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Other Libraries available to UCL users

UCL staff and students can use other, non-UCL libraries and catalogues, including where UCL has made special access arrangements with other UK institutions.

Information on:

Library catalogues

Copac

Copac is a multi-library catalogue showing the combined holdings of many of the UK's research libraries, and is a good starting place to search for items not held by UCL.
It is also a key tool for checking whether items are available in the London area, before Taught Postgraduate and Final Year Undergraduate applications are made to use the British Library.

MASC25 - Mapping Access to Special Collections in the London Region

MASC25, managed by UCL Library Services, creates a unified online resource guide to printed special collections in libraries in Higher Education institutions within the M25 consortium.

Search25

Search25 helps you discover library resources across London and the South East. You can also see where the libraries are and find out how to visit them.

Union List of Serials (ULS)

This is a list of all journal titles held within the the constituent libraries of the University of London, Imperial College London and the University of Westminster. It is useful for locating hard to find journals containing articles you need. You can select it from the resource type drop down in the search box of the Search25 service.

Libraries with special UCL arrangements

Birkbeck, University of London

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Access arrangements for undergraduates

UCL undergraduates can apply for reference-only access to Birkbeck library upon production of a full and valid UCL ID card.

Access arrangements for taught postgraduates

UCL taught postgraduates can apply for reference-only access to Birkbeck library upon production of a full and valid UCL ID card.

Access arrangements for Ph.D. and Mphil. students and staff

UCL Ph.D. and Mphil. students and staff can apply for borrowing access from Birkbeck library under the SCONUL Access Band 'A' scheme upon production of a completed application form (see Birkbeck web site for full details), a passport sized photograph, full valid UCL ID and a SCONUL Access Band 'A' card (obtained through UCL library).

British Library

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Access arrangements for undergraduates, taught postgraduates, Ph.D. and Mphil. students and staff.

All UCL students and staff can now apply directly to the British Library for reference access upon production of a full, valid UCL ID card, a further form of identification (eg. Driving License, passport), confirmation of home address (eg. utility bill, council tax bill) and proof of signature (eg. bank card). It is also helpful to have some specific ideas of the particular items you wish to consult at the British Library.

City University, London

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Access arrangements for undergraduates

UCL undergraduates can apply for reference-only access to City University Library upon production of a full and valid UCL ID card.

Access arrangements for taught postgraduates

UCL taught postgraduates can apply for reference-only access to City University Library upon production of a full and valid UCL ID card.

Access arrangements for Ph.D. and Mphil. students and staff

UCL Ph.D. and Mphil. students and staff can apply for borrowing access from City University Library under the SCONUL Access Band 'A' scheme upon production of a full valid UCL ID and a SCONUL Access Band 'A' card (obtained through UCL library).

Courtauld Institute for Art

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Access arrangements for undergraduates

UCL undergraduates are not generally allowed any form of access to the Courtauld Institute. Day reference access may occasionally be granted in exceptional circumstances, on a "last resort" basis. This is decided by the Courtauld Institute Librarians on a case by case basis. Please contact the Courtauld Institute directly for details but please pursue other options before approaching the Courtauld.

Access arrangements for taught postgraduates

UCL taught postgraduates studying History of Art can apply for reference only access upon production of full, valid UCL ID and confirmation of their course of study. Day reference access may occasionally be granted to other taught postgraduate students in exceptional circumstances, on a "last resort" basis. This is decided by the Courtauld Institute Librarians on a case by case basis. Please contact the Courtauld Institute directly for details but please pursue other options before approaching the Courtauld.

Access arrangements for Ph.D. and Mphil. students and staff

UCL Ph.D. and Mphil. students and staff can apply for borrowing access from the Courtauld library under the SCONUL Access Band 'A' scheme upon production of a full valid UCL ID and a SCONUL Access Band 'A' card (obtained through UCL library).

Goldsmiths College

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Access arrangements for undergraduates

UCL undergraduates can apply for reference-only access to Goldsmiths Library upon production of a full and valid UCL ID card.

Access arrangements for taught postgraduates

UCL taught postgraduates can apply for reference-only access to Goldsmiths Library upon production of a full and valid UCL ID card.

Access arrangements for Ph.D. and Mphil. students and staff

UCL Ph.D. and Mphil. students and staff can apply for borrowing access from Goldsmiths Library under the SCONUL Access Band 'A' scheme upon production of a full valid UCL ID and a SCONUL Access Band 'A' card (obtained through UCL library).

Heythrop College

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Access arrangements for undergraduates

UCL undergraduates can apply for reference-only access to Heythrop College library upon production of a full and valid UCL ID card.

Access arrangements for taught postgraduates

UCL taught postgraduates can apply for reference-only access to Heythrop College library upon production of a full and valid UCL ID card.

