Library Services



Book collections

History reading room

The History Library is to be found on the 2nd floor of the Main Library in the Wilkins building. It contains the collections on medieval and modern history (with principal emphasis on Britain and Europe), London, American and Latin American History.

The Ancient History collection is on the first floor, while Nordic history forms part of the Scandinavian Studies collection at the north end of the Main Library. Other collections which may be relevant include:

UCL also has extensive Special Collections, including manuscripts and rare books.

Journal collections

The general History Periodicals are in the corridor, as are the series relating to London History. American, Latin American and London History periodicals, including current parts, are shelved with books for each of these subjects.

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.

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. However, databases should be used for conducting comprehensive research.

Other Internet resources

For links to other web-based material for History, try the following:

American Memory: Digital archive of American history, consisting mainly of items from the Library of Congress collections.

British History Online: Digital library of some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles.

Connected Histories: Cross-search of 11 major digital resources on British History for the period 1500-1900. Includes newspapers, images, maps, parliamentary papers and pamphlets.

Digital Resources for Research from the British Association of Nineteenth-Century Americanists (BrANCA) links to online resources, archives and databases relevant to the study of nineteenth-century American writing.

History On-Line: Maintained by the Institute of Historical Research "provides high-quality information resources for the teaching and learning of history."

Library of Congress: Provides a gateway to many links of interest to the historian, including American Memory - a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States.

London Lives: A collection of primary sources about 18th century London (1690-1800), with a particular focus on plebeian Londoners.

Making of America: A digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction.

General Resources

The Royal Historical Society is on the same floor as the History Library; the open access part of the Society's library (mainly national and local record society publications) is in the History Series Room.

Find out more about using other libraries, with links to other library catalogues. For more information about the history collections of other libraries in London, please see: History Libraries & Collections.

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.