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.


Library Services’ 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
Library Essentials Pop-Up Tuesday 25th September 12-2pm Level 1 Walk Way – University Building
Successful Employability with the Financial Times Tuesday 25th September 1.30-2pm University Building BLG07
Financial Times Drop-in Tuesday 25th September 2-4pm Northampton Square Library Level 2
Library Essentials Pop-Up Thursday 4th October 1-2pm Level 1 Walk Way – University Building
Using and Navigating Anatomy TV Monday 8th October 1-2pm Northampton Square Library, Teaching Room level 3
The Economist Drop-in Tuesday 9th October 11am-1pm Northampton Square Library Level 2
Bloomberg Drop-in Tuesday 16th October 3-4.30pm Northampton Square Library Level 2
Gale Primary Sources Drop-in Thursday 18th October 11am-2pm Northampton Square Library Level 2
Financial Times Drop-in Thursday 25th October 12-2pm Northampton Square Library Level 2

Autumn Specials at Cass

Event Date Time Location
Successful Employability with the Financial Times Thursday 11th October 1.30-2pm LG003, Bunhill Row
Financial Times Drop-in Thursday 11th October 2-4pm Cass Library entrance, Level 1
Bloomberg Drop-in Tuesday 16th October 3-5pm Cass Library entrance, Level 1
Financial Times Drop-in Wednesday 7th November 2-4pm Cass Library entrance, Level 1
Economist Drop-in Wednesday 14th November 11am-1pm Cass Library entrance, Level 1
Bureau van Dijk Drop-in Thursday 22nd November 2-5pm Cass Library entrance, Level 1


Level 3 at Northampton Square Library

Although the spaces in the Northampton Square Library have been quieter over the summer, library staff have been busy using your feedback to make changes.

level 3 can be very loud, reducing noise levels would be very good

This was a common theme in our recent feedback campaigns, with many of you suggesting that you would appreciate a quieter, more studious study space on Level 3.

From September, Level 3 of the Northampton Square Library is for quiet study.  When using Level 3 please keep conversations to a minimum, and if you want to work in a large group be considerate of your fellow students and book a group study room or use one of the other collaborative study spaces throughout the University, such as in the Tait Building.

To make the space more suitable for quiet study we have purchased new furniture and the last pieces will be delivered and installed this week.

Woman reading book in library

Resolved: walk-in access PC at Northampton Square

The problems we were experiencing with the walk-in access PC at Northampton Square have now been resolved.  Authorised users can now access this machine during staffed hours, please speak to a member of Library staff to use this service.

24 hour opening at Northampton Square Library

From Monday 30th of April until midnight on Friday 8th of 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’ll 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 Ask us section 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 without causing disturbance.

Please also remember to take plenty of breaks when studying and to keep safe when travelling home from the library late at night.

Good luck everybody!

Library Loves… Feedback: 19th February – 23rd February

Over the next week Library staff will be popping-up all over City to gather your feedback. This is your chance to tell us what you love about Library Services and what we could do better.There will  be goodies on offer and the chance to win £10 in Print Credit by entering our prize draw.

Your feedback can really make a difference. It helps us improve the Library Service for you and other students.

Pop-ups at Northampton Square

Monday 19th February Outside Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tait Building 9.30-10.00
Tuesday 20th February Entrance, Rhind Building 12.30-1.30
Wednesday 21st February Level 1, Drysdale Building 1.30-2.30
Thursday 22nd February University Building Walkway 1.15-1.45
Friday 23rd February Lower Ground Drysdale Building 2.30-1.30

Pop-up at the Cass Business School, Bunhill Row

Wednesday 21st February Outside Cass Learning Resource Centre 2.15 – 2.45

Alternative ways to submit your feedback

In addition to the pop-ups you’ll find feedback walls at each of our libraries where you can anonymously post your comments which we’ll respond to. To still be in with a chance of winning print credit you can give us your feedback online.




Financial Times to visit City in February

The Financial Times will be visiting during International City Week in February. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about key international features of the paper including:

  • How to see what’s on the front page of today’s print edition everywhere in the world
  • International columnists and the coverage.

The Financial Times at Northampton Square

Kylie Gammans of the Financial Times will present a lecture on Successful Employability with the Financial Times.

Tuesday 20th February 1.30-2pm Signup for the lecture here:

If you can’t make it to the lecture, you can also speak to Kylie during her drop-in at Northampton Square Library level 2 from 11.15-1pm.

The Financial Times at Cass Business School

The Financial Times will be visiting the Learning Resource Centre at Cass Business School on Thursday 15th February and can be seen at the following times:

Drop-in: 2-3pm

Lecture 3.30-4pm Sign up for the lecture online:

Do you still need to sign up for your free subscription to the Login to using the City Library website and use your City email address to register.  After you’ve registered, you can easily access your account through > login with the details you initially set up.

Library Loves Feedback Pop-Ups: 20th-24th November

All this week Library Staff will be popping-up across the University to find out what you think about Library Services. We’d like 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 librarians popping-up everywhere and chatting in-person, we’ll also have Feedback Walls at all of our sites so that you can post your comments anonymously: you’ll also be able to read other people’s thoughts as well as any responses from Library Staff.

Branded Library Loves Feedback poster with dates in November
Library Loves Feedback: November

Pop-ups at Northampton Square:

Monday 20th Nov


University Building Walkway 10:30-11:00
Tuesday 21st Nov


Rhind Building Entrance 12:45-13:15
Wednesday 22nd Nov


Drysdale 1st floor walkway (nr garden entrance) 13:30-14:00
Thursday 23rd Nov


Oliver Thomson Lecture Theatre foyer 15:45-16:15
Friday 24th Nov


Drysdale Lower Ground 10:45-11:15

Pop-ups at City Law School, Gray’s Inn Place:

Tuesday 21st Nov


Common Room, Atkin Building, Gray’s Inn Place 12:15-13:00

Pop-ups at the Cass Business School, Bunhill Row:

Wednesday 22nd 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!


Library Staff Love #17: City Novel / City Crime

Our students studying for an MA in Creative Writing are a super talented bunch and benefit from a sector leading course which has led to graduates becoming successful and award-winning published authors.

You can get a flavour of their creativity by reading City Novel and City Crime: brilliant collections of their stories available in the Library, so brilliant in fact that they’re the subject of our latest Staff Pick submitted by an enthusiastic, anonymous colleague:

“They’ve only gone and done it again! City’s talented writers have knuckled down and created some fresh, raw and revealing fiction. I just love to read new books and these collected excerpts are all brilliant. They really whet the appetite for more.

The City Crime books are all full of spooky whodunnits and the City Novel books are all just full of great novels. It’s like a little bonsai library. Just perfect.”

Librarians are known for knowing their fiction so you can’t go wrong with a recommendation from one, including from our very own mystery author. You can pick up copies of City Novel and City Crime from Level 5 of the Northampton Square Library today.

(We’d love to hear your reviews or recommendations: @CityUniLibrary)