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SSEES Library - Ground Floor

SSEES Library Ground Floor

Email Us:
ssees-library@ucl.ac.uk

Call Us:
020 7679 8701

 

@UCLSSEESLibrary

The Basics

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.

 

Opening Hours

UCL SSEES Library has 24-hour opening during term-time and most of the Easter Vacation.

Please note that we will CLOSED on the second May Bank Holiday, Monday 29th May,

Full details of opening arrangements for all UCL libraries are available at UCL Library Services.

There may be exceptional circumstances when the Library needs to close unexpectedly. In order to stay up-to-date, follow us on Twitter @UCLSSEESLibrary or on our Facebook page.

Term Time

Monday

Library opens at 09.00
24 hour opening (staffed services 9:00 - 21:00)

Tuesday

24 hour opening (staffed services 9:00 - 21:00)

Wednesday

24 hour opening (staffed services 9:00 - 21:00)

Thursday

24 hour opening (staffed services 9:00 - 21:00)

Friday

24 hour opening (staffed services 9:00 - 21:00)

Saturday

Library closes at 17:00 (staffed services 10.00 - 17.00)

Sunday

Self-service only 10:00-17:00

                              Christmas Vacation: 17 December 2016 - 8 January 2017

Friday 16 December

Closing at 21:00

Saturday 17 December and Sunday 18 December

CLOSED

Monday 19 December - Thursday 22 December

10:00-19:00

Friday 23 December

10:00-17:00

Saturday 24 December - Monday 2 January

CLOSED

Tuesday 3 January - Friday 6 January

10:00-19:00

Saturday 7 January and Sunday 8 January

CLOSED

                              Easter Vacation 2017

Wednesday 12 April

Staffed services close at 21:00
24 hour opening

Thursday 13 April

No staffed services; self-service available
Closing at 17:00

Friday 14 - Monday 17 April

CLOSED

Tuesday 18 April

Library opens at 10:00
No staffed services; self-service available
24 hour opening

Wednesday 19 April

No staffed services; self-service available
24 hour opening

Thursday 20 April

Staffed services resume at 09:00
Normal term-time opening hours resume

Summer Hours: Monday 6 June - Sunday 25 September 2016

Monday

10:00-19:00

Tuesday

10:00-19:00

Wednesday

10:00-19:00

Thursday

10:00-19:00

Friday

10:00-19:00

Saturday

10:00-17:00

Sunday

Closed

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Contact the Library

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.

  • General Enquiries:
  • Help Desk:
    • tel: 020 7679 8701, int. 28701
  • Membership enquiries:
  • Inter-Library Loans:
  • Research enquiries:
    • Russia, Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic States: Wojciech Janik, tel: 020 7679 8705, int. 28705; email: w.janik@ucl.ac.uk
    • Central Europe, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary: Zuzana PinĨíková, tel: 020 7679 8706, int. 28706; email: z.pincikova@ucl.ac.uk
    • South East Europe: Suzana Tamamovic, tel: 020 7679 8711, int. 28711; email: s.tamamovic@ucl.ac.uk
  • Other enquiries regarding the Library's services or facilities:

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Finding the Library

Address and Contact details 

UCL SSEES Library
16 Taviton Street
London
WC1H 0BW

Tel: 020 7679 8701, int. 28701

  • UCL Route Finder can help you find directions to and from any building on campus.
  • UCL Campus Map
  • 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.

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Layout of the Library

The Library occupies the bottom four floors of the UCL SSEES building, with the entrance on the Ground Floor.

Lower Ground Floor -

  • Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Finno-Ugrian, General Balkans, General Baltic, General Slavonic, Greece, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Sorbs (Wends), Turkey, Vojvodina, Yugoslavia
  • Periodicals (Journals) and Newspapers
  • Printers and photocopiers
  • Two Desktop@UCL computers
  • Microfilm reader/printer
  • Scanner
  • Toilets

Ground Floor -

  • Help Desk
  • Self-service machine and book bin
  • Casual seating
  • 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 (issuing only)
  • Multimedia room
  • Student Cluster
  • Postgraduate Cluster (accessible outside of the Library)
  • Toilets

Second Floor -

  • Belarus, Russia, Ukraine
  • Library Office
  • Large meeting room

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Disabled Access

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.

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Proper Library Behaviour

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 hot or cold drinks in closed containers into the Library, but for the comfort of all users food is not permitted. 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 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.

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Joining the Library

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 foreign universities are entitled to free reference access to the Library, as are all current students from University of London institutions.

** IMPORTANT: Access arrangements 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.

** IMPORTANT: Access arrangements during Term 3 **

External visitors should report to the membership point just inside the Library entrance. If it is your first visit, 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.

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. One passport photograph is required for the borrowing card.

Private scholar borrowing (3 standard loan books) is available for an annual fee.

If you would like more information on Library membership, please contact the User Services Librarian, e-mail: ssees-library@ucl.ac.uk, tel: 020 7679 8704, int. 28704.

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