Library Services


The Joint Library of Ophthalmology, Moorfields Eye Hospital & UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

The Joint Library provides specialist collections and services for staff and students at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and NHS staff of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.



UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

Address and contact details

  • Address: UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, 11- 43 Bath Street, London, EC1V 9EL
  • The Library is situated on the lower ground floor.
  • Tel: 020 7608 6814
  • Email: ophthlib@ucl.ac.uk
  • Nearest tube: Old Street (Northern Line - Bank branch)
  • Map of the area
  • Librarian: Debbie Heatlie
  • Deputy Librarian: Desta Bokre
  • Senior Library Assistant: Khalda Mohammed
  • Library Assistant: Shinwha Cha
  • Opening hours

Disabled access

Disabled visitors should contact the Library prior to their visit.

UCL Library Services offers a range of other facilities for disabled users which are listed separately.


Training timetable

The training timetable for September to December 2019 is now available. To book a session click on begin registration link provided under each session. 

New books

List of new books available in the Library

Subject coverage and guides

The Joint Library of Ophthalmology is the foremost ophthalmic library in Europe. It houses collections relating to the areas of:

  • ophthalmology
  • visual science
  • biomedicine, medicine and nursing

For details of all UCL biomedical collections and services, including information about the Service Level Agreement between UCL and associated NHS Trusts, see the Biomedicine & Health pages.

To locate a particular collection within any of the UCL Libraries see the list of Library locations by subject.

Resources and services

Who can use the Library

Full membership is available to

  • UCL staff
  • UCL students
  • NHS staff employed by Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Staff from other trusts may be eligible to use the Library. NHS staff applying for access must produce their NHS ID card when making their application.

Admission at discretion of the Librarian is given to

  • visiting academic staff and students
  • short term Moorfields workers
  • collaborative researchers at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields

Members of the public are welcome to visit the Library: the cost for a day pass is £7. The Library has reciprocal arrangements with some other institutions and hospital trusts to allow staff and postgraduates reference access. Please contact us for further details.

All users of the Library must abide by the Library Regulations

Borrowing, renewing, reserving and returning 


NHS staff and UCL undergraduate/taught postgraduate students may borrow up to 15 items at any one time. UCL PhD/MPhil students may borrow up to 25 items, and UCL staff members may borrow up to 40 items. Items may be borrowed from the Issue Desk on production of a valid UCL ID card / Moorfields ID card / UCL Library card, or by using the self-service machine (you must have your library card with you and know your PIN).


To extend your loans, see our borrowing and managing your account infortmation.


To reserve an item currently on loan, locate it on Explore, click in the 'Locations' tab and sign in with your library barcode number and PIN. An email will be sent to you as soon as the item is ready for collection from the Issue Desk. You have a week to collect it.


Items may be returned in person to the Issue Desk or by using the self-service machine.


Books are located on the open shelves and key textbooks are kept behind the Issue Desk in glass cabinets. Locations may be checked on Explore.

Books can be borrowed up to 8 weeks and can be renewed provided that nobody has requested them. A small proportion of books labelled 'Reference only' cannot be borrowed.

Audiovisual material

DVDs and CD ROMs are held at the Issue Desk. They may be borrowed for 2 week or viewed in the Library on personal laptops or on library computers equipped with CD ROM / DVD drives.


The Library receives about 63 current journals in print and holds backfiles of over 250 ophthalmic titles. 

UCL electronic resources

Please see information for electronic Library resource users.

NHS electronic resources

With an NHS OpenAthens account, NHS staff can access a number of electronic resources including healthcare databases, electronic journals and electronic books. You can self register for NHS OpenAthens, please make sure that you have put your Moorfields email when you apply for an account. Once you have obtained your account you can access a good number of ophthalmic journals and ophthalmic books. Detailed and step by step guide on accessing the resources is provided. Consult our OpenAthens leaflet for further information or contact us.  


UCL Institute of Ophthalmology theses are available for reference only from the UCL Library Stores. Please see information on Theses for more details. Examples of PhD and MD theses and MSc dissertations are held in the Library.


Reprints dating from the 16th century are held in the Library. They are available for reference by appointment.

Historical Collection

The Library holds a collection of historical materials dating back to 1585, including books, journals, paintings and ophthalmic instruments. Items held in the Historical Collection are available for reference only by appointment. Please contact us in advance of your visit.

Moorfields Eye Hospital Museum

The Museum is housed in the Joint Library of Ophthalmology. Early ophthalmoscopes, an artificial leech, a Pfister and Streit ophthalmometer and a Hardy Keratometer are just some of the ophthalmic exhibits on display.

IT Resources

The following IT services are available in the Library:

  • Desktop @ UCL computers for UCL staff and students
  • UCL wireless network (eduroam)
  • dedicated machines with access to UCL electronic journals and databases for NHS staff and library visitors
  • NHS computers on the Moorfields Eye Hospital network for Moorfields staff
  • Moorfields wireless network
  • printing, photocopying and scanning facilities

Printing, Photocopying and Scanning

There are two Multi Functional Devices (MFDs) located in the library which provide printing, photocopying and scanning services. 

Moorfields staff

  • Moorfields Eye Hospital staff are entitled to free printing, photocopying and scanning. Use your Moorfields ID card to log into the Moorfields MFD, and select the service you require.

UCL staff and students

  • The library is part of the print @ UCL service. You will have to register with your UCL username and password the first time you use the UCL MFD machine for photocopying, printing or scanning. Once registered, you can simply use your UCL ID card to access the MFD services.

The terms of the Copyright Act (1988) and the UCL or NHS license with the Copyright Licensing Agency must be adhered to, as appropriate.


Library staff can help with a variety of enquiries about library, biomedical and health resources, and literature searches. Enquiries may be submitted to library staff members in person, by email or by telephone (020 7608 6814).


The Library offers training sessions on specific resources. Please see Information Skills Training for details of scheduled sessions and booking information.

Specific training sessions can also be arranged on a one-to-one basis or in small groups. To arrange a training session please contact us.

Inter-library loans

Books and journal articles held at other UCL Library sites or not in stock at UCL may be requested on inter-library loan. A charge may apply - please ask library staff for details. 

Safety and security

The Library is protected by a security system and is covered by CCTV. If an alarm sounds as you are leaving it may be necessary to examine any library materials in your possession.

Please do not leave valuables unattended. Any lost property handed in will be held initially at the Issue Desk, and may then be handed in to the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology reception.

If the fire alarm sounds please leave the Library immediately by the nearest exit as directed, and assemble outside the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology building, on the other side of Bath Street.

Accessing other libraries

Members of the Library are entitled to use all UCL Libraries on production of a valid UCL ID card / Moorfields ID card with valid library barcode. Items held in other UCL Libraries can be identified via Explore and may be available for loan.

UCL staff and students may be entitled to access other non-UCL libraries.

Patient information

Patient information on eye conditions is available on the Moorfields Eye Hospital website.

Moorfields Direct, a nurse-led telephone helpline is available between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday to assist you with queries about your eyes. Telephone: 020 7566 2345 (this is a London number and will incur normal charges).