Library Services


Sustainable estate


Key Performance Area: Sustainable Estate

UCL Library Services is committed to providing high-quality learning space, and we are transforming our estate in the context of the UCL Masterplan.

We are also supporting UCL's goal to minimize our carbon footprint. Library space must meet the constantly evolving needs of all UCL users, so we will actively engage with students, researchers, NHS staff and members of the public. We will facilitate access to UCL Special Collections' rich holdings, with showcases of our physical and digital exhibitions.

UCL Library Services will continue to provide innovative and inspiring teaching, learning and social spaces. The aim for Library Services is to make its libraries into UCL hubs which accommodate students and staff from all parts of UCL, places which are enabled for new technologies and have suitable space for specialist staff to deliver information skills training. The Library should play a central part in UCL's identity as London's Global University and be a source of pride for UCL students and staff.

Learning spaces


  • Offer learning space provision of consistently high quality, in terms of capacity, facilities and day-to-day management.


  • We will advocate Library Services' offer of a consistent service layer across all learning spaces as part of the Learning Spaces Project Board, chaired by the VP (Education)
  • We will bid for funding to establish live usage data system, in partnership with ISD. In tandem with this, Library Services will establish a central Learning Spaces webpage.
  • We will engage with students and staff on learning space projects, including the Main and Science Library redevelopments, from the earliest stages. We will also encourage feedback on services and facilities in our buildings.
  • We will work closely with UCL Estates, especially Satellite Estates, to ensure all libraries have excellent facilities management.
  • We will continue to seek opportunities to develop new learning spaces. Library Services will benchmark provision against international competitors.
Accessibility of special collections


  • Create new opportunities for library users to be inspired by the Library's special collections.


  • UCL Library Estates Development Working Group will highlight the re-housing of Special Collections as an institutional priority.
  • We will showcase physical and digital exhibitions in all UCL Library sites. We will establish spaces for researchers and for students to access Special Collections' rich holdings
Partnership and sustainability


  • Ensure the sustainable management of the whole Library estate, with UCL students and other users empowered to participate in decision-making.


  • We will engage with UCL Estates and Finance to maintain the high quality of spaces, via Library Estates Development WG. Library Services will pilot Post-Occupancy Evaluation in new Hubs.
  • We will engage with UCL students and other users to enable decisions to be made which reflect both service expectations and an understanding of our environmental impact. Library Services will participate in any schemes to use electric vehicles for transport on the Bloomsbury campus.
  • We will collaborate with ISD and UCL Estates enable the sharing of ideas/best practice via social media, and showcase how ideas are put into practice. We will support UCL towards its ambition of meeting ISO 14001.