Information for new academic staff and researchers.
Welcome to UCL on behalf of Library Services. Here we provide you with information about the spaces, resources, training and expert staff available to support you.
Access and borrowing
- Libraries and study spaces: We have numerous libraries and study spaces. Find out about locations, opening hours and services of each.
- Borrowing and managing your library account.
Print and online resources to support teaching and research
- Explore: Search our collections using our discovery tool.
- Subject guides: Identify key resources available for your discipline.
- E-resources: Access online resources 24/7 from on or off campus, via Explore.
- UCL Special Collections is one of the foremost university collections of manuscripts, archives and rare books in the UK and covers a wide range of subject areas, with particular strengths in language, literature and poetry, 20th and 21st century small-press publishing, Politics and Social Policy, History of Science, Mathematics, Latin American History and Economics, Hebraica and Judaica, History of Education, and the history of UCL.
Research support and open access
UCL Library Services provides support with open access, open data and bibliometrics, as well as training, events and community resources, through our Office for Open Science & Scholarship.
- Open Access for REF: once you start publishing at UCL, you must record and upload all new publications in UCL’s Research Publication Service (RPS), so that they can be made open access in UCL Discovery.
- Open access funding: check whether funding or a transformative agreement is available for you to publish Gold open access.
- Understand the UKRI, Wellcome and other funders' open access requirements.
Office for Open Science & Scholarship
- Office for Open Science & Scholarship.
- Citizen Science.
- Managing your Research Data.
- Using metrics and bibliometrics.
Suggest a new book or resource
You can submit a request for Library Services to purchase items not currently in our collections to support your research.
- UCL Special Collections: Explore our Special Collections as part of your research projects or funding bids.
- Contact Special Collections for more information on collections relevant to your subject area and to discuss your ideas.
- LibrarySkills@UCL offers a wealth of online guidance to support you in refining your library research skills in finding, evaluating, managing and using information.
- Scheduled programme of training sessions.
- Individual support from your specialist librarian or library to support your research.
Dedicated subject support
Each department at UCL has a dedicated Subject Liaison Librarian or Site Library Team.
- Find your designated contact via our subject guides: browse our list of guides to find the contact information for your librarian or library team and to find out more about collections in your subject area.
- Request a library induction or course embedded library skills training for your students in areas such as literature searching, referencing and reference management.
- Special Collections: Find out more about collections of manuscripts, archives, rare books, personal papers and artefacts held at UCL.
- Contact our Special Collections team to find out how they can work with you to develop classes within taught modules and student projects.
- ReadingLists@UCL: Develop and maintain online reading lists for your modules using our specialised reading list tool.
- Contact our Teaching and Learning Services team to set up your profile and create a new list for your module/s.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. In addition to the specialist support mentioned above, you can contact Library Services via chat or e-mail, view our FAQs, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. We also welcome your feedback on any aspect of library services and would like to know how best we can support you.