Library Services


Information Studies

Book collections

Information Studies reading room

Most of the collections relating to Information Studies courses are in the Science Library but you may also find collections in the Main Library particularly useful.

The shelfmark in Explore gives the book's location. We have our own classification scheme for arranging books on the shelves. The shelfmark for a book generally consists of a subject followed by letters and numbers, e.g.:

LIBRARIANSHIP L 83 ANG for a book on cataloguing rules
LIBRARIANSHIP K 350 for books on electronic publishing
ARCHIVES K 15 for books on records management

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

  • LIBRARIANSHIP (Science Library, 1st floor), for library and information studies, publishing and digital humanities.
  • ARCHIVES (Science Library, 1st floor), for archives and records management.
  • COMPUTER SCIENCE (Science Library, 4th floor).
  • MANAGEMENT (Science Library, 2nd floor).
  • PUBLIC POLICY (Main Library, 2nd floor).
  • LAW (Main Library, 1st floor).

Some books are not kept in the library and need to be ordered in advance using our Stores service.

Use Explore to find individual e-books as well as print books. There are also various e-book collections.

For more help see the guide to finding books.

Journal collections

Search for print and electronic journals using Explore, selecting 'Journal titles' from the drop-down menu.

Journals are also referred to as Periodicals or Pers: recent volumes of LIBRARIANSHIP Pers and ARCHIVES Pers are arranged alphabetically next to the book collections in the Science Library. The pre-2000 volumes of most journals are not kept in the library and need to be ordered in advance using our Stores service.

A large number of journals are available electronically to registered members of UCL. Search for individual titles in Explore or view a list of electronic journals and link through to the journals from here. Non-UCL users can access most journal titles from the Explore Access Points in the library.

Online resources

Registered members of UCL have access to a range of material held in electronic form. When off campus, you will be prompted for your user ID and password. Non-UCL users can access many resources from the Explore Access Points in the library.

These databases and full text resources are most useful for Information Studies. A list of all online resources is available.

Indexing & Abstracting Databases

These enable very structured and specific searching across articles within your subject area and more broadly. Key databases for Information Studies include  Library & Information Science Abstracts, Library and Information Science Source and Inspec. Web of Science and SCOPUS are large interdisciplinary databases which include relevant material.

Full-Text Collections 

Useful full-text collections include ACM Digital Library, Safari, Synthesis Digital Library and British Standards. More information on finding standards is available.


Bibliographic Software such as Endnote can be used to store and manage your references, create formatted bibliographies and de-duplicate your search results. Guides to different reference management packages are available.

General Resources

Senate House Library (University of London, in Malet Street) has a strong collection in bibliography, especially historical bibliography and reference materials. The Palaeography and Manuscript Studies Collection contains one of this country's richest collections for manuscript and archive studies. Any registered member of UCL can join the library and borrow from there. You just need your UCL ID card. You can pre-register online.

The British Library has has an extensive Library and Information Science collection. The Business and IP Centre offers a range of resources for Publishing students. 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. You can pre-register online.

There is also more information about using other libraries, and links to other library catalogues.

Library Services offers training and support to all staff and students.

Information skills training for most of the Information Studies programmes is included in the departmental timetable. If you haven't heard about any training and are interested in arranging a session, contact me using the details on the right. I also offer occasional 'Info Workout' drop-in sessions in the Department of Information Studies - see the Moodle course for dates and online resources.

Training for research students is also available via the UCL Doctoral School

One to one help is also available by appointment (details on the right).

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.