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Welcoming the public

UCL Library Services is committed to engaging with members of the public. How do we do this?

We work with colleagues in other parts of UCL to contribute to events (such as exhibitions, talks, tours) which allow the public to see inside our libraries and get an idea of how libraries at UCL contribute not only to the life of UCL but more widely, to London, the UK and globally. There are four main ways in which we try to do this.

1. Our collections

We aim to showcase our collections of electronic and printed books, journals and other materials. Our Digital Collections are an example of this. UCL's Special Collections attract a good deal of interest and usually form the backbone of our exhibitions.

2. Our buildings

Many of our buildings are rich in architectural interest. A good example is the UCL Main Library, housed in UCL's flagship Wilkins Building. At the heart of Library is the Flaxman Gallery which can be viewed by applying for a Visitor Pass at the Main Library entrance. We also periodically offer tours of this and other spaces by involvement in events such as the 2011 Open House London and 2012 Open House London days. The leaflet prepared for 2011, the first time that the Library participated in Open House, provides a glimpse of some of these architectural treasures.

3. Our staff

Many of our specialist staff have a wealth of expert knowledge about the academic disciplines represented at UCL and the ways the libraries support it. We cannot promise to be able to answer all public enquiries and our priority is to support UCL's staff and students. However, we will attempt to answer general enquiries, which can be sent to library@ucl.ac.uk in the first instance

4. Our web pages

Our web pages are designed to offer detailed information on all aspects of UCL Library Services.

Whilst we welcome engagement with the public in the ways described above, we cannot normally offer full membership of the libraries at UCL. Arrangements regarding individual membership of and access to UCL Library Services are described here.

Forthcoming events

Forthcoming events arranged by or featuring UCL Library Services' collections, spaces and staff include:

Exhibitions in 2012:
UCL Library Services is celebrating 2012 with exhibitions in the Main Library that focus on key events and anniversaries with a London connection: the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics.
Events in 2012:
We plan to participate in activities as part of World Book Day on 1st March 2012 and in a UCL Festival for Reading which is under development. Details to follow.
We hope also to participate in a 2012 Open House London event. Details to follow.
UCL Special Collections participated in an exhibition for the Dickens’s London event on 15 March 2012, with the UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction and the Department of English Language and Literature. View the exhibition here

Enquiries regarding opportunities for working with us on public engagement events should be sent to library@ucl.ac.uk.

Public Engagement is part of the UCL Library Services Strategy for 2011-14.

Last modified 07 December 2012

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