Library Services


Providing safe study spaces during the pandemic

3 September 2021

The Student Centre team supported students and staff who needed to work on campus throughout the pandemic.

Student being assisted at the student help point desk inside the Student Centre

In October 2020, we opened 512 temporary study spaces in Bidborough House, 1-19 Torrington Place and Ramsay Hall to make up for the reduction of spaces on campus due to Coronavirus restrictions. We were able to do this thanks to staff from across UCL who donated their office space in these buildings. Before they were turned back into offices at the end of Term 3, students and staff made 138,241 bookings.

There were 18,596 total bookings made by 2,490 unique users at Ramsay Hall from 01/08/2020 to 28/06/2021.

There were 46,007 total bookings made by 4,601 unique users at 1-19 Torrington Place from 01/08/2020 to 28/06/2021.

There were 73,638 total bookings made by 5,404 unique users at Bidborough House from 01/08/2020 to 28/06/2021.


The UCL Student Centre reopened in June 2020 as part of the university’s carefully managed pilot for resuming activity on campus. It remained open, with 154,634 bookings during the same time period.  

Amad Uddin, who manages the Student Centre team, said: 

“The staff have been great and we worked with one another supporting each other closely.”

Feedback from users has been positive. One third year medical student said:

"Having the Student Centre open has been so useful, especially as many of the other libraries I used to visit are currently closed! I struggle to concentrate in my flat - the Student Centre provides a quiet, distraction free environment to get a couple of hours of work in!”

There were 154,634  total bookings made by 10,705 unique users in the Student Centre from 01/08/2020 to 28/06/2021.


Moving forward

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. 

You must still book study spaces in the Student Centre and UCL Learning Spaces. Please check the Library Services Updates webpage for the latest information.