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Survey on the new furniture

We are running a survey on the new furniture Let us know your thoughts here:

New tool in RPS - automatic publication claiming

Most UCL researchers are used to the way Research Publications Service (RPS) searches external databases (like Scopus and Web of Science) to find publications that may belong to UCL authors, based on their search settings. By default, suggested publications are put in the pending publications list, where they can be manually reviewed and claimed (or rejected). Now, though, after a recent upgrade, RPS is even better at helping UCL authors record their publications. The latest upgrade to RPS that introduced new tool that helps authors to identify their papers: auto-claiming. More than 2,000 authors at UCL already use their ORCID in RPS, but UCL’s Research Publications Service can now find and claim even more papers, using even more identifiers including e-mail address. When RPS can tell that a paper belongs to the author, it claims it automatically. This new tool helps researchers to identify their papers and record them in RPS quickly, as it minimises number of publications that are s…

What to do if Explore becomes unavailable

Explore is provided on a remote server which is not directly under UCL control, and which also serves a number of other universities across Europe. If for any reason it becomes unavailable, please try the following alternative sources of information:

Fines Amnesty

From the start of term, 25th September 2017, Library Services will be reintroducing the limit on outstanding fines to £20. Once your fines have reached this amount you will not be able to borrow or renew books or collect inter-library loans until the fines have been paid. The purpose of the block is to prevent readers accruing large debts. This was previously part of Library Services policy and its reinstatement will benefit readers and Library Services. We appreciate that a number of people have outstanding fines greater than £20 and that paying this off could cause hardship. We are introducing a fine amnesty for all fines incurred before 25th September and readers will be asked to pay a maximum of £20 fines. Anything above that amount will be waived. Outstanding payments for lost books or inter library loans must still be paid. All fines incurred after Monday 25th September will be expected to be paid in full and once a total of £20 has been reached, library accounts will be blocke…

Food policy change

Due to our brand new library  our food policy has  changed and just bottled water is allowed.

New look search from UCL Library Services

A new look beta version of our Explore search tool is now  available, running alongside the current Explore interface.  This new, mobile-friendly version searches all of the same content as Explore, and connects to library accounts when you sign in as usual, but has some key benefits such as:  A new look and feel which adapts to your screen sizeA single screen for each search resultThe on-screen text has been stripped back to essentials for a cleaner view So please try out the new service soon, and send us your feedback through the form on our information page

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We are pleased to announce that the brand new UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health Library has just reopened . The refurbished library has 105 study spaces with UCL computers. These can either be computer spaces or they can convert with a touch of a button to study spaces without a computer. This work forms part of our ongoing project to add over 400 additional PCs to our libraries. Other facilities in the Child Health Library include: Quiet study areaGroup study areaStudy pod2 print@ucl printersSeparate room with 8 computers5 explore machines for GOSH staff to access the UCL resources 7 Great Ormond Street computersSoft furnishing  We look forward to welcoming our users and hope you enjoy the new spaces.

New Dynamed Tutorials

We are pleased to announce that we  now have a new Dynamed Plus tutorials on our  online tutorials page

The new and improved BNF app

The new and improved BNF app  Following the recent launch by the publishers of the BNF of a new, faster, easier to use and access BNF app, the current NICE BNF app will be withdrawn later this year. The new app has been purpose built for iOS and Android platforms. This has enabled an intuitive design and enhanced features around search and interactions checking and updating mechanisms. These features provide enhanced access to high quality, authoritative information and guidance on the move. It's aimed the professionals working in the UK (including Northern Ireland): prescriberspharmacistsother health and social care professionals. For the first time, adult and child BNF content is available through a single app. This provides ease of use and saves space on your device. Those working in health and social care can download and use the app for free. The app is fully portable and you don't need an internet connection to use it. This means that the BNF's guidance is available …


For all UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, or UCL Institute for Global Health teaching staff:
ReadingLists@UCL is a service that can be used to create an online reading list for your 2017-2018 modules. More information can be found at:
You will have complete control of your list, which is quick and easy to populate and update; lists can be updated instantly from wherever you are. Once the reading list has been set up, a link to the list can be quickly activated within your Moodle module. Library staff can provide initial support or training and, depending on staff availability, may be available to populate your initial list for you. Please contact us if you would like us to set up a list for your module.
As well as linking to electronic journal articles, the library can also purchase books, digitise book chapters for inclusion in reading lists, or can include links to video clips.
If you already have…

UCL and Great Ormond Street hospital now have access to Emcare (Ovid)

UCL and Great Ormond Street hospital now have  access to Emcare (Ovid)

Emcare (Ovid) covers all nursing specialties and nursing healthcare professions.  The database includes international coverage and unique content not found in other nursing and allied health databases, including more than a thousand journals not covered by Embase.

