UCL Library Services



Biological and Medical Science collections in the UCL Science Library are managed by the Biosciences Subject Librarian (right) to support the needs of the Division of Biosciences, as well as preclinical medical students. Guide to UCL Library Services support for Medical Students.

Biosciences collections

  • Biology (UCL Science Library, 1st floor) - Biological studies (general), mathematical and statistical biology, ecology and biogeography, microbiology, genetics and evolutionary biology.
  • Botany (UCL Science Library, 1st floor) - Specialist areas include plant pathology, conservation and fungi.
  • Medical Sciences (UCL Science Library, 2nd floor) - The main Medical Sciences collection consists of all areas of studies including human anatomy and physiology, cellular biology, molecular biology, developmental biology, genetics, biochemistry, neuroscience, pharmacology, pathology, immunology and history of medicine.
  • Zoology (UCL Science Library, 1st floor) - Animal ecology, conservation, physiology, biochemistry, developmental biology and animal behaviour. Specialist areas include entomology, vertebrates and marine and freshwater biology.

Biomedical collections

UCL Biomedical and Health Libraries also offer key collections and services

Related collections

To find a book:
  • Search Explore, selecting Library catalogue from the drop down menu

    • Print material is shelved by Classmark
    • E-books are listed alongside print, follow the View Online or findit@UCL links
    • Guides and leaflets include tips on searching

Can't find what you're looking for? Contact me with queries or to suggest a purchase, try another library or consider an Interlending & Document Supply request.

Journal collections

To find a journal:
  • Use Explore to search for a journal title, selecting the drop down menu for UCL Journals.
  • For electronic access, follow the View Online or findit@UCL links
  • For print items, check the Classmark as for books. (Pers stands for Periodicals, a term used for journals.) Volumes will be arranged alphabetically by journal title.

Online resources

The training and support tab (above) provides links to guides and training available on various search tools, databases and software. Feel free to contact me or library@ucl.ac.uk with queries.

Tips for using e-resources
  • When using databases off campus, always start from our lists of resources and Sign On with your UCL userid and password.
  • findit@UCL links help you find the full text of a citation more quickly and findit@UCL buttons and links will display in Explore and many databases.
  • findit@UCL links can be set up in Google Scholar


Indexing and abstracting databases are important for identifying literature by topic.  

Which databases to search?


Bibliographic software
  • Use bibliographic software to manage your references, create bibliographies and remove duplicates from your combined search results. 
  • EndNote support is available from UCL Library Services staff and ISD. Other packages are available including Mendeley and Zotero.
  • UCL students and staff wishing to use ChemDraw (molecule editing software) can gain access through the  ChemBioOffice software suite, which is listed in UCL ISD's software database. Search for ChemBioOffice and click the red link to see the entry detail.
  • First, register on the official web site and obtain an individual serial number (via email) to activate the software. Installation instructions are available in the "Resources" tab of the software database, under the heading "Documentation".  Technical queries can be directed to ISD Service Desk.

General Resources



UCL Libraries

UCL Biomedical and Health Libraries offer key collections and services in the area of Biological and Medical Sciences. Principle collections and sites of relevance are indicated in the Resources tab.

Useful libraries in London


Further information

A wide range of training and support is available for staff and students.  Contact your Subject Librarian (details on the right) with queries or for an appointment.

News and updates

Beyond Library Services

  • The ISD help-desk is located on the ground floor of the Science Library for queries relating to your email or computer accounts.
  • ISD also provide IT training and resources, and an email address for bibliographic software queries: biblio-support@ucl.ac.uk
  • Training is available for graduate research students via the UCL Doctoral School, including information skills sessions run by library staff.

Library Services offers research support and skills training opportunities to all staff and research students. Please get in touch with individual queries.

New Subject Librarian contact for Psychology & Biosciences

Friday, 09 January 2015

The new year sees a temporary change of library contact for the Faculty of Biosciences and the Department of Psychology. I have recently moved to the UCL Language & Speech Science Library as Acting Site Librarian on a temporary basis.  I am pleased to introduce Jacqui Smith, who has joined the UCL Library Biomedical Team […]

Mendeley on Desktop@UCL

Monday, 05 January 2015

Are you getting organised for the year ahead?  Did you know that reference management software Mendeley is now available on Desktop@UCL?  For more information about Mendeley, see my colleague’s post on the Cruciform Library iSkills Blog, “E-resource of the month: Mendeley“.  A web account and desktop software can be downloaded for use on personal computers, […]

Accessing UCL and IOE libraries for UCL and IOE students

Friday, 02 January 2015

The exciting news that the Institute of Education (IOE) became part of UCL in December, means that UCL and IOE students may use library services of both institutions. To visit IOE’s Newsam Library and Archives UCL students will need to present their UCL ID card at IOE Library and register. As announced in our November news […]

Happy New Year! Opening times on 3rd & 4th Jan 2015

Friday, 02 January 2015

  Happy New Year everyone! I hope you’ve had a relaxing vacation. We’ll be opening the Science Library this weekend for the following times:   Saturday 3rd January Library open 11:00-21:00 (Assistance Desk 11:00-17:45) Sunday 4th January Library open 11:00-21:00 (Assistance Desk closed) Opening dates and hours vary for other sites (smaller sites may not […]

Welcome! Library tour for Biosciences at 14.00 today

Wednesday, 01 October 2014

Hello! I’m the Subject Librarian for Biosciences & Psychology and my colleagues and I are here to help you find information for your studies and research! Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any queries by emailing library@ucl.ac.uk. If you haven’t yet attended a library orientation, I’m running a Science library tour covering […]