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|Reading Rooms||Self Service||
|Monday||Open from 08:45||Open from 08:45||09:30 - 20:45|
|Tuesday||24 hour opening||24 hour opening||09:30 - 20:45|
|Wednesday||24 hour opening||24 hour opening||09:30 - 20:45|
|Thursday||24 hour opening||24 hour opening||09:30 - 20:45|
|Friday||24 hour opening||24 hour opening||10:00 - 20:45|
|Saturday||Close at 21:00||Close at 21:00||11:00 - 17:45|
11:00 - 21:00
(holders of UCL Library Cards only)
|11:15 - 20:45||Closed|
Bank Holiday opening
The Science Library will be open on Bank Holidays as follows:
- Monday 4th May: Open From 08:45, then 24 hour opening (Collection Point open 11:00-17:45)
- Monday 25th May: Open From 08:45, then 24 hour opening (Collection Point open 11:00-17:45)
- Monday 31st August: Closed
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.
Disruption to services
Due to essential maintenance work, there will be some disruption to our loans service between Monday 20th and Wednesday 22nd July.
The work will affect some aspects of the Explore service and our library management system, meaning that our self service facilities will be unavailable during this period.
Staff will be available at the Help Point and (for loans and returns) at the Collection Point. Unfortunately, it won't be possible for you to renew books, to pay any charges, or to collect any interloans items. However no books will be due back during this period and fines will not be levied.
Normal service is expected to resume on Thursday 23rd July, but services should be considered at risk for at least part of the day.
PLEASE NOTE: In addition to the above, staff will not be available to loan books on Tuesday 21st July due to our annual staff conference. Books may be returned to the book bin in the lobby.
Monday 20th July: No self service or Explore facilities. Books may be borrowed and returned at the Collection Point.
Tuesday 21st July: No self service or Explore facilities. No loans service. Books may be returned to the book bin in the lobby.
Wednesday 22nd July: No self service or Explore facilities. Books may be borrowed and returned at the Colection Point.
Thursday 23rd July: Normal service expected to resume but should be considered at risk.
Thank you for your patience.
Self guided tour of the library
Users of the library can now familiarise themselves to general library resources and collections and make the most of all our services and facilities, by downloading our self guided tour of the library.
- Address: DMS Watson Building, Malet Place, WC1E 6BT
- Telephone: 020 7679 7795
- Account Queries: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Email: email@example.com
- Nearest tube stations: Euston, Euston Square, Goodge Street, Warren Street
The Science Library houses collections relating to the following subject areas. For a detailed guide to the Library's provision within a particular subject area, select the relevant link below:
The Library is located in the DMS Watson Building on Malet Place. The easiest way to access it is to enter Malet Place via Torrington Place and walk down towards the archway visible in the distance. The building is located on the left hand side just before the archway is reached.
We offer a range of other facilities for users with particular requirements which are listed separately.
There is a help point situated in the middle of the
Learning Laboratory. Please approach staff here for help with all
aspects of the service.
There is a separate collection point for reserved items (including Store and Interlending items). You may also pay fines and other charges here.
The UCL Science Library has self-service facilities for borrowing, renewing and returning one week and standard loan books. There is also a dedicated self-service Short Loan Collection for 3 hour and 2 day loans.
Borrowing, Renewing and More
Three quick and easy to use Smart Serve machines are located in the Learning Laboratory on the ground floor. Just scan the barcode on the back of your Library card and enter your PIN number (set initially as 4 digits, DDMM of your birthday) to borrow and renew your books, to check reservations and view your Library account.
The machines will produce an optional receipt after each transaction showing the date and time that your loans are due back.
These facilities offer the ease and speed of multiple book issue.
The Learning Laboratory also has two machines for returning one week and standard loan books (including books borrowed from Store). Unlike an ordinary book drop, the machines will clear the books from your Library account immediately. Just place a single book at a time into the machine. When you have returned all of your books, the machine will produce a receipt for your records.
Remember that you can return as many books as you want, but only one at a time.
Short-loan collection room
The Science library has a self-contained short-loan collection which houses teaching collection items and other high demand reading list material on 3 hour or 2 day loan. Books can be borrowed and returned on the self service machines located within the short-loan room. An alarm will sound at the exit gate to the short loan collection if you try to take a book that is not issued to you out of the room and into the learning laboratory.
Please note, only UCL staff and students are eligible to borrow items from the short-loan collection.
Please consult the opening hours, above, for availability of the self service facilities.
There are twelve multi-functional devices in the library which offer copying, scanning to email and printing for UCL staff and students. All other 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 cash 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 clour (single-sided) = 25p per sheet
- A4 colour (double-sided) = 40p per sheet
- A3 black and white (single or double-sided) = 10p per sheet
- A3 colour (single sided) = 50p per sheet
- A3 colour (double sided) = 90p per sheet
For further details, please visit the print@UCL web pages.
There are three Information Systems cluster rooms where UCL staff and students can access the full range of available electronic resources through the Library Services webpages.
Information Training Sessions
Regular training sessions on electronic library resources are held in the DMS Watson Teaching Cluster. For dates and times see Library Information Skills Training.
Print journal loans
Print journals are not borrowable in the Science Library.
Stores journals may be borrowed by staff only for one week but are available for reference only by students.
Inter Library Loans
Books and periodical articles which are not already held in any of the UCL libraries, and are not easily available from any other nearby library to which UCL members have access may be requested on inter-library loan. For further information see Interlending & Document Supply.
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