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.

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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.

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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.

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).

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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.

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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.

Take a break

It’s that time of the year again when exam revision and coursework deadlines leap to the top of your to-do list. It’s also that time of year when Library Services launches our #TakeABreak campaign.

#TakeABreak is about highlighting how taking proper care of yourself can help you achieve better results. That might mean making sure you take regular rest breaks, go for a walk, have a snack, distract yourself for 10 minutes, or leave early to get a good night’s sleep. Pushing yourself to achieve outstanding results shouldn’t mean compromising your health and wellbeing.

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Pick up a puzzle

Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be highlighting a few tips and ideas to help you cope with what can often be a busy and stressful time of year, from reminders about our extended opening times to how you can book a study space; and watch out for our popular sudokus, puzzles, plus some fabulous freebies we’ll be giving away too.

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We’re giving away free mugs during 24/7

And remember, if you are feeling overwhelmed and need to talk to someone, there are lots of ways to get support here at City via the Student Union, Chaplaincy, Health Service and of course Library Staff.

(When you do take a break from your studies, share your results on Instagram & Twitter #CityLibraryExams / #TakeABreak and let us know how you’re getting on).

Good luck everyone!

 

Summer in the City

Summer, for many students, has now arrived, and for others, it is not far off.

Before you go, don’t forget to return your library books and settle any outstanding library fines. You can check your account on the CityLibrary website.

Working through the summer? We are open throughout the summer too.

Northampton Square Library will begin summer opening hours from Monday 2nd July:

Monday-Friday 09.00 – 22.00
Saturday and Sunday 10.00 – 22.00
Staff services will be available Monday-Friday 09.00 – 17.00

Detailed opening hours for all sites can be found on our website.

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Books on sandy beach with sunglasses Photo credit: Angela Waye/Shutterstock.com

 

Graduating? Congratulations!
Members of Alumni can access City libraries with an Alumni card. This includes use of books for reference in the library.  For a small annual fee you can borrow up to five items at a time. Alumni can access several online resources when they visit the library from walk-in access computers located in the library.
If you’re in London over the summer, don’t forget that we have more than just academic books. Have a look at our fiction collection or DVDs for some much deserved rest and relaxation time.

Whether you’re in the City this summer or enjoying it elsewhere, have a fantastic time.

Take a break

You’re busy revising for your exams. You’re spending a lot of time in the library.

And, now that we’re open 24/7 until Friday June 8th you’re able to spend even more time here if you want to.

You’re working hard. You’re committed. You’re going to succeed.

But it’s important to remember that your health and wellbeing are crucial to achieving exam success too: taking rest breaks, eating and sleeping are extremely important. If you walk into the exam room tired, hungry and stressed, your performance might suffer.

That’s why we’re running our Take a break campaign again, to help make sure you’re feeling at your best when it matters. Here are a few suggestions to help you get through the next few weeks feeling fantastic and ready to go:

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Take a break with our colouring books and puzzles

“Colour me calm” notebooks & pencils

Research has shown spending some time doing something creative is relaxing and encourages the brain to function better. Why not pick up one of our fab notebooks, a pack of pencils and spend a few minutes away from your screen scribbling?

Word search & Sudoku

If colouring is not your thing, pick up one of the word searches created by library staff: there are several to choose from, each with a different theme.

Or, if you’re overwhelmed with words, try our Sudokus: fiendish and fun, they’ll keep your mind off of revision for a good few minutes.

Fiction collection

We have a growing fiction collection in print and online which you can escape into whilst having a cup of tea or afternoon snack. Reading is calming and an excellent de-stresser.

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When you do take a break from your studies, don’t forget to share your results on Instagram & Twitter with us: and watch out for more suggestions being posted online #CityLibraryExams. Lastly, please remember, however you’re feeling, library staff are here and available if you need help, advice or a friendly chat.

Good luck everyone!

Fairytale of #CityLibraryXmas

Christmas is a time of joy and good tunes. Whether you are having fun with family or friends, or spending a little bit of time revising, music can lift the spirits, energise or relax and help you bond with other people.

We asked members of staff from across City Library what their favourite festive tracks were. We got a lot of responses. Fairytale of New York and Last Christmas were both popular, but some very interesting tracks were added.

Listen to our Spotify playlist below.

 

Bianco Natal and Scende la Neve

“They are all Italian songs, we used to sing them in primary school (our teacher used to play guitar – very homey!)

The Pogues’ Fairytale of New York

“I love the lyrics!” says one. “Great to sing-a-long to” says another.

Last Christmas

“George Michael, school disco memories !!”

Silent Night and Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody

“Remind me of people I miss”

Anything from Muppet Christmas Carol

“The best sing-along songs for Christmas” says Chloe.

Oh Holy Night

Lynn chose this. She said “At the line “Fall on your knees, O hear the angels’ voices” it gives me goose pimples and makes me cry – every time, no matter who is singing – King’s College choir or Mariah Carey.”

Tim Minchin’s White Wine In The Sun

Samantha says “I’m not religious but like a lot of non-religious people I enjoy Christmas for the chance to spend time with family and friends and this song is all about an Australian family waiting for their children to travel home for Christmas and meet them, where they’re all outside, drinking white wine in the sun and I’m not Australian either so I really like the different image from the usual snowy winter festivals we think of in Europe”.

 

This year (2017) the Northampton Square Library will be open 27th – 29th December 10 am – 6 PM for self-service and reference only use. Check Library Services website for more information on library opening times.

Have we missed one of your favourite songs? Tell us in the comments below or add it to our Spotify playlist.

CityLibrary Staff on their Dream Holidays

We all like to get away from work from time to time, maybe to another city, perhaps to the countryside or a sunny place by the sea.

