Closure of the Reading Room

Due to alterations to the reading room (which will allow the R&D office to move back into the ICH main building), this area of the library will be closed from Monday 22 June through to mid-September.

During this period we hope to maintain library services as best as possible. The main part of the library will remain open as usual. Access to the library photocopiers and PCs (including those connected to the GOSH network) will be unaffected by the building work. "Out of hours" access to the library will still be available, although there will be far fewer study spaces during this period.

The following summarises how to locate stock during this period:

Current journals - these will still be accessible in the main part of the library
Recent journals - many of these will still be accessible in the main part of the library. If you cannot find the title you are after, please ask library staff
Older journals - you will probably need to request these items from the UCL store. Items requested from store should be delivered to us on the following day. A limited number of older journals are being retained locally, such as those not available electronically.
Books - most will be temporarily located in the Wickford store and you will need to request these items from store. The only exception is nursing and allied health titles, which we will be retaining locally.
Source collection - access to this collection is unaffected by the building work.
PhDs and theses - most of these have already been transferred to the Wickford store.

Should you need any further assistance regarding our services during this period please contact us direct on ext 2424 or email

We will be posting further updates on this blog as the work proceeds.


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