Using the Library

The Queen Square Library is the recognised Library for Neurology in the University of London and is a shared resource between the UCL Institute of Neurology and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. Who can use the Library? Download our Library Guide [pdf].

The Library contains an important collection of specialist neurology, neurosurgery and neuroscience books and journals, together with some general medical and biomedical literature.

Opening Hours

Our normal opening hours are as follows. Please note that access to the building is restricted after 6pm; please arrive before 6pm for guaranteed entry. Occasionally we have to make changes to our opening hours, sometimes at short notice, please check this page for details, or follow us on twitter for updates.

Normal opening hours
  • Mon -- 09.00 - 19.00
  • Tue -- 09.00 - 19.00
  • Wed -- 09.00 - 19.00
  • Thu -- 09.00 - 19.00
  • Fri -- 09.00 - 19.00
  • Sat -- closed
  • Sun -- closed
Changes to opening hours
  • Friday 15th May - closing at 18.30
  • Monday 25th May - closed

Who can use the Library?

  • User who can register to borrow - please check our list of who can register with the library before your visit. Holders of UCL and UCLH identity cards may register to borrow (UCLH ID card holders also require proof of home address) and those based in Queen Square will be registered as 'home users' of the Library. Users from NHS Trusts with which UCL has a Service Level Agreement may also register to borrow. To register, please bring your ID to the library. We will give you a brief introductory tour of the Library. Your identity card must be available for inspection at all times and must always be presented in order to borrow items.
  • Visitors and other users - Visitors must provide proof of identity and show a need to use our specialised collections. Visitors are admitted for reference only and must sign the visitors book on arrival. Please note that visitors are expected to be largely self-sufficient in their use of the library; we are happy to offer a brief orientation and introduction to the library, but we cannot offer training or undertake any research on your behalf. Please note we offer some additional services to UCL alumni and to members of the Queen Square Alumnus Association (further details are available on our Alumnus page).

Disabled access

The library is located on the 1st floor and is accessible via a lift. Library staff are happy to help you with access to materials as far as possible, please contact us for more information. 

Contacting the Library

Queen Square Library
UCL Institute of Neurology & the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery
Queen Square
London WC1N 3BG
(Internal post : box no.74)

Call us on : 

  • 020 3448 4709 (external calls - including calls from UCL)
  • 84144 (internal calls from IoN)
  • 26 84144 (internal calls from NHNN)

Email us at :

Queen Square Library on facebook | @neurolib on twitter

Library Staff 

Head of the Queen Square Library, Archive and Museum Sarah Lawson
Deputy Librarian Kate Brunskill
Information Assistant Jackie Cheshire
Information Assistant
Rossana Rizzo

Location: how to find the Library

View a map of the area. As the library is in central London, parking can be difficult and expensive. It is recommended that you use public transport to visit us if possible.

Recycling and sustainability in the Library


The Queen Square Library is part of UCL's Green Impact scheme and we try to avoid creating waste, to recycle as much as possible and to act in a sustainable manner.

We encourage our library users to help - just a couple of ideas would be to switch off desk lights when you leave and to use our water fountain to refill your water bottles.

Please let us know if you have any Green Impact ideas for us and see the library noticeboards for more details of the scheme.

There's further information on wider sustainability issues on the UCL Green Impact resources page and UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources website.

Our recycling services are provided by the Queen Square Division Waste Recycling Project (managed by UCLH). We have centralised our waste bins so that we can recycle more effectively, you will find two types of bin at the entrance to the library:

  • a bin with a clear bin liner: for recyclables including paper, cardboard, newspapers, cans and packaging.
  • a bin with a black bin liner: for non-recyclables including food waste or food-contaminated waste. Please remember that you must not eat in the library and only covered drinks are allowed.

We also recycle batteries and stamps, please hand them in at the library desk (stamps are donated to the RNIB). On-street recycling units for other recyclables are provided in the local area by Camden, visit the website for a map and more details

Lost property

Lost property will be held for 6 weeks from when found. Where an item has identifying marks, we will attempt to contact the owner. Failing this, we will donate any items to charity after being unclaimed for 6 weeks.

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