Materials for Gender Studies are distributed amongst several collections in UCL's libraries.
To locate books, remember to use our 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.
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 the 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 sections you are likely to need are:
- ANTHROPOLOGY (Science Library, 2nd 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 the Explore (UCL library catalogue) with the word STORE should be requested online via Explore or by using the Store Request form. Click here for more information about Stores.
Most journals are now available in electronic format only. See the Electronic journals webpage 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 are not borrowable but may be photocopied.
Instructions on how to find printed and electronic journals.
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. For the full list of electronic databases presently available please consult the Databases web pages.
MetaLib can display a full list of indexing & abstracting services which can be cross-searched.
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
To find a film on Explore, use the "audiovisual" option from the home screen; type your search term - WEDDING BANQUET or ANG LEE, plus the word DVD or VIDEO if you want to specify the format
In the Main library films are shelved in the Self Service Area and can be taken home or watched in the viewing room. Headsets and remote controls can be borrowed from the Short Loan Room.
ANTHROPOLOGY DVD's are shelved in the Anthropology periodicals room in the Science library (second floor).
Other Internet resources
- Association of Research Libraries - Women's Studies Section - US-based website, selected resources
- Women and gender studies - a brief guide to Further resources of interest for research on women & gender studies outside The British Library
- Voice of the Shuttle - selected resources
- Institute for Communication Studies - University of Leeds - popular culture and social theory
- 'The Men's Bibliography' - online compilation
- University of California at Berkeley - bibliographies on women's studies in international and area studies
- Spare Rib- British Library digitasation of the iconic feminist and women's liberation magazine Spare Rib. It now provides a great free resource, giving insight in to the debates and attitudes of women in the UK throughout the 70s, 80s and early 90s
Find out more about using other libraries, and links to other library catalogues.
To locate material not held by UCL you can use COPAC: an online catalogue with records of the holdings of 26 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.
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 me directly using the contact details on the right.