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.

The General Library
Next exhibition

From Small Library Beginnings: a brief history of UCL Library Services

In 2019 we join the Department of Information Studies in celebrating 100 years since the opening of UCL’s School of Librarianship, with an exhibition narrating the history of our libraries from the earliest presence in the 1820s to the multi-site department of today. Built on foundations of donations and bequests, they hold significant collections including Frederic David Mocatta’s private library, and the Little Magazines. Key to their development, library spaces, librarians, researchers and students are also represented in this selection of items from UCL Special Collections. This exhibition will run from March 2019.


Previous exhibitions

Our last 3 exhibitions are listed below.

Information about all our previous exhibitions is also available.

Votes for women Vol 1 (Oct 1907 - Sept 1908).Dangers and Delusions"? Perspectives on the women's suffrage movement
February - December 2018
East Side Stories past exhibitions imageEast Side Stories: Londoners in transition
January - December 2017
Fair Play and Foul past exhibitions imageFair play and foul: connecting with Shakespeare at UCL
February - December 2016


Current exhibitions

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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.

Previous exhibitions

Bobby and Stillman Exhibition
Bobby and Stillman Exhibition, UCL Science Library
Crispin Hughes and Susi Arnott collaborated with Swedish mathematician Sofia Olhede (UCL Big Data Institute) on inter-tidal spaces and fluid dynamics. The exhibition ran in the Science Library Cafe.
Banham Bartlett and Beyond
Banham Bartlett and Beyond at UCL Bartlett Library
Banham taught at The Bartlett as senior lecturer of architectural history from 1964-1978. The exhibition sought to revive Banham's legacy, elucidating his role at The Bartlett and his wider cultural impact.
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Queen Square Library, Archive & Museum, UCL Institute of Neurology & The National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery (UCLH)
Includes Queen Square Archives and Museum and Rare books and Queen Square reprints.
Moorfields Eye Museum exhibit case
Joint Library of Ophthalmology, Moorfields Eye Hospital & UCL Institute of Ophthalmology
Including Moorfields Eye Hospital Museum and rare and historical collection of books on ophthalmology.