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UCL Cruciform Library

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Opening hours

Please note: The Cruciform Library is now located on the 2nd floor of the Science Library

  Reading Rooms Self Service Issue Desk
Monday Open from 08:45 Open from 08:45 09:00 - 20:45
Tuesday 24 hour opening 24 hour opening 09:00 - 20:45
Wednesday 24 hour opening 24 hour opening 09:00 - 20:45
Thursday 24 hour opening 24 hour opening 09:00 - 20:45
Friday 24 hour opening 24 hour opening 09:00 - 20:45
Saturday Close at 21:00 Close at 21:00 11:00 - 17:45
Sunday 11:00 - 21:00
(holders of UCL Library Cards only)
11:15 - 20:45 Closed
  Reading Rooms Self Service Issue Desk
Monday Open from 08:45 Open from 08:45 09:00 - 20:45
Tuesday 24 hour opening 24 hour opening 09:00 - 20:45
Wednesday 24 hour opening 24 hour opening 09:00 - 20:45
Thursday 24 hour opening 24 hour opening 09:00 - 20:45
Friday 24 hour opening 24 hour opening 09:00 - 20:45
Saturday Close at 21:00 Close at 21:00 11:00 - 17:45
Sunday 11:00 - 21:00
(holders of UCL Library Cards only)
11:15 - 20:45 Closed

Please note:
Issue Desk services open at 10:00 on the first Wednesday of each month.

Library reopens in Science Library, 2nd floor

The Library has now moved to its temporary home in the Science Library while building works take place to create the Cruciform Hub; opening hours for the reading rooms and services on the Ground Floor are as for the Science Library.

Bank Holiday arrangements
  • Monday 25 August: Closed

Address and contact details
  • Temporary Address from July 2013: Second Floor, Science Library (DMS Watson Building), Malet Place, WC1E 6BT
  • Telephone (issue desk) : 020 7679 6079 (internal: x 46079)
  • Email: lib-crucienq@ucl.ac.uk
  • Nearest Tube: Euston, Euston Square, Goodge Street, Warren Street
  • Enquiry Services Manager: Abir Mukherjee
  • Enquiry Desk telephone : 020 7679 6411 (internal: x 46411)

The Library in the Cruciform Building will re-open as part of the new Cruciform Hub in Summer 2014. While refurbishment work is taking place, the Cruciform library staff and collections are located in the UCL Science Library. Further information including a set of Frequently Asked Questions is available on the Cruciform Hub web pages.

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Subject coverage and guides

The Cruciform Library contains books and periodicals in the subjects of:

  • Clinical Medicine
  • Medical Science

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.


Since July 2013 the Cruciform Library has been situated on the Second Floor of the UCL Science Library (DMS Watson Building), while work to create the Cruciform Hub is under way.

The main entrance to the Science Library is on Malet Place. The easiest way to access it is to enter Malet Place via Torrington Place and walk down towards the archway visible in the distance. The building is located on the left hand side just before the archway is reached.

A short video showing how to walk to the Science Library from the Cruciform Building is available.

There is a detailed map of the area.

Disabled access

All floors of the Science Library are accessible by lift and there are ramps leading to reading rooms throughout the building. We also offer a range of other facilities for users with particular requirements which are listed separately.



Full membership is available for UCL staff and students and for NHS staff employed by UCLH 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 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. All users of the library must abide by the Library Regulations

Enquiry Service and Training

Cruciform service and enquiry desks are located on the Second Floor of the Science Library from 1 July 2013 until we return to the Cruciform Building. 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 or call 020 7679 6411 (or x46411).

A regular programme of training is available on specific resources; please view 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 or phone us on 020 7679 6412 (internal extension 46412).

Library information and guides to searching specialist biomedical resources are also available on the Cruciform Wiki as well as e-resource support on the Cruciform Blog

There is also a general enquiry point on the Ground Floor of the Science Library.

Books and Borrowing

The Cruciform book collection is arranged by the National Library of Medicine classification scheme. A separate Quick Reference collection includes dictionaries and directories. Copies of certain core texts are available to borrow from the Short Loan Collection located on the Ground Floor of the Science Library. Locations may be checked by searching Explore and limiting your search to Libary Catalogue, through dedicated machines in the Library or from any web browser.

From 1 July 2013 Cruciform books may be borrowed, and returned, using the self-service machine located with the collection on the Second Floor of the Science Library. The Cruciform Library book bin is also located on the Second Floor and will be open whenever the Cruciform Service Desk is closed.

For further information about borrowing books please see the separate Borrowing & Renewing guide.

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 Cruciform library staff for assistance.

Inter Library Loans

Books and periodical articles not held by UCL may be requested on inter-library loan by completing an online form. UCL and associated NHS Trust users are charged a subsidised £3 per item.

Print Journals

The Cruciform Library receives some current journals and series in print in addition to our many titles available electronically. Print parts for 2013 and 2014, plus a 5-year backfile of certain titles, are held with the Cruciform collection in the Science Library*. All other volumes are held in Store; to request these please complete an online Store Request form which is also available 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

e-journals are available to UCL users through Explore as well as from A-Z lists of journal titles. 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 OpenAthens login.


UCL's e-books can be accessed from Explore online (UCL users) and in the Library (NHS and Library visitors)

UCLH and other NHS staff will also be able to access the full text of many eBooks with an NHS OpenAthens login.

Online Medical Databases

UCL's databases include Medline, Embase, AMED, CINAHL, PsycINFO, Biosis, HMIC, Scopus and the Web of Science. They may be accessed online or through the Explore Access Machines in the Library (NHS and Library visitors).

Passwords for UCL users

UCL staff and students can access UCL's licensed resources off-site with their UCL userid and password; no other account is required. See more information about accessing e-resources on our web pages.

ATHENS for NHS users

Anyone working for the NHS may register for an NHS ATHENS account by completing the online registration form.

UCLH Library Services

For details about all library services for NHS staff working in the UCLH NHS Foundation Trust there is information on the UCLH web site.

IT Services

The following IT services are available in the Science library:
• A UCL Cluster and the ISD Service Desk
• Wireless network (eduroam) - available to UCL users as well as staff and students from participating HE institutions
Explore access machines including one located with the Cruciform collections on the Second Floor.

NHS staff who have registered as library members may access the internet on their own laptop, tablet or smartphone in the Library. Please ask a member of Cruciform library staff for a UCLGuest account.

Printing and photocopying

Facilities for printing and scanning (UCL users) and photocopying (UCL and NHS users) are located on the Ground Floor of the Science Library.

The terms of the Copyright Act (1988) and the UCL or NHS licence with the Copyright Licensing Agency must be adhered to, as appropriate. Guidance is available.

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.

If the fire alarm sounds please leave the library immediately by the nearest exit as directed, and assemble in Malet Place.

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