Square Library Level 2

Autumn Specials at Cass

Event Date Time Location
Successful Employability with the Financial Times Thursday 3rd October 12-12:30pm 2003, Bunhill Row
Financial Times Drop-in Thursday 3rd October 1-3pm Cass Library entrance, Level 1
Bloomberg Drop-in Tuesday 8th October 1-4pm Cass Library entrance, Level 1
Bureau van Dijk Drop-in Thursday 17th October 1-4pm Cass Library entrance, Level 1
Euromonitor Passport Drop-in Wednesday 23rd October 12-3pm Cass Library entrance, Level 1

 

Bookable library spaces

Our Technobooths and Pods on Level 3 of Northampton Square Library are now available to book for quiet collaborative work.  Students can book these spaces for a maximum of two hours per day, up to two weeks in advance.  You can book these online through our new look bookings pages.

Technobooths are ideal for working with your colleagues on a group project or presentation as they are equipped with a large screen which you can plug your own laptop into.  Our quiet collaborative pods are great if you want to study in the same place as your friends.

If you want to study in a group, then our group study rooms and spaces on Level 2 are for you.

 

Book moves at Northampton Square

Over the summer we installed nearly 700 metres of shelving on Level 3 and moved 1.2 km of books to spread the library stock across three levels of Northampton Square Library; the same length as Oxford Street from Oxford Circus to Marble Arch stations!  As a result you will see some empty shelves on Level 5.

You will now find your books on Levels 3, 4, and 5.  CityLibrary Search has also been updated to show you which level the book you are after is on.

All this work was done in preparation for planned developments to our spaces.  Watch this space for more information in the coming months…

New Fiction Titles at Cass Learning Resource Centre

Wondering what to do this summer? Why not borrow one of the new fiction titles we have at Cass Learning Resource Centre.

The fiction books at Cass LRC are a great way to relax in-between your studies, or on your work break. We have a variety of titles to suit every type of reader…

If you like a good mystery, then we have IQ by Joe Ide, which has been described as ‘a Sherlock re-imagining in a gritty LA setting’. Or if you would prefer a lighter read then we have A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn, the first in a murder mysteries series, set in Victorian London.

If you want to have a good laugh instead, we have Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman about a very British apocalypse. We also have Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams, which is a whirlwind book full of surreal comedy, time-travel, and mystery.

If you like a shorter read, we have some great short story collections available. How Long ’til Black Future Month? by N. K. Jemisin is a collection of speculative stories, exploring different areas of science fiction and fantasy by an award-winning author. We also have Girl, Balancing by Helen Dunmore, a posthumous collection of her short stories, focusing on war and womanhood.

We now have two new graphic novels. Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui is a personal account of the author’s family fleeing Vietnam in the 1970s. We also have The End Of Summer by Tillie Walden, her debut graphic novel, a fantasy story about a young boy who lives in a secluded castle with his family.

If you would like to read one of our new fiction books, you can borrow them from Cass LRC. If you are a student or member of staff at another City, University of London site, you can request the books to be sent over to Northampton Square Library or The City Law School Libraries.

Happy Reading!

(Note: Cass LRC will be closed from Saturday 13th July – Sunday 21st July inclusive. Requests during this time will not be fulfilled).

Browse all the new fiction titles below…

Return of 24/7 opening

The Northampton Square and Cass libraries will open for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during City’s main exam and assessment period.

Open 24 hours graphic, red text on black background.

Cass Learning Resource Centre:

Monday 25th March – Friday 3rd May

Northampton Square Library:

Tuesday 23rd April – Friday 31st May

Bookable study spaces will be available at both sites to reserve a seat in advance. At Northampton Square our Occupancy Chart will be back on Level 2 so you’ll know which floors are currently busier than others, plus each library will have additional security staff working through the night.

We’ll also be running our #TakeABreak campaign throughout 24/7 offering tips, advice, puzzles, colour-me-calm sheets and a weekly prize draw, all to encourage you to pause, refresh and recharge in between.

Image of puzzles and sudokus
Pick up a puzzle

Thanks to everyone in advance for showing consideration to local residents when entering and exiting university buildings through the night, this goes a long way to helping ensure we can stay open for longer at this busy time of year.

