Library Services


UCL Ear Institute & Action on Hearing Loss Libraries

The UCL Ear Institute and Action on Hearing Loss Libraries hold specialist collections in audiology, deaf studies and ENT medicine. They provide services to UCL, UCLH and members of the public.

Upon arrival at the library

Please tell the receptionist that you are visiting the Library upon arrival so that you are not turned away.


UCL Ear Institute & Action on Hearing Loss Libraries

About us

The UCL Ear Institute and Action on Hearing Loss Libraries are a collaborative venture between UCL, Action on Hearing Loss (RNID) and the NHS. The libraries are based at the Royal National Throat Nose & Ear Hospital (RNTNEH) and together constitute the largest specialist collection for audiology, deaf studies, and ear, nose and throat (ENT) or otorhinolaryngolgic (ORL) medicine in Europe.

As well as providing services to staff and students at UCL, Action on Hearing Loss, and the University College London Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust (UCLH), the libraries are open to the public and provide reference and enquiry services to anybody conducting research connected with ENT medicine, hearing, or deafness.


Library closure, August 2020

The UCL Ear Institute and Action on Hearing Loss Libraries, currently based at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital in Gray’s Inn Road, will be closing on Friday 21st August 2020, as the Hospital prepares to complete its relocation within UCLH.

From September 2020, the UCL Cruciform Hub will lead on library provision for UCL Ear Institute staff and students, including information skills support delivered by the training team. Full details...

Address and contact details


The UCL Ear Institute and Action on Hearing Loss Libraries are located in the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear [RNTNE] Hospital. The RNTNE Hospital itself is situated at the King's Cross end of Gray's Inn Road, close to the junction with Euston Road, and to the Kings Cross and St. Pancras railway stations. The entrance to the Hospital is on Gray's Inn Road between Britannia Street and Swinton Street. External visitors should report to the reception desk in the foyer. Once in the Hospital make your way to the old outpatients department; the door leading to the stairs up to the libraries is opposite the outpatients reception desk. The Action on Hearing Loss Library is on the second floor above the UCL Ear Institute Library.

  • Nearest Tube: Kings Cross St Pancras
  • Buses: Bus routes 17, 45, 46 & 63 going northbound stop outside the RNTNE Hospital. Going soutbound the 17, 45 & 46 stop outside the Eastman Dental Hospital, a 5 minute walk away from the RNTNEH.

Disabled access

We regret the libraries are not wheelchair accessible. If wheelchair users contact the library in advance, we can make alternative arrangements. Alternatively our remote services for researchers and members of the public are available for those unable to visit the library in person.

Subject coverage and guides

The UCL Ear Institute and Action on Hearing Loss Libraries house collections relating to the following subject areas:

Services for members of the library

Who can use the library?

The UCL Ear Institute and Action on Hearing Loss Libraries are open to everyone - whether you are an academic looking for the latest research paper in your field, a student writing an essay, or someone with a general interest in deaf issues.

You do not have to become a member of the library to use our services - just visit or phone during opening hours, send us an email or fax, or use our enquiry form.

What about borrowing books?

Anyone registered as a University College London Library borrower can borrow books directly from us on site.

For non-members books can be borrowed through the national inter-library loan scheme. First check on the catalogue that the library stocks the books you need, then contact your local public, college, or any other library that you are entitled to use. Ask staff there for details of their interlending services, and give them the Action on Hearing Loss Library's interlending code, which is: LO/T40. Your library will borrow the books from us and re-lend them to you.


The libraries are part of the print @ UCL photocopying service. Non-UCL visitors can register for a guest account for the service at the library. Your account must then be charged with credit in order to copy, which can also be done at the library. Copying costs 5p per A4 copy or 15p for A3 copies in black and white, and 25p per A4 copy or 50p for A3 copies in colour.

Although the charging machine will take both coins and notes, we regret that change is not available.

Computing facilities

Currently there are five Desktop@UCL computers available at the UCL Ear Institute Library. UCL Eduroam wireless network access is available in both libraries. Eduroam is a wireless internet service that can be used by students from any participating university - see the Eduroam website for more information.

There are also two UCLH network PC terminals in the library for the use of NHS Trust staff, and three UCL Library Services Explore Access Points for library catalogue and electronic resource searching.

For visitors not eligible to use the Eduroam wireless signal, the UCL Guest wireless network service is available. Ask at the issue desk for access information.

Access to electronic resources

Access is available to the UCL Library Services suite of electronic databases and journals in the Libraries for registered members of University College London Library Services.

Services for NHS staff

Any member of NHS staff working at the RNTNEH can join UCL Library Services, just bring your proof of employment and address to the UCL Ear Institute Library or to the Action on Hearing Loss Library.

As well as the UCL Ear Institute Library and Action on Hearing Loss Libraries, RNTNEH staff have access to all of the other UCLH Libraries, and also to a comprehensive suite of databases and full-text electronic resources.

Further training, advice and support is available on how use the online search tools and information resources available to UCLH staff to locate, retrieve and appraise evidence to support clinical practice. Contact us to find out more about the training on offer at the RNTNEH.