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 email@example.com
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)
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Subject coverage and guides
The Cruciform Library contains books and periodicals in the subjects of:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.