Library and Learning Resource Centre

LBC Library & Learning Resource Centre

The London Brookes College Library & Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is committed to enhancing the academic journey of its students and staff by offering a comprehensive array of resources and services. The LRC at college offers access to an extensive selection of academic materials, ensuring that both learners and educators have the necessary tools readily available. Complementing this rich repository of information, our bespoke support services are designed to enrich the learning experience, fostering an environment that promotes exploration, research, and academic achievement.

LRC Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 – 19:00
Tuesday 09:00 – 19:00
Wednesday 09:00 – 19:00
Thursday 09:00 – 19:00
Friday 09:00 – 19:00
Saturday 09:00 – 17:00
Sunday 10:00 – 13:00

Key Features:

  • Extensive Academic Resources: The library houses a diverse collection of academic materials to support research and learning across various disciplines. Staff and students can access a wide range of resources, including books, journals, and online databases.
  • Information and Guidance: Knowledgeable library staff provide assistance with reading lists, research queries, and sourcing relevant materials to support academic endeavours.
  • Responsive Support Services: The library offers responsive support services tailored to the needs of students and staff, ensuring efficient access to resources and assistance when required.

Introduction to the LBC Library and Resources

  1. Using the library

Study Area
The library also has dedicated study spaces available for students to study independently, research and/or work on their coursework. This is a quiet zone and offers a suitable environment along with facilities to plug in laptops and use the college Wi-Fi. Currently, there are ten designated spaces available for students throughout the week.

How do I borrow physical items?
You can borrow books and other materials using self-service checkout or at the library help desk. All students and staff will need to use their LBC ID card to borrow books, journals, and other resources from the library by contacting the Resource Officer at the Library. The ID card must be valid at the time of use.

How do I reserve, renew, or return an item?
You can check what books you have out on your account, place a hold on an item, and renew items by accessing your e-Library account. You can also visit your library to borrow, renew and return items, collect items requested through our ‘click and collect’ service on our online catalogue, and use PCs.

You can renew items before they are due back as long as.

  • Other borrowers have not reserved them.
  • Your library record with us is not expiring in the next few days and is not blocked due to having incurred more than £10 in fines.

Please look out for our library renewal emails, which will let you know if your renewals have been successful (and what the new due dates are for your items) or if some items cannot be renewed and need to be returned to us. You may return an item at the library help desk or can self-return by using an e-Library account online while you are in the library and placing the item back on the return shelf.

What are the Borrowing Rules?

The number of books allowed for borrowing is specified in the table below:

Library Users No. of Books Borrowing Duration
Faculty Members 7 21 days
Students 5 14 days
Staff 3 14 days
Note: Teaching practice items can be borrowed for 12 weeks.

How much are the fines?

  • If you keep overdue items that are on hold then we will charge fines: £0.50 per day per item (up to a maximum of £10 per item)
  • If you incur charges on your record of more than £5 then you will not be able to borrow more items from us until this fine is reduced to £5.

Lost/Damaged or Un-returned Books
The borrower must replace the lost/damaged material or pay the full price as stated on the item.

Library Clearance
The library will sign the clearance form only when all the borrowed items are returned to the library.

  1. LBC Library Catalogue

London Brookes College students can search, renew, and reserve books online. Please use your Academy login credentials to use your online library. If you cannot find what you are looking for, please do not hesitate to contact us at

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  1. Online Resources

Students have access to books and electronic resources(e-resources), these include e-books, journal articles, databases and more. These online resources are available on and off campus. If asked, log on to the resources using your college username and password.

EBSCOhost Business Resources
EBSCO is a renowned and must have database for any academic institute, offering a user-friendly and optimised search interface with regular updates that make it easy for anyone to find what they are looking for quickly. You can access more than 24,000 subscribed e-resources and acquire knowledge of general business and education concepts.

A seamless, reading list connected, AI-powered, learning experience platform with engagement tools and predictive learner analytics that support better student outcomes.

