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Management book collection returns to Science Library

Following the closure of the temporary Cruciform Library, the management book collection has now returned to the 2nd floor of the Science Library. Books will be available for loan from Tuesday 2nd September.

We kindly ask any users that currently have management books on loan to please return them to the Science Library Assistance Desk.

Reclassification in the Bartlett Library

The Bartlett Library is being reclassified into one sequence using the Library of Congress Classification scheme. This will make finding related subjects in the library much easier. It also means that for a few weeks there will be a major relabeling and re-shelving process. Some books may be unavailable for a short period of time. Please ask library staff for any help you need with finding books during this time.

UCL joins the Wellcome Trust's Medical Heritage Library of digitised books

The Wellcome Library and Jisc today announced that UCL will be one of nine partner institutions whose 19th-century book collections will be digitised and added to the UK Medical Heritage Library (UK MHL), an online resource for the study of the history of medicine and related sciences.
UCL Library Services will provide around 3,000 items from the 19th Century collections of the Institute of Neurology, Institute of Ophthalmology, Institute of Orthopaedics and School of Pharmacy libraries over the next six months.

The libraries of six universities have joined the partnership - UCL, the University of Leeds, the University of Glasgow, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, King's College London and the University of Bristol - along with the libraries of the Royal College of Physicians of London, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Approximately 15 million pages of printed books and pamphlets from all ten partners will be digitised over a period of two years and will be made freely available to researchers and the public under an open licence. By pooling their collections the partners will create a comprehensive online library. The content will be available on multiple platforms to broaden access, including the Internet Archive, the Wellcome Library and Jisc Historic Books.

The project's focus is on books and pamphlets from the 19th century that are on the subject of medicine or its related disciplines. This will include works relating to the medical sciences, consumer health, sport and fitness, as well as different kinds of medical practice, from phrenology to hydrotherapy. Works on food and nutrition will also feature: around 1400 cookery books from the University of Leeds are among those lined up for digitisation. They, along with works from the other partner institutions, will be transported to the Wellcome Library in London where a team from the Internet Archive will undertake the digitisation work. The project will build on the success of the US-based Medical Heritage Library consortium, of which the Wellcome Library is a part, which has already digitised over 50,000 books and pamphlets.

More information can be found on the Wellcome Trust’s blog or press release. If you would like to know more about the project, please contact Matt Mahon.

UCL Main Library reading rooms closed on Sunday 31st August

Reading room closures

Owing to essential maintenance works, the north end reading rooms on the 1st and 2nd floors of the Main library will be closed on Sunday 31st August.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Science Library Windows Replacement Project

This summer will see a major project to replace all the windows on the Darwin Walk and Malet Place elevations of the Science Library with high energy rating double glazed windows.

During this project, some reading rooms will have to close for several days to allow the new windows to be installed. We will provide details of the closures. During room closures, a book fetching service will operate at the Assistance Desk on the ground floor.

Full details of the project and schedule of room closures.

Artwork in UCL Main Library

Artwork by Mayte Alonso As part of UCL Library Services' Public Engagement agenda, our sites play host to a variety of events and artworks. Currently installed in the stairwell of the Main Library is an artwork by Mayte Alonso, a Miro Foundation Artist in Residence at the UCL Slade School of Fine Art. The piece, entitled 'Spinning Out Time', is a collectively created work of art made by a community knitting group, and is the first in a series of projects by the artist to be exhibited in architectural spaces on the wider theme of 'Art for a Better World'.

More images of the work can be found on Mayte's blog.

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