UCL Library Services


Global Health and Development

Book collections

Global Health reading room

The Global Health and Development Collection is located in the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health Library.

All material in the Collection can be found on our library catalogue UCL Explore. Books are for standard (8-week) loan. E-books can also be found on UCL Explore and you will need your UCL computer account to access those offsite. Our library guide provides instructions for using the catalogue to find books.

The Collection has its own classification scheme which is used to arrange the books on the shelves by subject. An example of a shelfmark for the book Global health: diseases, programs, systems and policies as it will appear on the library catalogue is:

  • Library: Child Health – GLOBAL HEALTH
  • Shelfmark: CHILD HEALTH BA1 MER                

The spine of the book will be labelled BA1 MER and this is what you will need to locate the book on the shelves.

An outline of the classification scheme used is below:


AA Politics, Economics and Development
AB Culture and Society
AE Community Development
AF Gender and Development
AH Population
AJ Children and Youth
AK Organisations and Management
AM Research Methodology


BA Health Management and Planning
BB Primary Health Care
BD Community Health Care
BE Traditional Health Care
BG Diseases and Disease Control
BH Nutrition
BJ Women’s Health
BM Mother and Child Health
BN Reproductive and Sexual Health
BQ Disability and Development
BR Health Services
BS Health Personnel
BU Health Promotion
BV Medical Services and Health Facilities
BX Urban Health
BY Oral Health and Dental Health

Materials of relevance to the subject of Global Health and Development can also be found in the following collections:

  • Geography (Science Library, 1st floor) for international development
  • Human Rights (Main Library, 1st floor) for diverse aspects of human rights and freedom
  • International Relations (Main Library, 2nd floor) for security studies and peacekeeping
  • Public Policy (Main Library, South, 2nd floor) for political administration and theory
  • Anthropology (Science Library, 2nd floor) for vulnerable groups and political systems in a social context
  • Economics (Main Library – South, 1st floor) for economic theory and policy

There is also a Medical Sciences Collection in the Science Library (2nd floor) and UCL has a total of eleven Biomedicine and Health Libraries.

Journal collections

Journals relevant to the area of Global Health and Development are available online. You can search for journal titles by using UCL Explore and selecting Journal titles from the drop-down menu to the right of the search box. There is also an alphabetical list of journals that are available to UCL members.


UCL Library Services provides access to a wide range of databases. Key databases for the field of Global Health and Development include:

  • PubMed (biomedical literature from 1950s to current)
  • Embase (pharmacological and biomedical database of literature from 1980s to current)
  • Web of Science (a multidisciplinary database of literature from 1900 onwards)
  • Scopus (a multidisciplinary database of literature from 1823 onwards)

A full list of databases available can be found on the Library Services website. There is a drop-down menu on this page that can be used to view databases relevant to Global Health and Development.

Other subject-specific databases include:

Other Internet resources

  • 3ie: International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (impact evaluations and systematic reviews of what works in development programmes and why)
  • Eldis (international development policy, practice and research)
  • Global Index Medicus (searches Medline, the Latin American Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO) and the WHO's regional Index Medicus databases)
  • IDEAS (database of economics and finance research)
  • IndMED (database of Indian medical journals)
  • JSTOR (a repository of full-text, multidisciplinary, academic journals and books)
  • OECD iLibrary (books, papers and statistics from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development)
  • Popline (a database of journal articles and grey literature relating to family planning and reproductive health in low- and middle-inclome countries
  • Source (a collection of resources relating to disability and inclusion in development and humanitarian contexts)
  • World Bank eLibrary (a collection of World Bank publication in the area of social and economic development)


Reference Management Software

EndNote and Mendeley are both available on Desktop@UCL. They can be used to manage your references and to create citations and bibliographies. The Library offers regular training on both EndNote and Mendeley.

Statistical Software

SPSS and NVivo are both available on Desktop@UCL.

General Resources

University of London

University of London libraries in the Bloomsbury area include those belonging to:

Most University of London libraries will allow students to have reference access on production of a valid UCL identity card. Each institution has its own policies, however, so it best to check the library's access regulations online before making a visit.

