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A tour of UCL’s Main Library

11:30 am to 12:00 pm, 03 June 2019

Library Tours

Join a tour of UCL's iconic Main Library.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

All

Availability

Yes

Cost

Free

Organiser

Festival of Culture Team

Location

Meet at the Festival Hub - UCL Main Quad
UCL
Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT

A tour of the Main Library in the Wilkins Building will take in the Flaxman Gallery and its central sculpture of St Michael overcoming Satan underneath UCL’s iconic dome, as well as the University’s first purpose-built Library, now named after architect Thomas Leverton Donaldson, which opened in 1849. Both have featured in films and television programmes. The current exhibition, From Small Library Beginnings: A brief history of UCL Library Services, will also be visited. Narrating the development of our libraries and learning spaces, today numbering 18 sites in Bloomsbury and beyond, it features highlights from some of the notable collections acquired over nearly 200 years. Coinciding with the exhibition, an installation, Steps to Progress, will be applied to the entrance staircase during 2019. Arranged by PhD student Harvey Wiltshire, representations of texts will celebrate our diverse community and challenge existing conceptions of the literary canon.

Image: © UCL Records, College Collection Photographs


UCL Festival of Culture
Part of the UCL Festival of Culture, a packed, five-day programme of free talks, panel discussions, screenings, performances, and tours. Join us to discover, discuss and be inspired by the exceptional breadth and quality of the arts, humanities and social sciences at UCL.