Library Services


Working in hot weather - our libraries with air conditioning

25 July 2019

(2019) As temperatures continue to soar during the summer, we appreciate that it can be uncomfortable for users when studying in hot conditions.

To combat this, a number of our libraries, listed below, have air cooling systems in place to help cope with the heat and can offer a more comfortable environment for you to work in. We also encourage all users to carry a bottle of water at all times and to take regular breaks from study.

Where you can study

UCL Cruciform Hub

Our air handling system ensures the temperature remains cool in all areas of the Hub, including study rooms and clusters.

UCL Eastman Dental Library

Our cluster room is air-conditioned. The room's capacity is 14 seats. As this room is bookable as a teaching space it may not always be accessible.

IOE Library

We have partial air conditioning at the IOE Library, as follows:

  • PC Labs 1, 2, and 3 are air-conditioned. However, these rooms are also bookable as teaching spaces so not always accessible.
  • The post-graduate room is also air-conditioned (access limited to post-grad students only).

UCL Institute of Neurology, Queen Square Library

We have air conditioning in our library.

The Joint Library of Ophthalmology, Moorfields Eye Hospital & UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

We have air conditioning in our library and in our training room.

Royal Free Medical Library, UCL Library Services

Whilst our main reading room does not have air conditioning, these areas do:

  • Our quiet study area located on the first floor is air conditioned. It has 29 seats at desks with pop-up UCL computers
  • Our 3 large group study rooms
  • 4 computer rooms (one of which is just for NHS staff) although in the very hot weather the air conditioning in these rooms struggles to keep them cool. 

UCL Science Library

We have air conditioning on the ground floor.


Whilst we don't have air conditioning as such, parts of the Library (particularly the lower ground floor) are pleasantly cool. Ask a member of staff for assistance.

Student Centre

The Student Centre is cooled by a sustainable system using deep bore holes which keep cool air circulating within the building. The two lower ground floors are cooled by air conditioning.