Detailed opening times can be found on the Library website.

Good luck everyone.

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.

Food, fitness, fiction and fun: four top tips for surviving the exam period

We’re always impressed with the dedication displayed by City students, especially during the exam period when our libraries are full of focused individuals from morning until midnight. But we’re also keen to make sure you’re all taking of yourself, and of each other, during what can be a stressful time for many: having regular study breaks, getting some rest, even distracting yourself entirely for a few minutes can help to ensure you avoid burn-out.

Here are 4 things we think might help you survive the exam period in tip-top shape:

1: Borrow a book for fun

Research has shown that reading can help to reduce stress levels and we have a rapidly growing fiction collection just waiting to be explored. Books aren’t just a gateway to knowledge and exam success, they’re also a great way to escape into other worlds, leave your cares behind, daydream and wonder. Even if just for a few minutes on the Tube ride home. Ask at one of our Help Desks for more information (and maybe the odd recommendation too).

Image of CityWolf looking at books on Wolf-themed topics, e.g. Wolf Hall
CityWolf loves borrowing books from the Northampton Square Library

2: Stay classy

CitySport have an expanded range of classes on offer on everything from intense fitness to yoga. The old cliché ‘a healthy body equals a healthy mind’ is a cliché for a reason.

Screenshot of the CitySport website
CitySport website

CitySport are offering five free spaces in each of the following classes between 7th-18th January. This is part of Study Well. Sign up via the CitySport website (please note, you will need to register in order to login).

 

Days

Time

Activity

Monday 7th and 14th

12:30-13:30 Yoga

Tuesday  8th and 15th

17:45-18:45

Afrobeats

Wednesday 9th and 16th

12:45-13:45

Yoga

Thursday 10th and 17th

18:00-19:00

Yoga by candlelight

Friday 11th and 18th 12:15-13:15

Pilates

 

3: Chow down

As well as free breakfasts available at the Student’s Union Hub, the EATC1TY food outlets across campus will be extending their opening hours to make sure everyone can grab a snack. Re-fueling is important and skipping meals is actually bad for you in the long run.

4: Chillax

CityBar’s longer opening hours provide a great opportunity to spend a few minutes relaxing at the end of a long hard day. Even if it’s just a few minutes catching up with classmates, having an opportunity to unwind can be just the reward for all that achieving.

Group study spaces outside the Library at Northampton Square

Study spaces are in high demand during the exam period, and the Library can be very busy.

5 jelly bears sitting closely to each other in the Library

A number of group study spaces outside the Library are also available for you to use:

  • Tait Building: the Garden Café, the sofas near the Students’ Union, the tables at the entrance to the Tait building from the University Building, the area outside the Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre, the learning space next to the City Faith Centre
  • University Building: the Pavilion (the area near the main entrance), the sofas near the main entrance coffee shop, the coffee shop, the refectory, the breakout spaces in the stairwell to BM02
  • Drysdale Building: the breakout spaces on the lower ground floor, the area in front of the Careers Service
  • And any empty teaching room

3 jelly bears working in a group outside the Library at Northampton Square

Bookable Individual Silent Study Desks for 24/7 opening

Bookable individual silent study desks will return for the January assessment period at the Northampton Square Library and the Cass Learning Resource Centre.

Bookable individual silent study desks at Northampton Square Library
Some of the bookable individual silent study desks at Northampton Square Library waiting to be booked

Students can book a desk to study for up to three hours a day, a maximum of four times a week. Each session can be booked up to one week in advance.  The full terms and conditions are given in the booking process.

All the spaces will be bookable Mon – Fri 9am – 9pm, and midday – 6pm on weekends.

The desks will be clearly marked so you can find the place you booked. And remember, if a space is empty then you can study there without a booking, but you will need to make way when someone with a booking arrives.

The desks are bookable 2nd – 18th January inc.  You can make a booking up to seven days in advance.

Northampton Square Library

The bookable desks are on Level 5 and can be found on the Spencer Street side just beyond the Help Desk.

Cass Learning Resource Centre

There are ten desks in the quiet area of the library.