Library Services


Comparative Literature

Book collections

English reading room

The LITERATURE collection is located along the North Corridor of the Main Library. This contains comparative literature and other topics not specific to a national literature, such as literary theory. It also includes literary works translated into English from other languages.

The Library has its own classification scheme for arranging books on the shelves, a typical classmark for a book on the open shelves will begin with the name of a subject (indicating a section of the library) followed by letters and numbers denoting its position on the shelves, for example

  • LITERATURE A 10 BAS for an introduction to Comparative Literature.
  • LITERATURE E 50 MAN for a book about the European novel.

A classmark beginning with the word STORE refers to a work housed away from the UCL Main Library. You will need to request these items via Explore. Most Store items are borrowable and can usually be collected from the Science Library Collection Point from 3pm the following day. For more information about the Stores service see the link below.

Other Collections

There are many other collections you might find useful:

The ENGLISH collection is located on the 1st floor of the Main Library, North end, it covers English and American language and literature across all time periods and genres.

The FRENCH, SPANISH and ITALIAN Language and Literature collections are located in rooms off the North Corridor, on the 1st floor of Main library.

The GERMAN and SCANDINAVIAN Language and Literature collections are located on the 2nd floor of the Main Library, North end.

The DUTCH Language and Literature collection is located on the 2nd floor of the Main Library, South end.

Slavonic & East European Studies library (SSEES) holds the leading teaching and research collections in the UK for the study of Central and Eastern Europe and Russia.

Journal collections

The library subscribes to periodicals in print and electronic format. Older titles and those which are available electronically are kept in Stores. Use Explore to find out the location of printed journals or to access the electronic version of the journal where available.

Audio Visual Collections

Plays, feature films and documentaries are available on DVD. Located in the Main Library Issue Desk area.

Online resources

Explore enables you to search for material within a single resource or across a range of resources simultaneously and obtain instant access to the online full-text material we subscribe to.

You should use specialist databases to conduct comprehensive research.

Here is a list of online databases for Comparative Literature grouped together.

If you are off campus, you will be prompted for your UCL userid and password.

For more help in how to use online resources visit the Electronic Resources library pages.

General Resources

  • 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.
  • The Poetry Library is a comprehensive collection of modern and contemporary British poetry, based at the Southbank, London. Anyone can join and borrow items.
  • Senate House Library (University of London, Malet Street) has a large collection covering many Languages and Literatures, and is especially strong in periodicals holdings. Any registered member of UCL can join the library and borrow from there.

Language/Area-specific Collections:

There is also more information about using other libraries, and links to other library catalogues. 

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:

Library Services offers a variety of research support services in order to assist researchers.  For further information please contact me directly using the contact details to the right.