Library Services


UCL Cruciform Hub

The UCL Cruciform Hub provides medical collections, library services and study spaces for UCL staff and students and healthcare staff of UCLH NHS Foundation Trust.


Cruciform Hub, service desk


Library Provision for the UCL Ear Institute and Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals

The UCL Cruciform Hub is now the centre for library provision for UCL Ear Institute staff and students, including information skills support delivered by the training team.

The Cruciform Hub is also the home library for healthcare staff and students at the University College Hospital campus, including the Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals, providing a range of facilities and tailored clinical support services. Important ENT texts from the Ear Institute Library, which is now closed, will be integrated with the Cruciform's collections at the earliest opportunity.

Address and contact details

Subject coverage and guides

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 as well as study spaces, computer workrooms and seminar rooms. Detailed map of the area


Floorplan of the UCL Cruciform Hub

Disabled access

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. Staff of the GOSH, Moorfields, Royal Free and RNOH NHS Trusts are also eligible to join. NHS staff applying for access to UCL Library Services must produce their NHS ID as well as proof of home address when making their application.

Appropriate identification must be carried at all times on library premises. Visitors to UCL are advised to read the information for non-UCL users beforehand, including requirements to bring valid photo identification, complete an application for a library pass and pay any fee. All users of the library must abide by the Library Regulations.

Enquiry Service and Training

Enquiry desk staff can help with a variety of enquiries about library and biomedical and health resources, and will provide ad hoc training on the library's electronic collections. You can also e-mail your enquiry.

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.

Services for NHS staff

For information about the Service Level Agreement between UCL and associated NHS Trusts, see our information for NHS staff.


Members of staff working at affiliated NHS Trusts with whom we hold a Service Level Agreement must produce their NHS ID as well as proof of home address when making their application. Please visit the NHS Staff Membership page for information.

NHS staff members who apply for membership will be provided with a UCL Library card. Obtaining a library card is a quick and easy process - please visit the Hub during library desk opening hours.

In-library access to UCL's electronic resources

Access is available to most of UCL's e-journals and e-books from dedicated computers (Explore Access Points) located within the Cruciform Hub. A number of medical databases and full-text resources are also available for searching from these machines. Please bring an un-encrypted USB storage device on which to save copies of documents.

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 Case Reports, 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

UCLH staff with an IT account - 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 - you 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.

See below for further information on the IT services, and the printing and photocopying services available.

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.

UCL Discovery Plus

UCL Discovery Plus is a new Open Access service for researchers at UCL's partner NHS Trusts, hosted by UCL Library Services. You can use it to make your articles and other research outputs freely available online for anyone to access, wherever possible. Your work will also form part of a record of research activity at your trust. NB. UCL staff should maintain their publication record and deposit copies of research publications using the RPS system, as detailed on UCL's Open Access pages.

While we don't have available funds to assist researchers at UCL's partner NHS Trusts with 'Gold' Open Access article processing fees, we would encourage all who are publishing their research to use the service - it has the potential to make outputs more visible and reach a wider, global, audience as all deposits are then discoverable via Google as well as through UCL Discovery. 

For further information please contact the UCL Discovery Plus team.

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', through dedicated machines in the Library or from any web browser.

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 and may be consulted in the reading room between the hours of 09:00-16:45, Monday-Friday. Please ask a member of Cruciform library staff for assistance.

Inter Library Loans

Books and periodical articles not held by UCL may be requested on inter-library loan. UCL and associated NHS Trust users are charged a subsidised £3 per item.

Print journals

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. Store items can normally be collected from your selected library site the next day. 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. In-library access to most UCL e-journals is available to registered NHS users and visitors on the dedicated Explore Access Point (EAP) machines. Articles can be saved on a USB memory stick. NHS staff can also access certain titles via their NHS OpenAthens login.


UCL's e-books can be accessed from Explore online (UCL users) and in the Hub (NHS and Library visitors).

UCLH and other NHS staff will also be able to access the full text of many e-books with an NHS OpenAthens account.

Online Medical Databases

UCL's databases, including Medline, Embase, AMED, CINAHL, PsycINFO, Biosis, HMIC, Scopus and the Web of Science, are available to UCL users. They may also be accessed through the Explore Access Point (EAP) machines in the Library (NHS and Library visitors).

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.

Student bookable group study spaces

There are 6 bookable group study areas in the Hub, named after eminent alumna of the Medical School: Barnes, Beck, Dacre, Hilton, Turner-Warwick and Winner.

Group study rooms

  • Hilton (B.1.10) capacity of 4 (and examination couch)
  • Turner-Warwick (B.1.11) capacity of 14
  • Winner (B.1.12) capacity of 39

Group study pods

  • Barnes (B.1.01C) capacity of 8
  • Beck (B.1.01D) capacity of 8
  • Dacre (B.1.01C) capacity of 8

These spaces can be booked via the Bookable Study Spaces for all UCL students webpage.

Seminar rooms

There are also 5 seminar rooms in the Hub (B.1.03-B.1.07), these may be booked through the UCL Room Bookings service.

IT Services

For all UCL users, the Cruciform Hub includes a 50-computer teaching cluster (B.1.15A), bookable through the UCL Room Bookings service.

An additional 40 cluster machines are available, located in the smaller computer workroom (18) and in the quiet study and informal spaces.  

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.

Printing and photocopying

There are 5 multi-functional devices (MFDs) in the Hub for printing, photocopying and scanning using the print @ UCL service (UCL users). A cash loader is also available for adding credit and to create an account for photocopying (NHS users and visitors).

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

The Hub cafe, Dr Coffee, is open Mon/Tue/Thu 09:00-18:00, and Wed/Fri 09:00-17:00. The Hub also has 2 water fountains and a vending machine for drinks and snacks. 

Lidded hot and cold drinks may be consumed anywhere; cold food and snacks can be consumed in the entrance and group study areas only. Hot food is not permitted anywhere in the 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.