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Please note that Queen Square Library is closed until further notice due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Library staff are working from home and will continue to provide services remotely. Please contact us at neurolibrary@ucl.ac.uk.

For updates and more information about library services and support, please check the UCL Library Services web site.

The Queen Square Library provides multidisciplinary services to staff and students at UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. The Library contains an important collection of specialist neurology, neurosurgery and neuroscience books and journals, together with some general medical and biomedical literature, as well as housing Queen Square Archives.

Please see our Services page for information on training, document delivery, and current awareness, and our Computers page for information on IT facilities . Please check our list of who can use the library before your visit.

For further information, please see our guide to library services ; introductory slideshowNHNN induction presentation; or view our Library video at the bottom of this page. The Library also features in a number of other videos. 

Please see our latest Annual report for an overview of our activities.

Opening Hours

Queen Square Library is closed from 5pm, 17th March 2020, & will remain closed until further notice.

Disabled access

Access to the library space is via a short flight of stairs to the ground floor and then stairs or a lift to the 1st floor. A wheelchair lift is available to reach the ground floor but please contact us in advance to arrange for an operator to be available. Library staff are happy to help with arranging access to library materials; please contact the library.

Contacting the Library

Trying to contact the Hospital? Library staff are unable to give advice to patients or carers regarding conditions or treatments. Contact the Hospital on: 020 3456 7890 but please note that patients must seek referral to the National Hospital through their GP. For information about private treatment please refer to Queen Square Private Healthcare.

Library Staff

Staff July 2016

From left: Kate Brunskill (Deputy Librarian), Sarah Lawson (Head of Queen Square Library), Sandra Bamborough (Information Assistant), Rossana Rizzo (Information Assistant).

Recycling, sustainability & Green activities

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The Queen Square Library is part of UCL's Green Impact scheme and we try to avoid creating waste, to recycle as much as possible and to act in a sustainable manner. Here are a few things we've been up to:
  • we ask our library users to help - switching off desk lights and using our water fountain to refill your water bottles. Please let us know if you have any more ideas and see the library's Green noticeboard for more details of the scheme.
  • we promote wider sustainability issues across UCL - why not visit the UCL Green Impact site, UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources site and have a look at UCL's Biodiversity Action Plan.
  • we promote events at UCL on our noticeboards and via twitter, from gardening to bike workshops, Global Citizenship to bird walks.
  • we try to recycle wherever possible in conjunction with the Queen Square Division Waste Recycling Project (who provide our waste services, managed by UCLH).
  • we have centralised our waste bins so that we can recycle more effectively, you will find two types of bin at the entrance to the library: use the clear bin liner for recyclables (including paper, cardboard, newspapers, cans and packaging), use the black bin liner for non-recyclables (including food waste or food-contaminated waste - but please remember, no eating in the library & only covered drinks please!).
  • we recycle batteries and stamps - you can hand them in at the library desk (stamps are donated to the RNIB).
  • we link to other locally-provided 'Green' services, for example Camden's on-street recycling facilities (view a map) and other regional green activities.

Lost property

Lost property will be held for 6 weeks from when found except for lost property found during the 6 weeks prior to 17th March 2020.  This will be kept until we reopen. Where an item has identifying marks, we will attempt to contact the owner. Failing this, we will donate items to charity if they remain unclaimed for more than 6 weeks.

Library video