Library Services


Study spaces on campus in Term 1

5 October 2020

Study spaces will be reduced to ensure everyone can use our libraries in a safe and COVID-secure manner.

Science Library study pod

We look forward to welcoming you to campus this year. Our libraries will be open with measures in place to ensure your safety so that we can provide you with access to books, study spaces and other in-library facilities. However, opportunities to visit us in the first term will be reduced compared to previous years. If you are not able to visit a library, we provide many thousands of digital resources, available online and around the clock.  

As part of the reopening process, following UCL’s guidelines, we have introduced new restrictions including one way systems and new entrance ways. We have also had to make sure that all study spaces are socially distanced. The only way to do this is to make some desks unavailable. This means that overall there are fewer study spaces across campus at the start of term.

You will need to book a space ahead of your visit. Spaces can be allocated on the day, but you will have to book online. This is to ensure the safety of our users and will mean that as many users as possible will be able to use spaces. 

We are working with colleagues across UCL to identify additional study space that we can open in a safe and COVID-secure manner. Check our Book a Study Space page to find out what spaces are available. We will also continuously review the booking system.

Our opening plans are conditional on the national and local context. We ask you all to play your part in keeping the virus under control by following the guidelines.

Online support

If you are not studying on campus, we will continue to support you wherever you are. Our Library Essentials guide outlines the support and resources available to you. These include:

  • Reading Lists Online: Access key resources for your course wherever you are.
  • Online resources: We provide access to a wealth of online resources to support teaching and research which are available 24/7 through Explore.
  • Library Skills training: We can support you through inductions and individual support or training.
  • Library Chat: Contact our expert library staff through our new online chat service.


If you have any questions or feedback on the booking system, please contact us via library@ucl.ac.uk