Library Services


UCL Language & Speech Science Library

The Library holds resources in psychology and language science, and the largest collection of SLT tests in the UK. Support and training is provided for UCL staff, students and SLT professionals.

Library Essentials

UCL Language & Speech Science Library


Space availability

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Opening hours

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Bookdrop when the library is closed

When the library is closed, books can be returned via the bookdrop on the ground floor, next to the student pigeonholes. 

Address and contact details

  • Address: Chandler House, 2 Wakefield St, London WC1N 1PF.
  • Tel: Library desk and general enquiries: 020 7679 4208 or 020 7679 4209 (internal extension24208 or 24209).
  • E-mail: lib-lass@ucl.ac.uk.
  • Nearest Tube: Russell Square or Kings Cross.
  • Site Librarian: Breege Whiten 020 7679 4207 (internal extension 24207).
  • Deputy Site Librarian: Gillian Mackenzie 020 7679 4209 (internal extension 24209).

Subject coverage and guides

The Language & Speech Science Library holds a unique collection of books, journals, assessment tests, audiovisual material and student dissertations on all subjects relating to phonetics, linguistics, speech, language and psychology.


The library is located in Chandler House, 2 Wakefield Street (just off Tavistock Place), WC1N 1PF. On entering the building you can use your UCL ID card to get through the turnstile, or speak to the member of staff on Reception. Once inside the building, take the lift or stairs to the second floor, turn right, then right again to find the library.


Chandler House was refurbished and adapted for increased accessibility in 2008. There are ramps for entrance to and exit from the building, a new lift, and hearing induction loop in the library.

UCL Library Services also offers a range of other facilities for users with disabilities which are listed separately.


Study facilities

The LaSS Library has a large Reading Room for quiet study, and a smaller Study Room for group study, which students may book in advance. (Please note that limitations apply - see the booking page for details.) The Reading Room has four Library catalogue terminals and eight cluster computers for student use. There is also wireless internet connection throughout the library, and most of Chandler House.

Photocopying, printing and scanning

There are two multi-functional devices that can be used for photocopying, printing and scanning, both in black and white and colour. UCL staff and students will need their ID cards to use the system, while visitors can create an account on site, but it is recommended to bring your own change with you.

Self-service in LaSS Library

We have self-service machines in the library.

Inter Library Loans

The LaSS Library participates in the central interlibrary loans service. Any item which is not held in UCL or nearby libraries can usually be obtained for you from another source, for a fee of £3 per item.


Books & Journals

The LaSS Library's books and journals cover all subjects relating to human communication and its disorders, including: language and languages (written, spoken and signed); linguistics; phonetics; psychology; special education; speech science; stuttering; and voice. (See our list of subjects with their classmarks).

Assessment tests and other special collections

The library also holds a unique collection of therapy materials and assessment tests in speech and language, an archive of historical books and pamphlets and a number of former UCL Language Sciences students' final year dissertations.

To view the library's holdings, search Explore. Searches can be restricted to this library by applying a filter to a set of search results: select filter from the top menu and then Language & Speech Science from the list of libraries. Explore covers all library holdings, including books, journals, and tests.


In addition to the library collections, UCL Library Services provide access to a wide range of electronic resources for UCL members, such as bibliographic databases and full text online journals. A bibliographic database is a detailed index of research - journal articles, theses, conference papers etc - on a specific topic. UCL members have access to a wide range of databases covering numerous subjects; those relevant to speech and language include AMED and CINAHL (allied health), Medline (medicine), PsycINFO (psychology), LLBA (linguistics), BEI and ERIC (education), IBSS (International Bibliography of the Social Sciences) and the Web of Science.


A vast range of full text journals are now available online and most can be accessed remotely by UCL members. See UCL Library Services' E-journal web pages for more information.

In addition to being a branch of UCL Library Services, the Language & Speech Science Library also serves as the National Information Centre for Speech-language Therapy (NICeST). Members of the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists are entitled to use the Library free of charge, and can obtain a borrower's ticket on payment of an annual fee. NICeST provides a free information service for clinicians and other professionals in the field of speech and language.

Library visitors may access UCL ejournals on site, where licenses permit.

RCSLT and other visitors

Access to the full range of library services is normally restricted to UCL members. However, the library also serves as the National Information Centre for Speech-language Therapy (NICeST), and as such we welcome enquiries from visitors, see above for contact details. The Explore service which can be used to find library holdings is available online. In addition, access to the library is available to the following people:

Members of the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists

If you are a member of the RCSLT, you are entitled to reference-only access to the NICeST library free of charge. For an annual fee of £50, you may also purchase a borrower's ticket, which entitles you to borrow up to 5 items at a time. Please note that this ticket is not eligible for use in any other UCL library. Electronic journals and databases can be accessed from a dedicated computer in the library, but due to licensing restrictions, offsite access cannot be provided for non-UCL members. Articles may be saved to a USB drive free of charge.

To join the library, bring your RCSLT membership card plus some proof of address and photo ID (e.g. passport or driver's licence), plus a passport-sized photograph if purchasing a borrower's ticket (payment may be made by cash or card).

Other non-UCL researchers

UCL Language and Speech Science Library welcomes enquiries from researchers who have a genuine need to consult material held at LaSS which is not readily available elsewhere. If, therefore, you can demonstrate such a need regarding the material held at the LaSS/NICeST Library but you do not fit into any of the above categories, please contact the Librarian who will usually be able to arrange reference access for you.

For further details about access to UCL Library Services, see our membership pages or contact the Head of Membership.

UCL Language & Speech Science Library Green Impact statement

Green Impact Platinum Award

Gold Award winner 2018

LaSS Library takes part in UCL's Green Impact scheme, and achieved a Gold Award in 2018. We are aiming to remain at this standard and you can work with us to achieve it by reading the following information, and helping to create a sustainable Library environment.

Printing & paper usage

When using print@ucl the default is set to double-sided printing to save paper, and don't forget that scanning to your UCL email is free! We also have scrap paper in various locations in the library, please help yourselves.

Bins & recycling

We have centralised waste collections and recycling, please look at the signs on each bin which should tell you what you can and can't put in them.


Tap water is available from the student kitchen area on the ground floor. Please bring in a re-usable bottle and help yourself to drinking water.

Battery recycling

LaSS Library can recycle your old batteries, please give these to staff at the Library Desk.


We need your stamps! We collect used stamps on behalf of the RNIB. Please make sure you leave approx. 1cm around the edge when cutting out, and place in the collection box.

Library books

We weed older editions and unused library books from the collection every year. Books will be given away either to students or shipped abroad to help support the teaching of SLT in Ghana. Any unwanted books will be given to the Book Rescuers charity, ensuring that no books end up in the bin!

UCL Green Impact information

Please see the reading room noticeboards in LaSS Library for further Green Impact information. The LaSS Library Green Champions are: Breege, Gillian, Sharon, Simon, Jon, Makeba, Jo and Jack. Email us with your Green Impact suggestions: lib-lass@ucl.ac.uk.