Library Services


NHS library members - where are the UCL libraries?

Please use this webpage to find the home library for your NHS Trust as well as other UCL libraries you can access with your library card. You can also check opening hours and how many study spaces are available.

More information

NHS Trust Home Library

If you aren’t currently a library member, please complete the application form. NHS staff are assigned to their nearest medical library site, which is their "Home" library. Please see respective library site webpages for full details of their opening hours and service.

The “Home” library will provide PCs and print/copy/scan facilities that are networked for your Trust. Other services will also be available at this library, such as:

  • Library skills training for clinical practice, study and research.
  • Access to electronic resources via NHS OpenAthens.
  • Document supply.

For staff on rotation, “Home” library privileges apply while the staff member is based on site. If staff rotate to a site served by another UCL Library, “Home” library status normally moves with them. If staff rotate to a Trust not covered by the Library Service Agreement, library privileges over and above reference access are governed by local agreements, and may vary from site to site.

Evening/Weekend Access

Most of our libraries offer some evening and weekend opening hours that are available to NHS members, providing a place to study and use our collections. Our planned opening hours are shown for each day of the week.

Water Fountains

UCL is committed to making free drinking water accessible for students, and we are in the process of increasing the number of water fountains across campus. Most of our libraries provide a water fountain, either inside the library itself or nearby in the same building.

Locate a fountain

Cafés Nearby

We know that it is important to be able to access food and drink when you are studying so that you can keep up your energy. For many of our libraries, there are cafés located within the same building, and some are located within the library itself.

The UCL Student Union provide four cafés on the Bloomsbury campus that are available to NHS members. 

There are also some other locations on the Bloomsbury campus for food and drink.

Contemplation Spaces

UCL provide several spaces for contemplation, meditation and prayer. Some of these spaces are available in the same building as our libraries so that you will not need to travel far to access them during your studies.

Wheelchair Accessibility

UCL endeavours to ensure that our buildings are accessible to all. However, due to the physical layout some library sites are not fully accessible to wheelchair users or those with mobility difficulties. In many cases, this is because there is no safe evacuation route in case of emergencies, other than using the stairs. Only specially adapted lifts should be used during a fire.

The libraries listed on the map as wheelchair accessible have at least one area that can be accessed by all, and safely evacuated in case of emergency. However, some other areas may not be accessible, so please visit our full guide to the accessibility of our libraries for more information.

The webpage also contains information regarding adjustments that we can make to our services to ensure that any barriers to study or research are removed. If you would like to contact us about any issue related to accessibility in our libraries, please contact us at lib-accessibility@ucl.ac.uk.

Air Cooling

A number of our libraries have air cooling systems in place to help you cope with the heat and offer a more comfortable environment for you to work in. In hot weather, we also encourage all students to carry a bottle of water at all times and to take regular breaks from study.

Please see information on the libraries that have air cooling systems, and where in the building these are active.


NHS members can access UCLGuest, UCL’s Wi-Fi service designed to give external visitors internet access.