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 Guide 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.

Please note, ejournals which have the note ‘Special username and password required for access’ or ‘Available only to UCL students and staff’ are not available on Explore Access Points. 

Finding databases

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:

  • BankFocus
  • BAR Digital Collection
  • BBC Monitoring
  • Beck Online
  • BFI Player
  • BibliU
  • BoB (Box of Broadcasts)
  • British National Formulary [MedicinesComplete]
  • British Standards
  • Census data
  • Chemical Abstracts
  • ClinicalKey Student - Medical Education and Pharmacy
  • Compustat - Capital IQ
  • CRSP: Center for Research in Security Prices
  • Digimap databases
  • Dikke Van Dale
  • EG Radius (formerly Estates Gazette)
  • Eikon
  • FAME
  • Financial Times (FT) US Pharma & Biotech Summit 2022
  • Financial Times via FT.com
  • Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies
  • Gale Digital Scholar Lab
  • Gartner
  • GLA Affordable Housing Toolkit
  • HESA Statistics
  • i-Law Maritime & Commercial
  • Klassiki
  • Kortext
  • Legal Journals Index (Westlaw)
  • Lexis Library
  • Libro rojo
  • MARPOL on the web
  • MedicinesComplete
  • Mintel
  • Nexis UK
  • O’Reilly Learning
  • Observatory on Borderless Higher Education
  • Orbis
  • Orbis M&A
  • Passport
  • PitchBook
  • SciFinder (Chemical Abstracts)
  • SDC Platinum
  • Siren Films : Video Library for Early Years Training
  • SNL Databases: Financial, Metals & Mining and Real Estate
  • SOLAS on the Web
  • Sustainable Views (FT)
  • Testbase
  • THE (Times Higher Education)
  • TransportXtra (includes RUDI content)
  • United States pharmacopeia: the national formulary (USP-NF)
  • VLeBooks
  • Westlaw
  • WRDS (Wharton Research Data Services)

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.