The LaSS Library's
books and journals cover
relating to human communication and its disorders, including: language and languages (written, spoken and signed); linguistics; phonetics;
psychology; special education; speech science; stuttering; and voice. (See here for a list of subjects with their classmarks). Some older Phonetics and Linguistics collections are held in the South Junction section of the UCL Main Library.
To view the Library's holdings, search UCL's eUCLid
catalogue. Searches can be restricted to this Library
by applying a Filter to a set of search results: select Filter from the top menu and then Language & Speech Science from the list of libraries. The catalogue covers all
library holdings, including books, journals, and tests; recent purchases are listed here, and on the library's blog.
to the library collections, UCL Library Services provide access to a wide range
of electronic resources for UCL members, such as bibliographic
databases and full text online journals. A bibliographic database is a detailed index of research
- journal articles, theses, conference papers etc - on a specific topic. UCL members have
access to a wide range of databases covering numerous subjects; those
relevant to speech and language include AMED and CINAHL (allied health),
Medline (medicine), PsycINFO (psychology), LLBA (linguistics),
BEI and ERIC (education), IBSS (International Bibliography of the Social Sciences) and the Web of Science. These can all be accessed via the Metalib gateway: go to the Subject menu and select Language & Speech Science to find resources for linguistics, phonetics and speech & language therapy.
A vast range of full text
journals are now available online and most can be accessed remotely by UCL
members. See UCL Library Services' Ejournal web
pages for more information.
In addition to being a branch of UCL Library Services, the Language & Speech Science Library
also serves as the National Information Centre for Speech-language Therapy
(NICeST). Members of the Royal College
of Speech & Language Therapists are entitled to use the Library free of
charge, and can obtain a borrower's ticket on payment of an annual fee. NICeST
provides a free information service for clinicians and other professionals
in the field of speech and language.
The Library is located in the Language Sciences section of UCL's Division of Psychology & Language Sciences, at Chandler House, number 2 Wakefield Street (just off Tavistock Place), WC1N 1PF. On entering the building you can use your UCL ID card to get through the turnstile, or speak to the member of staff on Reception. Once inside the building, take the lift or stairs to the second floor, turn right, then right again to find the Library.
Chandler House was refurbished and adapted for increased accessibility in 2008. There are ramps for entrance to and exit from the building, a new lift, and hearing induction loops throughout the library.
UCL Library Services also offer a range of other facilities for users with disabilities which are listed separately.
Opening hours may vary, especially during vacations when lunchtime closures are sometimes necessary. It is a good idea to contact the library before visiting : telephone 020 7679 4207 (internal ext. 24207), or email email@example.com.
Renewals: You can renew your loans online via eUCLid (you will need your Library PIN for this), or leave a message on the Renewals voicemail: 020 7679 4208, internal ext. 24208. Returns: When the library is closed, books can be returned via the Bookdrop on the ground floor, next to the student pigeonholes.
The LaSS Library has a large Reading Room for quiet study, and a smaller Study Room for group study, which may be booked in advance. The Reading Room has
3 Library catalogue terminals, 3 cluster WTS computers for student use, and a standalone
computer for access to electronic journals.
There is a photocopy room on your right as you enter the library, with two photocopiers, both of which have A4 and A3 copying, reduction and enlargement facilities; one also has document feeding and double-sided copying. To use them, you need a UCL
copycard, which you can purchase from the vending machine on
wall. This machine only takes £1 coins, but there is also a change machine for changing notes. The rechargeable card costs £1 to buy, without
any copy credit; credit is purchased using the recharging unit,
which takes 20p, 50p, and £1 coins. The card can be used in most UCL
Libraries. Copies cost 5p for A4, 10p for A3 and 25p for acetates (available on request).
Study skills training
Training in the use of library catalogues and electronic resources
is given to students early on in their course by the Librarian. If
you are unable to attend one of these sessions, or would like further instruction,
individual training can be given by appointment. Please contact the LaSS Librarian,
Breege Whiten, on 020 7679 4207.
Inter Library Loans
The LaSS Library participates in the central
interlibrary loans service. Any item which is not held in UCL or nearby libraries
can usually be obtained for you from another source, for a fee of £3 per