Library News

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Until 30th June 2020 Library Services has a trial with JSTOR to make available 48,000 e-book titles in addition to the thousands that we have already from our other providers.

The titles can be searched on the Library Catalogue or from the JSTOR platform.

Library Services has teamed up with a bookseller called Wordery to include their links within the item records that appear on the online reading lists system.

For every purchase made, Library Services earns cashback which we hope will give a boost to the money that we can spend on books for our students!

Students or staff can buy course books, books for their own reading pleasure or gifts via Wordery, but they must use their University email account to do so otherwise the benefits will not apply. After the first book, every other book in your basket is subject to 10% discount.

Both libraries will be undergoing improvements this summer due to the move of GSBL to Holloway Campus. The Business and Law print materials move from Aldgate to Holloway Library starting 1st July. There will also be more collaborative working desks in Holloway Library, an additional 90 PCs and a dedicated Reading for Pleasure area on the first floor.

There will be a re-organisation of Cass print stock in Aldgate Library from 8th July; the Cass current journals and the DVD and audio collections will move to the ground floor and the past Cass journals to the first floor.

Apologies for any noise during these moves and we hope you will like the changes.

Faculti offers bitesize videos from a range of speakers, many of whom are UK-based leading academics in their field of study. Some of our London Metropolitan University academics can be found on Faculti, as well as respected figures such as Noam Chomsky and Steven Pinker. Faculti grows at a rate of 60 new videos per month.

Subject categories include:

  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Computer Science
  • Cultural and Ethnic Studies
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Fashion
  • Film Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Journalism and Media
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Natural Sciences
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Social Work

Library Services encourages you to find out more about Faculti by going to their platform.

Students can now access Faculti which is an e-resource providing video content which covers a range of subjects that are relevant to all 6 of the University's schools.

The Majority of the videos feature UK or UK-based academics, which makes the content particularly relevant. In fact there are videos on there from London Met staff, for example, Dominic Palmer-Brown and Edwin Mujih.

Faculti can be found from the library catalogue or the A-Z E-resources list.

Why not take a look to see if there are some videos that are relevant to your studies so you can learn more about your subject.

 Copac Logo Library Services catalogue records have been uploaded to Copac, which is an enormous catalogue of catalogue records, often termed a 'union catalogue'. Copac includes national, academic and specialist library catalogues from well over 100 major UK and Irish libraries. As a result of being on Copac, which is free to use, we improve the visibility of, and increase awareness about, our main Library and Special Collections holdings to a far wider audience.

So far Library Services has spent £64,000 on print and e-books found on module reading lists. We continue to purchase titles.

From Monday 18th September payments for visitor membership, alumni borrowing, and the purchase of our stationery products will only be available online using E-shop. Student payments for library fines will only be available using the online Epayments facility. You will no longer be able to pay cash at the Information Desk but E-shop and Epayments are easy to use. Ask for help in the Libraries during staffed opening hours.

Working with EPrints, the platform supplier for our institutional repository, we can now offer faceted searching from the basic search function. This means that after performing an initial search it is now possible to further refine the results using facets, such as year, school, item type and more.

Library Services has acquired a human anatomy atlas called Visible Body which allows users to manipulate the human form to reveal bone nerve networks, muscles, organs and skeleton - all with accompanying descriptions.

It can be downloaded as an app to a mobile device, allowing you to use touchscreen technology to manipulate the torso.

This tutorial gives further guidance.

TUC Russian Exhibition An exciting new exhibition about the Impact of the Russian Revolution on the Left in Britain 1917 to 1926 has been produced by the University's Special Collections that will be displayed in the main hall of the Wash Houses (Calcutta House) from the 6th to 16th June. This is a very visual display based on the contents of the Trades Union Congress Library within Special Collections.

Since the University’s Institutional Repository went live in May 2015, over 900 items have been added to it and over 73,000 downloads have been made from across the globe.

The London Met Repository serves as a record of our institution’s research outputs and features a range of formats including; articles, chapters and theses.

For more information see the London Met Repository page.

We have now fully spent the £100,000 that was allocated for the purchase of books on module reading lists.

This has given Library Services an extra 703 print titles and 568 e-book titles in our collections to support your studies.

  • 150 new keyboards will arrive for the PCs in Holloway Library during May and June 2017

  • The Holloway Rd Library Technobooth PCs are being upgraded and will be much faster than the existing ones

  • Look out for our May book displays on the General Election and make sure you register to vote!

  • Did you read about the Aldgate Library's Green Impact activities making your library greener.
At the time of writing Library Services has spent £87,000 of the £100,000 of additional funding invested by the University at the start of the year. This has enabled us to purchase 443 extra e-books and 609 print books. 
We always look to buy e-book versions of titles as we prefer to give you the flexible 24/7 access that they provide, but where this format is not available from the publishers we will buy print. Titles are taken from the reading lists that support your modules. We will continue to spend the remaining money as quickly as we can, and once the print items arrive, they are being processed super quick so they make it to the shelves, ready for use.


Library Services has recently received an additional investment of £100,000 which we are spending on books to support your studies. We are selecting the titles from the reading lists that accompany your modules, and many of these books are ready to access from the library catalogue.

In addition to this, we have been able to renew the Cambridge Books Online package of 37,000 book titles for another year. Cambridge Books Online offers books on all subjects and is available 24/7. This e-book package can be viewed here or individual titles are discoverable on the library catalogue if you perform a search.

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