Library News

Essential upgrade to Library System - Wednesday 4 May 2022

On Wednesday 4th May 2022 the Library system will be unavailable from 2am to 8am for an essential upgrade. Please note this downtime is in the early hours of Wednesday morning if you are working late on the evening of Tuesday 3rd May!

During this time, there will be no access to online resources including e-books and e-journals so please do any preparation in advance. The system may well be working again before 8am on Wed 4th May but we cannot guarantee this.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.

Easter vacation opening hours extended - April 2022

Easter vacation opening hours extended from 7pm to 11pm

Taylor and Francis e-books - February 2022

We now have access to over 550 purchased e-books from Taylor and Francis on the subjects of Criminology, International Relations, Psychology, Education and Early Years Studies. These subjects sit alongside thousands of Open Access e-books on a range of themes.

Blu-Ray players - February 2022

Blu-Ray players are now available in both libraries to enable viewing of Blu-ray format materials. Please ask at the Information desk for more information.

Artstor now available - February 2022

We have purchased the Artstor e-resource which gives access to millions of images from museums, photo archives and artists that have been rights-cleared for use in education and research. It uses the same platform as Jstor, so if you have used Jstor before, it will have a very familiar look and feel to it.

Aldgate Library ventilation project now complete - February 2022

All areas of Aldgate Library are now open. You can access our ground and first floor journal collections, DVDs, Reading for Pleasure collection, Chromebook loan lockers and all study rooms.

London Met has re-joined the Sconul Access Scheme - January 2022

This is a reciprocal scheme which allows many university library users to borrow or use books and journals at other libraries which belong to the scheme. The scheme covers most of the university libraries in the UK and Ireland but please be aware that not all institutions have re-joined since the pandemic, so do check whether the institution you would like to visit is participating. If your current SCONUL Access card or approval email has expired, please reapply to visit participating institutions. More information is on the library web pages.

Scan on demand - December 2021

Scan on Demand is a free service available to current students and staff only of 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.

Aldgate Library ventilation project - September 2021

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 library@londonmet.ac.uk
  • 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.

New library self service machines are coming soon

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!

Changes to library services from Monday 19 July

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.

Expansion to virtual enquiry service

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 specialcollections@londonmet.ac.uk.

CORE Recommender tool added to our institutional repository

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.

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.

New e-resources

In early 2021 the University gave a significant amount of funding to Library Services for us to buy additional e-resources and enhance our students' ability to study remotely. Below is a selection of some of these exciting e-resources.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Exact Editions African Collection
The African Magazine Collection with Exact Editions includes five of the world’s most prestigious publications focusing on African issues, 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.

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.

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 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 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.

Perlego e-books available for student purchase

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.

Your virtual library

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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