Library Services


Cruciform Hub

The Cruciform Hub provides medical collections, library services and study spaces for UCL staff and students and healthcare staff of UCLH and Camden & Islington (CandI) NHS Foundation Trusts.

Library Essentials

Cruciform Hub, service desk


Space availability

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Opening hours

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Address and contact details

Location and floor plan

The Cruciform Hub is located on the Lower Ground Floor of the UCL Cruciform Building. The Cruciform Hub includes library collections and a variety of study spaces.

Subject coverage and guides

The Cruciform Hub contains books and periodicals in the subjects of clinical medicine, nursing, midwifery, allied health, dentistry and oral health.

For information about the Service Level Agreement between UCL and associated NHS Trusts, see our information for NHS staff and students

The Cruciform Hub holds the combined collections of the former Boldero and Clinical Sciences libraries. A history of these libraries, Reading Medicine, traces their development within the Middlesex Hospital, University College Hospital and Royal Free & University College medical schools up until their merger in 2005.


    There are currently no safe evacuation routes for those who are unable to use stairs. The Cruciform Hub is based below ground level, and is only accessible via stairs or a standard lift. Wheelchair users and those with mobility difficulties can email the Library Accessibility Team to have items delivered to another library. 

    We offer a range of other accessibility facilities for users with disabilities.



    Full membership is available for UCL staff and students and for NHS staff employed by the UCLH and Camden & Islington (CandI) NHS Foundation Trusts. 

    Appropriate identification must be carried at all times on library premises. All users of the library must abide by the Library Regulations.

    Enquiry Service and Training

    Enquiry desk staff can help with a variety of enquiries about library and biomedical and health resources. You can e-mail your enquiry to us.

    Specific training sessions can also be arranged on a one-to-one basis or in small groups. To arrange a training session please contact the Cruciform library team.

    Services for NHS staff

    For information about the Service Level Agreement between UCL and associated NHS Trusts, see our information for NHS staff.


    Please visit the NHS Staff Membership page for information. NHS staff members who apply for membership will be provided with a UCL Library card.

    Desktop access to UCL-procured electronic resources

    A significant number of resources are licensed through UCL Library Services that are accessible using a personal NHS OpenAthens account, directly from the desktop at the workplace or from any other location, including from home. These include resources such as BMJ Best Practice, medical databases, e-journals and e-books.

    ATHENS for NHS users

    Anyone working for the NHS may register for an NHS OpenAthens account by completing the online registration form.

    IT and printing services for NHS users

    We have a number of UCLH networked computers in the Hub accessible only to NHS staff possessing a UCLH username and password. These computers are accompanied by a UCLH printer.

    UCLGuest WiFi is available.

    UCLH Library Services

    The UCLH Libraries website has details about all library services for NHS staff working in the UCLH NHS Foundation Trust.

    Camden & Islington Library Services

    The Whittington Health Library also provides services for NHS staff working in the CandI NHS Foundation Trust.

    Books and Borrowing

    The Cruciform book collection is arranged by the National Library of Medicine classification scheme. A Quick Reference collection includes dictionaries and directories. Locations may be checked by searching Explore and limiting your search to 'Library catalogue'.

    Cruciform books may be borrowed, and returned, using the self-service machines.

    For further information about borrowing books please see the separate Borrowing & Renewing guide.

    Middlesex Hospital Medical School archive

    Some 200 volumes are held, comprising works by and about former members of the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, particularly those of the 19th century. There is a collection relating to Sir John Bland-Sutton (1855-1936), surgeon and friend of Kipling. Also included is a small collection of classic books on urology dating from 1811 onwards. These items have a catalogue location CRUCIFORM Store MX.

    Inter Library Loans

    Books and periodical articles not held by UCL may be requested on inter-library loan.

    Print journals

    The Cruciform Hub receives some current journals and series in print in addition to our many titles available electronically. Print parts for 2013 onwards, plus a longer backfile of certain titles from 2009-, are held with the Cruciform Hub collections*. All other volumes are held in Store; to request these please complete an online Store Request form which is also available from the 'More' drop-down menu in Explore. All periodicals are reference only.

    *Please ask a member of Cruciform library staff if you are unsure about the location of a specific title.


    E-journals are available to UCL users through Explore. NHS staff can also access certain titles via their NHS OpenAthens login.


    UCL's e-books can be accessed from Explore online (UCL users).

    UCLH and other NHS staff will also be able to access the full text of many e-books with an NHS OpenAthens account.

    Online Medical Databases

    UCL's databases, including Medline, Embase, AMED, CINAHL, PsycINFO, Biosis, HMIC, Scopus and the Web of Science, are available to UCL users.

    Passwords for UCL users

    UCL staff and students can access UCL's licensed resources off-site with their UCL userid and password; no other account is required. For more information see our e-resources web page.

    IT Services

    For UCL students, self-service laptop loans are available from the self-service area.  

    For UCLH staff, some networked computers give access to the UCLH desktop, accessible only by Trust employees in possession of a UCLH username & password. A dedicated printer is also available.

    All NHS staff who have registered as library members may also access the internet on their own laptop, tablet or smartphone in the Library. Please ask a member of Cruciform library staff for a UCLGuest account for wi-fi access.

    Printing and photocopying

    There are multi-functional devices (MFDs) in the Hub for printing, photocopying and scanning using the print@UCL service (UCL users). 

    UCLH staff may print from the UCLH networked computers using the dedicated printer provided.

    The terms of the Copyright Act (1988) and the UCL or NHS licence with the Copyright Licensing Agency must be adhered to, as appropriate. Guidance is available.


    Lockers are available for UCL students.

    Food and drink

    Food is not allowed in the Cruciform Hub. Lidded drinks are permitted.

    Safety and Security

    The library is protected by a security system. If an alarm sounds as you are leaving it may be necessary to examine any library materials in your possession.

    Please do not leave valuables unattended in the library.

    If the fire alarm sounds please leave the library immediately by the nearest fire exit, and assemble on the corner of Huntley Street and University Street.