Libraries services 2020-2021
The University and both Libraries are currently closed to minimise the spread of the virus in London but our remote enquiry service is still available 7 days a week. We hope to re-open as soon as it is safe to do so.
Are the Libraries and Special Collections open?
We reopened the Holloway Road and Aldgate Libraries on Monday 5 October. The building is open from 9am to 6pm, with library staff available from 12pm to 2.30pm weekdays.
Holloway Library is now open on Saturdays 9am - 6pm from 5 December for computer and study seat bookings only. There will be no click and collect on Saturdays until Saturday 9 January 2021 and only between 1pm and 4.45pm.
Our virtual enquiry service is still running between 9am and 7pm and our weekend virtual enquiry service resumed on Saturday 17 October from 1pm to 5pm.
We will communicate updated information about Special Collections in the near future.
What are the services you will be running?
- Limited social distanced computers and study seats via a booking system. You must book in advance before travelling to Campus
- Book returns at each library
- Click and collect which allows London Met students and staff 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.
- Scan on demand which enables you to request scans of book chapters or journal articles from the library print collections.
How are you going to keep everyone safe in the Library?
We have been working hard to put measures in place to enable safe use of the Library. This includes:
- Hand sanitisers will be available throughout the library spaces
- Limiting occupancy, and rearranging furniture to enable social distancing
- Perspex screens at the Information and reception desks
- A quarantine system for returned items
- Click and collect service whilst books cannot be accessed on the shelves
How can I contact the libraries or my Academic Liaison Librarian?
You can email the libraries or your Academic Liaison Librarian through the following email links:
- for general enquiries firstname.lastname@example.org
- for enquiries about Special Collections email@example.com
- for help and advice from your Academic Liaison Librarian and they will contact you with a suitable time for an online appointment firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I take out more books than my normal allowance?
Normal loan allowances will apply but you can use as many e-books as you wish.
Are you open on weekends?
Holloway Library only will re-open from Saturday 5 December for computer and study seat bookings and book returns.
From 9 January 2021 students will be able to collect books between 1pm and 4.45pm every Saturday
Aldgate Library will not be open on weekends for the time being
Will I be given a fine if my book is overdue?
Your items will be automatically renewed if not reserved by another student. If any of your items have not automatically renewed, you will need to return them, so please keep an eye on your emails.
What online resources are available for my work, and how do I access them?
You can search across some online resources through Encore. You can also find a list of online databases where you can search for journal articles, reports and other materials specific to your subject by finding your subject on the A-Z subject guide list. You just need your University username and password to log on to these resources.
Our e-books are searchable via the catalogue, and Cambridge Core has over 45,000 titles that are particularly suited to third-year dissertations, master's-level projects and above. Each of your module reading lists will be available from a link within the module area of Weblearn or you can search for them by name from the reading lists system.
If you cannot log on to online resources, please email the library at email@example.com.
If you need help using e-resources, please email the Academic Liaison Librarians at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where can I get help with finding things for my assignments and doing my research?
Library Matters on Weblearn contains a lot of guidance on finding resources and how to search effectively, as well as guidance on referencing, and lecture recordings and materials from previous referencing workshops. If you have not accessed Library Matters previously then you will be prompted to enrol on your first visit. You can also email your Academic Liaison Librarian at email@example.com.
Are there any other free online resources available?
Several publishers have made available additional content, free to use on a temporary basis. Please be aware that this content is only accessible for the duration of the Covid-19 emergency.
Can I still get inter-library loans?
Please email the Library at firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries – we may still be able to get electronic inter-library loans.
Are you open for visitors?
The Library is only open for members of London Met University. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer access via the Sconul Access scheme, Alumni or other visitors until further notice due to restricted numbers on Campus.