Library & Learning Resource Centre

London School of Business & Computing Library & Learning Resource Centre (LRC) offers a comprehensive range of resources and services to support both students and staff. Equipped with modern facilities, the library provides access to a wealth of academic materials and offers responsive support services to enhance the learning experience.

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 endeavors.

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.

One - to - One Student Support Sessions

Introduction to the LSBC Library and Resources

Students can attend sessions to familiarise themselves with the library's facilities, services, and available resources.

Searching Online Learning Materials

Guided sessions help students navigate online databases and effectively search for learning materials relevant to their studies.

Access to Partner Institution Resources

Assistance is provided for accessing resources available through partner institutions, expanding students' access to academic materials

Login and Account Setup Assistance

Students receive support in setting up and managing their library accounts for seamless access to resources and services.

ICT Assistance

Help is available for technical issues such as setting up Wi-Fi connections and utilizing printing facilities, ensuring students can fully utilize available technology resources.

Book Online

Whether through face-to-face interactions or virtual sessions via Zoom, the library's dedicated support team is committed to assisting students in maximizing their academic potential and enhancing their learning experience at London School of Business & Computing.

We've made sure that our campus libraries are packed full of the equipment and resources you need.

Search, renew, and reserve 500+ books online!

Easy access to books and e- resources including journal articles and databases

Dedicated study spaces available to study independently

Introduction to the LSBC Library and Resources

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 Twelve designated spaces for students available throughout the week.

How do I borrow physical items? 
You can borrow books and other materials using self-service checkout or at library help desk. All students and staff will need to use their LSBC ID 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 hold on an item and renew items by accessing your e-Library account. You can also visit your campus LLRC to borrow, renew and return items, collect items requested through our ‘click and collect’ service on our online catalogue, and use pc’s.

  • 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 the new due dates for your items) or if some items cannot be renewed and need to be returned to us. You may return an item at library help desk or can self-return by using e-Library account online while you are in the library and place item back on return shelf. 

What are the Borrowing Rules?
The number of books allowed for borrowing is specified below:

Faculty Members
No. of Books – 7  Borrowing Duration  – 21 Days
No. of Books – 5  Borrowing Duration  – 14 Days
No. of Books – 3 Borrowing Duration  – 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 Unreturned 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.

London School of Business & Computing 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

Click here to Search Library Catalogue

Open-Source Databases 

A-Z Databases 
‍Find the best library databases for your research.‍

Annual, Companies can be searched for or browsed by stock exchange, industry, sector or alphabet.

Business microdata, provided by the Office for National Statistics

Encyclopaedia of Economic and Business History, An online subject encyclopaedia produced by the Economic History Association., offers access to a selection of company annual reports

‍Getty Open Content ImagesGetty 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.

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)

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.

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.

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

Open Minds, Open Resources
LibreTexts is the adaptable, user-friendly open education resource platform that educators trust for creating, customizing, and sharing accessible, interactive textbooks, adaptive homework, and ancillary materials. 

‍, 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 from2002.

‍London Lives 1690-1800Primary 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.

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.

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

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.

Open DOAR, 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.

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

Qualitative studies, such as interview transcripts

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).


Local Public Library Service
LSBC Library and Learning Resource Centre is expanding their resources to ensure that each student at LCBS has access to books and online resources. The London Libraries Consortium is a partnership between 18London library services, with Tower Hamlet being a part of the partnership. We would like to sign up every single student to be a member if the Redbridge Libraries Consortium. This would give everyone the opportunity to access and borrow books from your local public library (Gants Hill Library) and all other libraries in the consortium. Student will also have access to thousands of online resources.

More information can be found by clicking here

Small Business Research +Enterprise Centre
The Small Business Research and Enterprise Centre (SBREC) is the City of London Corporation’s small business start-up support service, open to all small businesses throughout the UK. You can get access to a range of specialist business information and market research.

SBREC also host a range of business support events and provide expert assistance to help you grow your business. SBRC is the only UK dedicated public service for business information offering in person and remote access to specialist business databases. The databases include startup guidance, information on market/industry data worldwide, plus national, and international coverage for statistics, company data and business news.

Access some of our most sought after business information remotely with a SBREC membership.

The British Library
The British Library is the UK’s largest library with over 150 million items inmost 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.

Online Support
Book One-to-one Student Support Sessions
Student support sessions are available at LSBC Library to help with: 

  • Introduction of the LSBC 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

Self-Service options:
Student Induction to Library and Learning Resources
One-to-one support sessions

Books Recommendations/Stock Suggestions
At Applied Business Academy 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 a 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

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 LSBC students and staff. Visitors are required to show some official identification at the library reception.

Electronic Resources
Electronic databases are limited to the London School of Business & Computing 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 LSBC 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 School of Business & Computing 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 LSBC 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. 

Library Copyright Guidance: Photocuring Library Materials
LCBS has a licence with the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) which allows LSBC students and staff to make photocopies of extracts of copyright-protected printed books, journals, and magazines, in line with the limits and conditions set out below. 

Photocopying is limited to (whichever is the greater)

  • Up to 10% or one complete chapter of a book, plus any associated endnotes or references. E.g., if a chapter comprises 25% of a book, you can photocopy the entire chapter; but if you want to photocopy     extracts from more than one chapter, you can only copy up to 10% of the  book
  • Up to 10% or one complete article from a single issue of a journal or magazine, plus any associated endnotes or references. Note that these limits apply per issue, so you can photocopy one article from the first issue of a journal, one article from the second issue etc.
  • Up to 10% or one report of one case from a report of judicial proceedings. Up to 10% or one paper from     a set of conference  proceedings.
  • Up to 10% of an anthology of short stories or poems or one short story or one poem of not more than 10     pages. 

These limits apply per work per course. E.g., a student can copy one chapter from a book for one course, and the same chapter or a different chapter for another course where the book is also on the reading list. 

Photocopying is allowed where material has been published:
In the UK, USA; or
In one of the following “mandating     territories”: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Canada (including Quebec), Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, Jamaica,     Luxembourg, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Ireland, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago and Turkey; or
… provided the work does not appear on the CLA’s List of Excluded Categories and Excluded Works or list of Excluded US  Publishers. These lists covers authors and publishers who have decided to exclude some or all of     their works from the licence. 

The CLA licence does not allow users to copy:
Printed music (including the words)
Maps and charts
Unpublished works, e.g., manuscripts, archives, and doctoral theses
Works on the CLA’s list of Excluded US Publishers
Works excluded directly by the author or artist
Works excluded by the publisher
Works published outside the UK or the “mandating territories”
Publications which include a statement that  they are excluded from licences granted by the Copyright Licensing Agency 

Other licence conditions:
The photocopy must be produced from an original book, journal etc owned by LCBS, or from a “copyright fee paid” copy of a chapter or article supplied by an organisation that has a document delivery licence with the CLA (e.g., the British Library). Photocopying of interlibrary loans is not covered by the licence. 

Multiple copying is permitted: 
e.g., a student may produce photocopies of an item for other students in the same class; a staff   member can produce multiple copies to give out in class, or for inclusion in a course pack.

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.
‍Click here to view the Harvard Referencing System

Stock Recommendations Request

At LSBC 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 a title(s), please submit your request by filling up the form below. We will do our best to provide suggested titles as per our stock acquisition policy.

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