Pearson Courses Useful Links:

  1. Pearson Business and Enterprise
  2. Pearson free Wellbeing toolkit
  3. Pearson Past papers
  4. Pearson BTEC blog
  5. Business Balls
  6. Business Case Studies
  7. Forbes Magazine
  8. International Business Times Business
  9. Chartered Institute of Marketing
  10. Marketing Donut
  11. Marketing Teacher
  12. Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development
  13. Marketing Week New and industry articles
  14. Personnel Today Topics and webinars
  15. Society for Human Resource Management
  16. Digital Marketer
  17. Digital Marketing Institute Membership
  18. Hubspot Resources (Templates)
  19. Marketing donut Online Marketing
  20. Smart Insights Resources (Toolkits and templates)
  21. Learn Higher Research Skills
  22. Skills You Need Learning Skills
  23. Association of Chartered Certified
  24. Accountants Accounting Coach
  25. Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  26. Corporate Finance Institute
  27. Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
  28. Asana
  29. Free project-management tools
  30. Project management
  31. Project Smart

Case Studies

  1. McKinsey & Company case studies
  2. Open Case Studies Project by the University of British Columbia
  3. Innovation: The Classic Traps (
  4. Meeting the Challenge of Disruptive Change (
  5. Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail (
  6. Managing Oneself (
  7. Airbus International case studies
  8. Boeing Distribution
  9. Engineering x case studies

Getty Open Content Images 
Getty Collections is releasing all their images of public domain artworks in high resolution. Images are freely available to download and use. The link takes you to the Open Content browse and search site.
Managed by The National Archive on behalf of HM Government. All UK legislation is published here, including original (as enacted) and revised versions of UK Public General Acts (Statutes) in full from1988, and UK Statutory Instruments in full from 1987. There are additionally, partial datasets for UK Public General Acts (1801-1987), and for UK Statutory Instruments (1947-1986). Changes to and by legislation can be tracked from 2002.

London Lives 1690-1800 
Primary source database of 240,000 records of 18th century London and Londoners, searchable by name. Material includes parish, hospital and guild records, coroners’ reports, poor relief, and criminal justice reports. Users may create individual accounts for increased functionality and the ability to contribute to the database.

Open Access Theses and Dissertations(OATD)
Open Access Theses and Dissertations is an index of over1.5 million electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). To the extent possible, the index is limited to records of graduate-level theses that are freely available online.

Open Research Library 
The Open Research Library (ORL) is planned to include all Open Access book content worldwide on one platform for user-friendly discovery, offering a seamless experience navigating more than 20,000 Open Access books. This vital infrastructure is slated to comprise the most comprehensive collection of peer-reviewed Open Access books accessible for everyone.

Open Research Online (ORO)
Open Research Online (ORO) shares the OU’s high-quality, peer-reviewed publications. It features over 30,000 research outputs across abroad range of OU research from science to arts. Nearly three quarters of Open University research was assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014. Where copyright permissions allow, a full copy of each research publication is directly available from ORO.

An authoritative directory of academic open access repositories. As well as providing a simple repository list, Open DOAR lets you search for repositories or search repository contents. Additionally, it provides tools and support to both repository administrators and service providers in sharing best practice and improving the quality of the repository infrastructure. Current development work is funded by JISC, with contributions from the CRC host organisation, the University of Nottingham. Open DOAR has also been identified as a key resource for the Open Access community and the leader in repository directories.

Oxford Text Archive 
The Oxford Text Archive develops, collects, catalogues, and preserves electronic literary and linguistic resources for use in Higher Education, in research, teaching and learning. It holds several thousand electronic texts and linguistic corpora, in a variety of languages. Includes online versions of works by individual authors, standard reference works such as the Bible and mono/bilingual dictionaries, and a range of language corpora. Searchable by author or title.

Project Gutenberg 
A collection of over 70,000 freely available e-books. Searchable, with list of “top” authors and titles.

