Library Services


Working in hot weather - our libraries with air cooling systems

16 June 2022

As temperatures soar over summer, we appreciate that it can be uncomfortable for users when studying in hot conditions.

This article was first published on 16 June 2022; updated on 18 July 2022. A more recent article also exists.

All our spaces with openable windows have been ventilating regularly since the start of the pandemic, however in the heat that doesn’t make as much difference as air conditioning. 

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 Institute of Orthopaedics Library

We have air conditioning throughout the Orthopaedics Library in Stanmore.

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).

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

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

Queen Square Library

We have air conditioning throughout the library.

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.

Visiting our libraries

Please be considerate of others and follow the university’s guidelines when visiting libraries and study spaces and check opening times ahead of your trip.