The Library occupies the four lowest floors of the SSEES building in Taviton Street. The entrance to the Library and the Library Help Desk are located on the Ground Floor, while the main reading areas are on the Lower Ground, First and Second Floors.
You may work in whichever part of the Library you find most comfortable. You may take books and periodicals from one floor to another, but please leave them on one of the shelving trolleys when you have finished with them, not on a desk or back on the shelves. There is a 24-Hour Reservation Shelf on the Lower Ground Floor where you may reserve books for further use.
The information in this section will provide you with the basics of the Library.
UCL SSEES Library has 24-hour opening on weekdays during term-time and most of the Easter Vacation. We are open 24/7 during Term 3. Over the summer we are open 10:00-19:00, Mondays-Fridays, and 10:00-17:00 on Saturdays.
Term 2 Opening Hours (Monday 13th January - Friday 27th March 2020)
|Day||Reading Rooms||Staffed Services|
|Mondays||Open at 09:00||09:00-21:00|
|Tuesdays||Open 24 hours||09:00-21:00|
|Wednesdays||Open 24 hours||09:00-21:00|
|Thursdays||Open 24 hours||09:00-21:00|
|Fridays||Open 24 hours||09:00-21:00|
|Saturdays||Close at 17:00||10:00-17:00|
|Sundays||10:00-17:00||No staffed services|
Full details of opening arrangements for all UCL libraries are available at UCL Library Services.
Please feel free to ask any member of library staff for help, and we will be happy to provide it. There is a Help Desk on the Ground Floor of the Library. You are also welcome to come into the staff offices on the Ground, First and Second Floors of the Library, or feel free to approach any one of us who is walking around. Here is a full list of UCL SSEES Library staff.
tel: 020 7679 8702, int. 28702;
tel: 020 7679 8701, int. 28701
tel: 020 7679 8704, int. 28704;
tel: 020 7679 8702, int. 28702;
Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Eurasia: Wojciech Janik, tel: 020 7679 8705, int. 28705; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary: Zuzana Pinčíková, tel: 020 7679 8706, int. 28706; email: email@example.com
Poland, the Baltic States, Germany and Finland: Elżbieta Szubarczyk, tel: 020 7679 8707, int. 28707; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
South-East Europe: Suzana Tamamović, tel: 020 7679 8703, int. 28703; email: email@example.com
Other enquiries regarding the Library's services or facilities:
tel: 020 7679 8702, int. 28702;
Address and Contact details
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Closest tube stations: Euston Square (Metropolitan, Hammersmith and City and Circle lines); Euston (Northern and Victoria lines); Russell Square (Piccadilly line) and King's Cross St. Pancras (Northern, Victoria, Piccadilly, Metropolitan, Hammersmith and City and Circle lines)
Cycling: There are bike racks right in front of our building where you can secure your bike and also a docking station for Santander Cycle Hire Scheme bikes.
The Library occupies the bottom four floors of the UCL SSEES building, with the entrance on the Ground Floor.
Lower Ground Floor -
Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Central Asia, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Finno-Ugrian, General Balkans, General Baltic, General Slavonic, Georgia, Greece, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Sorbs (Wends), Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vojvodina, Yugoslavia
Periodicals (Journals) and Newspapers
Printers and photocopiers
Two Desktop@UCL computers
Ground Floor -
Self-service machine for borrowing and returns
General reference collection
New book display
Book return bin (outside the Library entrance)
First Floor -
Austria, Czechoslovakia, Czech Republic, German Democratic Republic, Germany, Hungary, Ivanyi, Miscellaneous & Europe, Poland, Slovakia
Small meeting room
Self-issue machine (for borrowing only)
Student Cluster (including Laptop Loan facility)
Postgraduate Cluster (accessible outside of the Library)
Second Floor -
Belarus, Russia, Ukraine
Large meeting room
UCL SSEES Library is accessible to readers with disabilities. There is a ramp at the entrance to the building and a lift within the Library. There are also two height-adjustable desks located in the Current Periodicals section on the Lower Ground Floor. Library Services offers a range of other facilities for users with disabilities.
Please help us make the Library a comfortable place for all students to study. You will be asked to move to the Ground Floor if you are disturbing other people by talking. Mobile phones must be switched off or set to silent in all the public areas apart from the Ground Floor and the staircases from First to Second. You are welcome to bring your own hot or cold drinks in closed containers into the Library, but for the comfort of all users food is not permitted. A drinking fountain is provided on the Lower Ground Floor, where you may refill water bottles. Be very careful of your own property while you are in the Library and do not leave valuables unattended. If you do leave something behind, there is a Lost and Found box at the Help Desk.
If you see anybody acting suspiciously or damaging library property, please report the incident to a member of library staff immediately.
UCL SSEES Library is open to all UCL students and staff who have a valid UCL ID card.
Reference access for visitors
Academic staff and research postgraduates from UK and overseas universities are entitled to free reference access to the Library, as are all current students from University of London institutions. Restrictions apply during Term 3.
Taught postgraduates and undergraduates from other British universities which participate in the SCONUL Summer Vacation Scheme are admitted free of charge during UCL's summer vacation, but must pay a fee during term-time and during winter or spring vacations. Members of the public and some other categories of visitor have to pay a fee to use the Library. A day ticket costs £7. Weekly and monthly tickets are also available.
External visitors should report to the membership point just inside the Library entrance. You will need to fill in a short application form and supply details of your status before you are issued with a Library card. Please bring photographic proof of ID with you, such as a driving licence or passport, and also some proof of your home address, such as a bank statement or utility bill. If paying for membership, you also need to bring cash with you as we are unable to accept card payments.
Borrowing access for visitors
Free borrowing (5 standard loan books) is available to UK/Irish academic staff and research students, provided their home institution is a participant in the SCONUL Access scheme. Users must complete the online form on the SCONUL website and have their application approved by their home institution library, prior to requesting borrowing access at UCL.
Private scholar borrowing (3 standard loan books) is available to members of the public for an annual fee.
If you would like more information on Library membership, please contact the Library Manager, Gillian Long, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 020 7679 8704, int. 28704.