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Getting started: new academic staff and researchers

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.

Collections and spaces

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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. 

Support for your research

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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

Office for Open Science & Scholarship

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.

Special Collections

LibrarySkills@UCL

Support for your teaching

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Dedicated subject support

Each department at UCL has a dedicated Subject Liaison Librarian or Site Library Team.

Special Collections

Reading Lists@UCL

Get in touch

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.