The Electronic library of mathematics 
The Electronic Library of Mathematics contains online journals, article collections, monographs, and other electronic resources in the field of mathematics. All material is in electronic form and access is generally free, except for some periodicals with a “moving wall”,i.e., a certain delay period after which resources become freely available.

The London gazette 
Searchable archives of the London Gazette, Britain’s continuously published newspaper, dating back to the late seventeenth century. Includes the Edinburgh Gazette and Belfast Gazette. Note that to save searches, users will need to register.

UK Data Services
UKDS provides access and support for an extensive range of key economic and social data, both quantitative and qualitative, spanning many disciplines and themes. It comprises several specialist data services that promote and encourage data usage in teaching and research. N.B. Registration required (on first visit only).

Encyclopedia of Economic and Business History, An online subject encyclopeadia produced by the Economic History Association.

Knowledge sharing, Chartered Association of Business Schools is the UK’s business and management education sector. We support our members to maintain world-class standards of teaching, research, and enterprise engagement.

IPSE, The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed, is the voice of the UK’s self-employed population who make up one in seven people working today.

Nesta, is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality. It also means changing lives for the better. This is what keeps us awake at night and gets us out of bed in the morning.

Northcote, Online access to annual and interim reports for all UK listed companies. Includes reports for the current year and several previous years.

Annual, Companies can be searched for or browsed by stock exchange, industry, sector or alphabet., offers access to a selection of company annual reports

Office of National Statistics, Browse by theme, e.g crime and justice, population and migration, transport, travel and tourism. Or search by key word, eg housing.

Large-scale government surveys, both UK surveys such as the Labour Force Survey, and cross-national such as the International Social Survey Programme

International macrodata in the UKDS.stat portal (sourced from the Worldbank, the OECD, the IMF, the UN, the International Energy Agency, and the Human Rights Atlas)

Business microdata, provided by the Office for National Statistics

Qualitative studies, such as interview transcripts

 Further Education Free Web Resources:

  1. Pearson FE Educators
  2. The Oxford English Dictionary | Oxford Languages (
  3. Grammarly
  4. OneNote
  5. NaturalReader
  6. A-level Biology with Miss Estruch
  7. AQA A-Level Biology Topic Questions – Access Tuition
  8. A-Level Biology Revision – StudyWise
  9. Practice makes permanent: 400+ questions for AQA A-level Biology
  10. Aqa-exam-questions-booklet.pdf
  11. Chemguide: helping you to understand Chemistry – Main Menu
  12. AQA Revision Guides | chemrevise
  13. ExamQ: Maths GCSE and A-Level Exam Questions
  14. A Level Maths Revision | Maths Worksheets | Past Papers
  15. MadAsMaths: Mathematics Resources
  16. AS Revision – Revisely
  17. Bicen Maths – Google Drive
  18. TLMaths
  19. Year 1 AS Pure | Naiker
  20. Functional Skills
  21. Computing (Videos)
  22. Robotics (Videos)
  1. Using Other Libraries

LBC Library and Learning Resource Centre is expanding their resources to ensure that each student at London Brookes College has access to books and online resources. The Libraries Consortium (TLC) (until recently the London Libraries Consortium) has existed since 2002. It started with two boroughs and now is made up of 23 local authorities, of which 19 are London boroughs. We would like to sign up every single student to be a member of the Barnet Libraries. This would give everyone the opportunity to access and borrow books from your local public library (Hendon Library) and all other libraries in the consortium. Student will also have access to thousands of online resources.

The British Library
The British Library is the UK’s largest library with over 150 million items in most known languages. It is entitled to receive a copy of every book published in the UK and Ireland. Most of its items are kept in closed storage – you’ll need to request them and then use them in the British Library’s reading rooms. How do I join? BL reader passes are free, but you will need to give details of the material you wish to consult. You will also need to show personal identification and proof of address. You can find full registration information on the British Library’s website.

