Library Services


NHS library membership

Information on how members of staff working at affiliated NHS Trusts with whom we hold a Service Level Agreement can join and access UCL's libraries.

At present as many medical libraries have yet to reopen their membership services, we are temporarily offering two membership options to NHS employees.

Registering for the document supply service

NHS employees can apply for Library membership allowing them to request an electronic copy of journal articles and book chapters, normally available via the UCL Library Explore Access Points.

Please visit the Requests from UCL's e-journals and e-books webpage for further details.

Registering for full Library membership (including renewals)

NHS employees wishing to collect a physical membership card* to book and access a study space at their home library, or use our Click and Collect Service, should complete the online registration form and attach:

  1. A passport style photo of yourself (colour, facing camera).
  2. Photo/scan of your NHS staff ID card.
  3. Photo/scan of proof of address (for instance, valid driving license or recent utility bill).

*Library cards will need to be collected from the location stated in the confirmation email.

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Further information

NHS Home Library

NHS staff are assigned to their nearest medical library site, which is their "Home" library. Please see respective library site webpages for full details of their opening hours and services.

If the end of contract is less than three months from the date of application to join the Library, membership will be for reference use only and borrowing will not be possible.

For staff on rotation, Home library privileges apply while the staff member is based on site. If staff rotate to a site served by another UCL Library, Home library status normally moves with them. If staff rotate to a Trust not covered by the Library Service Agreement, library privileges over and above reference access are governed by local agreements, and may vary from site to site. Reference services only are provided to non-medical students on placement.

Affiliated Trusts

The following table shows the NHS Trusts affiliated with UCL as part of our Library Service Level Agreement and the respective locations of their UCL "Home" libraries.

NHS TrustHospitals or ServicesNearest UCL "Home" Library
Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust 

UCL Cruciform Hub

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation TrustGreat Ormond Street Hospital for ChildrenUCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health Library
Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation TrustMoorfields Eye HospitalJoint Library of Ophthalmology, Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology
Royal Free London NHS Foundation TrustRoyal Free HospitalRoyal Free Hospital Medical Library, UCL
Chase Farm HospitalRoyal Free Hospital Medical Library, UCL
Barnet HospitalBarnet Hospital Library
Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS TrustRoyal National Orthopaedic Hospital: Stanmore siteUCL Institute of Orthopaedics Library
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

University College Hospital (incorporating: 

  • The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing
  • Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals 
  • University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre
  • The Institute of Sport and Exercise Health
  • Hospital for Tropical Diseases and Westmoreland Street)
UCL Cruciform Hub
Royal London Hospital for Integrated MedicineQueen Square Library, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
National Hospital for Neurology & NeurosurgeryQueen Square Library, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology

Other NHS library services

There are other Libraries based in Trusts covered by the Library Service Agreement, which are not part of the agreement:

Honorary UCL Contracts for NHS Staff

NHS Staff with UCL Honorary Contracts are eligible to access the full range of UCL's electronic library resources both on and off-site. There are two stages involved in obtaining access: 

Stage 1. Obtaining a UCL Honorary Contract

The application process needs to be sponsored by the relevant UCL academic department. Full details of the process are available on the SLMS departmental webpages (see the section on Honorary Appointments). Note that there are different guidance and application forms for Medical School-related (UCLMS) and other School of Life & Medical Sciences-related appointments.

Stage 2. Obtaining an ISD computing account, userID and password 

Once confirmation of a UCL Honorary Contract is received, the relevant departmental computer representative should be contacted to request access to an ISD computing account.