News in brief

Special Collections move

UCL's Special Collections (previously Manuscripts and Rare Books) will be moving to new premises at 140 Hampstead Road NW1 during April 2002. The move will necessitate a temporary suspension of services and from Monday 11 March until Friday 26 April there will be no access to rare books, rare store materials (pre-1850), special reference collections, manuscripts or archives. It is hoped that Special Collections will reopen at the new site on Monday 29 April. E-mail for further information


The Library now has a contract for use of the web version of Lexis-Nexis Professional. It can be used by any member of UCL who has an ATHENS account. The content of the service is primarily legal, but it is of wider interest because of its news and reference content. Most UK national newspapers are included, as well as a certain number of overseas ones, especially American. There are also some journal titles, including The Economist, New Scientist, Computer Weekly, and some reference sources, such as Encyclopaedia of Associations and Debrett's People of Today. The legal coverage is extensive and has some overlap with Westlaw. Services which are unique to Lexis include Transcripts of unrecorded cases (England & Wales) from 1980, and the All England Law Reports. Click here for the login screen for UCL users (with their ATHENS account). E-mail for further information


PsycINFO (formerly PsycLIT) is now available for UCL staff and students through BIDS. You need an ATHENS account to access this database which can now be used off-site.

Information skills

Library Services offers a rolling programme of training sessions designed to enable UCL students and staff to make the most of the many resources on offer. These are usually provided on a subject basis (i.e. they cover resources in a particular field) and a list of forthcoming sessions is available. We would also be interested to hear from you if you have a request for a session that is not currently offered. Contact: Vincent Matthews 020 7679 (3)2607

British Library online form

If you are planning to visit the British Library you can apply in advance through their online application form. For the username and password they ask for consult our designated web page. Please remember however that the British Library restricts access to its collections and that if you if you are a UCL undergraduate or taught postgraduate student you need to obtain prior authorisation from Library Services before attempting to join. Further information