Library Services




The Chemistry collection is on the 3rd floor of the Science Library and divided into the following sections:

  • A - General chemistry;
  • C - Analytical chemistry;
  • D - Physical chemistry;
  • F - Inorganic chemistry;
  • H - Organic chemistry;
  • M - Medicinal chemistry;
  • Q - Physico-chemical constants;
  • W - Mathematical chemistry.

Search Explore (the Library catalogue) to find the exact class mark (shelf location) of a book. A large number of electronic books are also available through Explore. Any essential course readings can be found on each module's Online Reading List.

Some of the other sections of the Library you might find useful:


The Science Library holds both print and electronic journals (periodicals). The past five years' of print journals are kept on the shelves in the Science Library. These cannot be borrowed but may be photocopied, subject to copyright. Chemistry journals that we keep on site are in the Physical Sciences Pers section on the third floor of the Science Library, in the Physics and Chemistry reading room. Older issues of print journals are held in the library store and can be requested via the Store Request Form and will be available the next day.


Explore allows you to search for material within a single resource or across a range of resources simultaneously and get instant access to the online full-text material we subscribe to. However, databases should be used for conducting comprehensive research.

The following databases are relevant to Chemistry, and can be accessed via our complete A-Z list of databases which are available at UCL.


ChemDraw: UCL students and staff wishing to use ChemDraw 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.

It is first necessary to 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.

Professional organisations

Free resources

  • ChEMBL - ChEMBL is a database of bioactive drug-like small molecules;
  • Chemical Database Service - provides access to Crystal strucutres, spectroscopy and themophysical properties;
  • ChemIDplus - allows users to search the National Library of Medicine ChemIDplus database of over 370,000 chemicals;
  • ChemTube3D - provides 3D simulations and animations modelling the structure and reactivity of organic molecules;
  • ChemWeb - can search journal abstracts, find information on conferences;
  • eMolecules - provides a structure searchable database of over 7 million chemical structures and chemical data from more than 140 suppliers;
  • Fundamental Physical Constants Database - gives values for the basic constants and conversion factors of chemistry and physics;
  • NIST Chemistry WebBook - provides access to chemical/physical property data;
  • Organic Chemistry Resources Worldwide;
  • Physical Sciences Data-science Service (PSDS) - National Research Facility which brings together tools and resources for UK researchers in physical sciences, including chemistry, crystallography, materials and related fields. It provides access to web-based data services are which are freely accessible for academic users from the UK;
  • PubChem - provides information on the biological activities of small molecules;
  • RSC Periodic Table - The Royal Society of Chemistry's interactive periodic table;
  • Spectral Database for Organic Compounds - from National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan;
  • SPARC Physical properties calculator - the calculator uses CAS registry numbers or SMILES strings to search.

Free drawing packages

Other resources

Find out more about using other libraries. For further information please send an email to adam.miller@ucl.ac.uk.

A wide range of training and support is available for members of staff and students. Please feel free to contact me for assistance or to make an appointment. Other services and materials which may be of use include:

The ISD Service Desk is located on the ground floor of the Science Library and can be contacted for enquiries regarding your computer accounts, email, etc. ISD also provide IT training and resources.

Training is available for research students via the UCL Doctoral School, including information skills sessions run by library staff.