Library News

Due to an Estates ventilation improvement project, certain spaces on the ground and first floors of Aldgate Library are not accessible.

  • We have temporarily moved print journal titles (January 2021 to present) to an area near the Library Information Desk on the ground floor. Remember that all journals are reference only so please return them to the Desk after use.
  • If you would like earlier journal issues, DVDs, CDs or any books from our Reading for Pleasure collection, please ask staff at the Library Information desk for help or email
  • Laptop locker loans are unavailable from Aldgate Library. You can borrow one from Holloway Campus but it will need to be returned to Holloway lockers at the end of the loan period.
  • First floor IT and study rooms at Aldgate Library are also unavailable during this essential ventilation upgrade project.

We apologise for any inconvenience and disruption.

As part of a move to Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology in the libraries, we are installing new library self-service machines at the start of term in September 2021. Borrowing and returning your books will be even quicker than before!

You will be able to browse the shelves and select books to borrow yourself. Please take them to the Library Information Desk to be issued. You can return books at the Information desk or drop them in one of the return book bins.

You will no longer need to book a study seat or computer in the libraries although computers are not yet available on all floors.

You can still reserve up to ten items over summer and will be notified by email when they are available to collect during our opening hours.

We now have a visualiser in our Special Collections Reading Room which will enable us to conduct appointments with researchers remotely. The visualiser will be able to show archival items and objects to the enquirer via screen sharing. To make an enquiry about our resources, collections and/or this service please contact us at

The London Met Repository now benefits from the addition of the CORE Recommender tool which draws on over 25 million open access records and suggests these relevant further readings in an enhancement to the search experience. Once a search term has been entered, the additional records sourced from other academic repositories are displayed at the foot of the results page.

Computers and bookable workspaces

You can book a computer or an independent workspace without a computer. Please note that the computers won’t work unless you have a booking number and you must book at least 24 hours in advance. During opening hours, there are workspaces available at both our Holloway and Aldgate libraries, all of which are Covid-safe and secure.

Collect books from Holloway or Aldgate Library

Our Click and Collect library service is operating again and you can make your reservations now.

Click and Collect allows you to request books via the online catalogue and, once notified, come in to collect the physical books. Library staff will be collecting the books on your behalf whilst the shelves are closed off due to the risk of transmission of the virus.

After your confirmation email on your reserved books, you can collect your reserved items from your chosen library at these times and days:

  • Monday to Friday between 10am and 4.30pm

Further services

The Scan on Demand service is operating all summer.

Learn how to request a scan of a book chapter or journal article.

Keeping you Safe

We've introduced added safety measures across our campuses to make them Covid-safe. Don't forget, we all have to play our part to prevent the spread of the virus.

Covid testing is expected from all students

To keep our communities safe, students and staff are now required to show evidence of a negative Covid test from within the past three days in order to access campus facilities.

Book your test.

We're thrilled to let you know that this year the Library will give away 160 copies of Stories to make you smile, a collection of 10 uplifting stories from bestselling authors, to mark the 10th anniversary of World Book Night, taking place Friday 23 April.

World Book Night is an annual celebration of books and reading that brings people from all backgrounds together for one reason – to inspire others to read more. For information on the event or to join virtual celebrations please visit the World Book Night website where you can find lots of ideas and resources for activities for you and your friends and family.

We look forward to seeing you in the Libraries to pick up your free copy of Stories to make you smile.

On Wednesday 28th April 2021 the Library system will be unavailable overnight from 10pm to 5am the following morning for an essential upgrade.  

During this time, there will be no access to online resources including e-books and e-journals apart from those listed below.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.

All books on loan will be automatically renewed.

Don't forget that your Reading Lists include many resources that are available online and we are still purchasing and adding more every week.

Good news: The University has given Library Services a significant amount of extra funding to buy more e-resources. These should start to become available from next week - we will make announcements about the new resources here in "Library News" as they come online and also via our social media (see below for details).

We are still available to help and support you via a number of channels:


  • for general enquiries (library staff are monitoring and responding to enquiries from 9am to 7pm from Monday to Friday, and 12pm to 4pm Saturdays and Sundays
  • for enquiries about Special Collections even though we do not have access to the buildings we still may be able to help as some of our content is digitised.
  • for help and advice from your Academic Liaison Librarian (ALLs), there are virtual appointments available and our ALLs are often able to find alternative resources for you.


The Chat button will appear on our home page during supported hours when staff are available.


