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A subject guide for the UCL Department of Geography

Books and e-books

The principal book collection for Geography is located on the first floor of the Science Library

Explore is UCL's library catalogue. This is the principal tool to find books, journals and other materials (either in print or in electronic format) held in UCL libraries. On the catalogue, you will find details such as: library site, collection and shelfmark, when you are looking for print resources. In order to access e-books via Explore, you will always need your UCL user ID and password.


Print books are arranged on the shelves according to their shelfmark. For example:

GEOGRAPHY H 72 MOR for a book on the human impact on the environment

GEOGRAPHY E 45 CAM for a book on wetlands

Other collections useful for Geography related subjects

The Bartlett Library holds planning and architecture material.

General reference works and encyclopedias

Consult introductory material or general reference works for a broad overview of your issue or topic, and to identify key concepts, theories and researchers in the field. Introductory material may include:

  • subject or discipline specific dictionaries and encyclopaedias.
  • handbooks.
  • companions.
  • introductions.
  • guides.
  • biographies.
  • histories.

Find introductory material in Explore by combining a topic keyword with one of the material type descriptors above, e.g. Handbook AND Geography.

These are some examples of introductory material available electronically for Geography. The list is not extensive, and you should perform your own searches on Explore to see what else is available in print in UCL Libraries.

Stores service

UCL Libraries' off-site store is a closed access collection which houses important research material not currently in high demand. The material at this site will have 'Store' as its location on Explore. Users can request store material for delivery to the Science Library. Users should complete a Store Request Form in order to request material from this location.