Weekday midnight opening commences at the Cruciform Library from Monday 22 April, for six weeks until Friday 31 May (excluding Bank Holidays 6 & 27 May). See details under Opening hours.
Advance Notice: The Cruciform Library will be closed from 8 June and will re-open on 1 July on the 2nd floor of the Science Library, when building work for the new Cruciform Hub will commence (see below). Further information about arrangements during and after the closure period will be advertised here and in the Library.
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The Cruciform Hub - a new centre for medical learning at UCL
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In 2013 the Cruciform Library, Cluster and adjacent Seminar Rooms will be rejuvenated to create a welcoming and vibrant space at the heart of Gower Street, fulfilling the aspirations of the UCL Masterplan.
The Cruciform Hub will open in Spring 2014 with:
A modern, attractive Library
Redesigned teaching areas
Innovative study spaces
A blend of heritage with cutting-edge design
Autumn 2012: A Pilot area for testing a variety of group study spaces has been created in the Library, in what was formerly the Periodicals Room (many of the print periodicals have been transferred to Store). A water fountain has also been installed in this area. Read about the Pilot Project
The library contains books and periodicals in the subjects of:
For details of all UCL biomedical collections and services, including information about the Service
Level Agreement between UCL and associated NHS Trusts, see the
Biomedicine & Health pages.
The Cruciform Library holds the combined collections of the former Boldero and Clinical
Sciences libraries. A history of these libraries, Reading Medicine,
traces their development within
the Middlesex Hospital, University College Hospital and Royal Free & University College medical
schools up until their merger in 2005.
The Library is situated in the basement of the Cruciform building.
The main entrance is on Gower Street. Please note: IDs must be shown at the
entrance to the building; visitors should obtain a security pass and then report
to the Library issue desk.
There is a lift for wheelchair users or those with walking
difficulties. The Cruciform Building also has a ramp for wheelchair users. We
offer a range of other facilities for disabled users which are
Full membership is available for UCL staff and students and to
NHS staff employed by UCLH, Camden Provider Services and Camden & Islington
NHS Foundation Trust. Staff of GOSH, Moorfields,
Royal Free and RNOH NHS Trusts are also eligible to join. NHS staff applying for access to the
UCL Library Services must produce their NHS ID as well as proof of home address when making their application.
Appropriate identification must be carried at all times on library premises.
Visitors must show some form of valid photo identification, complete an application
for a library pass and pay any fee; a separate security pass must be obtained
at the main entrance for access to the Cruciform Building. All users of the
library must abide by the Library Regulations available at:
Enquiry Service and Training
There is a dedicated enquiry point in the library, located
in the main reading room next to the issue desk. Term time opening hours are
11.00am - 5.00pm (Wednesdays 3.00pm). Enquiry desk staff can help with a variety of
enquiries about library and biomedical and health resources, and will provide ad hoc training on the
library's electronic resources. You can also e-mail your enquiry to
email@example.com or call 020 7679 6411 (or x46411).
A regular programme of training is available on specific resources; please visit
here for the current schedule.
Specific training sessions can also be arranged on a one-to-one basis or in small groups.
To arrange a training session please contact Abir Mukherjee by e-mail on
or by phone on 020 7679 6412 (or x46412).
Books and Borrowing
are located in the main reading room and are arranged by the National Library
of Medicine classification scheme. A separate Quick Reference collection
dictionaries and directories. Copies of certain texts are held in the Issue Desk
collection. Locations may be checked by searching Explore and limiting your search to the Libary Catalogue resource,
through dedicated machines in the Library or at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/explore.
For information about borrowing books please see the separate
Borrowing & Renewing
guide. Books may be returned in the book bin located in the main corridor when
the library is closed.
Middlesex Hospital Medical School archive
Some 200 volumes are held, comprising works by and about former members of the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, particularly those of the 19th century. There is a collection relating to Sir John Bland-Sutton (1855-1936), surgeon and friend of Kipling. Also included is a small collection of classic books on urology dating from 1811 onwards. Series including the Middlesex Hospital Journal are also held.
These items have a catalogue location CRUCIFORM Store MX and may be consulted in the reading room
between the hours of 09:00-16:45, Monday-Friday. Please ask a member of library staff for assistance.
Inter Library Loans
Books and periodical articles not held by UCL may be requested on inter-library
loan using the form at http://library.ucl.ac.uk/. UCL and associated NHS
Trust users are charged a subsidised £3 per item. You may choose to
collect your inter-library loan (ILL) from the Cruciform Library – please ask for details.
The Cruciform Library receives 50 current journals and series in
print in addition to our many titles available electronically. Print parts for 2012 and 2013, plus a longer backfile (2007-) of certain titles are held in the Library annex*.
All other volumes are held in Store; to request these please use the electronic form
available at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/storeform or from the 'More' drop-down menu in Explore. Store items can normally be collected from your selected library site
the next day. All periodicals are reference only, with the exception of series
such as Annual Reviews and Clinics which may be borrowed.
*Please ask a member of Cruciform Library staff if you are unsure about the location of a specific title.
Electronic journals are available to UCL users through Explore as well as from the
A-Z lists at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/ejournal.
In-library access to most UCL ejournals is available to registered NHS users
and visitors on the dedicated Explore machines. Articles can be saved
on a USB memory stick. NHS staff can also access certain titles via their NHS Athens login.
UCL's eBooks can be accessed from Explore online (UCL users) and in the Library (NHS and Library visitors)
With a NHS Athens account, UCLH and other local NHS staff will also be able to access
the full text of over 400 eBooks from the desktop. Material includes titles from the WHO, the national collection
which focuses on mental health, and Oxford Handbooks.
Online Medical Databases
UCL's databases, including Medline, Embase, AMED, CINAHL, PsycINFO, Biosis,
HMIC, Scopus and the
Web of Science, are available to UCL users from http://www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/database. They may also be accessed through the Explore access machines in the Library (NHS and Library visitors).
The following IT services are available in the library:
A UCL Cluster with 19 managed PCs (one at an adjustable height desk) and printing facilities
Wireless network (eduroam) - available to UCL users as well as staff and students from participating HE institutions
Four dedicated Explore access machines
New pilot service May 2012: NHS staff who have registered as library members may access the internet on their own laptop or smartphone from the Library. Please ask a member of Library staff for a UCLGuest account.
A maximum of 3 DVDs may be borrowed from the Issue Desk collection at any
A photocopier is located in the library Annex. A card dispenser and re-charger are located in the main reading room.
The terms of the Copyright Act (1988) and the UCL or NHS licence with the
Copyright Licensing Agency must be adhered to, as appropriate. Guidelines are
Safety and Security
The library is protected by a security system. If an alarm sounds as you are
leaving it may be necessary to examine any library materials in your possession.
Please do not leave valuables unattended in the library. Any lost
property handed in will be held initially at the issue desk.
If the fire alarm sounds please leave the library immediately by the nearest
exit as directed, and assemble on the corner of University Street and Huntley