Self-help library

We offer a variety of self-help books for short-term loan to UCL students. Topics include anxiety, depression, relationship problems, study skills, bipolar disorder, trauma and confidence.

Self-help library 

It is not necessary for you to register with Student Psychological and Counselling Services in order to withdraw books. You can look through the list of titles and email or telephone us to reserve a copy which you can then collect from us, or you may simply come into the service and browse.

Books are free to loan, but you will need to leave a refundable £5 deposit per book you wish to borrow.

Here you can:

How to reserve a book

If you find a book amongst those listed that you would like to borrow, you can email or telephone to have them put aside until you can collect them. We can also reserve a title for you if the book you want is out, and we will contact you when it is returned.

Loan period

Books can be borrowed for a period of 2 weeks.

Loans can be extended for an additional 2 weeks providing no other student has reserved the title. Up to 2 loan extensions are permitted for any single period of borrowing, giving a maximum loan time of 6 weeks. If you wish to extend your loan please contact us using the details above.

Fines for late or non-returns

Overdue books and late renewals are subject to a fine at the rate of £1 per week or part of a week.  Fines will be deducted from your £5 deposit. 

How to collect a book

You can collect your book from our offices in Room G2, Ground Floor, 3 Taviton Street. In order to collect your book you must bring with you:

  • A current UCL ID
  • Your UCL userid or UCL email address
  • A contact telephone number
  • A returnable deposit of £5 per book (please have the correct amount ready as we cannot always give change)

Books are available for collection from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Where to buy your own copy

Most current titles are available in larger general bookstores and online at the following retailers:

  • Amazon: New and used copies of current and out-of-print publications
  • Waterstones: New copies. Current publications only.
  • Abe Books: New and used copies of current and out-of-print publications.

List of books available by topic

You can browse our full catalogue of books or use the list below to browse by topic. For each title we've added a link to the Amazon description to help you understand what each book covers.