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UCL Cruciform Library

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Opening hours
  Reading Rooms Self Service Issue Desk
Monday Open from 08:45 Open from 08:45 09:00 - 18:45
Tuesday 24 hour opening 24 hour opening 09:00 - 18:45
Wednesday 24 hour opening 24 hour opening 09:00 - 18:45
Thursday 24 hour opening 24 hour opening 09:00 - 18:45
Friday 24 hour opening 24 hour opening 09:00 - 18:45
Saturday Close at 21:00 Close at 21:00 Closed
Sunday 11:00 - 21:00
(holders of UCL Library Cards only)
11:15 - 20:45 Closed
  Reading Rooms Self Service Issue Desk
Monday Closed Closed Closed
Tuesday Closed Closed Closed
Wednesday Closed Closed Closed
Thursday Closed Closed Closed
Friday Closed Closed Closed
Saturday Closed Closed Closed
Sunday Closed Closed Closed
  Reading Rooms Self Service Issue Desk
Monday 09:00 - 19:00 09:00 - 19:00 09:00 - 18:45
Tuesday 09:00 - 19:00 09:00 - 19:00 09:00 - 18:45
Wednesday 09:00 - 19:00 09:00 - 19:00 09:00 - 18:45
Thursday 09:00 - 19:00 09:00 - 19:00 09:00 - 18:45
Friday 09:00 - 19:00 09:00 - 19:00 09:00 - 18:45
Saturday Closed Closed Closed
Sunday Closed Closed Closed

Please note:
Issue Desk services open at 10:00 on the first Wednesday of each month.

The Cruciform Library is closed from the 11th August, whilst we move back to the Cruciform Building, opening as the Cruciform Hub on 01 September.

Address and contact details
  • The Cruciform Library is now closed while we re-locate to the Cruciform Hub in the UCL Cruciform Building
  • Telephone (issue desk) : 020 7679 6079 (internal: x 46079)
  • Email: lib-crucienq@ucl.ac.uk
  • Nearest Tube: Euston, Euston Square, Goodge Street, Warren Street

The refurbishment works to create the new Cruciform Hub are now very close to completion and the Hub is expected to be open in early September 2014. The collections and staff have been moving back since mid-August.

From Tuesday 26 August you may request 1-week and standard loan books from the Cruciform collections, by sending an email to lib-crucienq@ucl.ac.uk

Please ensure you provide the following details:

- Your name

- Your library barcode (on the back of your ID card)

- Author of book

- Title of book

- Classmark of book, if known (the classmark is shown on the item details in Explore)

Requested books will be available to collect from the Science Library Assistance Desk as follows:

For emailed requests received by 5pm, the item will be available to borrow from 10.30am the following day

For emailed requests received by midday, the item will be available to borrow from 2.30pm the same day

Requested books will be held at the Science Library Assistance Desk for 1 week.


Further information including a set of Frequently Asked Questions is available on the Cruciform Hub web pages.

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Subject coverage and guides

The Cruciform Library contains books and periodicals in the subjects of:

  • Clinical Medicine
  • Medical Science

For details of all UCL biomedical collections and services, including information about the Service Level Agreement between UCL and associated NHS Trusts, see the Biomedicine & Health pages.

The Cruciform Library holds the combined collections of the former Boldero and Clinical Sciences libraries. A history of these libraries, Reading Medicine, traces their development within the Middlesex Hospital, University College Hospital and Royal Free & University College medical schools up until their merger in 2005.


From July 2013 to 10 August 2014 the Cruciform Library was situated on the Second Floor of the UCL Science Library (DMS Watson Building), while work to create the Cruciform Hub was under way. We are now moving back to the Cruciform Building and expect to open the Cruciform Hub in early September 2014.


Disabled access

This section will be updated with access information for the Cruciform Hub.



Full membership is available for UCL staff and students and for NHS staff employed by UCLH and Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust. Staff of GOSH, Moorfields, Royal Free and RNOH NHS Trusts are also eligible to join. NHS staff applying for access to UCL Library Services must produce their NHS ID as well as proof of home address when making their application.

