UCL Library Services


UCL Cruciform Hub


Study spaces

Cruciform Hub, service desk


New Cruciform Hub entry system

As part of our commitment to excellent customer services, we are upgrading the UCL Cruciform Hub entry system. The new system will be launched on 08 November 2017.

New training timetable now available!

The new UCL Cruciform Hub training timetable is now available.

The Cruciform Hub's Green credentials

The Hub has just achieved Platinum in the 2017 UCL Green Impact Awards! Please see www.ucl.ac.uk/greenucl to know more about Green UCL.

The Hub was designed to meet high standards of environmental good practice, from use of FSC certified timber to increased natural daylight and occupancy sensors. It has featured as a Case Study in UCL's Sustainability Annual Report for 2013-14 and also received a RICS Ska Gold award.

UCL Discovery Plus for UCLH

UCL Discovery Plus is a new Open Access service for NHS staff, hosted by UCL Library Services. You can use it to make your articles and other research outputs freely available online for anyone to access, wherever possible. Your work will also form part of a record of research activity at UCLH. NB. UCL staff should maintain their publication record and deposit copies of research publications using the RPS system, as detailed on UCL's Open Access pages.

While we don't have available funds to assist UCLH staff with ‘Gold’ Open Access article processing fees, we would encourage all who are publishing their research to use the service - it has the potential to make outputs more visible and reach a wider, global, audience as all deposits are then discoverable via Google as well as through UCL Discovery. 

For further information please contact the UCL Discovery Plus team.

Address and contact details

Subject coverage and guides

After a year-long refurbishment, the UCL Cruciform Hub opened on Monday 1st September 2014, replacing the former Cruciform Library. The Cruciform Hub contains books and periodicals in the subjects of:

  • Clinical Medicine
  • Medical Science

For details of all UCL biomedical collections and services, including information about the Service Level Agreement between UCL and associated NHS Trusts, see our biomedicine guide and our information for NHS staff

The Cruciform Hub holds the combined collections of the former Boldero and Clinical Sciences libraries. A history of these libraries, Reading Medicine, traces their development within the Middlesex Hospital, University College Hospital and Royal Free & University College medical schools up until their merger in 2005.


The Cruciform Hub is located on the Lower Ground Floor of the UCL Cruciform Building. The Cruciform Hub includes the library collections as well as study spaces, computer workrooms and seminar rooms. Detailed map of the area


Floorplan of the UCL Cruciform Hub

Disabled access

There is step-free access to the Cruciform Building at the Gower Street entrance. A lift is available from the Ground Floor for access to the entrance of the Cruciform Hub on the Lower Ground Floor. All areas within the Cruciform Hub are fully accessible. Library staff will be pleased to assist with access to resources.



Full membership is available for UCL staff and students and for NHS staff employed by the UCLH and Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trusts. Staff of the GOSH, Moorfields, Royal Free and RNOH NHS Trusts are also eligible to join. NHS staff applying for access to UCL Library Services must produce their NHS ID as well as proof of home address when making their application.

Appropriate identification must be carried at all times on library premises. Visitors to UCL are advised to read the information for non-UCL users beforehand, including requirements to bring valid photo identification, complete an application for a library pass and pay any fee. All users of the library must abide by the Library Regulations.

Enquiry Service and Training

Enquiry desk staff can help with a variety of enquiries about library and biomedical and health resources, and will provide ad hoc training on the library's electronic collections. You can also e-mail your enquiry.

A regular programme of training is available on specific resources; please view the current schedule.

Specific training sessions can also be arranged on a one-to-one basis or in small groups. To arrange a training session please contact the Cruciform library team.

Books and Borrowing

The Cruciform book collection is arranged by the National Library of Medicine classification scheme. A Quick Reference collection includes dictionaries and directories, and there is a separate Short Loan collection of materials in high demand. Locations may be checked by searching Explore and limiting your search to 'Library catalogue', through dedicated machines in the Library or from any web browser.

Cruciform books may be borrowed, and returned, using the self-service machines.

For further information about borrowing books please see the separate Borrowing & Renewing guide.

Middlesex Hospital Medical School archive

Some 200 volumes are held, comprising works by and about former members of the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, particularly those of the 19th century. There is a collection relating to Sir John Bland-Sutton (1855-1936), surgeon and friend of Kipling. Also included is a small collection of classic books on urology dating from 1811 onwards. Series including the Middlesex Hospital Journal are also held.

These items have a catalogue location CRUCIFORM Store MX and may be consulted in the reading room between the hours of 09:00-16:45, Monday-Friday. Please ask a member of Cruciform library staff for assistance.

Inter Library Loans

Books and periodical articles not held by UCL may be requested on inter-library loan using the request form. UCL and associated NHS Trust users are charged a subsidised £3 per item.

Print journals

The Cruciform Hub receives some current journals and series in print in addition to our many titles available electronically. Print parts for 2013 onwards, plus a longer backfile of certain titles from 2009-, are held with the Cruciform Hub collections*. All other volumes are held in Store; to request these please complete an online Store Request form which is also available from the 'More' drop-down menu in Explore. Store items can normally be collected from your selected library site the next day. All periodicals are reference only.

*Please ask a member of Cruciform library staff if you are unsure about the location of a specific title.


E-journals are available to UCL users through Explore. In-library access to most UCL e-journals is available to registered NHS users and visitors on the dedicated Explore Access Point (EAP) machines. Articles can be saved on a USB memory stick. NHS staff can also access certain titles via their NHS OpenAthens login.


UCL's e-books can be accessed from Explore online (UCL users) and in the Hub (NHS and Library visitors).

UCLH and other NHS staff will also be able to access the full text of many e-books with an NHS OpenAthens account.

Online Medical Databases

UCL's databases, including Medline, Embase, AMED, CINAHL, PsycINFO, Biosis, HMIC, Scopus and the Web of Science, are available to UCL users. They may also be accessed through the Explore Access Point (EAP) machines in the Library (NHS and Library visitors).

Passwords for UCL users

UCL staff and students can access UCL's licensed resources off-site with their UCL userid and password; no other account is required. For more information see our e-resources web page.

ATHENS for NHS users

Anyone working for the NHS may register for an NHS OpenAthens account by completing the online registration form.

UCLH Library Services

The UCLH Library and Information Services website has details about all library services for NHS staff working in the UCLH NHS Foundation Trust.

Student bookable group study spaces

There are 6 bookable group study areas in the Hub, named after eminent alumna of the Medical School: Barnes, Beck, Dacre, Hilton, Turner-Warwick and Winner.

Group study rooms

  • Hilton (B.1.10) capacity of 4 (and examination couch)
  • Turner-Warwick (B.1.11) capacity of 14
  • Winner (B.1.12) capacity of 39

Group study pods

  • Barnes (B.1.01C) capacity of 8
  • Beck (B.1.01D) capacity of 8
  • Dacre (B.1.01C) capacity of 8

They can be booked by UCL undergraduate and postgraduate students for group work only, using the touch panel outside the study room/pod, or by email/telephone. They may be booked for a maximum of 2 hours, starting and finishing on the hour or half past the hour, and are available whenever the Cruciform Hub is open. Please ask a member of library staff for assistance with making a booking. Please also check the room’s details whilst booking for the size and facilities provided in that particular room. Please note that the Winner group study room (B.1.12) may only be booked by groups of 10 students or more.

Booking conditions

  • You can book a group study room for 1 session per group per day.
  • If you have not pre-booked, you may use any vacant room/pod but you will be required to vacate it promptly in favour of students with a booking.
  • You can book a vacant room for immediate use if there is no prior booking for the current period.

The rooms are not soundproofed and should not be locked.

Remember to take all your belongings with you; unattended property will be removed.

Please leave all rooms clear and tidy at the end of your session, wipe clean the squiggle glass and return furniture to their proper positions in readiness for the next users.

Seminar rooms

There are also 5 seminar rooms in the Hub (B.1.03-B.1.07), these may be booked through the UCL Room Bookings service.

IT Services

For all UCL users, the Cruciform Hub includes a 50-computer teaching cluster (B.1.15A), bookable through the UCL Room Bookings service.

An additional 40 cluster machines are available, located in the smaller computer workroom (18) and in the quiet study and informal spaces.  

For UCL students, self-service laptop loans are available from the self-service area.  

For UCLH staff, two networked computers give access to the UCLH desktop, accessible only by Trust employees in possession of a UCLH username & password. A dedicated printer is also available.

All NHS staff who have registered as library members may also access the internet on their own laptop, tablet or smartphone in the Library. Please ask a member of Cruciform library staff for a UCLGuest account for wi-fi access.

Printing and photocopying

There are 5 multi-functional devices (MFDs) in the Hub for printing, photocopying and scanning using the print@UCL service (UCL users). A cash loader is also available for adding credit and to create an account for photocopying (NHS users).

UCLH staff may print from the UCLH networked computers using the dedicated printer provided adjacent to the machines.

The terms of the Copyright Act (1988) and the UCL or NHS licence with the Copyright Licensing Agency must be adhered to, as appropriate. Guidance is available.

Food and drink

The Hub cafe, Dr Coffee, is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30-18:00, and Wednesdays and Fridays 9:30-17:00. The Hub also has 2 water fountains and a vending machine for drinks and snacks. 

Lidded hot and cold drinks may be consumed anywhere; cold food and snacks can be consumed in the entrance and group study areas only.  Hot food is not permitted anywhere in the Hub.

Safety and Security

The library is protected by a security system. If an alarm sounds as you are leaving it may be necessary to examine any library materials in your possession.

Please do not leave valuables unattended in the library.

If the fire alarm sounds please leave the library immediately by the nearest fire exit, and assemble on the corner of Huntley Street and University Street.