UCL Library Services



UCL Library Services has extensive archives, rare books, manuscripts, personal papers, historical records and artefacts across a range of subjects. Each year there are themed exhibitions in the Main Library that draw particularly on highlights from UCL Special Collections.  There are also both temporary and permanent exhibitions at other UCL libraries.  On occasion, the libraries arrange exhibitions at alternative UCL and external locations too.

Current exhibition

Vagabondiana: or anecdotes of mendicant wanderers though the streets of London, 1817

East Side Stories: Londoners in transition

East London has a long and fascinating history of regeneration and change. This exhibition provides snapshots of everyday lives as the metropolis expanded and new communities emerged over the centuries. Touching on education, trade, leisure and health, East Side Stories draws on the collections and archives in UCL Library Services.

This exhibition will run from 30 January to 15 December 2017.

Previous exhibitions

Our last 3 exhibitions are listed below.

Information about all our previous exhibitions is also available.

Fair Play and Foul past exhibitions image

Fair play and foul: connecting with Shakespeare at UCL
February - December 2016

Queen of the Sciences past exhibitions image

Queen of the Sciences: a celebration of numbers and the LMS
February - December 2015

Art and Honour past exhibitions image

Art and Honour : contemporary impressions of WWI
February - December 2014

Current exhibitions

Bobby and Stillman Exhibition
Bobby and Stillman Exhibition, UCL Science Library

Crispin Hughes and Susi Arnott have been collaborating with Swedish mathematician Sofia Olhede (UCL Big Data Institute) on inter-tidal spaces and fluid dynamics. The exhibition is scheduled to run from late July until mid-September in the Science Library Cafe.

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Queen Square Library, Archive & Museum, UCL Institute of Neurology & The National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery (UCLH)

The Queen Square Archive, Rare Books and Museum collections are housed in and managed by the Queen Square Library.

Previous exhibitions

Banham Bartlett and Beyond

Banham Bartlett and Beyond at UCL Bartlett Library
Banham taught at The Bartlett as senior lecturer of architectural history from 1964-1978. The exhibition seeks to revive Banham’s legacy, elucidating his role at The Bartlett and his wider cultural impact.

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Queen Square Library, Archive & Museum, UCL Institute of Neurology & The National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery (UCLH)

Includes Queen Square Archives and Museum and Rare books and Queen Square reprints.

Moorfields Eye Museum exhibit case

Joint Library of Ophthalmology, Moorfields Eye Hospital & UCL Institute of Ophthalmology
Including Moorfields Eye Hospital Museum and rare and historical collection of books on ophthalmology.