Library Services


Gender Studies

Book collections

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Materials for Gender Studies are distributed amongst several collections in UCL's libraries.

To locate books, remember to use the library catalogue Explore, it will give details of the library site and collection in which the book can be found. Click here for instructions on how to find a book. Self-guided tours and getting started introductory information is also available.

The Library has its own classification scheme for arranging books on the shelves (called Garside classification).

The shelfmark for a book generally consists of a subject (indicating a collection within a library) followed by letters and numbers; e.g. Anthropology D 47 for works on Gender Studies or Literature A 69 FEM  for works on literature and gender.

Some of the main collections you are likely to need are:

  • Anthropology (Science Library, 2nd floor);
  • Geography (Science Library, 1st floor);
  • Art (Main Library, South, 1st floor);
  • History (Main Library, South, 2nd floor);
  • Literature (Main Library, North Corridor).

See separate pages for maps and opening hours

Older or lesser-used material marked on Explore with the word Store should be requested using the Store Request form. Click here for more information about the Stores service.

Journal collections

Most journals are available in electronic format only. For more information see the Electronic resources @ UCL for full details.

Journals (also referred to as 'periodicals') which are held in hard copy are shelved by subject, near the corresponding book collection.

For example: Gender & History can be found in History Pers, Nora: Nordic Journal of Women's Studies can be found in Scandinavian Pers, Feminist Review can be found in Art Pers. Older journals are held in the library Store and can be requested via the Store Request Form. They cannot be borrowed but may be photocopied.

Instructions on how to find printed and electronic journals.

Electronic resources

Material held in electronic form is available to registered members of UCL. When off-campus, you will be prompted for your user ID and password in order to gain access to them. A full list of electronic databases is available.


Bibliographic databases of importance to Gender Studies include:

  • MLA International Bibliography;
  • Arts and Humanities Citation Index;
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS);
  • Anthropological Index Online;
  • Arts & Humanities Full-Text;
  • Web of Science;
  • Scopus.

Audiovisual material

To find a film in Explore, type your search term, for example, Wedding Banquet or Ang Lee, plus the word DVD or Video if you want to specify the format.

Feature films are housed in the Main library. They can be borrowed or can be watched in the viewing room. Headsets and remote controls can be borrowed from the Short Loan Room.

Anthropology DVDs are shelved in the Anthropology periodicals room in the Science library (second floor). 

Other Internet resources

General Resources

Find out more about using other libraries, and links to other library catalogues.

To locate material not held at UCL you can use Library Hub Discover, an online catalogue with records of the holdings of the top research libraries in the country.

Please check other libraries' access requirements before visiting.

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.

Senate House Library (Senate House, Malet Street) has a strong collection in languages, the arts and social and historical sciences, and is especially strong in periodicals holdings. Any registered member of UCL can join the library and borrow from there. Find out how to become a member.

The Feminist Library is a large archive collection of Women's Liberation Movement literature, particularly second-wave materials dating from the late 1960s to the 1990s.

The Women's Library @ LSE  houses the most extensive collection of women's history in the UK. The collections include books, pamphlets, periodicals, zines, artist books, audio-visuals, personal and organisational papers, objects, textiles and visual materials.

Women's Art Library (part of Goldsmiths Library Special Collections) Women's studies, gender, cultural studies, visual arts, specifically women artists.

Library Services offers training and support to all staff and students. However, if you prefer, please do get in touch with the subject librarian directly using the contact details on the right.