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Fashion Management and Promotion: Getting started

Library guide for BA Fashion Buying Management; BA Fashion Marketing and Promotion; BA Fashion Merchandise Management; and MA Fashion Business Management

COVID-19 Response

The library is increasing the provision of online resources by buying additional resources.  Much of the free access to additional resources provided by publishers has now ceased (as of 1st July).  We will be subscribing to a number of new resources for the coming  year.  Make sure you look at the E-Resources tab of this guide to find sources.

The Academic Liaison Librarian team are also still available for one-to-one appointments, and providing training sessions online.  

If you can't find the book you want online, you can still put in an inter-library loan request and we will try to obtain an online copy for you.

Audiovisual resources

I have collated some BOB playlists here.

Art books

The publishers of large format visual arts books such as exhibition catalogues do not supply ebooks to libraries, so are unlikely to be able to join in with these initiatives.  This includes even relatively large publishers in that area such as Phaidon, Taschen and Thames & Hudson.  

Individual publishers might have relevant initiatives, which I am looking out for. 

Individual artists/writers may have material on their own websites. For example:

Some museums have made selected catalogues available.  For example:

You should also take a look at the digital libraries listed below.

Digital Libraries

The Internet Archive and related Open Library can be good for older material for arts subjects. Some examples include:

Registration is necessary to access some books - the same account will work on both platforms.  There is currently a legal challenge to the 'controlled digital lending' model the Internet Archive operate, which they claim to be fair use under US law.

Google Books has extensive previews of some texts submitted by publishers to promote their content, including recent texts.  For example:

Project Guttenberg is strictly limited to out of  US copyright books.  Examples include:

Public Books lists open access books from US academic publishers

Commercial offers

There are a few interesting commercial initiatives currently available.  For example:

  • Kindle - free extracts of most of academic books available on Kindle (you can read them on the Kindle app, even if you don't have a Kindle device)
  • Perlego - Access a large selection of ebooks for £12 per month.  To access the free trial, you have to give your debit card details, but it is easy to cancel.  The free trial is available from the following URL only.  Select the monthly subscription model and use the code “keeplearning”  
  • Google Play - free extracts, purchase or rental of books
  • Apple books - free extracts or purchase
  • 1854 Digital (The British Journal of Photography) - Access membership benefits including back-copies of BJP for the next three months for £1.  Use the code TOGETHER during checkout. You can use the discount on any digital membership option; if you choose quarterly Digital Access, you will get all the benefits for £1.

Online exhibitions and performance

More information

Online learning - information regarding the university's move to online learning, including details about software (such as Adobe Creative Cloud) which you can download

Library Guides | New resources

This guide on fashion management and promotion resources will help you get started in finding books, academic journal articles, fashion industry reports and high quality research for your studies. 


Your library

welcome desk harrowThe Harrow Campus library is the main library for the Fashion management and promotion courses.

The Library opening hours change depending on whether it is term-time or vacation. Check the library website for opening hours.

The book collections are arranged over two floors. All print books in the collection have a shelf reference number. numbers between

All print books in the library have a shelf reference number. In the Harrow library numbers between 000-738 are on the first floor and 739-999 are on the second floor.
Key text (short loan) books are kept on the first floor at the beginning of the book sequence.

There are group study areas on both floors  including two writing sheds in the Library garden courtyard.
The second floor is for silent, individual study only.

There's more information on getting started in the library from here



magazinesPrinted journals and magazines are on display on the second floor of the library, browse them for ideas of what's happening in fashion and the creative industries. Back issues are filed away in title ​order at the far end of the second floor.These are for use in the Library and can't be borrowed

Find out about more online magazines and journals  via  Library Search


There are Macs and PC computers and multifunctional printers and photocopiers on the first and second floor and University WIFI (Eduroam) throughout the building. You will need your University username and password to access these.macbooks
You can also borrow laptops for 24 hours from the self-service kiosk near the canteen. 

Find out more about IT facilities and how to get free software and a discount on computers.

Your reading lists

Modules that you study on will have an online reading list.

Make the most of your reading list and study time by:

  • Planning well in advance and requesting books on loan.
  • Preparing for each class by at least reading the essential items.
  • Keeping track of readings on your list by using reading intentions and notes.
  • Reporting any problems with e-resouces to your Academic Liaison Librarian.
  • Returning books on time.

School of Arts Librarian

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James Thickins
Email me if there is any problem booking an online appointment. I'm very happy to talk with you, especially during lockdown when students need extra support. Normally, I work in Harrow, but currently I'm at home in North London. Bookmark me at: