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UCL Main Library

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 disruptions

Main Library

Wilkins Terrace Project

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

Works are taking place to extend and refurbish the UCL Lower Refectory and to construct the new Portland stone Upper Terrace. 

Note: Work has begun on service ‘Tunnel A ‘ on the Wilkins Project site. Five trial holes are being broken through down in the area close to the JBR. This does involve breaking through quite a lot of concrete and inevitably this will be quite a noisy period on the Wilkins Terrace site. This is expected to last for a 3 week period, until the end of the third week of August.

Working hours on site will be between 06:00 and 21:00.

Window repair works

Starting from 18th July there will be window repair works taking place on Main Library windows overlooking the Main Quad. A team of abseilers will be working on the outside of the building. Library users may see an abseiler working outside a reading room window!

Cleaning – Main Library south end

On Saturday 1st August the cleaning team will be giving the south end of the UCL Main Library an extensive clean, with cleaning taking place between 05:00 and 12:00.

In order for the cleaning team to carry out their work, which includes removing dust from the top of shelves and light fittings, areas of the south end will be closed

The times for closures in the South end are as follows:

  • First floor south end: Closed 05:00 until approximately 08:30
  • Second floor south end: Closed 08:30 (approximately) until 12:00.


UCL Main Library Building

Opening hours

  Reading Rooms
Help Point
Monday Open from 08:45 09:30 - 20:45
Tuesday 24 hour opening 09:30 - 20:45
24 hour opening 09:30 - 20:45
24 hour opening 09:30 - 20:45
24 hour opening 10:00 - 20:45
Close at 21:00 11:00 - 17:45
11:00 - 21:00
(holders of UCL Library Cards only)

Library closures

Bank Holiday Monday 31st August: Library closed.

Please note:

During weekends and evening periods we are open principally to support the loans via self-service and to help you with your queries. We are happy to try to answer any questions you may have, however inquiries of a more complex nature or regarding other services during this time may need to be referred to staff who work during regular office hours. See our help pages for details.

In addition, the Library does not manage general computing, which is instead the responsibility of the Information Systems Division. Their Information Service Desk's opening hours, plus further information, are available via their webpages.


Need a computer? We have recently launched a laptop loans service in the Main Library. Located in the Cluster Room on the First Floor.  Please ask staff if you need any assistance.

Address and contact details

  • Address: Wilkins Building, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT
  • Issue Desk: 020 7679 7792
  • Account queries: lib-myaccount@ucl.ac.uk
  • Enquiries: library@ucl.ac.uk
  • Nearest tube stations: Euston, Euston Square, Goodge Street, Warren Street
  • Other ways of getting in touch: Come in to the help point or reference desk and we'll be happy to help. You can also see our getting help webpages.

Subject coverage and guides

The Main Library houses collections relating to the following subject areas: 


The Main Library is located on the 1st floor of the Wilkins Building.

The easiest way to reach it is to enter the main UCL site via the Gower Street entrance, walk around the left hand side of the central portico and enter the door at the top of the ramp. Once inside, turn left and go through the door at the end of the small corridor. The library entrance and reception desk are to the right, adjacent to the Octagon.

Disabled access

Most floors and collections are now accessible from the lift installed next to the Library's main entrance. There are, however, a few parts of certain collections that remain difficult to access due to the nature of the Main Library buildings. For details of which collections are involved and how to make arrangements to over come any difficulties, please see Information for users with disabilities or contact the Library's Disabled Users' Officer, or phone 020 7679 7110.


Photocopying, Printing and Scanning

All photocopy, printing and scanning machines (MFDs) are  located in the Main Help Point area and the Reference room. All visitors to the library can use the devices for copying. All copying is subject to copyright regulations.

Using the machines:

UCL staff and students need to present their UCL ID at the device to activate it. Credit can be added to your account using cask at the available kiosk.

All other visitors should obtain a log-in code and credit their account at the kiosk.

Staff and students should send printing to the printer named "print-ucl".

Cost of copying and printing:
  • A4 black and white (single or double-sided) = 5p per sheet
  • A4 colour (single-side) = 25p per sheet
  • A4 colour (double-sided) = 40p per sheet
  • A3 black and white (single or double-sided) = 10p per sheet
  • A3 colour (single-side) = 50p per sheet
  • A3 colour (double-sided) = 90p per sheet


Four combined DVD players (2 with VIDEO facilities) are available in the viewing room (including Region 1 and Blu-ray options) which can be accessed just to the right of the Help Point area; headphones are available for use within the room. Many DVD's are also available.

IT provision

There is a cluster room with 16 computers based in the Reference room. There are also a few workstations in the Hebrew and Jewish Studies section on the 2nd floor located straight ahead as you reach the top of the main entrance stairway as well as in Dutch (along the end of History) where there are 8 workstations.

Digital Microfilm Scanner

There is a digital microfilm scanner is available in the viewing room to the right of the Help Point area.

Inter Library Loans

The Main Library participates in the centralised inter library loans service.

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