Library Services


UCL Library Services Updates

Library service information updates.

Updated 15 July 2024.

Service availability

Please note that we may have to make changes to our services at short notice due to industrial action or other factors. Service changes will be announced here as soon as is possible.

School of Pharmacy Library, June/July 2024

Due to building refurbishment works, the School of Pharmacy Library will be closed from Monday 24 June - Friday 26 July inclusive. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Student Centre, 3 - 5 August

Due to building maintenance work, the Student Centre will be closed from 07:00 on Saturday 3 August until 07:00 on Monday 5 August. The Science Library will be open 24 hours during this period. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

British Library service disruption

In light of the on-going disruption to British Library service, we would like to remind our students, and in particular postgraduate students, how they can find and access resources to support their research.

Study spaces

Most of our individual study spaces are freely available to turn-up and use. A study space bookings system is operational at the following site:

  • Student Centre, Level B1 and quiet study areas on Levels 2 and 3.

If you wish to use a bookable study space this will need to be booked before visiting each of the sites listed above - please see our Bookable Study Spaces Help webpage for further details. NHS members should visit our separate NHS seat booking page.

You must check-in within 30 minutes of the start time of your booking. If you do not check-in your booking will be released for other students or staff to use.

Click and Collect service

Books can be requested via our Click and Collect service. They are listed in our online catalogue, UCL Explore, and can be requested for collection in advance of a visit. Please see our membership information pages for details of eligibility for our services.

Scan and Send service

If you cannot come on site to collect books, please use our Scan and Send service, which complements the Click and Collect service. This allows UCL students and staff to request copies of journal articles and book chapters to be scanned and emailed to them directly.

Borrowing and returning books


If you are unable to access the UCL campus to collect books that have been requested, for example if you are unwell, you can arrange for another UCL Library member to collect them on your behalf. Please email lib-accessibility@ucl.ac.uk to arrange this. Please wait until the books that you have requested are available for collection before contacting us. The person collecting the books must have a valid and current UCL ID card or UCL Library card. We will email the person collecting the books to confirm a time for the collection, and they will need to present this email when they visit the Library.


Books can be returned in person at any of our libraries, please see our opening hours for further information. Books borrowed via Interlibrary Loan should be returned to the library that they were borrowed from. Books can also be posted to our address listed on our contact page. For those users who do not wish to visit a Post Office, Royal Mail now offers a Parcel Collect service which allows you to pay for postage online, print off an address label and have your parcel collected from your door.

Paying Fines and Fees Online

Customers can pay a library fine or fee balance online at any time via their My Library account.

To pay library fines or fees online, customers should log in to their account in Explore, navigate to the fines and fees tab, and enter their details when prompted. Further instructions on how to pay online can be found on the ‘How do I pay my library fines and fees?’ section of the borrowing and managing your account webpage.

For security reasons, when paying their library fines and fees online, customers are encouraged to do so on their own personal devices.

Library Safety

We are committed to keeping all staff and customers safe. Please follow the signs and rules when visiting our library sites. See UCL’s Keeping Safe on Campus pages for more information.

Contacting us and more information