Library Services


Working in hot weather - our libraries with air cooling systems

5 September 2023

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

All our spaces with openable windows have been ventilating regularly since 2020, 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 Joint Library of Ophthalmology, Moorfields Eye Hospital & UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

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

Main Library

We have partial air conditioning at the Main Library, as follows:

  • The reading rooms along the History Corridor as well as the Hebrew & Jewish Studies reading room (including the computer cluster) on the Second Floor are air-conditioned.
  • The Art & Economics reading rooms on the First Floor have air cooling.

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 UCL's libraries

The UCL campus contains many study spots you might not be aware of. Use the Find your Favourite Library tool to find the library or study space for you. You can also view space availability on our webpages.