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About UCL Library Services

Our expert staff provide a wide range of physical and digital services, and welcome you to our suite of inspiring learning spaces.

UCL Library Services consists of 17 libraries and assorted learning spaces located across London, covering a wide range of specialist subjects ranging from bio-medicine and science to arts, architecture and archaeology, plus learning spaces in the Student Centre, Senate House and the Graduate Hub. Our digital library is one of the best in the world, and we manage UCL Discovery, the institutional repository which enables the world to access our researchers' work for free. We've also started the UK's first completely open access university press, UCL Press. Together, UCL Library Services is at the heart of providing the information to support UCL's academic excellence and research that addresses real-world problems, as set out in the UCL Research Strategy. Read our Mission Statement.

What we provide

  • expert staff to help you get the most from UCL's resources;
  • inspiring spaces for learning (individually and in groups);
  • a vast and rich collection of books, e-resources and journals;
  • access to UCL Special Collections with treasures from UCL's history at the forefront of scientific research;
  • a place to come together and share expertise.

We are a global leader in Open Science policy and implementation. The Office for Open Science and Scholarship co-ordinates work in this area across UCL. The specialist tools we've developed in bibliometrics and data management are helping researchers to exploit data as it becomes available at UCL and supporting UCL researchers to demonstrate the impact of their work.

We support UCL students and staff, NHS staff and the general public both online and on site ensuring they can access the library resources they need wherever they are. We also engage staff, students and external audiences through academic teaching sessions, exhibitions, special events, community and school links and social media.

Annual Report, 2021

A student welcome tour inside the UCL Student Centre

In the 2020-21 academic year, we continued to support our users and staff and to innovate and develop new services, keeping some library spaces open and expanding online support thanks to the commitment of our front line and virtual teams. 

Read the 2021 Library Services Annual Report

Highlights from 2021's Annual Report

Click and Collect

4,851 people used our Click and Collect service, ordering 60,079 books.

 

Scan and Send

We made 8,500 scans for customers.

Online resources

Since the start of the pandemic, we have increased our online collections and now provide access to over 1,000,000 e-books and other types of resource.

Decorative image. UCL now provides access to over 1,000,000 e-books and other types of resource
 

Physical visits to our libraries and study spaces

We ensured that physical study spaces were available for users to study and work safely on campus throughout the year. The UCL Student Centre welcomed 10,705 visitors.

There were 154,634  total bookings made by 10,705 unique users in the Student Centre from 01/08/2020 to 28/06/2021.

Prizes

Colleagues from Library Services won many prizes this year, including:

  • Two Provost’s Education Awards in the ‘Outstanding response to teaching or support during the pandemic’ category. John Iona received the individual award and the Library Skills Team received the team award.
  • Noel Caliste, won the Staff Equality Network Member of the Year Award.
  • The Library’s EDI Committee were awarded the Sarah Guise award for Catalyst for Change.
  • 17 Green Impact awards for library teams and an individual “highly commended” UCL Sustainability staff award for Bernadette d’Almeida.

Portraits of the Library EDI Team arranged on illustrated graphic of a laptop

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