Our libraries and learning resources

Library and IT resources

Our libraries house over half a million library print items, a growing collection of electronic resources, and staff to help you locate and use them. You will have free email and Internet access, and, to save time, self-service machines in the libraries allow you to borrow and return your own material. Our libraries also have zones for silent, quiet and group study, plus bookable group study rooms.

Our facilities include e-journals, e-books and electronic databases that you can also access from home. You can browse our library catalogue online or speak to a librarian who can help you locate what you need from our libraries, other libraries, or via inter-library loan.

On the catalogue home page, you will also find our research tool, MetCat. This enables students to easily search for journal articles, e-book chapters, e-theses and many other online items in addition to the University’s classic catalogue of books, journals and DVDs.

Each library has open access networked PCs with printing, copying and media facilities, and Wi-Fi so you can use your own laptop – look out for the MetNet signs. Macs are also available in some locations. Most library computers can be booked for use at specific times, so that you know a computer is available when you want to use one.

Academic liaison librarians can help you to find, evaluate and use the most relevant resources for your research, projects or dissertation. Subject guides and drop-in workshops are available as well as personalised sessions for course groups depending on your learning objectives. Our librarians also publish online tutorials and guides to help you find the resources you need.

We have several unique special collections that are available to all University staff and students and to external visitors who are pursuing research interests that cannot be met elsewhere. The University's own archive is also stored here, along with other key archives including the internationally acclaimed Trades Union Congress Library Collection – a major research hub for the study of trade unions, lifelong learning and people at work, with both historical and current resources. The print collections are available for reference only so you are advised to make an appointment before visiting via SpecialCollections@londonmet.ac.uk.

For more information on all library services visit our library pages

Media facilities

If you have to give a presentation, many rooms here are fitted with a PC, DVD player, projector and sound system. You can also borrow portable and mobile equipment, such as specialist cameras and sound recording equipment, and you will find technical support if you need it.

Cloud computing

Each London Met student is given a Google Apps account for email and 5GB of cloud storage, which is accessible anywhere on and off campus. Your Google Apps suite also includes use of Google Docs, allowing our students to collaborate and work on shared documents.

Study support

A range of online study guides can be accessed through our StudyHub website and first-year students may also find one-to-one advice and support from our "Success Coaches" (who are second and third-year students from a similar subject area), via the University's PASS (peer-assisted student success) scheme.

Met App

Our free Met App enables you to get University information on the go including: basic maps of our buildings, timetables, news and updates, alerts, a guide to student services and details of your library account.

Available to download from the App Store and Android Market.

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