If you prefer to speak to a member of library staff, please call 020 7133 2109 Monday to Fridays between 10am and 5pm.

For IT related issues, please use the IT help page to log a job or chat with them online.

Social Media

Facebook and Twitter please follow our social media for up to date news and information.

The University has given a significant amount of funding to Library Services for us to buy additional e-resources and listed below are those that have already been activated for use. There will be lots of new additions during the month of January.

Library Services staff are working hard to get these rolled out to you as soon as we can. Where the new e-resources contain collections of e-books the next phase for Library Services will be to add the individual book titles to the catalogue. The e-resources marked with an asterisk are those where e-book records will be added in the future but it is still possible to search across the collections from the links below.

4 March 2021

De Gruyter e-books
De Gruyter’s e-book package includes, Law, Business & Economics and Social Sciences. There are approximately 8,000 titles in Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Geosciences, Industrial Chemistry, Life Sciences, Materials Sciences, Mathematics, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Physics.

2 March 2021

Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies
This is an online collection of peer-reviewed case studies focusing on business decision making and management development throughout key global emerging markets. Cases are written by case writers working in or closely with developing economies. We have access to the 2011-2016, and now 2018 and 2019 case studies.

1 March 2021

Elgar Economics Collection
Content platform for Edward Elgar Publishing’s e-books relating to Economics – including scholarly monographs, research handbooks, companions, open access material and more.

22 February 2021

Oxford Chemistry Primers
We now have access to the Oxford Chemistry Primers collection via the BibLiU platform. This series provides accessible accounts of a range of essential topics in chemistry and chemical engineering. Written with students in mind, these books offer just the right level of detail for undergraduate study, and are invaluable as a source of material commonly presented in lectures. Cutting-edge examples and applications throughout the texts show the relevance of the chemistry being described to current research and industry. Additional learning features, including questions at the end of every chapter and online multiple-choice questions, encourage active learning and promote understanding. Diagrams, margin notes, further reading, and glossary definitions also help to enhance a student’s understanding of these essential areas of chemistry.

18 February 2021

We have added over 60 Law E-Textbooks via Kortext, covering a range of subjects that include - business law, comparative law, contract law, equity and trusts, human rights, international law, jurisprudence, legal skills and tort.

15 February 2021

Kogan Page Employability Collection E-Books
A collection of 100 e-books covering essential job searching and workplace skills grouped under the categories of: ace your selection tests; find and get the job you want; early career success; first-time manager.

1 February 2021

Art and Art History Collection
Containing over 170 titles, the Art and Art History e-book collection raises critical questions about the story of art in the 20th and 21st centuries. These books expand the narrative of art history to include women, LGBTQ artists, artists of colour, indigenous artists, and artists from Latin America, Africa, and Asia. The collection includes major works in photography, museum studies, and visual culture, as well as volumes of artists talking about their own work.

26 January 2021

Duke University Press E-Books (Scholarly Collection)
This Collection provides access to over 2,700 e-books published by Duke University Press in the humanities and social sciences. Key subject areas include anthropology, art history and theory, Asian studies, cultural studies, ethnic studies, film and television, gender and sexuality studies, Latin American studies, political theory and science studies.

Westlaw E-Textbooks
A selection of very important e-textbooks for Law students. The titles are Contract Law: Textbook Series; Criminal Law: Textbook Series; Darbyshire on the English Legal System; English Legal System: The Fundamentals; Glanville Williams Textbook of Criminal Law; Hayton and Mitchell on the Law of Trusts & Equitable Remedies; McEldowney: Public Law; Smith & Thomas: A Casebook on Contract; Treitel on The Law of Contract; Clarkson & Keating Criminal Law: Text and Materials; Contract Law: The Fundamentals; Criminal Law: The Fundamentals; Elliott & Wood’s Cases and Materials on Criminal Law Equity and Trusts: Textbook Series; Hanbury & Martin: Modern Equity Land Law: Textbook Series; Megarry & Wade Tort: Textbook Series; Winfield & Jolowicz on Tort.

21 January 2021

Exact Editions African Collection
The African Magazine Collection with Exact Editions includes five of the world’s most prestigious publications focusing on African issues, as well as New Internationalist. This collection features English language versions of a range of magazines that examine the politics, economics, and social issues in Africa today, as well as throughout history with over 1,000 issues from the magazine archives. The titles are – African Banker, African Business, The Africa Report, Art Africa, New African.

