Library Services



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 a book will consist of the name of a subject followed by letters and numbers denoting its classified position on the shelves in that section; for example:

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;
  • Art (Main Library - South, 1st floor) 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); contains books on human geography and physical geography;
  • Medical Sciences (Science Library, 2nd floor); contains background material on medical anthropology.

Older or lesser-used material marked on Explore with the word Store should be requested using the Store Request form. Find out more about the Stores service. 

For more help, see our Getting Started guide for help on finding books, reading lists and borrowing items.

Journal collections

Most journals are now available in electronic format only. Read more about Electronic resources @ UCL 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 cannot be borrowed but may be photocopied. Click here for instructions on how to find printed and electronic journals.

Electronic resources

Material held in electronic form is available to registered members of UCL. When off-campus, you will be prompted for your UCL user ID and password in order to gain access to them. A full list of electronic databases is available. There is also a list available detailing the ones that are modt useful for Anthropology.

Audiovisual material

To find a film on Explore, type your search term, for example: Wedding Banquet or Ang Lee, plus the word DVD or Video if you want to specify the format.

Feature films on DVD can be borrowed from UCL Main Library. DVDs can also be used in the viewing room in this library.

Anthropology DVDs 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. You can also search the British Library catalogue online.

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

Library Services offers training and support to all staff and students. However, if you prefer, please get in touch with Emily Selvidge directly using the contact details on the right.