Library Services


Computer Science

Book collections

The Computer Science collection is on the 4th floor of the Science Library. There may be relevant material elsewhere in the Science Library, particularly the Engineering collections on the 4th floor, and Mathematics on the 3rd. Books are classified according to UCL's own classification scheme.

All our books our indexed via Explore - use the Library Catalogue filter to search for books and journals by title. Ebooks can also be found on Explore and should be searched in the same way as printed material (you will need your computing username and password for off-campus access).

Older and less heavily used material is held in the Stores service. Store books should be requested online via Explore, and will normally be available for collection within one working day.

New students should refer to our getting started guide for general information on borrowing, finding books on your reading list etc.

Journal collections

Most Computer Science journals are available online. Search Explore using the UCL Journals filter and follow the View Online or SFX links. Alternatively a full list of ejournals is also available. 

Where held in print, the location of a journal can be found by searching Explore. Some items are held in Store and can be requested. Journals are not borrowable, but may be photocopied or scanned in the library.

Online resources

The Library subscribes to a number of databases, of which the following might be particularly useful:

Indexes, abstracts and ebooks

  • Inspec covers physics, electronics, computing, control engineering and information technology.
  • MathSciNet is produced by the American Mathematical Society and covers mathematical literature worldwide since 1940.
  • Web of Science (Science Citation Index) indexes over 6000 science journals from 1981 onwards. You can follow a number of online tutorials in various languages on the Web of Knowledge YouTube channel.
  • SCOPUS is a multi-disciplinary database containing references to journal articles, conference proceedings, trade publications, book series and web resources. For further information, see the online tutorials at SCOPUS.
Full text collections:
  • The ACM Digital Library gives the full text of ACM journals and conference proceedings from the earliest volumes in many cases.
  • IEEE Xplore gives the full text of IEEE and IET journals and conference proceedings back to 1988, and the current IEEE standards. For further information, see IEEE's online tutorials.
  • Safari Large ebooks database covering technology, digital media, and business. Includes O'Reilly publications and other academic publishers. Content published in the last three years is available to members of UCL.
  • Synthesis Digital Library of Computer Science and Engineering is a collection of more than 200 e-books in several series on important research and development topics in computer science and engineering.

Can't find what you're looking for?  Try another library, suggest a purchase, or consider placing an Inter Library Loan request, for a small charge of £3.


Bibliographic Software such as Endnote can be used to store and manage your references, create formatted bibliographies and de-duplicate your search results.For more information on using this software please see the library guide to Endnote.

General Resources

The Senate House Library in Malet Street has some relevant collections for Computer Science including electronic resources. Any registered member of UCL can join the Library and borrow from there. All UCL staff and students can apply directly to the British Library 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. See the BL website for further details.

More information about using other libraries and links to other library catalogues, is available.

In many cases we can borrow books, journal volumes and individual articles and book chapters from other libraries on your behalf via our interlending service (at a cost of £3 per request).

Information Skills training can be arranged by request. If you haven't heard about any training and are interested in arranging a session speak to your tutors or contact your Subject Librarian (details on the right). 

Training for postgraduate students is available via the UCL Graduate School including training in reference management software, abstracting and indexing databases and bibliometrics. 

One to one help is also available via appointment with your subject librarian (details on the right).

General support for researchers is available. Contact your Subject Librarian for one to one support including training in literature searching, referencing, use of bibliometric data, making your research available on open access, access to other libraries etc.