Thursday, 29 January 2015

Stamp Collection for RNIB

The library collects stamps for the RNIB Used Stamps Appeal. If you have any used stamps, we would be very grateful if you send them to the library, by post or in person.

All the money raised goes to the RNIB, supporting people with sight loss.

Monday, 26 January 2015

UCL Staff and Students ID cards

We would like to remind UCL staff and students (including hospital staff with honorary UCL contracts) of the importance of picking up their UCL ID card:

This card is different from the ICH ID card, which is only of use at the ICH.The UCL card is recognised throughout UCL.  Without it staff and students will not be able to access many library services and will not be able to gain entry to many UCL buildings including libraries.

Staff and students need the card to: borrow books and other materials, to request inter-library loans and to request items which are out on loan.  Without this card they will not be able to use printing, scanning and photocopying facilities at UCL libraries, including at our library.

Cards are issued by Security Systems in the Andrew Huxley Building.  The office is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.45pm.  Please bring one form of personal identification (e.g. bank card, driving licence, ICH or GOSH card etc.) You do not need to bring a photo.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Changes to weekend access times

From the 10th January 2014 the ICH Building will close at 9pm on Saturdays and Sundays, rather than 11pm as previously.

Readers working late at weekends are advised to leave the library at 8.45pm at the latest.

These arrangements are being trialed throughout January, more information will follow in February.

Friday, 9 January 2015

EndNote offsite license

UCL staff and students can now use EndNote offsite via Desktop@UCL Anywhere or Staff WTS without having to purchase a personal license.  

For more information about connecting to a remote service please go to

Monday, 22 December 2014

Explore Problem Report Form

For questions or problems relating to using Explore, accessing electronic resources or logging in via the UCL e-resources login screen, please use the form located here:

Monday, 24 November 2014

New Library Food and Drink Regulations

The library’s food and drink rules are as follows:
  •  In all areas of the library, apart from the quiet reading room:  water, lidded drinks, cold snacks and sweets, are all allowed.
  • Hot, messy or smelly food is not allowed.
  • In the Quiet Reading Room only water is allowed and a fine of £5 will be imposed for violations.
Library users are asked to clean up after themselves and to act with consideration for other people.  A fine of £5 will be imposed for violations.  Fines are donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.
These regulations were introduced in August 2014 and they represent a significant liberalisation of our rules.  Previously no food or drink, apart from water, was allowed anywhere in the library.
We would like to ask our users to respect the rules and to act in consideration of their fellow library users.
Many Thanks.

Title Effects of librarian-provided services in healthcare settings: a systematic review

The full text is freely available here:

The authors identified 25 studies, all of which were conducted in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, the UK, and USA. There is clearly a need for similar research in low- and middle-income countries
Objective: To assess the effects of librarian-provided services in healthcare settings on patient, healthcare provider, and researcher outcomes.

Materials: and methods Medline, CINAHL, ERIC, LISA (Library and Information Science Abstracts), and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials were searched from inception to June 2013. Studies involving librarian-provided services for patients encountering the healthcare system, healthcare providers, or researchers were eligible for inclusion. All librarian-provided services in healthcare settings were considered as an intervention, including hospitals, primary care settings, or public health clinics.

Results: Twenty-five articles fulfilled our eligibility criteria, including 22 primary publications and three companion reports. The majority of studies (15/22 primary publications) examined librarians providing instruction in literature searching to healthcare trainees, and measured literature searching proficiency. Other studies analyzed librarian-provided literature searching services and instruction in question formulation as well as the impact of librarian-provided services on patient length of stay in hospital. No studies were found that investigated librarians providing direct services to researchers or patients in healthcare settings.

Conclusions: Librarian-provided services directed to participants in training programs (eg, students, residents) improve skills in searching the literature to facilitate the integration of research evidence into clinical decision-making. Services provided to clinicians were shown to be effective in saving time for health professionals and providing relevant information for decision-making. Two studies indicated patient length of stay was reduced when clinicians requested literature searches related to a patient's case.