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The Library in the Cruciform Building is now closed and will re-open as part of the new Cruciform Hub in Summer 2014. From 1 July 2013 the Cruciform library staff and collections are located in the UCL Science Library. 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:
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.
The main entrance to the Science Library is on Malet Place. The easiest way to access it is to enter Malet Place via Torrington Place and walk down towards the archway visible in the distance. The building is located on the left hand side just before the archway is reached.
All floors of the Science Library are accessible by lift and there are ramps leading to reading rooms throughout the building. We also offer a range of other facilities for users with particular requirements which are listed
Issue Desk services open at 10:00 on the first Wednesday of each month.
Library reopens in Science Library, 2nd floor
The Library has now moved to its temporary home in the Science Library while building works take place to create the Cruciform Hub; opening hours for the reading rooms and services on the Ground Floor are as for the Science Library.
Full membership is available for UCL staff and students and for
NHS staff employed by UCLH, Camden Provider Services 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 available at:
Enquiry Service and Training
Cruciform service and enquiry desks are located on the Second Floor of the Science Library from 1 July 2013 until we return to the Cruciform Building. 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 to
email@example.com or call 020 7679 6411 (or x46411).
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 by e-mail on
or by phone on 020 7679 6412 (or x46412).
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
There is also a general enquiry point on the Ground Floor of the Science Library.
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. Copies of certain core texts are available to borrow from the Short Loan Collection located on the Ground Floor of the Science Library. Locations may be checked by searching Explore and limiting your search to Libary Catalogue,
through dedicated machines in the Library or at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/explore.
From 1 July 2013 Cruciform books may be borrowed, and returned, using the self-service machine located with the collection on the Second Floor of the Science Library. The Cruciform Library book bin is also located on the Second Floor and will be open whenever the Cruciform Service Desk is closed.
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 using the form at http://library.ucl.ac.uk/. 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 in the Science Library*.
All other volumes are held in Store; to request these please use the electronic form
available at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/storeform or 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 are available to UCL users through Explore as well as from the
A-Z lists at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/ejournal.
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 Athens login.
UCL's eBooks 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 Athens account.
Online Medical Databases
UCL's databases, including Medline, Embase, AMED, CINAHL, PsycINFO, Biosis,
HMIC, Scopus and the
Web of Science, are available to UCL users from http://www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/database. They may also be accessed through the Explore access machines in the Library (NHS and Library visitors).
The following IT services are available in the Science library:
A UCL Cluster and the ISD Service Desk
Wireless network (eduroam) - available to UCL users as well as staff and students from participating HE institutions
• Explore access machines including one located with the Cruciform collections on the Second Floor.
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
Facilities for printing and scanning (UCL users) and photocopying (UCL and NHS users) are located on the Ground Floor of the Science Library.
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.