Library Services


UCL Science Library

The UCL Science Library holds collections in Anthropology, Engineering, Geography, Life Sciences, Management, Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

Library Essentials

Science Library building


Space availability

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Opening hours

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Address and contact details

  • Address: DMS Watson Building, Malet Place, WC1E 6BT.
  • Telephone: 020 7679 7795.
  • Enquiries: lib-science@ucl.ac.uk.
  • Nearest tube stations: Euston, Euston Square, Goodge Street, Warren Street.

Subject coverage and guides

The Science Library houses collections relating to the following subject areas. For a detailed guide to the Library's provision within a particular subject area, select the relevant link below:


The Library is located in the DMS Watson Building on Malet Place. The easiest way to access it is to enter Malet Place via Torrington Place and walk down towards the archway visible in the distance. The building is located on the left hand side just before the archway is reached.


We offer a range of other facilities for users with particular requirements which are listed separately.


Science Library Help Point

The Customer Service Team are located on the ground floor. Please visit us if you need help or information. We also patrol the upper floors of the library to ensure that the building and its facilities are in good working order. We hope you will enjoy using our service and we welcome any feedback and suggestions that you may want to provide.

Research Grid

The Research Grid on Level 4 is a study suite solely for the use of graduate students.


The Science Library Cafe is located on the ground floor.

Self guided tour of the library

Users of the library can familiarise themselves to general library resources and collections and make the most of all our services and facilities, with our self guided tours.

Science Library self guided tour


Self Service

The UCL Science Library has self-service facilities for borrowing, renewing and returning our books. Please order your book via Explore and we will make it available for you on our hold shelf.

Borrowing, Renewing and More

A self-service machine for borrowing books is located on the ground floor. Just scan the barcode on the back of your Library card and enter your PIN number (set initially as 4 digits, DDMM of your birthday) to borrow and renew your books, to check reservations and view your Library account.

These facilities offer the ease and speed of multiple book issue.


We also have two machines for returning books (including books borrowed from Store). Unlike an ordinary book drop, the machines will clear the books from your Library account immediately. Just place a single book at a time into the machine. When you have returned all of your books, the machine will produce a receipt for your records.

Remember that you can return as many books as you want, but only one at a time.


Please consult the opening hours, above, for availability of the self service facilities.

AV Loan Collection and Return

Reserved items can be collected from and returned to the Help Point on the ground floor.


There are seven multi-functional devices in the library which offer copying, scanning to email and printing for UCL staff and students. All other visitors to the library can use the devices for copying. All copying is subject to copyright regulations.

Using the machines:

UCL staff and students need to present their UCL ID at the device to activate it. Credit can be added to your account using cash at the available kiosk.

All other visitors should obtain a log-in code and credit their account at the kiosk.

Staff and students should send printing to the printer named "print-ucl".

Cost of copying and printing:

For details, please visit the print@UCL web pages.

Laptop Loans

Need a computer? We have a laptop loans service in the Science Library. These are located on the ground floor. One bank of laptop loans is next to the stairs in the cluster area and one bank is near to the Help Point. There is also a smaller bank on the fourth floor in the Engineering study area.

Print journal loans

Print journals (periodicals) are not borrowable in the Science Library.

Stores journals may be borrowed by staff only for one week but are available for reference only by students.

Inter Library Loans

Books and periodical articles which are not already held in any of the UCL libraries, and are not easily available from any other nearby library to which UCL members have access may be requested on inter-library loan. For further information see Interlending & Document Supply.