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Electronic resources and computing facilities

Guidance for non-UCL users on how to access UCL's electronic resources.

For licensing reasons, non-UCL members cannot consult UCL Library Services' electronic resources offsite, but we do have a number of Explore Access Points in UCL libraries, through which visitors can view many resources. Explore is a one-stop service solution for the discovery and delivery of printed and electronic resources. You can search for material within a single resource or across a range of resources simultaneously, see our Explore help pages for details.

Most resources are available to members of the Library who are not otherwise UCL students or staff. Restricted resources will present a UCL login box.

We advise visitors to bring an unencrypted USB storage device with them if they plan to use eresources. Devices containing encrypted software cannot be used on the Explore Access Points. Subject to copyright restrictions (see Terms of access), users may save copies of documents, but there are no visitor printing facilities.

Most individual bibliographic databases and other resources may be accessed using the Find Databases option in Explore. The following are not available to non-members of UCL:

  • BoB (Box of Broadcasts)
  • British Standards
  • Census data
  • Datastream
  • Digimap resources (including Landmap)
  • Fame
  • Financial Times via FT.com
  • Lexis Library
  • MedicinesComplete
  • Nexis UK
  • Observatory on Borderless Higher Education
  • Osiris
  • Passport
  • RUDI (Resource for Urban Design Information)
  • SciFinder (Chemical Abstracts)
  • Westlaw

There are no PCs available for general use or internet access. However, it is possible to bring a laptop into the Library with you.