Library Services


Get to grips with all things ‘library’ this reading week

5 November 2021

Spend some time this reading week making sure you are up to speed with everything you need to know to get the most out of your library spaces, services and resources.

Library users sitting outside a building looking at laptop and tablet.

There’s a lot to take in when you first start at university.

If you’re new to UCL, now you’ve had a chance to settle in, do you still have any questions about using the library?

Top tips:

1. Get an overview of everything you need to get started.

Our Getting Started webpages have guidance for first time users of the library and our services, including how to find books and online resources, using our study spaces, and much more. If you haven’t had a chance yet, complete our online induction or take a self-guided tour of your library.

2. Find a great place to study.

You can take advantage of numerous libraries and varied study spaces across London. We even have virtual learning spaces so you can study online with company. (Some of our medical libraries currently have restrictions on access – please check before you visit). 

3. Read beyond your reading list.

Your online reading lists make it easy to find and access essential readings for your modules, but to really understand your discipline, consider reading more widely. Make sure you know how to search Explore for materials on a particular subject and develop your searching skills to ensure you find the best articles, books and more. Sign up to one of our live online training sessions to develop your skills further.

4. Access library resources from anywhere.

You don’t have to come to the library to take advantage of our rich and vast collections. Link to thousands of online resources through Explore, find out more about accessing electronic resources and check out our guide to electronic books (e-books).

5. Ask for help.

Our friendly library staff are only too happy to help. Find out about resources and support for your subject through our subject guides, including details of our subject specialist librarians, or contact us by email, in our libraries or through our online chat service.