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.

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.

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?
  • Key databases for Biosciences include BIOSIS, EMBASE and MEDLINE / PubMed. Web of Science and SCOPUS are also important interdisciplinary databases.


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.