Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Fines on overdue items

In line with UCL Library Services policy, we will be starting to charge fines on overdue library stock from 3rd August 2009.

The charges will be 30p per day on 1 week loan items and 20p per day on standard (8 week) loans.

For more information on UCL Libraries policies on loans please follow this link:

New Library Catalogue

From 3rd August we will change our library system and move onto Aleph which is the system that other UCL Libraries are currently using.

This means that our online catalogue will change and from next week and we will be using eUCLid, the UCL Libraries catalogue. In order to check our stock, you will need to follow this link:

UCL ID cards needed to borrow books from the library

From Monday 3rd August, in order to borrow books, ICH staff and students will need to get a UCL card.

This is because records are entered onto the Aleph system directly from UCL registry for students and from UCL HR for staff.

The advantage of this is that ICH staff and students won't need to fill out a form in order to join the library and will use the same card for using all UCL libraries. However you will need to go and collect your UCL card if you haven't got one.

For information on how to get a card please see this link:

Friday, 24 July 2009

Changes to access for electronic Library resources -Shibboleth

From 1 August 2009, in common with many other UK universities, UCL will no longer be using the "Athens" login for access to electronic library resources. The Athens login service now incurs an institutional subscription.

You may still see links labelled "Athens login" on various resources, but you will have to take a different route to log in.

The easier way to access all resources is through the lists of electronic journals and databases available on the UCL Library Services website ( and

This will guarantee that you get free access to all the resources to which you are entitled. If you are on-site you will not need to log in to resources. If you are off-site, you will be prompted for your UCL userid and password automatically.

If you wish you can also login directly from the website of the resource. Previously, you would have looked for a link labelled "Athens login". Now you should instead look for a link labelled something like:

• Institutional Login
• UK Federation Login
• Shibboleth Login

Different resources use different labels, but in each case you will then be asked which institution you belong to, and you can select UCL from a list. This will then take you to the UCL login screen
Institutional Login means that you can use your userid/password from your home institution (UCL) to access the resource (the login you use to access email and other central UCL services).

UK Federation is the group of institutions, including UCL, which uses the new login mechanism.
Shibboleth is the technology behind the new login mechanism (see

Monday, 6 July 2009

Library Re-opens

Following our re-opening this morning you may like to note the following:

1. Study spaces are now limited and located in the Source area of the library (ie towards the Guilford Street end). Please note there are four study spaces in the area directly facing Guilford Street.

2. Since most of our stock is now located at the UCL Wickford store, we have added instructions on how to request items on this blog, and as an FAQ. You do not need to come to the library in order to request items from store as you can either complete an online request form.

Further updates on the refurbishment will be posted on this blog.