About our library services

Welcome to London Metropolitan University libraries

Get a quick overview of our library collections 

Our students and staff have access to a huge collection of printed books and journals, e-books, e-journals and databases, and to DVDs, CDs and other media.

We have:

  • over 305,000 different titles (many with multiple copies)
  • over 55,000 e-books
  • over 43,000 e-journals

For details, check our catalogue or use our resource discovery tool MetCat.

We have Special Collections available to all University staff and students as well as external visitors who are pursuing research interests that cannot be met elsewhere.

The University Archive forms Special Collections along with other key archives, including our hosting of the internationally acclaimed Trades Union Congress Library Collection.

Our print collections are available for reference only, so you are advised to make an appointment before visiting by contacting SpecialCollections@londonmet.ac.uk.

You can also view the resources available via the open access London Met Repository, a digital archive of research output by our staff and researchers.

Helping you in your studies

Opening hours

There are two library sites that support all the Schools. During term time, libraries open seven days a week. 

Choose the site nearest to your campus and have a look at the opening times.  

Access to all our e-resources and databases for assignments, projects and dissertations remain available 24 hours a day.

Last year there were loans of over one and a half million items, almost three million accesses to our e-resources and users passed through our entrance gates over one million times.

The library is here to help make your experience at London Met more rewarding and successful.

Library facilities and visitor information

Library facilities

Your study facilities

Areas within the libraries are divided into zones for group and silent study. Our libraries also have bookable group study rooms with projection facilities, technobooths with large screens, plenty of fixed computers (PCs and Macs) and Wi-Fi. Find out more information about our study rooms and zones on the Student Zone.

The library team is here to help make your experience at London Met more rewarding and successful. We welcome suggestions and comments on how we can improve any of our services and facilities.

Visitor Information

Find out about using our libraries

Library Services at London Met welcomes visitors. We are members of Sconul Access, a scheme which allows users from many other universities to borrow or use books and journals at London Met. Find out if you can apply for a Sconul Access card.

For other visitors, there are different options that involve a small charge. Prior to arranging a visit, it is best to find out what's on offer and to prepare for your visit by first exploring what is in our library catalogue.

Check out our opening hours, contact details and site locations.

Research help from the library

Subject and academic research help

What are academic liaison librarians?

Academic liaison librarians help and support all University staff and students to find and use information resources effectively. They develop library collections to meet your needs and are your point of contact for any information-related query. They all have expertise in the subject areas of their faculties and are very happy to help.

Have a question?

Whether you have assignments, essays, projects or your dissertation to write, staff at our libraries are here to help you source appropriate research material.

You can speak to your academic liaison librarian or any staff at our library information desks.

Alternatively, drop us an email at library@londonmet.ac.uk or contact us on Facebook or Twitter. You're also welcome to phone us on 020 7133 4444.


Subject information help guides and librarians

Further research help is offered on our library webpages.

Your librarian produces quick guides and online tutorials for resources specific to your subject area, which are a good starting point when you need support. 

Get a quick overview of our subject guides, meet your librarian and find out when and where subject drop-in help sessions take place.