ID Cards, Locks and Keys

UCL's Security department is responsible for providing security staff and managing security measures including locks on doors, electronic access control, alarms, intercoms and CCTV systems.

ID cards

You will be issued with a UCL ID card at the beginning of your course or contract. This is an important part of UCL's security provision and we ask that you keep this safe, and carry it with you at all times whilst on UCL premises, to help us provide you with a safe and secure environment in which to work and study. Your UCL identity card serves multiple purposes. In addition to proving your identity it controls your access to UCL buildings, allows entry to UCL libraries and can also be used in the Bloomsbury Fitness Centre.

On the front of each ID card is the cardholder's name, faculty or department, photograph, UCL person identifier code and card expiry date. The cards are colour coded by group so staff feature an orange banner and visitors have a black banner. Cards for students feature other colours.

How do I get a UCL ID card?

ID cards are issued in the Andrew Huxley Building (close to the Gordon Street entrance) from Monday to Friday between 9am and 4.45pm. You will need to show one form of personal identification such as a bank card or driving licence and your photograph will be taken at the desk.

If you are registered disabled or unable to visit, please contact the team to make alternative arrangements. To add any specific building access rights, authorised signatories should email securitysystems@ucl.ac.uk.

Do I have to pay?

The first issue of your ID card is free. If a card is lost or stolen during its period of validity, the next issue will also be free, but a £15 administration fee will subsequently be charged for a replacement card. You will need to pay the fee at the UCL Shop and take the voucher to the security office, where a new card will be issued. 

There is no charge in cases where the card has failed or expired, or because the information on the card has changed providing that the current card is returned to the UCL Security ID issue team.

Please note that the UCL ID card remains the property of UCL and must be returned to UCL Security at the end of your contract or course. The card is non-transferable and must be used by the named cardholder only.

ID Cards

On the reverse of the UCL ID card are printed the card holder's library barcode (where applicable), barcode number and card issue number. The barcode is passed automatically to the library membership database, so there is no need to visit the library to register.

Locks and keys

To request keys or for advice on security matters involving all types of locks and the use of access control, including arranging the design and installation of master keyed lock systems, please visit the Andrew Huxley Building from Monday to Friday between 9am and 4.45pm.