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City Business Library Membership

Membership at City Business Library

Open a whole world of fantastic data to help you start and grow your business.

The Library’s membership has been designed to give small businesses across the UK remote access to a wide range of invaluable business information, including company contacts and market research. These will support the success of your business.

Market research helps you identify key trends in your industry and identify potential markets for growth. It is the best way to keep up with market trends, changes in relevant legislation, new innovations, all of which help you maintain a competitive edge.

A membership with City Business Library will give you access to detailed, reliable business data, from anywhere in the UK.

Membership is for personal use only, and for UK residents aged 16 and over. It is open to SMEs or smaller companies (fewer than 250 employees and a turnover of less than £25m) and is not open to large organisations.

Subscription Memberships

Having a paid membership will give you access to our premium data.

Our membership contract runs for 12 months from the date of purchase.

Monthly payments of £18.90*
One annual payment of £189*

Your membership will offer you full access to the following databases:


- Find companies by industry, location and size.
- Up to 20 years financial data.
- Over 4.2 million active companies in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Global Trade Tracker:
Detailed commodity trade statistics (value, volume, price).
- Over 110 countries with monthly and yearly data from 2002 to date.
- Uses the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS).

Industry overviews, key success factors and cost benchmarking. Great for business start-ups and growth.
- UK, USA, China, Australia and Global industry reports.
- iExpert Summaries include Q&As on industries.

- Worldwide market research with analysis and trends.
- Leading company profiles, including SWOT analyses.
- Country profile reports and market statistical data.

Business Source Premier:
Full text articles for more than 2,300 journals.

Business start-up information:
- Profiles for over 300 industry sectors, including market data.
- Factsheets for guidance on writing a business plan, finding finance, marketing.

European Newsstream:
Current European news with archives back to the 1990s.
- Over 430 sources with full-text articles from newspapers, newswires and journals.

Exporters Almanac:
Exporting information: supply chain solutions, trade finance sources, logistics, insurance, Tariff information, business networks, company directories, country profiles.

Other benefits:
Unlimited access to the computers at the City Business Library.
Weekly newsletter.
Free wifi at the Library.
Access to specialist printed resources at the Library.

*Your contract will renew automatically at the end of the 12 months. For more details please ensure you read the terms and conditions of your membership (195kb).

Free Access Membership

With Free Access Membership you will only have remote access to four databases, giving you a taste of our remote resources. 

  • Business Source Premier
  • Cobra
  • European Newsstream
  • Exporters Almanac

This membership is ideal anyone thinking of starting a business as the Cobra database is a great starting point for your research.

You will also need an Access Membership to use all the resources available within the Library.

Become a free access member


For more details please ensure you read the terms and conditions of your membership (195kb).

Resources available and user guides

Terms and Conditions/ FAQs

    Remote access
  • ​Download the terms and conditions of becoming a City Business Library member (195KB).
  • We have tried to answer as many frequently asked questions but if you are still unsure please contact the City Business Library via email.
  • You will need to provide proof of your UK address when completing your membership in the library.
    We accept the following:
    - Recent utility or council tax bill, or tenancy agreement
    - Current, valid full UK photo-card driving licence with signature
    - Recent bank statement
    - Medical card or medical appointment letter
    - Student Loans Company letter or letter from college confirming address
    - Hostel accommodation letter (for those with no fixed address)
  • Guest access to library computers is available to non-members for up to an hour.
  • For details of how your personal information is used, please download the City of London Privacy Policy.