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New Medical Library

The Clinical Sciences Library in the Rockefeller Building admitted its last reader on Friday 17th September 1999, having served the University College Medical School and its successor, the Faculty of Clinical Sciences, since it was built in 1906.

The Cruciform Building, which was the old University College Hospital, has been refurbished to provide the main teaching facilities for the Royal Free and University College Medical School and to house the Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research. As part of this refurbishment a new library has been created in the basement, adjacent to the lecture theatre and seminar rooms. The new library is called the Cruciform Library and provides architecturally-pleasing study space. It has a great deal of natural light from the windows along University Street and from two skylights. The accommodation consists of two spacious rooms, divided by a corridor, plus a seminar room and study area. The larger room is triangular in shape and contains the bookstock, with island bookcases enclosing study tables. This room also holds the issue desk (pictured), which has a separate enquiry point.

Cruciform Issue Desk

The second, rectangular room holds the library's periodicals back to 1985; older volumes from 1960-84 are still housed in the gallery of the old library and staff will provide a daily retrieval service. Pre-1960 periodicals and the non-current bookstock will be in the new Wickford Store. A daily van service will run between the library and the store.

The library's IT facilities will be housed in a seminar room at one end of the corridor. There are 12 Pentium III PCs, providing access to networked medical databases such as Medline, Embase and the Cochrane Library, all linked to a laser printer. A further room provides additional study space plus network access points for laptops. The library will hold an Ariel workstation for the fast electronic tranmission of journal articles between UCL sites (charged service). The main provision is in a managed cluster adjacent to the library, with 60 PCs.

The Cruciform Library is over twice the size of the old library, containing over 970 metres of shelving.

Further information from: G.Peacock@ucl.ac.uk

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