Library Services


Global Health and Development

Book collections

Global Health reading room

The Global Health and Development Collection is located in the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health Library.

All material in the Collection can be found on our library catalogue UCL Explore. Books are for standard (8-week) loan. E-books can also be found on UCL Explore and you will need your UCL computer account to access those offsite. Our library guide provides instructions for using the catalogue to find books.

The Collection has its own classification scheme which is used to arrange the books on the shelves by subject. An example of a shelfmark for the book Global health: diseases, programs, systems and policies as it will appear on the library catalogue is:

  • Library: Child Health - GLOBAL HEALTH
  • Shelfmark: CHILD HEALTH BA1 MER                

The spine of the book will be labelled BA1 MER and this is what you will need to locate the book on the shelves.

An outline of the classification scheme used is below:


AA Politics, Economics and Development
AB Culture and Society
AE Community Development
AF Gender and Development
AH Population
AJ Children and Youth
AK Organisations and Management
AM Research Methodology


BA Health Management and Planning
BB Primary Health Care
BD Community Health Care
BE Traditional Health Care
BG Diseases and Disease Control
BH Nutrition
BJ Women's Health
BM Mother and Child Health
BN Reproductive and Sexual Health
BQ Disability and Development
BR Health Services
BS Health Personnel
BU Health Promotion
BV Medical Services and Health Facilities
BX Urban Health
BY Oral Health and Dental Health

Materials of relevance to the subject of Global Health and Development can also be found in the following collections:

  • Geography (Science Library, 1st floor) for international development
  • Human Rights (Main Library, 1st floor) for diverse aspects of human rights and freedom
  • International Relations (Main Library, 2nd floor) for security studies and peacekeeping
  • Public Policy (Main Library, South, 2nd floor) for political administration and theory
  • Anthropology (Science Library, 2nd floor) for vulnerable groups and political systems in a social context
  • Economics (Main Library - South, 1st floor) for economic theory and policy

There is also a Medical Sciences Collection in the Science Library (2nd floor) and UCL has a total of eleven Biomedicine and Health Libraries.

Journal collections

Journals relevant to the area of Global Health and Development are available online. You can search for journal titles by using UCL Explore and selecting Journal titles from the drop-down menu to the right of the search box. There is also an alphabetical list of journals that are available to UCL members.


UCL Library Services provides access to a wide range of databases. Key databases for the field of Global Health and Development include:

  • PubMed (biomedical literature from 1950s to current)
  • Embase (pharmacological and biomedical database of literature from 1980s to current)
  • Web of Science (a multidisciplinary database of literature from 1900 onwards)
  • Scopus (a multidisciplinary database of literature from 1823 onwards)

Other subject-specific databases include:

  • Cochrane Library (health interventions)
  • Assia (social sciences)
  • IBSS (social sciences)
  • CINAHL Plus (nursing and allied health)
  • PsycINFO (psychology)
  • GEOBASE (includes 'third world studies')
  • Econlit (international economics)
  • Nexis UK (includes selected international newspapers)

Other Internet resources

  • 3ie: International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (impact evaluations and systematic reviews of what works in development programmes and why)
  • Eldis (international development policy, practice and research)
  • Global Index Medicus (searches Medline, the Latin American Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO) and the WHO's regional Index Medicus databases)
  • IDEAS (database of economics and finance research)
  • IndMED (database of Indian medical journals)
  • JSTOR (a repository of full-text, multidisciplinary, academic journals and books)
  • OECD iLibrary (books, papers and statistics from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development)
  • Popline (a database of journal articles and grey literature relating to family planning and reproductive health in low- and middle-inclome countries
  • Source (a collection of resources relating to disability and inclusion in development and humanitarian contexts)
  • World Bank eLibrary (a collection of World Bank publication in the area of social and economic development)


Reference Management Software

EndNote and Mendeley are both available on Desktop@UCL. They can be used to manage your references and to create citations and bibliographies. The Library offers regular training on both EndNote and Mendeley.

Statistical Software

SPSS and NVivo are both available on Desktop@UCL.

General Resources

University of London

University of London libraries in the Bloomsbury area include those belonging to:

Most University of London libraries will allow students to have reference access on production of a valid UCL identity card. Each institution has its own policies, however, so it best to check the library's access regulations online before making a visit.

British Library Reading Room, St. Pancras

The British Library is a reference library and it is free to use. You will need to register and obtain a Reader Pass before you can use the Library. Information about how to get a Reader Pass is on the British Library's website.

Senate House Library

UCL students can also borrow books from Senate House Library, the central University of London Library. The Library is multi-disciplinary, but there is little material on health or medicine. The entrance is on the 4th floor of Senate House, Malet Street. you will need your UCL ID card to join this library.

The Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health Library offers training and support for staff and students of the UCL Institute for Global Health.

We provide:

One-to-one support is also available. Please contact me for assistance or to make an appointment.

Beyond Library Services

  • The ISD help-desk is located on the ground floor of the Science Library for queries relating to your email or computer accounts. ISD also provide IT training and resources.
  • The Centre for Applied Statistics, based at the Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health provides courses on research methods and statistical analysis for members of UCL or Great Ormond Street Hospital.
  • The UCL Institute for Global Health provides in-house English language support for students in the department. Information is available on Moodle.

Please contact our library for assistance with:

  • Scoping a research project
  • Literature searching
  • Systematic reviews or large project
  • Keeping up-to-date with alerts about new research in your field
  • Reference management
  • Using the UCL Research Publications Service (RPS) to keep your publications data up-to-date and to ensure that you are complying with requirements for the next Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • Assessing the impact of research
  • Obtaining material not held at UCL 

UCL researchers can make their work open-access in UCL's institutional repository: UCL Discovery

Information on Open Access publishing and how to comply with requirement for the next REF

Please contact us for more information on Research Support provided by the Library.