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Why we post: a global perspective on social media

How do people use social media in different parts of the world, and what are the implications? Professor Daniel Miller explains what a team of anthropologists found by sending 15 months each in nine small towns all over the world, comparing social media use. You can engage with their research through a variety of free online resources including UCL’s first massive open online course (MOOC) starting on 29th February, a series of open access books published by UCL Press, and a short video.
25 November 2015
Daniel Miller  More...

Starts: Nov 25, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Cameron - Banning Milk and Cheese

Pablo Echenique is one of the five Podemos members elected to the European Parliament in 2014, and currently running for parliament in the upcoming Spanish general election. On Monday 26 October, he was scheduled to talk at the UCL European Institute, however the event had to be cancelled when he ran into difficulties at the UK Border. Here, he explains the full story…
2 November 2015
Pablo Echenique

Starts: Nov 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Flights from Freedom

Eva Hoffman, former editor of The New York Times and Visiting Professor at the UCL European Institute, asks what propels individuals to turn to extremist movements and argues that we need to build a ‘culture of democracy’ with shared norms and ethics.
22 October 2015
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Starts: Oct 22, 2015 12:00:00 AM


UCL European Institute


See below for information on UCL libraries and others in the immediate vicinity which hold specialised resources for the study of Europe and the European Union. Note that the Director of UCL Library Services, Paul Ayris, is also the President of LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries), which has 400 member libraries across Europe.

UCL Library
UCL Library Services is divided across all sites in the UCL campus, many of which are in Bloomsbury. There are 16 different libraries, and these libraries share or plan to share a common catalogue. All users of UCL Library Services have access to all UCL libraries. The largest single collection of materials for European studies is contained in the UCL Main Library, which contains material relating to the Arts and Humanities, History, Economics, Public Policy and Law.

UCL Special Collections
UCL Special Collections contains UCL's holding of rare books, manuscripts and archives which form UCL's most valuable holdings from a cultural and academic perspective. It is one of the foremost collections held by any university in the UK.

For libraries and archives across Europe holding specialised resources for the study of the EU, as well as extensive online resources, please see our EU Resource Area.

Libraries List

This library, housed in the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies Library, is one of the leading collections for reaching and research in the study of Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. Its collections comprise almost 400,000 printed volumes, two thirds of which are on Open Access, and extensive archive and audiovisual holdings.

The British Library
The British Library, one of the world's great research libraries, holds over 150 million books, journals, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, prints and drawings, music scores, and patents. Located in Euston Road, it is within 20 minutes walk of UCL's Bloomsbury campus.

Senate House Library and University of London Research Library Services
All UCL students on degree courses, and all UCL staff, have full access to Senate House Library. This library, along with the Institute libraries of the School of Advanced Studies, have very important research collections in the Arts and Humanities.


Europeana Travel
Europeana Travel is an EU-funded project that will channel digital content from Europe's national and university libraries into the European discovery portal Europeana.eu. 

It will digitise over a million resources including maps, manuscripts, photos, films, books and postcards on the themes of travel, tourism, trade routes and exploration.

UCL's close involvement with Europeana includes liaising with partner libraries across Europe and spearheading the creation of an aggregation service to allow partners' digital content to be harvested into Europeana. In addition, UCL is contributing content to EuropeanaTravel by digitising highlights from the special collections of its School of Slavonic and East European Languages.