The UCL Cruciform Hub provides medical collections, library services and study spaces for UCL staff and students and healthcare staff of UCLH and Camden & Islington (CandI) NHS Foundation Trusts.
Cruciform Hub FAQs: Term 1, 2020-2021
- How can I use the Cruciform Hub?
We have changes in place in order to keep you safe and maintain social distancing.
You can only use the Cruciform Hub space if you are collecting books you have pre-ordered through the ‘click and collect’ service, have pre-booked a study space, are collecting a Library card, want to borrow a laptop or use an MFD.
- Lockers are currently not in use.
- All users are requested to social distance and follow the route system put in place.
- A face covering must be worn on arrival and at all times while in the library, unless you have a medical exemption. This includes anyone seated at a study space.
- Can I use staplers and other equipment located near the Library Desk as before?
We are no longer able to supply shared equipment, including staplers and headphones.
- Can I eat or drink in the Cruciform Hub?
Lidded drinks only. Eating is not permitted in the Cruciform Hub at this time.
- Is the water fountain available?
Unfortunately this is not available. Please bring water with you if required.
- I work for University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust / Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust - how do I apply for a Library card?
Please see the NHS Staff Membership webpage for details on how to apply for a Library card.
- The Cruciform Hub, UCL Cruciform Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
- Telephone (Library Desk) : 020 7679 6079 (internal:x 46079)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Nearest Tube: Euston, Euston Square, Goodge Street, Warren Street
- Librarian: Charlie Leppington
- Deputy Librarian: Julia Garthwaite
- Training and Clinical Support Team: Debora Marletta, Jacqui Smith, Katie Abranson
- Opening hours
The Cruciform Hub contains books and periodicals in the subjects of clinical medicine, nursing, midwifery, allied health, dentistry and oral health.
For details of all UCL biomedical collections and services, including information about the Service Level Agreement between UCL and associated NHS Trusts, see our biomedicine guide and our information for NHS staff.
The Cruciform Hub holds the combined collections of the former Boldero and Clinical Sciences libraries. A history of these libraries, Reading Medicine, traces their development within the Middlesex Hospital, University College Hospital and Royal Free & University College medical schools up until their merger in 2005.
The Cruciform Hub is located on the Lower Ground Floor of the UCL Cruciform Building. The Cruciform Hub includes the library collections and a variety of study spaces. Detailed map of the area
Wheelchair access to the Library is available via the main lift. We also offer a range of other facilities for users with disabilities which are listed separately.
Full membership is available for UCL staff and students and for NHS staff employed by the UCLH and Camden & Islington (CandI) NHS Foundation Trusts.
Appropriate identification must be carried at all times on library premises. All users of the library must abide by the Library Regulations.
Enquiry desk staff can help with a variety of enquiries about library and biomedical and health resources. You can e-mail your enquiry to us.
Specific training sessions can also be arranged on a one-to-one basis or in small groups. To arrange a training session please contact the Cruciform library team.
For information about the Service Level Agreement between UCL and associated NHS Trusts, see our information for NHS staff.
Please visit the NHS Staff Membership page for information. NHS staff members who apply for membership will be provided with a UCL Library card.
Desktop access to UCL-procured electronic resources
A significant number of resources are licensed through UCL Library Services that are accessible using a personal NHS OpenAthens account, directly from the desktop at the workplace or from any other location, including from home. These include resources such as BMJ Best Practice, medical databases, e-journals and e-books.
ATHENS for NHS users
Anyone working for the NHS may register for an NHS OpenAthens account by completing the online registration form.
IT and printing services for NHS users
We have a number of UCLH networked computers in the Hub accessible only to NHS staff possessing a UCLH username and password. These computers are accompanied by a UCLH printer. UCLGuest WiFi is also available - please ask a member of Library staff for details.
CandI and other NHS staff may apply for a UCLGuest WiFi account, please ask a member of Library staff for details. No printing is available but there are photocopying facilities available in the Cruciform.
UCLH Library Services
The UCLH Library and Information Services website has details about all library services for NHS staff working in the UCLH NHS Foundation Trust.
Camden & Islington Library Services
The Whittington Health Library also provides services for NHS staff working in the CandI NHS Foundation Trust.
Books and Borrowing
The Cruciform book collection is arranged by the National Library of Medicine classification scheme. A Quick Reference collection includes dictionaries and directories. Locations may be checked by searching Explore and limiting your search to 'Library catalogue'.
Cruciform books may be borrowed, and returned, using the self-service machines.
For further information about borrowing books please see the separate Borrowing & Renewing guide.
Middlesex Hospital Medical School archive
Some 200 volumes are held, comprising works by and about former members of the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, particularly those of the 19th century. There is a collection relating to Sir John Bland-Sutton (1855-1936), surgeon and friend of Kipling. Also included is a small collection of classic books on urology dating from 1811 onwards. Series including the Middlesex Hospital Journal are also held. These items have a catalogue location CRUCIFORM Store MX.
Inter Library Loans
Books and periodical articles not held by UCL may be requested on inter-library loan.
The Cruciform Hub receives some current journals and series in print in addition to our many titles available electronically. Print parts for 2013 onwards, plus a longer backfile of certain titles from 2009-, are held with the Cruciform Hub collections*. All other volumes are held in Store; to request these please complete an online Store Request form which is also available from the 'More' drop-down menu in Explore. All periodicals are reference only.
*Please ask a member of Cruciform library staff if you are unsure about the location of a specific title.
E-journals are available to UCL users through Explore. NHS staff can also access certain titles via their NHS OpenAthens login.
UCL's e-books can be accessed from Explore online (UCL users).
UCLH and other NHS staff will also be able to access the full text of many e-books with an NHS OpenAthens account.
UCL's databases, including Medline, Embase, AMED, CINAHL, PsycINFO, Biosis, HMIC, Scopus and the Web of Science, are available to UCL users.
Passwords for UCL users
UCL staff and students can access UCL's licensed resources off-site with their UCL userid and password; no other account is required. For more information see our e-resources web page.
For UCL students, self-service laptop loans are available from the self-service area.
For UCLH staff, some networked computers give access to the UCLH desktop, accessible only by Trust employees in possession of a UCLH username & password. A dedicated printer is also available.
All NHS staff who have registered as library members may also access the internet on their own laptop, tablet or smartphone in the Library. Please ask a member of Cruciform library staff for a UCLGuest account for wi-fi access.
There are multi-functional devices (MFDs) in the Hub for printing, photocopying and scanning using the print @ UCL service (UCL users).
UCLH staff may print from the UCLH networked computers using the dedicated printer provided.
The terms of the Copyright Act (1988) and the UCL or NHS licence with the Copyright Licensing Agency must be adhered to, as appropriate. Guidance is available.
Food and drink
Lidded drinks only may be consumed in the Cruciform Hub.
Safety and Security
The library is protected by a security system. 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 in the library.
If the fire alarm sounds please leave the library immediately by the nearest fire exit, and assemble on the corner of Huntley Street and University Street.