Access arrangements for Ph.D. and Mphil. students and staff

UCL Ph.D. and Mphil. students and staff can apply for borrowing access from Heythrop College library under the SCONUL Access Band 'A' scheme upon production of a full valid UCL ID and a SCONUL Access Band 'A' card (obtained through UCL library).

King's College London

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Access arrangements for undergraduates

UCL undergraduates can apply for reference-only access to King's College library upon production of a full and valid UCL ID card.

Application forms are available from the King's website.

Access arrangements for taught postgraduates

UCL taught postgraduates can apply for reference-only access to King's College library upon production of a full and valid UCL ID card.

Application forms are available from the King's website.

Access arrangements for Ph.D. and Mphil. students and staff

UCL Ph.D. and Mphil. students and staff can apply for borrowing access from King's College library under the SCONUL Access Band 'A' scheme upon production of a passport sized photograph, full valid UCL ID and a SCONUL Access Band 'A' card (obtained through UCL library).

Application forms are available from the King's website. 

London School of Economics

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Access arrangements for undergraduates and taught postgraduates

UCL undergraduates and taught postgraduates can apply for reference-only access to LSE library upon production of a full valid UCL ID card.

Access arrangements for Ph.D. and Mphil. students and staff

UCL Ph.D. and Mphil. students and staff can apply for borrowing access from LSE library under the SCONUL access scheme upon production of a completed application form (available from the LSE web site), a passport sized photograph, full valid UCL ID and a SCONUL access band "A" card (obtained through UCL library).

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

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Access arrangements

All UCL staff and students are able to access LSHTM's Library. Access is on a reference only basis and borrowing is not allowed. Please visit the LSHTM's homepage for further details and contact information.

Queen Mary, University of London

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Access arrangements for undergraduates and taught postgraduates

UCL undergraduates and taught postgraduates are automatically eligible to apply for one free day of reference access from QMUL Libraries. UCL undergraduate and taught postgraduates who need longer term access to QMUL Libraries should arrange this by submitting a written request (after claiming their initial free day pass) to:

Library Visitor Card Applications
The Library
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road
London E1 4NS

You should mention which collections you wish to use.

Full details on using the library.

Access arrangements for Ph.D. and Mphil. students and staff

UCL Ph.D. and Mphil. students and staff can apply for borrowing access from QMW library under the SCONUL Access Band 'A' scheme upon production of a passport sized photograph, full valid UCL ID and a SCONUL Access Band 'A' card (obtained through UCL library). You need to register online first.

Royal Holloway and Bedford New College

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Access arrangements for undergraduates

UCL undergraduates can apply for reference-only access to Royal Holloway library upon production of a full and valid UCL ID card.

Access arrangements for taught postgraduates

UCL taught postgraduates can apply for reference-only access to Royal Holloway library upon production of a full and valid UCL ID card.

Access arrangements for Ph.D. and Mphil. students and staff

UCL Ph.D. and Mphil. students and staff can apply for borrowing access from Royal Holloway library under the SCONUL Access Band 'A' scheme upon production of a passport sized photograph, full valid UCL ID and a SCONUL Access Band 'A' card (obtained through UCL library). Prospective users should be aware that there may be a 24 hour interval between submitting an application for such access and the membership card being ready.  

Royal Veterinary College

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Access arrangements

All UCL Staff and Students are able to access Royal Veterinary College's Library if they make an appointment in advance. Access is on a reference only basis and borrowing is not allowed. Please visit the Royal Veterinary College homepage for further details and contact information.

School of Advanced Study

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The School of Advanced Study is an association of academic institutions specialising in post-graduate courses and research.

Access arrangements for undergraduates

There are no access arrangements for UCL undergraduates at SAS institution libraries. Access may occasionally be given in cases of genuine academic need but this must be arranged through consultation with the SAS institution you wish to visit.

Access arrangements for taught postgraduates

UCL taught postgraduates can apply for reference-only access to SAS institution libraries upon production of a full and valid UCL ID card.

Access arrangements for Ph.D. and Mphil. students and staff

UCL Ph.D. and Mphil. students and staff can apply for borrowing access from SAS institution libraries under the SCONUL Access Band 'A' scheme upon production of a passport sized photograph, full valid UCL ID and a SCONUL Access Band 'A' card (obtained through UCL library). Borrowing access is not available in those institutions whose collections are wholly reference only. Please visit the relevant home page for details.   

Senate House Library (University of London)

Access arrangements for undergraduates

UCL undergraduates can apply for borrowing access to the Senate House Library, allowing them to borrow up to eight books at a time, upon production of a full and valid UCL ID card.

Access arrangements for taught postgraduates

UCL taught postgraduates can apply for borrowing access to the Senate House Library, allowing them to borrow up to ten books at a time, upon production of a full and valid UCL ID card.

Access arrangements for Ph.D. and Mphil. students and staff

UCL Ph.D. and Mphil students and staff can apply for borrowing access to the Senate House Library, allowing them to borrow up to twelve books at a time, upon production of a full and valid UCL ID card.

