Library Services


UCL Science Library

The UCL Science Library holds collections in Anthropology, Engineering, Geography, Life Sciences, Management, Mathematical and Physical Sciences.


Bookable study spaces

Address and contact details

Science Library building

Subject coverage and guides

The Science Library houses collections relating to the following subject areas. For a detailed guide to the Library's provision within a particular subject area, select the relevant link below: 


The Library is located in the DMS Watson Building on Malet Place. The easiest way to access it is to enter Malet Place via Torrington Place and walk down towards the archway visible in the distance. The building is located on the left hand side just before the archway is reached.

Disabled access

We offer a range of other facilities for users with particular requirements which are listed separately.


Science Library Help Point

The Customer Service Team are located on the ground floor, working alongside colleagues from UCL ISD. Our Help Point is immediately visible as you walk through the main entrance into the ground floor area. Please visit us if you need help or information or if you wish to collect something that we are holding for you. We also patrol the upper floors of the library to ensure that the building and its facilities are in good working order. We hope you will enjoy using our service and we welcome any feedback and suggestions that you may want to provide


We have a cafe on the ground floor of the Science Library selling hot and cold drinks and cold snacks, but please remember that eating is not permitted in the reading rooms on the upper levels.

Self guided tour of the library

Users of the library can familiarise themselves to general library resources and collections and make the most of all our services and facilities, with our self guided tours.

Science Library self guided tour


Self Service

The UCL Science Library has self-service facilities for borrowing, renewing and returning one week and standard loan books. There is also a dedicated self-service Short Loan Collection for overnight loans.

Borrowing, Renewing and More

Four quick and easy to use loans machines are located in the Learning Laboratory on the ground floor. Just scan the barcode on the back of your Library card and enter your PIN number (set initially as 4 digits, DDMM of your birthday) to borrow and renew your books, to check reservations and view your Library account.

The machines will produce an optional receipt after each transaction showing the date and time that your loans are due back.

These facilities offer the ease and speed of multiple book issue.


The Learning Laboratory also has two machines for returning one week and standard loan books (including books borrowed from Store). Unlike an ordinary book drop, the machines will clear the books from your Library account immediately. Just place a single book at a time into the machine. When you have returned all of your books, the machine will produce a receipt for your records.

Remember that you can return as many books as you want, but only one at a time.

Short-loan collection room

Short loan books are currently stored in the cafe on the ground floor. Please use the machine in this room to borrow and return books.


Please consult the opening hours, above, for availability of the self service facilities.

AV Loan Collection and Return

AV Loan equipment may now be collected from the Science Library Help Point at the following times:

  • Monday - Thursday: 9:30 - 17:00.
  • Friday: 10:00 - 17:00.


There are twelve multi-functional devices in the library which offer copying, scanning to email and printing for UCL staff and students. All other visitors to the library can use the devices for copying. All copying is subject to copyright regulations.

Using the machines:

UCL staff and students need to present their UCL ID at the device to activate it. Credit can be added to your account using cash at the available kiosk.

All other visitors should obtain a log-in code and credit their account at the kiosk.

Staff and students should send printing to the printer named "print-ucl".

Cost of copying and printing:

  • A4 black and white (single or double-sided) = 5p per sheet.
  • A4 clour (single-sided) = 25p per sheet.
  • A4 colour (double-sided) = 40p per sheet.
  • A3 black and white (single or double-sided) = 10p per sheet.
  • A3 colour (single sided) = 50p per sheet.
  • A3 colour (double sided) = 90p per sheet.

For further details, please visit the print @ UCL web pages.

IT provision

There are three Information Systems cluster rooms where UCL staff and students can access our full range of available electronic resources.

Laptop Loans

Need a computer? We have a laptop loans service in the Science Library. These are located in the Leaning Laboratory on the ground floor. One bank of laptop loans is next to the stairs in the cluster area and one bank is next to the entrance to the Collection Point.

Information Training Sessions

Regular training sessions on electronic library resources are held in the DMS Watson Teaching Cluster. For dates and times see LibrarySkills @ UCL.

Print journal loans

Print journals are not borrowable in the Science Library.

Stores journals may be borrowed by staff only for one week but are available for reference only by students.

Inter Library Loans

Books and periodical articles which are not already held in any of the UCL libraries, and are not easily available from any other nearby library to which UCL members have access may be requested on inter-library loan. For further information see Interlending & Document Supply.