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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

Update

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.

Contents

UCL Main Library Building

Opening hours

  Reading Rooms
Issue Desk
Monday Open from 08:45 09:30 - 20:45
Tuesday 24 hour opening 09:30 - 20:45
Wednesday
24 hour opening 09:30 - 20:45
Thursday
24 hour opening 09:30 - 20:45
Friday
24 hour opening 10:00 - 20:45
Saturday
Close at 21:00 11:00 - 17:45
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
(holders of UCL Library Cards only)
Closed

Please note:

During weekends and evening periods we are open principally to offer a books loans service and to handle related queries. Enquiries of a more complex nature or regarding other services may need to be referred to staff who work 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.

News

We will soon be launching our laptop loans service in the Main Library. More information to follow.

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 issue or reference desks 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: 

Location

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.

Services

Photocopying, Printing and Scanning

All photocopy, printing and scanning machines (MFDs) are  located in the Main Service 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

Audio-Visual

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 service desk 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 Service Desk area.

Inter Library Loans

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

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