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Using the library: Using the Library

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

Term 1 Opening Hours (effective from 6th November 2020)

  Click & Collect Help Desk
Monday 13:00-18:45 13:00-19:00
Wednesday 13:00-18:45 13:00-19:00
Friday 13:00-18:45 13:00-19:00
Saturday 10:00-16:45 10:00-17:00

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

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.

  • Help Desk:

    • tel: 020 7679 8701, int. 28701

  • 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
  • UCL Campus Maps - Search or browse UCL locations and find directions to and from any building on campus.

  • 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, 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

  • 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

Please see the Membership Services homepage for up-to-date information on joining the Library during the 2020/2021 academic year.

Borrowing access for visitors

Please see the Membership Services homepage for up-to-date information on joining the Library during the 2020/2021 academic year.


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