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SSEES Library - Ground Floor

SSEES Library Ground Floor

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020 7679 8701


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. 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.

Easter Vacation Opening Hours  (Saturday 23 March 2019 onwards)

UCL SSEES Library is open 24/7 throughout the Easter vacation. There are no staffed services over the Easter weekend itself, but the Library will be open to existing card holders at all times, with self-service borrowing and returning available.

  Reading Rooms Staffed Services
Tuesday 16th April 24-hour opening 09:00-17:00
Wednesday 17th April 24-hour opening No staffed services
Thursday 18th April 24-hour opening No staffed services
Friday 19th April 24-hour opening No staffed services
Saturday 20th April 24-hour opening No staffed services
Sunday 21st April 24-hour opening No staffed services
Monday 22nd April 24-hour opening No staffed services
Tuesday 23rd April 24-hour opening 09:00-21:00

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.

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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, Ukraine, Belarus and Eurasia: Wojciech Janik, tel: 020 7679 8705, int. 28705; email:
    • Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary: Zuzana Pinčíková, tel: 020 7679 8706, int. 28706; email:
    • Poland, the Baltic States, Germany and Finland: Elżbieta Szubarczyk, tel: 020 7679 8711, int. 28711; email:
    • South-East Europe: Suzana Tamamović, tel: 020 7679 8711, int. 28711; email:
  • Other enquiries regarding the Library's services or facilities:

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Finding the Library

Address and Contact details 

16 Taviton Street

Tel: 020 7679 8701, int. 28701

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  • 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 for borrowing and returns
  • 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 (for borrowing only)
  • Multimedia room
  • Student Cluster (including Laptop Loan facility)
  • 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 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.

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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 overseas universities are entitled to free reference access to the Library, as are all current students from University of London institutions. Restrictions apply to undergraduates and taught postgraduates from LSE, City and SOAS 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.

IMPORTANT - Restrictions during Term 3
Due to exceptional demands on our services during UCL's examination period we will not be accepting applications from paying reference users / members of the public from Tuesday 23rd April until Friday 7th June 2019. Please contact for further information.
Restrictions also apply to undergraduates and taught postgraduates from LSE, City and SOAS during Term 3.

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:, tel: 020 7679 8704, int. 28704.

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