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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 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. Current works include the construction of service ‘Tunnel A ‘ for the project, close to the JBR, and steelworks in the area of the old Physics Yard.

Working hours on site are between 06:00 and 21:00.

Noise cancelling headphones can be borrowed from the Main Library Short Loan Collection.

UCL Senate House Hub has opened to provide study space away from the construction works and can be used for quiet or social study.

Returns area closed between 07:00 and 09:00, Tues 24th Nov

Due to essential building survey works the returns room/shelving hub in the Main Library will be closed between 07:00 and 09:00 on Tuesday 24th November. The self-service returns machines will be unavailable during this time.

We apologise for any inconvenience.


UCL Main Library Building

Current available seats


Laptop Loans

Need a computer? We have 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
  • Help Point: 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.
  • Opening hours

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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