We asked the CityLibrary staff about their favourite holiday destinations and looked at our holdings, too, to see where they can take you, not physically, but in your mind.

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UK

The poll of the CityLibrary people brought out a mix of destinations near and far with one librarian telling us how they have loved visits to Cornwall since they were a child when they visited their grandparents there in the school holidays.  Elsewhere in the UK, I think Scotland might just be the most beautiful place I have ever visited.

Europe

Europe, especially the Mediterranean was a popular destination, with Catie keen Antibes in Southern France and Cince Terre in Italy, Lynn enjoying Malta for “history, sea, sun, lovely food and lovely people,” while Jessica rates Barcelona.

Elsewhere in Europe, Simon recommends Berlin and Samantha is keen on skiing in the Alps: “I really, really like skiing [because] it’s sunny but not hot and you get great exercise and it’s kind of dangerous.  I actually hate hot weather – I only enjoy it in the Alps in March when the sun is strong but the mountains are cold!”

Elsewhere

Jonathan and Alex prefer to go further field with Jonathan enjoying great scuba diving in the Maldives and Alex the beautiful beaches and amazing history in Mexico.

Finally, Catherine was less specific about location, saying that she just loves somewhere hot with a beach or pool as “it recharges my batteries and [this] lets me know I’m alive.”

Travelling within the Library

The Cass Learning Resource Centre have a number of Eyewitness travel books (including for Berlin and Barcelona) that allow you to have a gander at possible places to see and what you might want to do whilst there.  But, if you don’t want to stray too far, there are various books across our libraries about London.

As hinted at in one of the above links, there are also various other books about travel as well as novels and plays set in all kind of locations.  In The Histories by Herodotus, for example, you can follow the Ancient Greek writer to Egypt and the Middle East, learning about their ancient cultures and how the Greeks came to fight the Persians.  The whole thing is so much of a web of fact and fiction that Herodotus has been called both the Father of History and the Father of Lies (though, where the latter is concerned, he was probably just a bit too trusting of his own travel guides – “fake news” is nothing new).

Our fiction collections can take you to all manner of places around the around the world, in the past, present and future, as well as off into space.  For example, Jane Austen or Charles Dickens can help you travel to Georgian and Victorian London.  Whereas Margaret Atwood, George Orwell and Yevgeny Zamyatin can take you on less nice trips to dystopian societies based a little too much on reality.  Ursula K. Le Guin can take you on a journey through space to a planet inhabited by people with no fixed gender (also available in Spanish and German) and Mervyn Peake to the fantasy world of Gormenghast with its rigid ancient ways and ceremonies.  Or you can travel around the world and its cultures via Chinua Achebe, Haruki Murakami, Amitav Ghosh, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Toni Morrison, Elena Ferrante and Jorge Luis Borges, among many others.

Alternatively, if time travel takes your fancy, then James Gleick has written a book on the history of time travel, which is a fascinating read about the history of science fiction presented alongside studies towards it in science non-fiction.

Wherever you wish to go, whether in reality or not, CityLibrary can help!

International Cat Day 2017

There’s only one thing librarians love more than books* and that’s cats. To celebrate International Cat Day 2017 we thought we’d share photos of our special little furry friends.

There’s been some new additions to our brood since last year and sadly we’ve had to say goodbye to some of our companions, but we’d like to say a big thank you to all our purrfect little critters for all the meowmories.

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Cats of the library

*Well maybe special librarian tea (recipe: replace the milk with gin and the hot water with gin. Serve with or without teabag, we tend to leave it out).

 

Have you shared your cat photos yet. Use the hashtag #InternationalCatDay and let us know tweet@CityUniLibrary

Great TV shows for rainy days

Normally the last thing you want to be doing over summer is to be cooped up in inside. You want to be out and about meeting friends and having fun in the sun. But let’s be honest, there’s going to be quite a few rainy days this summer. Quite a few? Okay, a lot.

We asked members of library staff for their favourite TV shows this summer. Some of these are available through Library Services on Box of Broadcasts and our DVD collection.

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Catherine likes The Young Ones  because she says it makes her laugh. It’s also a great introduction to the world of UK higher education.

Better Call Saul “The backstory to Breaking Bad and the Saul Goodman character.  It’s like visiting an old friend.”

The Handmaid’s Tale Alex says “Great acting. Great themes; really thought provoking”.

Grey’s Anatomy A superlative TV show about the lives and loves of a great team of brilliant surgeons; very similar to working in a library but not as high pressured.

The A Team “I like the car chases and the shoot outs, BA Baracus and Templeton Peck and Colonel Hannibal Smith and Howling Mad “HM” Murdock”.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Samantha likes this because “she’s a vampire slayer and there’s monsters and she slays them all and she has stylish yet affordable boots and she has Spike and it’s a perfectly allegory for what life can throw at you and Slayerspeak and everything and we have academic books in the library about Buffy and related Buffy fanfic because she’s awesome and ‘The Body’ [Season 5, Episode 16] is hands down the best episode of any TV show ever to portray grief”.

Catterick One librarian is often caught quoting from this “underrated piece of genius from Vic and Bob. You’ll never say tupperware in the same way again.”

Catie’s been “watching and loving the TV adaptation of The Magicians (based on a book by Lev Grossman) is like Harry Potter for adults”.

Curb your enthusiasm  “It’s pretty, pretty, pretty good”. With a new series on the way, this TV show is hot property at the moment.

House of cards an insight into the world of UK politics. You can draw your own comparisons between this and contemporary politics. You might think that, we couldn’t possibly comment.

In Our Time An absolutely riveting series of shows by one of our greatest TV talents out there: Lord Bragg. “My favourite episodes are The Gin Craze and The Library of Alexandria as these are very librariany type subjects”.

Have we missed anything? What do you like to watch when the rains are falling?