The purpose of this guide is to assist you in using the library and with finding different types of resources to include in your assignments, dissertations and projects. Please see our guidance for current information.
Use this guide to:
Your City card is essential to access the Libraries at City. Remember to bring it with you at all times to gain access to the library and to borrow any library materials.
Most of the modules you will take at City will have a reading list, prepared by your lecturers, indicating the books and journal articles you need to read for the course, as well as additional readings you may find useful to learn more about the topic and to write your assignment.
You can access your reading list from your module on Moodle. Click on the Reading lists tab in the Quick Links section.
Make the best use of your reading lists to find the library resources recommended for your module and to save time.
CityLibrary Search is a library search engine. You can use CityLibrary Search to find information on the topic you are researching, and to locate books, e-books, journal articles, videos, and other material in the library collection at City.
We recommend using filters to limit the search results. There are also a few techniques, and search tips you could use to refine the search and make your results more relevant. Check the CityLibrary Search guide to learn more.
See the CityLibrary Search video (5 mins) with sound and closed captions below:
Please see our Guidance for current information
If all copies of a print book that you need are already out on loan to other students, remember to use the "Request" button to reserve a copy of book. You only need to log in with your City username and password to complete the request and select from which Library at City you want to collect the book.
When the book is returned to the library, you will receive a courtesy email to inform you that the book is ready for collection.
See the soundless video or transcript below on how to find a book or e-book using CityLibrary Search.
Journal articles are a useful source of up to date information for academic research.
See the soundless video or transcript below on finding a journal article.
See the soundless video or transcript below on how to manage your Library Account.