About our library services

Welcome to London Metropolitan 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 285,000 different titles (many with multiple copies)
  • Over 12,000 e-books
  • Almost 32,000 e-journals

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

We also host the internationally acclaimed Trades Union Congress Library Collections.  The Collections are available to all university staff and students and to external users who are pursuing research interests which cannot easily be met elsewhere. The print collections are available for reference only so you are advised to make an appointment before visiting.  

Helping you in your studies

Opening hours

There are three library sites which support all the faculties. During term time, libraries open for 6 to 7 days each week. 

We offer extended opening during exam periods. 

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

Access to all our Library's e-resources and databases for assignments, projects and dissertations remain available 24/7.

Last year there were loans of over 1.5 million items, almost 3 million accesses to our e-resources and users passed through our entrance gates over 1 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 preferences

To accommodate your preferred mode of study, our Libraries are divided into zones for Group, Quiet and Silent study – you can even eat and drink in some of the group areas.

Libraries also have bookable group study rooms with projection facilities, technobooths with large screens, lots of fixed computers (PCs and Macs) and Wi-Fi. If you know your preferred mode of study then find your study zone here.

The Library 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. The Library is a member of Sconul Access. Find out if you can apply for a Sconul Access card.

For other visitors there are other options which involve a small charge. Prior to arranging a visit it is best to find out more about what's on offer to visitors and also prepare for your visit by first exploring what is in our print collections.

Check out our opening hours, contact details and site locations. Take a look at  Holloway Road Library, Calcutta House Library, Commercial Road Library.

Research help from the library

Subject and academic research help

 

What are Academic Liaison Librarians?

Academic Liaison Librarians are there to help all University staff and students to find and use information resources effectively, develop Library collections to meet your needs and to be your contact point for any information related enquiry. They have all developed 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 in the Library are there 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 or contact us via online chat, Facebook or Twitter. You are also welcome to phone or write to us.

 

Subject Information Help Guides
and Librarians

Further research help is offered on our library webpages.

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

You can talk to your Librarian in person during one of the regular drop-in sessions or contact them via email. Alternatively you can use the Library online chat facility to discuss your enquiry.  Get a quick overview of our subject guides, find your Librarian and find out when and where subject drop-in help sessions take place.