UCL Library Services



GOS-ICH reading room

Support for the subject area of paediatrics, nursing and allied health is provided by the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health Library.

Book collections

All books in the Paediatrics, Nursing and Allied Health Collection are listed on the UCL Explore online catalogue. Books from the print collection are for standard (8-week) loan. The catalogue can also be used to find and access e-books. A UCL computer account will be required to access e-books offsite. Our library guide provides instructions for using the catalogue to find books. Books in the Collection are arranged by subject using a modified version of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) classification.

Materials of relevance to paediatrics can also be found in UCL’s other Biomedicine and Health Libraries. There are eleven biomedical site libraries and there is also a Medical Sciences Collection in the Science Library (2nd floor).

Journal collections

Journals relevant to the area of Paediatrics, Nursing and Allied Health 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. A list of health-related databases is available on the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health Library’s website. Key databases for Paediatrics, Nursing and Allied Health include:

  • PubMed (biomedical literature from 1950s to current)
  • Embase (pharmacological and biomedical database of literature from 1980s to current)
  • Cochrane Library (health interventions)
  • CINAHL Plus (nursing and allied health)

Evidence-based resources to aid clinical decision making include:

Multidisciplinary databases include:

For a list of databases in all subjects, including social sciences and humanities, please see the UCL Library Services’ list of databases.

NHS Athens

NHS staff may also register for an NHS OpenAthens account which gives access to NHS-purchased online resources.

Other Internet Resources

Professional paediatric organisations include:

Resources to support evidence-based practice can be found on our website:

An A-Z list of useful online resources for Paediatrics, Nursing and Allied Health can be found on the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health’s website.


Reference Management Software

EndNote is available on Desktop@UCL and is also available, on work computers, for UCL staff to download from the ISD software database and for GOSH staff to request from GOSH IT. EndNote can be used to manage your references and to create citations and bibliographies. The Library offers regular training on using EndNote.

Statistical Software

SPSS, Stata and NVivo are all available on Desktop@UCL. The Centre for Applied Statistics, based at the Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, runs courses on research methods and statistical analysis.

General Resources

Library access policies vary between institutions, so it is always best to check the website of the relevant library before making a visit.

Medical libraries in London include:

British Library Reading Room, St. Pancras

Admissions passes are required in order to gain reference access to the two Science Reading Rooms. Details of admission policies are available online. 

Further information is available on the British Library Website.

Senate House Library

UCL staff and students can also borrow books from Senate House Library, which is 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 fourth floor of Senate House, Malet Street. You will need your UCL ID card to join this library.

Other academic libraries

UCL staff and PhD students can also apply for a Sconul card, which gives access and borrowing rights at most academic libraries in the UK.

UCL students will be allowed reference access to many academic libraries in the UK, but individual admissions policies should be consulted before visiting.

  • Search25 is a catalogue that searches across academic library holdings in the London area
  • COPAC is a catalogue that searches across academic library holdings across the UK

The Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health Library offers a wide range of training and support for staff and students of the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health and staff of Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Our training includes:

Please contact the GOS-ICH Library for assistance or to make an appointment.

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 is available 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