UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology


Who can use the Queen Square Library

Who can register?

UCL staff and students with a valid UCL ID card are automatically registered with the library. Please see ISD webpage for further information. NHS staff from UCL-affililated Trusts can register to join the library. NHS users and other external users should visit the UCL Library Services membership webpages for more information and joining instructions. 

What services are available?

Core services available from the Queen Square Library are listed below. Most of these services can be accessed by any of our registered users. Exceptions are noted below. Please also see special information for ION distance learning students, alumni and external visitors

  • Interlibrary loans - registered library users based at ION or NHNN can request interlibrary loans from the Queen Square Library. Other registered users should submit interlibrary loan requests to their UCL home library.

  • Literature searches - staff at ION or NHNN can request assistance with literature searches. We cannot undertake literature searches for students but please contact us for general search advice. Users from outside Queen Square should contact their subject librarian for search advice.

  • Training - registered library users who are staff or students from UCL or staff from UCLH can book onto UCL Library Services training courses

  • Access to e-resources - UCL users have access to UCL e-resources using their UCL credentials. NHS users have access to NHS e-resources using NHS OpenAthens. NHS users who are also registered library users can also  access the UCL walk-in serviceMore detailed information is available about access to UCL e-resources for different types of user.


Visitors who have a need to use our specialised collections are permitted to use the library for reference only. In advance of your visit you must apply online and pay a membership fee if one is required. Please visit the membership website for details of the options and charges. Visitors are expected to be largely self-sufficient in their use of the library; while we are happy to offer a brief introduction, we cannot offer training or undertake research on your behalf. Unfortunately, printing and copying facilities are not available for visitors at the Queen Square Library site. Please note that the Queen Square Archives (QSA) is subject to different access arrangements, please consult the QSA website for details.


UCL Alumni are eligible to join UCL Library Services which includes membership of the Queen Square Library and access to the UCL walk-in service for e-resources. 

Distance Learning students

Students on all ION courses are welcome to use the Queen Square Library and we are happy to help distance learning students as well as those physically based in Queen Square. The library space and print collections are available only to those who can visit the library in person (we are not able to offer a postal service). However, we are fortunate that UCL’s online collections are increasingly extensive so much of our content is available remotely. To borrow from the Queen Square Library, simply bring along your UCL ID card (contact the Education Team for more information about how to obtain your UCL ID).