Institute of Archaeology


Archaeology library FAQs

The Q&A below provide you with easily accessible information about the changes we’ve made to services, space and facilities. We’re still here to help you

Users of the library can familiarise themselves with general library resources and collections and make the most of all our services and facilities, with our self-guided tour (created before the COVID-19 pandemic).

Service availability

Essential information on our services can be found in the Library Essentials guide and across our website. Please note that we may have to make changes to our services at short notice due to restrictions required by the UK Government or UCL. 

Current Services

The following services are available:

Using the Institute of Archaeology Library in term 3, 2020-2021

What will the opening hours be?
The Archaeology Library opening hours are:
Monday - Friday: 10:00 - 19:00
Saturday: 11:00 - 18:00
Archaeology Library Click and Collect

Books can be requested from a number of sites via our Click and Collect service, which is available to a wider range of user groups. Please see our Membership information pages for details of eligibility for our services.

Archaeology Library Scan and Send Service

If you cannot come on-site to collect books, please use our Scan and Send service, which complements the Click and Collect service. This allows UCL students and staff to request copies of journal articles and book chapters to be scanned and emailed to them directly.

How can I return books?

Please return your books to the Archaeology Library as normal. This helps us to ensure that they are made available as quickly as possible for other Library users. If you are having difficulties returning the Library items, please email us: lib-archaeology@ucl.ac.uk

Can I return my books by post?

Yes. Please send them to the library you borrowed them from. See our web pages for a list of the Library sites and their contact details.

The book will remain your responsibility until it has been received at the library, so it is a good idea to send them by recorded delivery.

Can I still borrow books?

All our material is borrowable as normal or through Click and Collect Service.

Can I still borrow books from the Issue Desk and Teaching Collection?

Issue Desk books and Teaching collection is borrowable as normal.  

Can I borrow a laptop?

Yes. ISD has worked to make all UCL laptops COVID-safe. All laptops are automatically quarantined for 72 hours on return.

Can I still use the library MFDs?

Only if you are using the library in a pre-booked study space. Other MFDs are available in the computer rooms on the 5th and 1st floors. Further information on the location of MFDs on campus is available here:


Can I borrow phone chargers and staplers from the Issue Desk as before?

We are no longer able to loan out shared equipment, including staplers, phone chargers and headphones.

How can I communicate with the Library?

You can email us at lib-archaeology@ucl.ac.uk

Our chat service is available Monday - Friday, 12:00 - 19:00.

General Library Services loans and Procedures

Where can I get information on UCL Libraries?

We are no longer able to provide paper leaflets, so please consult our web site for information:


Are books still being recalled and are fines being charged?

No, all books will be automatically extended, and we are not currently charging fines for the late return of books. 

The recall service is currently suspended. 

How many books can I borrow?

There are no changes to the number of books you can borrow. Details are available here:


How can I get access to a paper journal in the IOA Library?

Please use the Scan and Send service. Please note the service is currently only available for UCL Students and Staff.

How can I book a study space? What spaces are available? For how long?

Most of our libraries are open for UCL students and staff and NHS members. Please check individual Opening Hours. If you wish to use a study space this will need to be booked before visiting each library - please see our Bookable Study Spaces Help webpage for further details. NHS members should visit our separate NHS seat booking page. You must check in within 30 minutes of the start time of your booking. If you do not check in your booking will be released for other students or staff to use.

Can I get books from Stores?

Books can be requested from a number of sites via our Click and Collect service, which is available to a wider range of user groups. Please see our Membership information pages for details of eligibility for our services.

Can I use other UCL Libraries?

Yes, but only the following sites are open -Student Centre, Science Library, Institute of Education Library, Royal Free Medical Library, Bartlett Library, Cruciform Hub, Child Health Library, Main Library, Queen Square Library, School of Pharmacy Library, Senat House Hub, SSEES Library

How can I get to materials if I need to shield at any time in the future?

If you are unable to access the UCL campus to collect books that have been requested, for example, if you are self-isolating, you can arrange for another UCL Library member to collect them on your behalf. Please email lib-accessibility@ucl.ac.uk to arrange this.

Keeping Safe

How is the library working to keep customers safe?

We are committed to keeping all staff and customers safe. We have introduced a range of measures including cleaning rotas, social distancing, one-way systems and provision of hand sanitiser and wipes. Please follow the signs and rules when visiting our library site, and wear a face-covering or mask at all times on campus. Please see UCL’s Keeping Safe on Campus pages for more information.

Do I have to wear a mask in the IOA Library?

Yes. You do need to wear a mask in the library, even while using your study space. If you forget your mask, we have spare disposal ones for your convenience. If you are not able to wear a face covering, please use the Government's exemption badge, an exemption card from TFL or a Sunflower lanyard.

Do I need to practice social distancing in the IOA Library?

Yes, all staff and customers are expected to social distance in the library space.

Visitors to the Library

Can I use the library if I’m reference user, a member of the public, from another university or visiting from overseas?

There are limitations on the service, please contact the Library (lib-archaeology@ucl.ac.uk) for further information.

Can I use the click and collect service if I have an alumnus or University of London borrowing card?

Yes. You can use the click and collect service

Can I book a study space in the IOA Library as an alumni or University of London borrower?

There are limitations on the service, please contact the Library (lib-archaeology@ucl.ac.uk) for further information.

Can I renew my library membership at the IOA Library?

Not at present. Please visit the membership website for applying online: