UCL Library, Culture, Collections & Open Science


Facts, figures and finance

A quick glance at what colleagues in Library, Culture, Collections and Open Science (LCCOS) have achieved this year.

We received 55,289 total museum visitors, issued 65,207 tickets for 307 events in the Bloomsbury Theatre & Studio and welcomed a total of 4,017,923 visits to all library sites (including 1,553,079 Visits to the Student Centre) in 2022-23.

LCCOS is responsible for around 120,000 museum items, 4.6 km of archives and manuscripts, 2 million print books including 160,000 rare books, 1.9 million ebooks and 200,000 ejournals.

Between August 2022 and July 2023, over 1.8 million e-books were viewed and 7 million chapters were downloaded from our e-books. We offered close to 100,000 print book loans and 4,000 scan and send requests.

We taught 5,620 students with our museum collections, 2,730 students with our Special Collections and 2,192 participants of library skills sessions. 97% of library skills sessions were rated 4 or 5 stars.

Approaching 8 million downloads of more than 300 books in 242 countries and territories since the press was founded in 2015, of which 1.4 million downloads were between August 2022 and July 2023.

In 2022-23, we answered 4,517 online chats  94% of live chat requests were acknowledged within 30 seconds and 97% of our interactions were rated good or excellent.

LCCOS Expenditure 2022-23

At £33.4m, LCCOS holds one of the larger UCL budgets. This pie-chart below shows how funds are used, with a healthy split close to 50% between pay (staffing) at 49% and non-pay at 51%.