Library Services provides access to a wealth of online resources to support teaching and research which are available 24/7. You are advised to make use of our online resources, which UCL students and staff can access from off campus, via the Library Services website, using their UCL userid and password.
Quick Search: search Explore, UCL's online discovery tool, for online books, articles. databases, digital collections, archives, past exam papers, reading lists and content in our open access and research data repositories. In the search results screen, click on Online Resources, under Show Only in the column on the left, to view online content only.
Further information can be found on our Click and Collect webpage. Books requested in this way will be held for you to collect and borrow within 3 days. Please bring your confirmation email with you to gain access to the library.
If you are unable to access the UCL campus to collect books that have been requested, for example if you are self-isolating, you can arrange for another UCL Library member to collect them on your behalf. Please email email@example.com 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.
Any books that were due back between 1 December 2020 and 5 March 2021 have been extended until 26 March 2021.
Books can be returned in person 24 hours a day to the Front Gate Lodge in Gower Street (opposite the Cruciform Building) or 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.
Please note that we are not currently charging fines for the late return of books.
If you’ve checked Explore and we don't already have a book, you can recommend it for purchase by the library. Please complete the online form with as many details as you can and your suggestion will be passed on to the appropriate Subject Liaison Librarian.
A wide range of Open Access content can be found in Explore, using the search box above. UCL Discovery (our institutional repository) and our Research Data Repository contain freely available versions of papers, books and datasets produced by members of academic staff at UCL both now, and in the past. Explore also includes content from the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) which gives you access to Open Access content outside UCL.
In addition, there are now tools that allow you to search the web for trustworthy Open Access versions of content from inside your web browser. Just searching Google can bring up not only illegal copies of material, but also inadvertently support predatory and fake journals. The recommended tool is called Open Access Button. More information about Open Access Button is available here.