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.
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
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 http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/help.shtml for details.
In addition, the Library does not manage general computing, which is instead the responsibility of the Information Systems Division. Their Service Desk's opening hours, plus further information, may be found at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/isd/common/servicedesk
Bank holiday arrangements
Monday 27 May: Reading Rooms open 08:45-22:30, Assistance Desk open 11:00-18:00
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.
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.
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.
Please consult the opening hours, above, for availability of the self service facilities.
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.
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.