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are self-help books that are available for short- term loan to all UCL students.

Books on a variety of educational and psychological topics are available for short-term loan to all UCL students - it is not necessary for you to register with the Student Psychological Services in order to withdraw books.  Topics include anxiety, depression, relationship problems, study skills, bipolar disorder, trauma and confidence.

UCL staff may also find the library useful.  


Library Procedure:

Withdrawing a book: You will need the following:-

  • A current UCL ID
  • Your UCL userid or UCL email address
  • Contact telephone number
  • A returnable deposit of £5 per book (please have correct amount ready as we cannot give change)

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Loans:

Books are issued on a short-term (two-week) basis. If you would like to keep the book for longer, and provided it has not been reserved by another student, this can be extended by a further two weeks. Up to two renewals are permitted giving the total time a book can be out at any one time, 6 weeks.

Note: UCL closure dates are not counted. 

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Fines:

Overdue books and late renewals are subject of a fine at the rate of £1 per week, as follows:

  • 1-7 days= £1
  • 8-14 days = £2
  • 15-21 days = £3 and so on.

Fines will initially be deducted from the deposit. 
If you are unable to return a book by the date agreed you can renew it by email, g.nandagopal@ucl.ac.uk or telephone, 020 7679 1487 (do leave a message on the Voicemail if no-one is available or if calling out of hours).

Note: UCL closure dates are not counted.

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Reservations:

On browsing the titles below and having decided on a book or books you would like to borrow, you can email or telephone to put them aside until you come in to collect them. We can also reserve a title for you if the book you want is out, and we will contact you when it is returned. Please email Gopiha Nandagopal (g.nandagopal@ucl.ac.uk), or telephone on 020 7679 1487. 
Reservations will be held for three days, or one week if it has not been requested by another student.

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Browsing in person:

If you would like to browse the titles in person come along to the Student Psychological Services. The library is located in our waiting area (room G2).


Address: Room G2, Ground Floor, 3 Taviton Street.


Opening hours: 10am-1pm and 2-4pm

There is no access to the department between 1 & 2 p.m. except by prior arrangement. 

Please note: from 18th February to 22nd March, the office will be closed for lunch from 2pm to 3pm, instead of 1pm tp 2pm.

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Purchasing your own copy:

Most current titles are available in larger general bookstores.

All the titles we have are available online, new copies or used copies.  In order that you may access as much information as possible about a title including, where available, publication details, a synopsis, book reviews as well as new and used prices for you to compare, clicking on the title will take you to an appropriate page on the Amazon website.

A short list of on-line bookstores is below - if you can recommend other on-line bookstores, do let me know.

Amazonwww.amazon.co.uk New and used copies of current and out-of-print publications.

Waterstones: (www.waterstones.co.uk) New copies. Current publications only.

Abe Books: (www.abebooks.co.uk) New and used copies of current and out-of-print publications.

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Your Recommendation:

If you come across a book you feel would be a helpful addition to the library, please do let me know and we will add it to our shelves. We will also be happy to rate any of the books currently in our library that you found useful, and especially any you did not. E-mail Gopiha at g.nandagopal@ucl.ac.uk . Thank you.

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Contact:

Gopiha Nandagopal

Senior Executive Officer 

Email: g.nandagopal@ucl.ac.uk 
Telephone: 020 7679 1487
Internal Extension: 21487
Address: Room G1 (via Room G2), 3 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BT

Library Location:

Waiting Room, Room G2, Ground Floor, 3 Taviton Street.

Library Opening hours:

Morning: 10am-1pm

Afternoon: 2-4pm

Please note: from 18th February to 22nd March, the office will be closed for lunch from 2pm to 3pm, instead of 1pm tp 2pm.

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Current List

Main subject sections:

Click on subject headings below to see the selection of books available in that category. For a more detailed description of the titles, and in many cases you can view inside the book, click individual title to go to the Amazon website. Alternatively, or you can use the search facility on our online catalogue at the LibraryThing, www.librarything.com/catalog/uclscs.

Do check back regularly as new titles are being added all the time.

Abuse
Addictions
Anxiety & Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Bereavement
Bipolar Disorder
Body Image
Confidence, Self-Esteem & Assertiveness
Depression
Eating Disorders
Family Relationships
Health (including chronic fatigue, chronic pain, pregnancy)
Maximising Your Potential
Men's Issues
Mindfulness
Personality Disorders
Relationships & Friendships
Self-Counselling
Sexuality & Sexual Relationships
Stress & Relaxation
Sleep Problems/Insomnia
Student Life / Study Skills
Trauma
Women's Issues

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New titles:

The latest additions to the library or COMING SOON.

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Hurt Books:

As books become worn out, and start to fall apart, or are superseded by a later edition, we will replace them in the library. Rather than consign these copies to the waste basket we are happy to offer them to any student who wishes them - free of charge. 

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE: 

-Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy (David D. Burns) - x1 copy

-Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway (Susan Jeffers) x1 copy (updated version now available in library)

-Overcoming Depression (Paul Gilbert) - x1 copy (fully revised version now available in library)

-What Color Is Your Parachute? 2010: A practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers  - although updated annually this is still a very relevant edition.  The table of contents is divided into 3 parts:- Part 1 Finding a Job...; Part 2 Finding a Life...; Part 3 Finding a Life... x2 copies - this title is updated annually. 

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ABUSE:


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ADDICTIONS: alcohol - gambling - internet - addictive personality - sexual - smoking


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ANXIETY & OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER


Anxiety and Depression: A Practical Guide to Recovery (Robert Priest) (Amazon Books) (Abe Books)- see also: "DEPRESSION"

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BEREAVEMENT:


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BIPOLAR DISORDER:


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BODY IMAGE:


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CONFIDENCE, SELF-ESTEEM & ASSERTIVENESS


- see also: "RELATIONSHIPS..."

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DEPRESSION:


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EATING DISORDERS:


- see also: HEALTH - WOMENS' ISSUES

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FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS:


see also "FRIENDSHIPS & FRIENDSHIPS"  & "SEXUALITY & SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS"

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HEALTH 

including Insomnia & Unplanned Pregnancy):


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MAXIMISING YOUR POTENTIAL:


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MEN'S ISSUES:


- see also: "SEXUALITY & SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS"

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MINDFULNESS:


(Also available for download free on the Internet. Either search for the title or you can go to the following page for various e-formats  http://www.urbandharma.org/udharma4/mpe.html)

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PERSONALITY DISORDER:


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RELATIONSHIPS & FRIENDSHIPS:


see also "FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS"  & "SEXUALITY & SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS"

  • Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness. Self-Help Course. A 3-part programme based on Cognitive Behavioural Techniques

- see also: "CONFIDENCE..."

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SELF-COUNSELLING: 


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SEXUALITY & SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS:


see also "MENS' ISSUES" & "WOMENS' ISSUES

Note: This is a rather old book from the 1980s and some of the references and terminology are archaic by today's standard (and may even seem offensive and patronising) - however, have a look at the reviews on Amazon

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SLEEP PROBLEMS/INSOMNIA:

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STRESS & RELAXATION: 


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STUDENT LIFE & STUDY SKILLS 


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TRAUMA:


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WOMEN'S ISSUES: 


Note: This is a rather old book and some of the references and terminology are archaic by today's standard - have a look at the reviews on Amazon

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