  1. Help & Support

Online Support

Book one-to-one Student Support Sessions

Student support sessions are available at LBC Library to help with:
· Introduction of the LBC Library and Resources
· Searching online learning materials
· Harvard Referencing online
· Information literacy webinars
· One-to-one tutorials
· Functional skills webinars
· Access to other resources with our partner institutions

Please request your session via emailing at:

Self-Service options:

  • Student Induction to Library and Learning Resources
  • One-to-one support sessions

Books Recommendations/Stock Suggestions

At London Brookes College we are keen to hear about book recommendations from students and teaching staff. This will help us to develop more current and relevant stock.  If you would like to suggest any course related title(s), please email your request to We will do our best to provide suggested titles as per our stock acquisition policy.

Campus Help Desk and Support

Library help desks offer face-to-face advice and support.

Library Services

  • Setting up your library account
  • Finding books and other resources in the library
  • Borrowing and returning resources
  • Harvard Referencing
  • Submitting coursework and assignments
  • Help with ICT e.g., setting up Wi-Fi, printing, and scanning facilities.

If you have any queries, please contact

  1. Library Policies and Procedures

User Responsibilities and Ethics
Library seeks to provide a safe, secure, and appropriate study environment for the benefit of all service users. All service users are expected to treat Library facilities, library Services staff and fellow users with dignity and respect. Students who demonstrate unacceptable behavior will not be allowed to use the library and maybe banned from all services and will be referred under the Student Disciplinary procedures.

Visitors may use our books, periodicals, online databases, and other materials on-site for general and research purposes, providing use does not conflict with our primary responsibility to the LBC students and staff. Visitors are required to show some official identification at the library reception.

Electronic Resources
Electronic databases are limited to the London Brookes College authorised users (students, faculty, and staff). Users attempting to access library databases both on and off-campus will be required to log in with their User ID and password. Users must follow ‘Fair Use’ as outlined in the Copyright Law and provisions of license agreements with individual providers. Online database material obtained must be used for personal, non-commercial purposes. Improper use generally includes, but is not limited to, utilizing robots/auto crawlers, downloading entire e-Journals, printing numerous copies of a single article, or publishing articles made available through the databases. Unauthorised use of LBC Library databases and other electronic resources can result in revocation of access.

Library Users Privacy
All library records and other information relating to an individual’s use of the library and its resources are considered confidential. These records include, but are not limited to, circulation records of library materials, address, and other registration information, reference or informational questions asked, and computer database searches. This information, however, may be consulted and used by library staff while carrying out library business.

Collection Development Collection Development is a process of systematically building library collections to meet the studying, training, teaching, accreditation, and learning needs of the users. Priority for library resources to be purchased for the library is given to those materials which meet direct curricular needs in the courses offered. In most cases, the latest edition of the book must be purchased. The library will annually evaluate the users’ needs with the help of the Learning Resources Advisory Committee and recommend sufficient latest books to be purchased.

Ask a Librarian Service
Students, faculty, and staff of the London Brookes College can submit reference or general library enquiries to the Librarian during library opening hours or via email24/7. Emails will usually have a reply within 48 hours, excluding holidays. Librarian or Academic Research Support Officer will answer your enquiries as soon as possible.

Types of enquiries may include:
· The availability and locations of materials in the library
·  Enquiries about services of the LBC Library
·  Verification of bibliographic citations
·  Addresses for corporations, institutions, and publishers
·  Request for brief biographical information
·  Assistance with the use of the catalogue, or the online databases
·  Harvard Referencing·  Use of resources of partner institutions and public libraries

Visit Ask a Librarian for hours and contact information

  1. Referencing Guide

What is Referencing?
During your course you will be asked to find information from various sources for portfolio and assignments. These will influence your thinking and you need to acknowledge the authors or creators who produced them. Referencing is the way you let others know which sources you have consulted as part of your work.

You can also use Citethisforme to create citations online for APA, Harvard or MLA, etc, style.

Contact LBC Learning and Resource Centre

LRC Opening Hours


Monday to Friday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM


LRC Phone



+44 (0) 208 202 2007

LRC Email




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