New Books – February 2019

We are regularly addding new books to our collection. Use the carousel below to browse a diverse selection of the new titles added over the last few months. Click on any cover to see where the book is located or to place a request.

Want to recommend a book? Tell us what’s missing from our collections via our More Books Scheme.

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.

CityLibrary’s online resource access and use policy

Library Services has developed an Online Resource Access and Use Policy to ensure a clear relationship between the provision of online resources and City’s Education and Student Strategy and Research and Enterprise Strategy.

Screenshot of an image describing the policy.

By providing clarification around licence agreement requirements, user access level rights and the acceptable use of subscribed online resources, the policy aims to ensure all library
users comply with our licence agreements.

You can find out more from the About Library Services section of our website, and if you have any questions or comments about the new policy, please contact us via email, in person or via social media.

Take a closer look at e-books

You’ve probably noticed that many of the items on your reading lists come as e-books. E-books are great in several ways:

    • They’re available 24/7
    • They can be accessed on and off campus
    • They’re often great for readers using assistive software
    • You won’t ever have to worry about forgetting to renew them on time
    • You can search within the text of an e-book to find the thing you want really quickly.

You’ve probably also noticed that different e-books look and function differently.

That’s because we purchase titles from different publishers and providers and so the rules about access and use can vary.

To help answer questions you might have about using e-books, we have created an online guide which you can access via the Library website. As well as some general information about using e-books, the guide has detailed sections on each of our main suppliers, offering tips on the different features available, troubleshooting advice, plus links to more information if you need it.

All of our e-books can be accessed via CityLibrary Search – just click on the ‘Full Text Online’ link when it appears in the search results.

Screenshot of CityLibrary search results screen showing titles with an e-book available.
Example search for a title with an e-book available.

We have thousands of titles available online and we’re acquiring new ones all the time (for example, the clickable images scrolling above) so whatever your research or personal interests, there should always be something for you, available when you need it.

Celebrating 125 years of City

This year, as City celebrates its 125th anniversary, we reflect on the impact that this institution and its people have had on our local community and the world at large. As part of this celebration, the Archives Group presents its first exhibition: The story of City: life, learning and legacy.

The first part of the exhibition runs from January until July, and explores the very earliest days of City, then known as the Northampton Institute. We focus on the foundation of the Institute, early building works and the opening festivities. Another exhibition, coming later this year, will focus on student life at City and the role the Institute played in community life. Many of the archive artifacts in the exhibition are on public display for the very first time.

E W Mountford - The Northampton Institute

One of the most prominent examples of City’s heritage is its original home, the 1894 building designed by Edward William Mountford, now known as College Building. Although several areas of the original nineteenth-century design have been modified over the years, much of the original fabric remains. This includes the prominent clock tower, whose bell still chimes hourly. In the exhibition, you’ll see the architect’s impression of the building as it originally looked, described by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner as “an exceedingly successful example of the neo-French sixteenth-century style [with] fresh and playful enrichments.” Plans and documents relating to the construction of the building are also included.

The first Governing Body of the Northampton Institute was made up of members from the London County Council, the School Board for London, the Skinners’ and Saddlers’ Companies and members of the Governing Bodies of the Birkbeck Institute and The City of London College. The aims of the Governing Body were to provide technical evening classes to local workers who were employed in workshops and other places of trade during the day. Engagement with the wider community was a strong motivating factor as well, which aimed to promote “the industrial skill, general knowledge, health and wellbeing of young men and women belonging to the poorer classes.”

Dr Robert Mullineux Walmsley

The first person charged with delivering this aim was the Institute’s first Principal, Dr Robert Mullineux Walmsley. Walmsley acted as president of the Institute for almost thirty years, from 1895 until his death in 1924. The exhibition includes several hand-written letters of commendation from his colleagues, that were submitted at the time of his application for the position.

Opening Ceremony Lady's Ticket

One of Walmsley’s first acts as director was to oversee the official opening, on 18th March 1898. This was a grand affair, attended by the Lord Mayor of London and the Lady Mayoress, as well as the Sheriffs of the City of London. Original tickets from the event can be seen at the current exhibition, together with an original programme of music. The exhibition also contains a poster advertising the public opening of the Institute to Clerkenwell residents, and images of some of the spaces that were open to local people.

Poster advertising the opening of the Northampton Institute

The exhibition is located at the foot of the Grand Staircase, on the ground floor of the Pavilion, University Building. Step-free access is available from the main entrance, on Northampton Square. Admission is free and you can visit whenever the University reception is open.

You can also view photographs and information from the exhibition on the City125 microsite. If you have any questions about the exhibition, you can contact the CityLibrary Archives team.

Subscribe and use CityLibrary News

To keep up to date with what’s happening across Library Services why not subscribe to CityLibrary News?

Screenshot of a news story on CityLibrary News
CityLibrary News

We regularly post stories on topics such as brand new online resources, the latest textbooks purchased, campaigns like Take a Break and service updates, e.g. on our opening hours or bookable study spaces during the exam period.

Plus we’re always interested to know what you think, so you can send us your comments and questions on any of the news items we publish, or suggestions on any topics you want to read more about.

Happy reading!


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.


CityLibrary seasonal opening hours

If you are planning to catch up on some studying and/or exam revision over the festive holidays then check out our opening hours and plan ahead:

Image of a snowman in CityLibrary colours and #CityLibraryXmas


From Monday 17th December to Friday 21st December the Northampton Square Library will be operating vacation opening hours of 9am to 10pm with reference and self-service after 5pm.

Cass and City Law School libraries at Gray’s Inn Place and in the College Building will be open from 9am to 5pm.


All libraries will be closed from Saturday 22nd December to Wednesday 26th December.


The Northampton Square Library be open between Thursday 27th December and Monday 31st December from 10am to 6pm (reference and self-service only).


All libraries will be closed on Tuesday 1st January 2019.


All libraries will reopen on Tuesday 2nd January: at Northampton Square and Cass this also marks the start of our 24/7 opening during the January exam period.


Please note: from 27th December until 18th January access for SCONUL users is restricted, please check the website for details.



Library Loves… Feedback: 19th – 23rd November 2018

Library Staff will be popping-up across City this week to find out what you think about Library Services. We want 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 our in-person pop-ups we’ll also have our popular Feedback Walls at all sites so that you can post your comments anonymously, read other people’s thoughts and see responses from Library Staff.

Poster advertising Library Loves Feedback
Library Loves Feedback

And as a thank you for giving us your feedback we’ll have some fabulous freebies and prizes to giveaway!

Details of our pop-ups are:

Northampton Square:

Monday 19th Nov


Drysdale Building 1st floor walkway – opposite Careers 12:30-13:00

Tuesday 20th Nov


University Building Reception Area 13:00-13:30

Wednesday 21st Nov


University Building Stalls – Level 1 Walkway 12:15-12:45

Thursday 22nd Nov


College Building Entrance Area 13:00-13:30

Friday 24th Nov


Drysdale Building 1st floor walkway – opposite Careers 13:00-13:30

City Law School, Gray’s Inn Place:

Tuesday 20th Nov


Common Room, Atkin Building, Gray’s Inn Place 11:45-12:15

Cass Business School, Bunhill Row:

Wednesday 21st 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!