UCLH Library Services 

UCL Library Services during the COVID-19 outbreak

UCL has closed all of its library spaces until further notice for the safety of library users and staff. This includes the Cruciform Hub and Queen Square Library. 

For all the latest information regarding library news and service availability please check the COVID-19: UCL Library Services webpage. This webpage should be checked regularly for updates.

For information specifically aimed at NHS staff during the COVID-19 outbreak, please check the NHS support continuity webpage. This includes information on accessing resources, training, current awareness, COVID-19 resources and literature searching. This webpage should be checked regularly for updates.

We are contactable via email for help and assistance at:

Cruciform Hub crucilibservices@ucl.ac.uk

Queen Square Library neurolibrary@ucl.ac.uk

Ear Institute and Action on Hearing Loss Libraries closure

The UCL Ear Institute and Action on Hearing Loss Libraries at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital in Gray’s Inn Road were due to close on Friday 21st August 2020, necessitated by the Hospital’s relocation within UCLH. Due to the current circumstances and the resultant early closure of the Hospital building, the libraries will not re-open in this location. Further information is here.

UCLH Library Services consist of a partnership of three medical and healthcare libraries supporting UCLH NHS Foundation Trust. One library is managed by the Trust, and two libraries are part of UCL.

Trust staff and students should initially register with their home library, which is either your nearest one, or the one covering your speciality. Joining instructions and further details can be found on the libraries’ websites. The libraries are:

    Located at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
    Focus: Complementary therapy and alternative medicine
  • Queen Square Library (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology)
    Located near the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
    Focus: Neurology, neurosurgery
  • UCL Cruciform Hub
    Located near University College Hospital
    Focus: Clinical medicine, nursing, midwifery, allied health, dentistry, oral health, ENT

Joining one of the two UCL libraries above also provides access to all other UCL libraries: www.ucl.ac.uk/library/libraries-and-study-spaces/ucl-libraries.

  • Services

    The libraries provide a range of services to support UCLH staff, including:

    • Multidisciplinary and specialist materials
    • Study space
    • IT facilities
    • Book loans
    • Enquiry services
    • Information skills training
    • Literature searching
    • Current awareness: including KnowledgeShare tailored email alerts
    • Document supply

    Please ask library staff for help with accessing and using any of the services available to you.

  • Online resources

    A large number of online resources, including ejournals and databases, are available on-site and remotely via an NHS OpenAthens account. Any NHS staff member may register for an NHS OpenAthens account using the registration form available at https://openathens.nice.org.uk. The online resources are accessible through NICE Evidence Search www.evidence.nhs.uk.

    UCLH staff and students also have on-site and remote access to the following online resources:

    Please see www.ucl.ac.uk/library/nhs/resources/#procured for details of further online resources made available through UCL Library Services.

    The following additional online services are also available on-site and remotely:

    • Open access repository UCL Discovery Plus http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/plus
    • Reference management software EndNote (registration instructions available from the library).

    More resources are accessible to library members from dedicated computers located in the UCL libraries, including over 40,000 full-text ejournals, UCL's ebooks and a number of databases (over and above those available via NHS OpenAthens), such as Scopus and Web of Science. Please see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/nhs/resources/#in-library for full details.

    Please ask library staff for help with accessing and using any of the resources available to you.

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