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Book collections

Anthropology reading room

The principal collection for Anthropology is located on the second floor of the Science Library (DMS Watson Building).

To locate books, remember to use our library catalogue Explore, it will give details of the library site and collection in which the book can be found. Click here for instructions on how to find a book.

The Library has its own classification scheme for arranging books on the shelves (called Garside classification), a typical classmark for an open-access book will consist of the name of a subject  followed by letters and numbers denoting its classified position on the shelves in that section; e.g.
ANTHROPOLOGY B 34 LEW for a book on primate evolution
ANTHROPOLOGY QG 330 PRI for a book on Neur religion in Southern Sudan.

The other collections you are likely to need are:
  • Archeology (Institute of Archaeology - 5th floor) is the main collection for archaeology and prehistory - this will also be the second main collection for joint anthropology and archaeology students.
  • Art (Main Library - Donaldson); contains more specific material on art for a background to visual culture.
  • Biological Sciences (Science Library - 1st floor); has additional material on evolution, ecology and conservation.
  • Economics(Main Library - South, 1st floor) and History (Main Library - South, 2nd floor); for background material on both subjects.
  • Geography (Science Library - 1st floor); has duplicate copies of many key texts in the human geography section - this will also be the second main collection for joint anthropology and geography students.
  • Medical Sciences (Science Library - 2nd floor); for background material on medical anthropology.

See separate pages for maps and opening hours

Older or lesser-used material marked on the Explore (UCL library catalogue) with the word STORE should be requested online via Explore or by using the Store Request form. Click here for more information about Stores.

Journal collections

Most journals are now available in electronic format only. See the Electronic journals webpage for full details.

Journals (also referred to as 'periodicals') which are held in hard copy are shelved by subject, near the corresponding book collection. The main Anthropology periodical collection is shelved in room 204, next to the anthropology reading room on the second floor.

Older journals are held in the library store and can be requested via the Store Request Form. They are not borrowable but may be photocopied. Click here for instructions on how to find printed and electronic journals .

Online resources

Material held in electronic form is available to registered members of UCL. When off-campus, you will be prompted for your user ID and password in order to gain access to them. For the full list of electronic databases presently available, please consult the databases web pages.

These databases will be of interest to those studying Anthropology.

AV material

To find a film on Explore, use the "audiovisual" option from the home screen; type your search term - WEDDING BANQUET or ANG LEE, plus the word DVD or VIDEO if you want to specify the format

In the Main library films are shelved at the Issue Desk and can be taken home or watched in the viewing room off the Main Library Reference Room. Headsets and remote controls can be borrowed from the Issue Desk.

ANTHROPOLOGY DVD's are shelved in the Anthropology periodicals room in the Science library (second floor).

Other Internet resources

General Resources

Find out more about using other libraries, and links to other library catalogues.

Please check other libraries' access requirements before visiting.

The British Library is a useful resource and all UCL staff and students can apply directly for reference access. You will need to bring identification showing proof of address (e.g. utility bill), proof of signature (e.g. driving licence) and proof of student or research status (UCL ID card) in order to obtain a reader's pass.

Senate House Library (Senate House, Malet Street) has a strong collection in languages, the arts and social and historical sciences, and is especially strong in periodicals holdings. Any registered member of UCL can join the library and borrow from there.

The SOAS Library (School of Oriental & African Studies) has excellent collections in African, Asian and Middle East material, which is relevant for regional studies. It is available for reference use by any member of UCL, but only academic staff and research postgraduates may borrow from there.

The LSE library holds the best collection in the UK for economics and has substantial material on social sciences and anthropology. It is available for reference use by any member of UCL, but only academic staff and research postgraduates may borrow from there.

The Anthropology Library at British Museum, it is part of the Museum's Anthropology Library and Research Centre and is one of the world's major specialist anthropological collections. he library is open to the public for reference and research only. Fellows of the RAI are eligible to borrow books donated by the RAI.


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