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UCL Language & Speech Science Library

LASS Library
Opening hours
Monday 09:15 - 20:00
Tuesday 09:15 - 20:00
Wednesday 09:15 - 20:00
Thursday 09:15 - 20:00
Friday 10:00 - 20:00
Saturday 11:00 - 18:00
Sunday Closed
Monday 09:15 - 20:00
Tuesday 09:15 - 20:00
Wednesday 09:15 - 20:00
Thursday 09:15 - 20:00
Friday 10:00 - 20:00
Saturday 11:00 - 18:00
Sunday Closed

Renewals: You can renew your loans online via Explore (you will need your Library PIN for this), or leave a message on the Renewals voicemail: 020 7679 4208, internal ext. 24208.
Returns: When the library is closed, books can be returned via the Bookdrop on the ground floor, next to the student pigeonholes.

Address and contact details
  • Address: Chandler House, 2 Wakefield St, London WC1N 1PF.
  • Tel: Issue desk and general enquiries: 020 7679 4209/4210 (internal extension 24209 or 24210)
    Librarian: 020 7679 4207 (internal ext. 24207)
  • Fax: 020 7679 4238
  • E-mail: lib-lass@ucl.ac.uk
  • Nearest Tube: Russell Square or Kings Cross
  • Site Librarian: Breege Whiten
  • Local URL: http://www.langsci.ucl.ac.uk/library/

Onsite resources Electronic resources
Books & Journals

The LaSS Library's books and journals cover all subjects relating to human communication and its disorders, including: language and languages (written, spoken and signed); linguistics; phonetics; psychology; special education; speech science; stuttering; and voice. (See here for a list of subjects with their classmarks). Some older Phonetics and Linguistics collections are held in the South Junction section of the UCL Main Library.

Assessment tests and other special collections

The Library also holds a unique collection of therapy materials and assessment tests in speech and language, an archive of historical books and pamphlets, and many of the former UCL Language Sciences students' final year dissertations.

To view the Library's holdings, search Explore. Searches can be restricted to this Library by applying a Filter to a set of search results: select Filter from the top menu and then Language & Speech Science from the list of libraries. The catalogue covers all library holdings, including books, journals, and tests; recent purchases are listed here, and on the library's blog.


In addition to the library collections, UCL Library Services provide access to a wide range of electronic resources for UCL members, such as bibliographic databases and full text online journals. A bibliographic database is a detailed index of research - journal articles, theses, conference papers etc - on a specific topic. UCL members have access to a wide range of databases covering numerous subjects; those relevant to speech and language include AMED and CINAHL (allied health), Medline (medicine), PsycINFO (psychology), LLBA (linguistics), BEI and ERIC (education), IBSS (International Bibliography of the Social Sciences) and the Web of Science. These can all be accessed via the Metalib gateway: go to the Subject menu and select Language & Speech Science to find resources for linguistics, phonetics and speech & language therapy.


A vast range of full text journals are now available online and most can be accessed remotely by UCL members. See UCL Library Services' Ejournal web pages for more information.

In addition to being a branch of UCL Library Services, the Language & Speech Science Library also serves as the National Information Centre for Speech-language Therapy (NICeST). Members of the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists are entitled to use the Library free of charge, and can obtain a borrower's ticket on payment of an annual fee. NICeST provides a free information service for clinicians and other professionals in the field of speech and language.


The Library is located in the Language Sciences section of UCL's Division of Psychology & Language Sciences, at Chandler House, number 2 Wakefield Street (just off Tavistock Place), WC1N 1PF. On entering the building you can use your UCL ID card to get through the turnstile, or speak to the member of staff on Reception. Once inside the building, take the lift or stairs to the second floor, turn right, then right again to find the Library.

Map and directions

Disabled access

Chandler House was refurbished and adapted for increased accessibility in 2008. There are ramps for entrance to and exit from the building, a new lift, and hearing induction loops throughout the library.

UCL Library Services also offer a range of other facilities for users with disabilities which are listed separately.



Study facilities

The LaSS Library has a large Reading Room for quiet study, and a smaller Study Room for group study, which may be booked in advance. The Reading Room has 3 Library catalogue terminals, 3 cluster WTS computers for student use, and a standalone computer for access to electronic journals.


There is a photocopy room on your right as you enter the library, with two photocopiers, both of which have A4 and A3 copying, reduction and enlargement facilities; one also has document feeding and double-sided copying. To use them, you need a UCL copycard, which you can purchase from the vending machine on the wall. This machine only takes £1 coins, but there is also a change machine for changing notes. The rechargeable card costs £1 to buy, without any copy credit; credit is purchased using the recharging unit, which takes 20p, 50p, and £1 coins. The card can be used in most UCL Libraries. Copies cost 5p for A4, 10p for A3 and 25p for acetates (available on request).

Study skills training

Training in the use of library catalogues and electronic resources is given to students early on in their course by the Librarian. If you are unable to attend one of these sessions, or would like further instruction, individual training can be given by appointment. Please contact the LaSS Librarian, Breege Whiten, on 020 7679 4207.

Inter Library Loans

The LaSS Library participates in the central interlibrary loans service. Any item which is not held in UCL or nearby libraries can usually be obtained for you from another source, for a fee of £3 per item.

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