SOAS

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Access arrangements for Undergraduates

UCL undergraduates can apply for reference-only access to the SOAS Library library upon production of a full and valid UCL ID card and proof of address (e.g. utility bill).

Access arrangements for Taught Postgraduates

UCL taught postgraduates can apply for borrowing access to the SOAS library upon production of a full and valid UCL ID card and proof of address (e.g. utility bill).

Access arrangements for Ph.D. and Mphil. students and staff

UCL Ph.D. and Mphil. students and staff can apply for borrowing access to SOAS Library upon production of a full and valid UCL ID card and proof of home address (e.g. utility bill).

University of Westminster

University of Westminster

Access arrangements prior to September 2016

Access arrangements for undergraduates

UCL undergraduates can apply for reference-access to University of Westminster library upon production of a full and valid UCL ID card. Please note this access is not available to students on Law courses.

Access arrangements for taught postgraduates

UCL taught postgraduates can apply for reference-access to University of Westminster library upon production of a full and valid UCL ID card. Please note this access is not available to students on Law courses.

Access arrangements for Ph.D. and Mphil. students and staff

UCL Ph.D. and Mphil. students and staff can apply for borrowing access from University of Westminster library under the SCONUL Access Band 'A' scheme upon production of a passport sized photograph, full valid UCL ID and a SCONUL Access Band 'A' card (obtained through UCL library). 

Access to University of Westminster Library from September 2016

From September 2016 the arrangements between University of Westminster and UCL Library Services will change. 

UCL undergraduates and taught postgraduates will no longer have reference access to University of Westminster Library and the UCL Library Services Libraries will no longer offer reference access to our libraries to undergraduate and taught postgraduate students from University of Westminster.

Through the SCONUL Access Band A scheme, staff and research postgraduate students will continue to have access to the University of Westminster Library.

For more information on other academic libraries you can visit for reference access or to borrow items, visit http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/other-libraries

Other Libraries in London

University libraries in London area (no special UCL arrangement)

Details of access for UCL staff and students to university libraries in the London area, but not included in the special arrangements group, can be found at the Search25 website or through checking the home pages of the site you wish to visit.

Public and general use libraries

You can join the City of London Library. You can search their catalogue and other online resources by visiting the eLibrary.

Details of your local public library, and information on how to join it, can be found at the UK public libraries website.

Institute and Museum Libraries

National Art Library

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Access arrangements for UCL members

UCL staff and students are able to use the National Art Library at the V&A Museum as members of the public. To qualify for a Reader's ticket, please take a proof of home address plus either passport, National Identity card, photo driving licence, Student identity card, British Library card, Bank or credit card or Official identification card from recognised place of work (provided it includes a photograph or signature).

Natural History Museum Library

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Access arrangements for UCL members

UCL staff and students with a genuine academic need can apply to the Natural History Museum Library for membership and applications are decided on a case by case basis. People wishing to use the library are asked to contact the Natural History Museum Library directly in advance of their visit.

The National Archives

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Access arrangements for UCL members

The National Archives web site gives helpful hints on how to plan a visit, how to obtain a reading card and access to their catalogue.

Science Museum Library

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Access arrangements for UCL members

UCL students and staff can have a free reference user ticket from the Science Museum Library as members of the public. Some proof of identity is required, eg. Passport or Driver's license.

Wellcome Library

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Access arrangements for UCL members

UCL students and staff can have a free reference user ticket from the Wellcome Library as members of the public. Some proof of identity is required, eg. Passport or Driver's license plus a proof of home address.

Libraries outside London

Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) 

UCL staff and students may be eligible to apply for membership of libraries outside London as part of the SCONUL Access Band A scheme or the Sconul Summer Vacation Access scheme.

Please note that UCL is not part of the SCONUL Access Band 'B' or Band 'C' Schemes.

SCONUL Access Band A Access Scheme

The SCONUL Access Band A scheme is available to UCL staff and Ph.D. / Mphil students. Such people wishing to use the scheme should visit their local UCL library to complete a registration form and to pick up their SCONUL Access Band A card. The SCONUL Access Band A card and the UCL ID card are then taken to the institution you wish to visit to gain preferential access there. Further information can be found on the SCONUL home page

Please note that the SCONUL Access Band A scheme does not apply to undergraduate or taught postgraduate level students.

Sconul Summer Vacation Access Scheme

The Sconul summer vacation access scheme is available to all UCL undergraduates and taught postgraduates. It allows for reference only access to participating institutions during their summer vacation periods. To qualify for such access, UCL students need to take full, valid UCL ID to the institution they wish to visit during the institution's vacation period. Further information can be found on the SCONUL web page.

Please note that the SCONUL summer vacation scheme does not operate during the winter and spring vacations. Institutions will be operating to normal term-time access policies during the winter and spring vacations. 

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