18 January 2021

Aurora Metro Books
With over 125 plays, the Aurora Metro Books collection offers a highly contemporary list of new drama with a focus on women’s drama, international drama, drama in translation, and drama by black and Asian writers.

15 January 2021

Social Science Database
The Social Science Database offers indexing and full text for hundreds of academic journals, providing extensive coverage across a wide range of social science disciplines including anthropology, criminology, economics, education, political science, psychology, social work, and sociology.

14 January 2021

Nick Hern Books Modern Plays
Nick Hern Books is one of the UK’s leading specialist performing arts publishers. The Annual Update for 2018/19 and the Annual Update for 2020 have been added to our collections.

Screen Studies: Filmmaking Collection
Filmmaking on Screen Studies offers a dedicated collection of over 100 practical eBooks from Focal Press and Bloomsbury, offering depth and coverage across the curriculum for student-practitioners. It provides coverage across key areas of filmmaking including production, screenwriting, cinematography, direction, and the business of film – and includes overviews, practical handbooks, and technical guides.

13 January 2021

Bloomsbury Applied Visual Arts
This comprehensive resource offers instant, searchable access to books which combine visual inspiration with practical advice on idea generation, research techniques, portfolio development and more, across the main visual arts disciplines including Fashion and Textiles, Design and Illustration, Photography, Film and Media, Architecture and Interiors, and Marketing and Advertising.

Bloomsbury Design Library
A resource for students, academics and researchers in Visual Arts and Design which provides coverage of design and crafts worldwide, from 1500 BCE to the present day. This database offers cross-searchable access to a broad range of reference works, e-books, images, designer pages, and exhibition collections. Reference works include the landmark, 3-volume Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design, World History of Design - a multi-volume work by eminent design historian, Victor Margolin, 17 online exclusive articles from the Encyclopedia of Asian Design, and The Encyclopedia of East Asian Design, the first comprehensive publication to focus on East Asian design and its histories.

Bloomsbury Fashion Photography Archive
The Fashion Photography Archive is a fully searchable and meticulously indexed resource, containing 750,000 high-quality runway, backstage and street style images that have never before been published online. These include: international runway shows from the 1970s until 2000, including key designers such as McQueen, Gaultier, Westwood, Chalayan, Galliano and more; rare backstage and front row shots from fashion shows of the past forty years; and, street-style images from fashion cities around the world.

JSTOR Arts and Sciences Collection VII
This new collection of 186 journal titles has been added to our existing JSTOR e-resource. Coverage includes over 30 different subject areas in the arts, humanities and social sciences, as well as business, finance and health science fields.

Sociology Source Ultimate
Offering more peer-reviewed, full-text journals than any other sociology research database, Sociology Source Ultimate provides the must-have materials for students studying social behaviour and interaction. Topics range from gender identity, marriage and family, to demographics, political sociology, religion and socio-cultural anthropology.

Scan on Demand is a temporary free service available to only current students and staff at the university.

It enables you to obtain scans of book chapters or journal articles from both Holloway and Aldgate Library print collections.

Find more information on how to request a scan.

Please visit Special Collections to request scans from these collections.

We have introduced this service to help offset the effect of COVID-19 on your studies and research.

John Smith booksellers are offering London Met students a 15% discount on the purchase of reading list titles. Simply follow the book title link from your module reading list, add the items to the John Smith shopping basket and register.

Alternatively, search for purchases on the dedicated John Smith London Metropolitan website. There is an offer to get 15 percent off London Met John Smith Booksellers .

On your module reading lists you will see that the thumbnail pictures for some of the titles also contain the letter 'P' in the bottom right corner. This indicates that the title is available through Perlego.

Perlego is a bookselling company that allows you to explore their catalogue of over 400,000 titles on an unlimited basis for a 14 day trial period, then £12 per month or £96 per year thereafter.

Students should use the 14 day free trial period to decide if it is good value for money based on their own individual study needs and budget. Be aware that on setting up a trial Perlego will ask for credit or debit card details, and if you don't cancel it once the trial period is up, Perlego will automatically begin to take payments.

Our range of available electronic content continues to increase. The Library Services e-collections grow either as result of purchases or from where we can point to quality free online sources.

Here are some examples:

We have successfully trialled the 48,000 e-book titles on the JSTOR platform and have subscribed to a full academic year's access.

Our Cambridge Core e-books grow at a rate of approximately 130 e-books per month.

We continue to monitor the free content made available by publishers on a temporary basis to see which of them will have their access extended beyond 30th June. We will update our free content during Coronavirus page accordingly.

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