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Science Library
Opening hours
  Reading Rooms Self Service Assistance Desk
Monday Open from 08:45 Open from 08:45 09:00 - 20:45
Tuesday 24 hour opening 24 hour opening 09:00 - 20:45
Wednesday 24 hour opening 24 hour opening 09:00 - 20:45
Thursday 24 hour opening 24 hour opening 09:00 - 20:45
Friday 24 hour opening 24 hour opening 10:00 - 20:45
Saturday Close at 21:00 Close at 21:00 11:00 - 17:45
Sunday 11:00 - 21:00
(holders of UCL Library Cards only)
11:15 - 20:45 Closed
  Reading Rooms Self Service Assistance Desk
Monday Open from 08:45 Open from 08:45 09:30 - 20:45
Tuesday 24 hour opening 24 hour opening 09:30 - 20:45
Wednesday 24 hour opening 24 hour opening 09:30 - 20:45
Thursday 24 hour opening 24 hour opening 09:30 - 20:45
Friday 24 hour opening 24 hour opening 10:00 - 20:45
Saturday Close at 21:00 Close at 21:00 11:00 - 17:45
Sunday 11:00 - 21:00
(holders of UCL Library Cards only)
11:15 - 20:45 Closed

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.


News

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.


Self guided tour of the library

Users of the library can now familiarise themselves to general library resources and collections and make the most of all our services and facilities, by downloading our self guided tour of the library.


You can get more updates by following us on Twitter

Address and contact details
  • Address:  DMS Watson Building, Malet Place, WC1E 6BT
  • Telephone:  020 7679 7795
  • Fax:  020 7679 7373
  • E-mail: library@ucl.ac.uk
  • Nearest tube stations:  Euston, Euston Square, Goodge Street, Warren Street
Subject coverage and guides

The Science Library houses collections relating to the following subject areas. For a detailed guide to the Library's provision within a particular subject area, select the relevant link below:

To locate a particular collection within any of the UCL libraries see the list of Library locations by subject.

Location

The Library is located in the DMS Watson Building 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.

For a detailed map of the area click here.

Disabled access

We offer a range of other facilities for users with particular requirements which are listed separately.

Services

Mobile enquiry service

Roving librarians provide a mobile enquiry service throughout the Science Library. They are identifiable by their badges and clipboard. Please feel free to approach them for Library-related help.

Self Service

The UCL Science Library now has self-service facilities for borrowing, renewing and returning one week and standard loan books.

Borrowing, Renewing and More

Three quick and easy to use Smart Serve machines are located in the Learning Laboratory on the ground floor. Just scan the barcode on the back of your Library card and enter your PIN number (set initially as 4 digits, DDMM of your birthday) to borrow and renew your books, to check reservations and view your Library account.

The machines will produce an optional receipt after each transaction showing the date and time that your loans are due back.

These facilities offer the ease and speed of multiple book issue.

Returning

The Learning Laboratory also has two machines for returning one week and standard loan books. Unlike an ordinary book drop, the machines will clear the books from your Library account immediately. Just place a single book at a time into the machine. When you have returned all of your books, the machine will produce a receipt for your records.

Remember that you can return as many books as you want, but only one at a time.

Short-loan collection room

The Science library has a self-contained short-loan collection which houses teaching collection items and other high demand reading list material on 3 hour or 2 day loan. Books can be borrowed and returned on the self service machines located within the short-loan room. An alarm will sound at the exit gate to the short loan collection if you try to take a book that is not issued to you out of the room and into the learning laboratory.

Please note, only UCL staff and students are eligible to borrow items from the short-loan collection.

Availability

Please consult the opening hours, above, for availability of the self service facilities.

Photocopying

There are 9 black-and-white photocopiers available for use on the ground floor of the Library. These are supplemented by a photocopy card dispenser and re-charger. The nearest colour photocopier is located at the UCL Main Library.

Cards can be used in the majority of UCL libraries. They cost £1.00 each.

Copy credit is added to the card in units of 20p to an amount of your choice (£50 maximum) and under the new service printing costs break down to 5p per sheet of A4 (40p for colour).

IT provision

There are three Information Systems cluster rooms where UCL staff and students can access the full range of available electronic resources through the Library Services webpages.

Information Training Sessions

Regular training sessions on electronic library resources are held in the DMS Watson Teaching Cluster. For dates and times see Library Information Skills Training.

Print journal loans

Print journals are not borrowable in the Science Library.

Stores journals may be borrowed by staff only for one week but are available for reference only by students.

Inter Library Loans

Books and periodical articles which are not already held in any of the UCL libraries, and are not easily available from any other nearby library to which UCL members have access may be requested on inter-library loan. For further information see Interlending & Document Supply.

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Last modified 04 February 2011

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