Features include:

3,700+ international journals indexed1,800+ titles not available on other leading nursing databasesNearly 5 million records dating back to 1995Up to 250,000 records/citations added each yearBroadest scope of international content—more than any other nursing database: 50% of journals are from North America, 40% are from Europe; 10% are from Rest of World. 9% of all records are for articles not in English, most have English-language abstracts.70% of records have online abstractsMore than 70,000 preferred terms in EMTREE, expanded with nursing and allied health terms. All mapped to MEDLINE’s MeSH

Great Ormond Street staff can access it via th…

UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health Library refurbishment

The UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health Library will be having a complete makeover this summer. To carry out this work we will be closing from the 19 June until mid-August.  What services will available while the library is shut?library staff will be available to help students and staff in the Wolfson Centrescheduled training sessions will carry on as advertisedstaff will also be available for one to one support Where else can I study? You can use any of UCL’s libraries. The closest one is the School of Pharmacy Library What about borrowing books & using the MSc. dissertations held in the library?  What about returning books? Unfortunately, the library will be a building site and entry will not be permitted for library staff or users.  Borrowing will not be possible and we regret that we cannot operate a fetching service. Please borrow all the books you need before the 19th June, they won’t be due before 25th September. If you need to return your books before the li…

Windows in the reading room

We are happy to announce that all the windows in  the reading room have now been unsealed so lots of fresh air is coming through the  reading room. The reading room will be now much more comfortable.

General Election Websites - views from UCL

UCL Public Policy is coordinating a dedicated UCL site for the period of the election, bringing together all of the relevant news, analysis and events from across UCL

24/7 library opening

The UCL  Main and Science libraries and the Cruciform Hub have extended their opening hours over weekends, so that students  can use the study spaces 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

British Library support for postgraduate students and researchers

British Library Reference EnquiryService staff now offer free Discovery and 1-2-1 sessions for researchers and postgraduate students who have recently acquired a British Library Readers Pass. The sessions aim to introduce particular areas of the British Library’s collections and to provide general guidance on how to search their catalogues, find and order material and make the most of the resources available.
Further information about the sessions and how to book a place is available on the British Library’s Reader Sessions webpage at

32 e-books on the Elsevier eLibrary platform

Library Services has subscribed to 32 e-books on the Elsevier eLibrary platform ( These are textbooks in high demand by medical students and the service allows them to be downloaded for 7 days at a time.

Share the space

In response to student feedback, Library Services are piloting a new #ShareTheSpace scheme in several libraries (including the Cruciform Hub and the Royal Free Hospital Medical Library) to help make it fairer for students who are waiting for a study space. Anyone taking a break from studying for more than 30 minutes will be asked to remove their belongings to make the study space available for another student. The scheme launches at the start of Term 3 on 24th April and will be evaluated after the exam period.

Exam success guide

The examination period is an understandably stressful time, and very few of us can honestly say that we don't get at least a little nervous before sitting an exam! As much as we might sometimes dislike them, exams are in most cases an essential means of assessment, and they're nothing to be afraid of!
This  exam success guide will help you perform at your best of your ability on the day and get the best possible results. It'll show you how to become a revision champion, and will give you all the tips, advice, handy apps and other resources you need to own organisation, conquer concentration and master motivation. 

Cancelled: Shibboleth (Single Sign-on) outage, 14th February

The planned outage of the Single Sign-on service next Tuesday will no longer go ahead.

Single Sign-on maintenance will affect e-resource access on Tuesday, 14th February

Please note that the UCL Single Sign-on, which is used to login to a number of our services and electronic resources, will be unavailable on Tuesday 14th February between 09:00 - 13:00.  Areas which will be affected by the outage include: All off-site access to electronic resourcesOn-site access to some electronic resources including Dawsonera, EBL/E-Book Central, Digimap, Westlaw and BBC MonitoringLogin to certain services such as Metalib and Digital Collections Unfortunately, as this is part of a large-scale datacentre migration project in ISD, a term-time outage is unavoidable but we do a