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Theses & Visitor information


Stores hold a copy of most UCL PhD Theses, from 1910 to the present. In addition to the PhDs, we also hold a selection of Masters Theses for the following subjects: Conservation Studies, Clinical Psychology, Environmental Studies and Museum Studies.

The current 5 years of Environmental Studies Masters Theses are held at the Bartlett Library Issue Desk.

In order to retrieve the correct item it is necessary to include the date of the work, author's name and full title of the thesis on the Store Request Form.

All other UCL theses can be requested for consultation at the Royal Free, Orthopaedics or Science Libraries only.

They will be kept at the selected pick-up site for two weeks only. Certain restrictions as to when you can consult this material are applied due to copyright law. Theses are kept under restricted access for reference only in the library. This means they cannot be borrowed and are only available for consultation during Issue Desk opening hours (see www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/opening.shtml for details).

We do not hold any Undergraduate dissertations. If you are interested in this material please talk directly to the relevant faculty department.

If a reader requires access outside of these hours they must contact the stores desk directly at: Email: librarystoredesk@ucl.ac.uk or telephone 020 7679 7971

Some Clinical Health Psychology (D.Clin.) dissertations are in two volumes, the second of which contains confidential medical material and is marked Restricted Access, in red, on the spine. If you need to consult volume two as well as the main dissertation then you need to obtain a letter from the director of the sub-department of Clinical Health Psychology, at the time of writing this is Prof. P. Fonagy.

Failure to return a thesis to the Issue Desk on time, or removing it from the library, may result in the suspension of library privileges.


Visitors may request items from store on the same basis as other readers. There is no charge for this service.

We advise visitors to request the material they require prior to their visit. This can be done either via the web request form or email. Requests can also be submitted in person at any library enquiry desk. However, it should be noted that all items take 24 hours to arrive from our Essex store, Monday to Friday.

Requests will be available for collection between 3 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. the next working day depending on which site you have chosen for pick-up, see "Requesting Store Material" for more information. All library site locations and directions can be found at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/sites.shtml.

All items will be held for one week only or two weeks for theses. We are happy to extend the holding period providing we are contacted by the reader.

Visitors may need to arrange to get a reading ticket when they come in to consult the item. We advise readers to check the access policy with our Membership Services prior to visiting the library. A membership fee is charged in some circumstances.

If a visitor has to make a special journey to reach the Library they are advised to contact the Stores Service first to ensure that the material has been retrieved:

Telephone: 020 7679 7971 E-mail: librarystoredesk@ucl.ac.uk

When submitting a request please leave either a telephone number or email address where you can be contacted. If there is a problem with the retrieval of your request we will endeavour to contact you prior to you visit.

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