Library Services



Book collections

Economics reading room

The Library's collection of economics books is located in the Main Library, 1st floor, south end.

Finding books

The Library has its own classification scheme for arranging books on the shelves. Typically, a book will have a shelfmark which begins with the name of the subject (corresponding to the section of the Library in which the book can be found) followed by letters and numbers denoting its position on the shelves within that section; e.g.

ECONOMICS N 35 PEA for a book on environmental economics
ECONOMICS R 14 OSB for a book on game theory

However, material relating to economics can also be found in several other parts of Library Services including:

  • HISTORY (Main Library, South, 2nd floor); includes an extensive collection on economic and social history.
  • LAW (Main Library, Donaldson Room, adjacent to the Flaxman Gallery); includes material on the European Union.
  • PUBLIC POLICY (Main Library, South, 2nd floor); includes books on the formulation of all aspects of government policy, including economics.
  • BARTLETT LIBRARY (Ground Floor, Central House); has substantial material on topics such as sociology, housing and local authority finance.
  • GEOGRAPHY (Science Library, 1st floor); is particularly useful for additional material on development and environmental economics.
  • MANAGEMENT (Science Library, 2nd floor); contains some textbooks on company finance and accounting.

Journal collections

Most economics journals are available online (see below). Recent printed copies are also available in the Main Library, divided into annual reports, statistical series and periodicals. Older issues can be ordered for next-day delivery from the Store.

A large number of journals are available electronically to registered members of UCL. Search for titles using Explore, selecting Journal titles from the drop-down menu. Alternatively, view an alphabetical list of electronic journals which UCL members have access to and link through to the journals from here.

Accessing The Financial Times & The Economist:

The current content of many other newspaper titles (regional, national and international) can be accessed online with Nexis UK.

Online resources

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. Databases should be used for conducting comprehensive research. In many cases, databases include a link to the full-text version of a reference (look out for the findit@UCL icon).

General Resources

UCL members can make use of a number of other libraries.

Particularly good for Economics students and staff, and all within walking distance, are:

Find out more about using other libraries, with 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:

In addition:
  • ISD Service Desks are located on the 1st floor of the Main Library and 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, and an email address for questions about bibliographic software: biblio-support@ucl.ac.uk
  • Training is available for research students via the UCL Doctoral School, including information skills sessions run by library staff.

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.