Library Services


Translation Studies

Book collections

The TRANSLATION Collection is on the first floor of the Main Library, along the North Corridor,  and covers all aspects of Translation Studies.

To locate books, remember to use Explore, the library catalogue. Explore will give details of the library site and collection in which the book can be found.

The books in the TRANSLATION Collection are classified according to the Library of Congress Classification Scheme.

The Classmark for a book generally consists of a subject (indicating a collection within the library) followed by letters and numbers; e.g. TRANSLATION P308.C667 for a book about computers and translation. 

Material marked on Explore with the word STORE should be requested online via Explore or by using the Store Request form. More information about Stores Services is also available.

More help is available from the how to find a book help guide.

Other Collections you are likely to need are:

The ENGLISH collection is located on the 1st floor of the Main Library, North end, it covers English and American language and literature across all time periods and genres.

The LITERATURE collection is located along the North Corridor, it covers literary topics not specific to a national literature, such as literary theory and comparative literature. It also includes literary works translated into English from other languages.

The FRENCH, SPANISH and ITALIAN Language and Literature collections are located in rooms, off the North Corridor, on the 1st floor of Main library.

The GERMAN and SCANDINAVIAN Language and Literature collections are located on the 2nd floor of the Main Library, North end.

The DUTCH Language and Literature collection is located on the 2nd floor of the Main Library, South end.

HISTORY includes extensive coverage of European, Latin American and United States social, political and economic history and a special collection on London History. Located in the Main Library, 2nd floor.

Journals Collections

The Translation periodicals are mainly in electronic format; use Explore to access the electronic version of a periodical or find out the location of printed volumes.


A large number of electronic journals are available electronically to registered members of UCL, and you can use Explore to search for and access these journals.

Online resources

Material in electronic form is available to registered members of UCL via our A-Z list of databases, where you can find online databases for Translation Studies grouped together. If you are off campus, you will be prompted for your UCL userid and password.

For for more help in how to use online resources visit the Electronic Resources or Databases library pages.

AV Material

Plays, feature films and documentaries are available on DVD, located in the Main Library Issue Desk area. 

UCL Special Collections holds old, valuable, and rare material, which is available for reference only, by appointment.

Slavonic & East European Studies library (SSEES) holds the leading teaching and research collections in the UK for the study of Central and Eastern Europe and Russia.

Language & Speech Science library (LASS) holds Linguistics and Phonetics materials.

Other Internet resources

Freely available web-based material you might find of interest:

General Resources

  • Senate House Library (University of London, Malet Street) has a large collection of English, American, Romance and Germanic Languages and Literatures, and is especially strong in periodicals holdings. Any registered member of UCL can join the library and borrow from there.
  • School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) specialist collections about Africa, Asia and the Middle East. 
  • The British Library UCL staff and students can apply directly to obtain a Reader's Pass: you will need to bring identification showing proof of address, signature and proof of student or research status (UCL ID card).

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