Library Services


Getting started with Library Services

22 September 2021

Discover how our libraries will support your study and research needs at UCL.

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New to UCL? Wondering how to get started with using the library? 

Guidance and assistance for first time users of the library and our services is provided on our Getting Started pages. This is your essential guide to getting started with using our libraries; from here you can access the online induction and library tours.

Library Skills event

We will be hosting an online Library Skills event for all students on the afternoon of Wednesday 6 October.

Book your place now

Visiting libraries and using our collections

Our study spaces will be fully available for students to use from the start of Term 1. Some of our NHS sites will still be subject to reduced study space availability as a result of the continuation of social distancing requirements. Please note that our services could be subject to change as we continually follow UCL and government guidance. Please consult our UCL Library Services Updates web page for up-to-date information.

During Term 1 our services will include:

  • Bookable study spaces in two rooms within the Student Centre, floors 7-9 of 1-19 Torrington Place and some of our libraries (see Service Updates). All other study spaces will be available on a ‘turn up and study’ basis as usual.
  • Click and Collect service from most of our libraries. Library shelves may also now be browsed as usual.
  • Scan and Send service for material held at selected libraries.
  • Library Chat Service, Monday - Friday from 12:00 - 19:00. To chat with a member of Library Staff during these times, fill in the box under 'Contact Us' to begin your chat.
  • Virtual Learning Spaces will be open Monday - Friday, 10:00 - 20:00. Study remotely with friends and colleagues from across UCL.

Using our libraries  

If you are planning on using our libraries, please remember:

  • You are expected to bring a face covering to wear on campus in indoor spaces;
  • You must stay at home if you feel unwell;
  • You should get tested for COVID-19 twice a week even if you don’t have symptoms;
  • Please report your coronavirus test results via UCL’s Connect to Protect tool;
  • You are encouraged to get vaccinated for COVID-19 and flu when you are eligible;
  • You should wash your hands frequently. Hand sanitiser is freely available on campus.  

We must still work together to protect each other. Please continue to abide by the UCL Community Commitment to Protect each other and be considerate to people’s needs.