Library Services


Electronic resources and computing facilities

Guidance for non-UCL users on how to access UCL's electronic resources.

We have a number of Explore Access Points in UCL libraries, via which visitors can view many of our electronic resources. Explore is a one-stop service solution for the discovery and delivery of printed and electronic resources. You can search for material within a single resource or across a range of resources simultaneously. Please see our Explore help pages for details.

Most resources are available to members of the Library who are not otherwise UCL students or staff. Restricted resources will present a UCL login box.

We advise visitors to bring an unencrypted USB storage device with them if they plan to use e-resources. Devices containing encrypted software cannot be used on the Explore Access Points. Subject to copyright restrictions (see Terms of access), users may save copies of documents, but there are no visitor printing facilities.

Most individual bibliographic databases and other resources may be accessed using the Find Databases option in Explore. The following are not available to non-members of UCL:

  • BoB (Box of Broadcasts)
  • British Standards
  • Census data
  • Datastream
  • Digimap resources (including Landmap)
  • Fame
  • Financial Times via FT.com
  • Lexis Library
  • MedicinesComplete
  • Nexis UK
  • Observatory on Borderless Higher Education
  • Osiris
  • Passport
  • RUDI (Resource for Urban Design Information)
  • SciFinder (Chemical Abstracts)
  • Westlaw

There are no PCs available for general use or internet access. However, it is possible to bring a laptop into the Library with you.

Restrictions on access to UCL electronic resources

For licensing reasons, offsite access to UCL electronic resources is only available to current UCL students and staff. Other Library members will be unable to access these resources at the present time.

However, the Alumni Relations team does provide free access to JSTOR, Project Muse and SAGE. This is available for UCL Alumni only. Please visit the Alumni e-journal access webpage for further details.

NHS members

NHS members have access to a range of UCL e-resources and a number of Trust-specific and national subscriptions. Please visit the Electronic resources for NHS staff and students webpage for further details.