Libraries and study spaces

Construction works near Main Library until early 2016

Please note that Main Library users may experience noise disturbances in reading rooms from works taking place on the UCL Wilkins Terrace project.

Current disruption information


Excavation work on the project site is now currently expected to continue until the end of February 2015.

Current disruptions

Excavation work is to take place on the Wilkins Terrace Project site from Tuesday 10th February and continue for two weeks. This work has the potential to create a high level of noise in surrounding buildings including the Main Library.

About the works

In order to carry out the piling stage of the Wilkins Terrace Project large concrete slabs will have to be removed from the ground in the area which used to be the Physics Yard. There will be excavation work to identify the depth and extent of the concrete slabs. The breaking out of these slabs will also take place. This process has the potential to create a high level of noise disturbance as some concrete slabs may be found to be very large and up to 7m deep in the ground, requiring additional heavy machinery in order to successfully break them out.

These works are scheduled to take place from Tuesday 10th February 2015 and have an expected duration of two weeks. The hours of work will be 08:30 until 16:00.

Studying at other UCL libraries

Your UCL ID card provides access to study at any of UCL’s libraries. Many of the library sites are only a few minutes walk away from the Main library, and are unaffected by the construction works.

Noise cancelling Headphones

For the duration of the works noise cancelling headphones can be borrowed from the Main Library Short Loan Collection, using your library account.

UCL Senate House Hub to open

To meet the need for quiet study space during the examination period, a new UCL Hub at Senate House will be opening for student study in March 2015.

Where can I study?

  • There are designated areas for different uses in all of our libraries
  • The UCL Main and Science Libraries have zones for quiet study or collaboration
  • We also manage a number of bookable study spaces and learning spaces
  • There are hundreds of quiet / silent study desks within UCL as a whole

Bookable study spaces and learning spaces

Spaces managed by UCL Library Services for group work.

Research Grid

Bookable study spaces

See details about capacity, facilities and location and book

Learning spaces

Library-managed spaces for socialising and collaboration


Opening hours, location and subject coverage of the libraries of UCL Library Services.

UCL Central House

UCL Bartlett Library

Architecture and Town Planning

UCL Cruciform building

UCL Cruciform Hub

General Clinical and Medical Sciences

Royal National Throat Nose & Ear Hospital (RNTNEH)

UCL Ear Institute & Action on Hearing Loss Libraries

Audiology, Deaf Studies and Otorhinolaryngology

UCL Eastman Dental Library

UCL Eastman Dental Library

Oral Health Sciences

UCL Institute of Archaeology building

UCL Institute of Archaeology Library

Archaeology and Egyptology

UCL Institute of Child health Library

UCL Institute of Child Health Library

Allied Health, International Child Health, Paediatrics and Paediatric Nursing

UCL Institute of Education Library

UCL Institute of Education Library

Education and related areas of social science.

23 Queen Square

UCL Institute of Neurology, Queen Square Library

Neurology and Neurosurgery

UCL Institute of Orthopaedics Library

UCL Institute of Orthopaedics Library

Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Sciences

UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

The Joint Library of Ophthalmology, Moorfields Eye Hospital & UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

Biomedicine, Medicine, Nursing, Ophthalmology and Visual Science

UCL Language & Speech Science Library

UCL Language & Speech Science Library

(NICeST: National Information Centre for Speech/language Therapy), Audiology, Communication Disorders, Linguistics & Phonetics, Special Education, Speech & Language Therapy and Voice

UCL Main Library Building

UCL Main Library

Art, Economics, English, History, Humanities, Law, Modern Languages, Philosophy and Public Policy

UCL Qatar Library

UCL Qatar Library

Islamic Archaeology and the Archaeology of the Arab World (Middle East and North Africa), Archaeological Materials Science and Islamic Material Culture, Museum and Gallery Practice, Conservation Studies, Library and Information Studies

Royal Free Medical Library

Royal Free Hospital Medical Library, UCL Library Services

General Clinical and Medical Sciences

UCL School of Pharmacy Library

UCL School of Pharmacy Library

Biomedicine, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacognosy & Pharmacology


UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies Library

Bibliography of Eastern Europe, Economics, Geography, History, Languages, Literature and Politics

Science Library building

UCL Science Library

Anthropology, Engineering, Geography, Life Sciences, Management, Mathematical and Physical Sciences

UCL Special Collections

UCL Special Collections

Medieval period to present day. Wide range of subject areas.

Whittington Health Library

Whittington Health Library

Allied Health, Medicine and Nursing

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