Appropriate identification must be carried at all times on library premises. Visitors must show some form of valid photo identification, complete an application for a library pass and pay any fee. All users of the library must abide by the Library Regulations

Enquiry Service and Training

Enquiry desk staff can help with a variety of enquiries about library and biomedical and health resources, and will provide ad hoc training on the library's electronic resources. You can also e-mail your enquiry.

A regular programme of training is available on specific resources; please view the current schedule.

Specific training sessions can also be arranged on a one-to-one basis or in small groups. To arrange a training session please contact Abir Mukherjee.

Library information and guides to searching specialist biomedical resources are also available on the Cruciform Wiki as well as e-resource support on the Cruciform Blog

Books and Borrowing

The Cruciform book collection is arranged by the National Library of Medicine classification scheme. A separate Quick Reference collection includes dictionaries and directories. Locations may be checked by searching Explore and limiting your search to 'Library catalogue', through dedicated machines in the Library or from any web browser.

Cruciform books may be borrowed, and returned, using the self-service machines.

For further information about borrowing books please see the separate Borrowing & Renewing guide.

Middlesex Hospital Medical School archive

Some 200 volumes are held, comprising works by and about former members of the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, particularly those of the 19th century. There is a collection relating to Sir John Bland-Sutton (1855-1936), surgeon and friend of Kipling. Also included is a small collection of classic books on urology dating from 1811 onwards. Series including the Middlesex Hospital Journal are also held.

These items have a catalogue location CRUCIFORM Store MX and may be consulted in the reading room between the hours of 09:00-16:45, Monday-Friday. Please ask a member of Cruciform library staff for assistance.

Inter Library Loans

Books and periodical articles not held by UCL may be requested on inter-library loan by completing an online form. UCL and associated NHS Trust users are charged a subsidised £3 per item.

Print Journals

The Cruciform Library receives some current journals and series in print in addition to our many titles available electronically. Print parts for 2013 and 2014, plus a 5-year backfile of certain titles, are held with the Cruciform collection*. All other volumes are held in Store; to request these please complete an online Store Request form which is also available from the 'More' drop-down menu in Explore. Store items can normally be collected from your selected library site the next day. All periodicals are reference only, with the exception of series such as Annual Reviews and Clinics which may be borrowed.

*Please ask a member of Cruciform library staff if you are unsure about the location of a specific title.

Electronic Journals

e-journals are available to UCL users through Explore as well as from A-Z lists of journal titles. In-library access to most UCL ejournals is available to registered NHS users and visitors on the dedicated Explore machines. Articles can be saved on a USB memory stick. NHS staff can also access certain titles via their NHS OpenAthens login.


UCL's e-books can be accessed from Explore online (UCL users) and in the Library (NHS and Library visitors)

UCLH and other NHS staff will also be able to access the full text of many eBooks with an NHS OpenAthens login.

Online Medical Databases

UCL's databases include Medline, Embase, AMED, CINAHL, PsycINFO, Biosis, HMIC, Scopus and the Web of Science. They may be accessed online or through the Explore Access Machines in the Library (NHS and Library visitors).

Passwords for UCL users

UCL staff and students can access UCL's licensed resources off-site with their UCL userid and password; no other account is required. See more information about accessing e-resources on our web pages.

ATHENS for NHS users

Anyone working for the NHS may register for an NHS ATHENS account by completing the online registration form.

UCLH Library Services

For details about all library services for NHS staff working in the UCLH NHS Foundation Trust there is information on the UCLH web site.

IT Services

NHS staff who have registered as library members may access the internet on their own laptop, tablet or smartphone in the Library. Please ask a member of Cruciform library staff for a UCLGuest account.

Printing and photocopying

The terms of the Copyright Act (1988) and the UCL or NHS licence with the Copyright Licensing Agency must be adhered to, as appropriate. Guidance is available.

Safety and Security

The library is protected by a security system. If an alarm sounds as you are leaving it may be necessary to examine any library materials in your possession.

Please do not leave valuables unattended in the library.

If the fire alarm sounds please leave the library immediately by the nearest exit as directed, and assemble in Malet Place.

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