UCL home page



UCL Library Services


Magnifying glass image
Explore the Library’s books, journals and online resources. Find out more


UCL Main Library

Main Library, Gower Street
Opening hours
  Reading Rooms Issue Desk
Monday Open from 08:45 09:30 - 20:45
Tuesday 24 hour opening 09:30 - 20:45
Wednesday 24 hour opening 09:30 - 20:45
Thursday 24 hour opening 09:30 - 20:45
Friday 24 hour opening 10:00 - 20:45
Saturday Close at 21:00 11:00 - 17:45
Sunday 11:00 - 21:00
(holders of UCL Library Cards only)
  Reading Rooms Issue Desk
Monday Open from 08:45 09:30 - 20:45
Tuesday 24 hour opening 09:30 - 20:45
Wednesday 24 hour opening 09:30 - 20:45
Thursday 24 hour opening 09:30 - 20:45
Friday 24 hour opening 10:00 - 20:45
Saturday Close at 21:00 11:00 - 17:45
Sunday 11:00 - 21:00
(holders of UCL Library Cards only)

Please note:
During weekends and evening periods we are open principally to offer a books loans service and to handle related queries. Enquiries of a more complex nature or regarding other services may need to be referred to staff who work office hours. See our help pages for details.

In addition, the Library does not manage general computing, which is instead the responsibility of the Information Systems Division. Their Information Service Desk's opening hours, plus further information, is available.


Self-service preparation work week beginning Monday 16th June

Work is currently being carried out in the Art and Economics sections of the library. Collections will remain available but some study spaces may be occupied. Please see below for further details

Self-Service coming to the Main Library

In Autumn 2014, we'll be launching self-service issuing and returning at the Main Library. For more information about the introduction of self-service across other UCL Libraries and for more information about the Main Library project, see our webpage.

From Monday 16th June, we will be working in the collections to make the ready for self-service. This will involve closing some reading rooms while work is carried out. All material will be accessible during this time, so please ask Issue Desk staff for help if you need to.

Relocation of Management Books and Medical Science Periodicals

Management books are currently located in the Main Library, in the corridor next to the Hebrew and Jewish studies collections on the 2nd floor, which is accessible from the Library once in place. This is to accommodate the temporary move of the Cruciform Library collection to the Science Library while refurbishments take place. Please ask staff at the Main Library Issue Desk for help with locating the Management collection in its new location.

Medical Science Periodicals will move to the Store and are available by request via Explore for collection at the Science Library Assistance Desk.

Address and contact details
  • Address: Wilkins Building, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT
  • Issue Desk: 020 7679 7792
  • Account queries: lib-myaccount@ucl.ac.uk
  • Enquiries: library@ucl.ac.uk
  • Nearest tube stations: Euston, Euston Square, Goodge Street, Warren Street
  • Other ways of getting in touch: Come in to the issue or enquiry desks and we'll be happy to help. You can also see our Contacting Us webpages..
Subject coverage and guides

The Main Library houses collections relating to the following subject areas:

For a detailed guide to the Library's provision in a subject click on the relevant link above.


The Main Library is located on the 1st floor of the Wilkins Building.

The easiest way to reach it is to enter the main UCL site via the Gower Street entrance, walk around the left hand side of the central portico and enter the door at the top of the ramp. Once inside, turn left and go through the door at the end of the small corridor. The library entrance and reception desk are to the right, adjacent to the Octagon.

Detailed map of the area

Disabled access

Most floors and collections are now accessible from the lift installed next to the Library's main entrance. There are, however, a few parts of certain collections that remain difficult to access due to the nature of the Main Library buildings. For details of which collections are involved and how to make arrangements to over come any difficulties, please see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/disabil.shtml or contact the Library's Disabled Users' Officer, Matthew Reynolds or phone 020 7679 7110.


There are four multi-functional devices in the library which offer copying, scanning to email and printing for UCL staff and students. All other visitors to the library can use the devices for copying. All copying is subject to copyright regulations.

Using the machines:

UCL staff and students need to present their UCL ID at the device to activate it. Credit can be added to your account using cask at the available kiosk.

All other visitors should obtain a log-in code and credit their account at the kiosk.

Staff and students should send printing to the printer named "print-ucl"

Cost of copying and printing:

A4 black and white (single or double-sided) = 5p per sheet

A4 colour (single-side) = 25p per sheet

A4 colour (double-sided) = 40p per sheet

A3 black and white (single or double-sided) = 10p per sheet

A3 colour (single-side) = 50p per sheet

A3 colour (double-sided) = 90p per sheet

Four combined DVD players (2 with VIDEO facilities) are available in the viewing room (including Region 1 and Blueray options) which can be accessed just to the right of the Reference Room; headphones are available for use within the room. Many DVD's are available from the Issue Desk room.

IT provision
The Main Library has an Information Systems cluster room with 10 workstations; it is situated just beyond the Flaxman Gallery, on the left hand side behind the photocopiers. There are also a few workstations in the Hebrew and Jewish Studies section on the 2nd floor located straight ahead as you reach the top of the main entrance stairway as well as in Dutch (along the end of History) where there are 8 workstations. Also see Student Computer Workroom Information Pages or ask library staff.

Inter Library Loans
The Main Library participates in the centralised inter library loans service.

Top of the pageTop of page

Last modified 10th June 2014.

  Facebook logo


On Twitter

University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT Tel: +44 (0) 20 7679 2000

© UCL 1999-