Library Services



Information about themed exhibitions in the Main Library which include material from UCL Special Collections, as well as temporary and permanent exhibitions held at other UCL Libraries and elsewhere.

UCL Library Services has extensive archives, rare books, manuscripts, personal papers, historical records and artefacts across a range of subjects. Each year there are themed exhibitions in the Main Library that draw particularly on highlights from UCL Special Collections. There are also both temporary and permanent exhibitions at other UCL libraries. On occasion, the libraries arrange exhibitions at alternative UCL and external locations too.

Current exhibition

Exhibit item from Word as Art exhibition
Word as Art: Beauty in the Margins

Writing is an essential part of everyday communication yet every time we put words down on a page, or type them on a screen, we are creating a piece of art unique to us. Inspired by the Slade 150 anniversary this year, and curated in partnership with students of the Slade School of Fine Art at UCL, this exhibition explores the permeable borders between art and writing in a rich variety of formats that celebrate the way in which we have embellished the word. The online exhibition, opening in October 2021, includes three pieces of student art alongside items from UCL Special Collections. A physical presence for the exhibition will be located in the Main Library from December 2021-July 2022.

Previous exhibitions

Our last 3 exhibitions are listed below.

Information about all our previous exhibitions is also available.

Rebel, React, Reform exhibition image
Rebel, React, Reform: Making the UK Parliament

March - December 2020

From Small Beginnings past exhibitions image
From Small Library Beginnings: a brief history of UCL Library Services

March - December 2019

Votes for women Vol 1 (Oct 1907 - Sept 1908).Dangers and Delusions"? Perspectives on the women's suffrage movement

February - December 2018


Current exhibitions

Queen Square Archives logo
Queen Square Library, Archive & Museum, UCL Institute of Neurology & The National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery (UCLH)
The Queen Square Archive, Rare Books and Museum collections are housed in and managed by the Queen Square Library.

UCL Culture 

UCL Culture is a creative team at large and active across the university, curating and animating UCL content.

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