British Library Reading Room, St. Pancras

The British Library is a reference library and it is free to use. You will need to register and obtain a Reader Pass before you can use the Library. Information about how to get a Reader Pass is on the British Library's website.

Senate House Library

UCL students can also borrow books from Senate House Library, the central University of London Library. The Library is multi-disciplinary, but there is little material on health or medicine. The entrance is on the 4th floor of Senate House, Malet Street. you will need your UCL ID card to join this library.

The Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health Library offers training and support for staff and students of the UCL Institute for Global Health.

We provide:

One-to-one support is also available. Please contact me for assistance or to make an appointment.

Beyond Library Services

  • The ISD help-desk is located on the ground floor of the Science Library for queries relating to your email or computer accounts. ISD also provide IT training and resources.
  • The Centre for Applied Statistics, based at the Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health provides courses on research methods and statistical analysis for members of UCL or Great Ormond Street Hospital.
  • The UCL Institute for Global Health provides in-house English language support for students in the department. Information is available on Moodle.

Please contact our library for assistance with:

  • Scoping a research project
  • Literature searching
  • Systematic reviews or large project
  • Keeping up-to-date with alerts about new research in your field
  • Reference management
  • Using the UCL Research Publications Service (RPS) to keep your publications data up-to-date and to ensure that you are complying with requirements for the next Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • Assessing the impact of research
  • Obtaining material not held at UCL 

UCL researchers can make their work open-access in UCL's institutional repository: UCL Discovery

Information on Open Access publishing and how to comply with requirement for the next REF

Please contact us for more information on Research Support provided by the Library.

Green sustainability gold award for the UCL Great Ormond Street institute of Child health Library

Wednesday, 05 September 2018

The UCL  Great Ormond Street institute of Child health Library got gold at the UCL Sustainability award 2018.  
The award is a  Blue Planet 2 inspired Sustainability Awards trophy. Artist Joanna Atherton created these sculptures out of plastics found during beach cleans. This can been admired in our glass cabinet at the entrance of our library. 

Changes to eShelf/Favourites in Explore

Monday, 13 August 2018

Please note: eShelf/Favourites functionality in Explore (http://ucl.ac.uk/library/explore) will be changing over the summer, due to an upgrade, and current lists will be reset. 

If you wish to keep your eShelf/Favourites records, please export them from Explore by Friday 17 August by following the steps outlined here https://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/articles/2018/explore-eshelf-favourites-changes  

If you have any questions, please contact library@ucl.ac.uk 

MetaLib replacement, August 2018

Wednesday, 08 August 2018

The MetaLib service will be replaced at the end of August 2018. More information is provided below.
  • ‘Find Resource’ will be replaced by a new service at the same location, the Databases page.
  • ‘Find e-Journal’ will be replaced by a new service within Explore.
  • ‘QuickSearch’/’ExpertSearch’ will not be part of the new service, as this technology has been superseded. Library Services' advice is either to use Explore, for searching across a range of data sources with relevance ranking, or to consult subject guides or your Subject Liaison Librarian named there, for relevant data sources for your needs.
  • ‘MyMetaLib’ will not be replaced. Please make a note of any resources you have bookmarked, in order to locate them through the new service in August. If you have scheduled searches, you may be able to replicate such alerting in individual databases.

ILL requests unavailable, 10th - 30th August

Wednesday, 08 August 2018

Please note that due to our library system migration there will be no new ILL requests possible from the 10th August until 30th August. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Donate your Foreign and British stamp to RNIB

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Donate your Foreign and British stamp to RNIB

We can raise money from both British and overseas stamps. It doesn't matter if they have already been used, or if they are first or second class - we can collect enough of them to raise money for RNIB!

Please cut the stamp off the envelope - When cutting, leave approximately 1cm of envelope bordering each stamp.
Alternatively you can also bring or send the envelope to UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health Library, 30 Guilford Street, London, WC1N 1EH

If you have any question, Please contact Mrs Sui Jing Ly, Library Assistant. Please email s.ly@ucl.ac.uk  or Tel: 020-7905-2740 (Ext 42740)

Your support for the stamp recycling scheme is very much appreciated