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UCL East Count Down – Opening Soon!

Kate Cheney31 October 2022

After a short pause the clock is ticking again and One Pool Street will be open and operational from Monday 14 November.

This includes the library space and services managed by Igho Wekpe. At the point of opening we will launch UCL East as a Click & Collect pick-up and return location to support our students living and studying at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The Library’s LibAnswers queue is already live and active, and the site web page has been updated with opening hours information now visible.

Next week, 7-11 November, will see lots of activity behind the scenes as LCCOS colleagues set up the library, participate in essential H&S inductions and familiarise themselves with their new work and teaching spaces, while students will be moving into the accommodation towers.

Until the Marshgate building opens in 2023, facilities at the new campus will be based at One Pool Street, the location marked with a dot nearest to the London Aquatics Centre on the map showing the UCL East campus and UCL at Here East nearby.

Accommodation for staff includes an 18-desk agile space available on a first-come first-served basis, equipped with 34” screens, docking ports for laptops, keyboards and mice. There is also a café on site and additional support provided at the campus includes a dedicated wellbeing lead. Staff visiting the campus for work purposes can make a claim for expenses incurred on top of their normal costs of travel to work by following the UCL expenses policy.


UCL East Count Down – Library Support & Induction

Craig A Martin5 September 2022

As we are approaching the final couple of weeks before we open the doors and meet new students, this is my opportunity to explain a little about the work which has been done in preparation relating to library support and induction at UCL East.

Over the past few months, we have been busy preparing resources to support students, with the exciting new postgraduate programmes that will be launching.  UCL East will initially have a ‘Click and Collect’ Service, for the first year with no physical library until 2023, when the Marshgate building opens, which Igho discussed in his blog post a few weeks ago.  This has led us to think creativity about resource provision for students.

I have been working closely with Course Programme Leads, Acquisitions, e-Resources and TLS to ensure we have as many online materials as possible to support items on reading lists – if these are eBooks, journals, databases, or digitised resources, as well as establishing links with Special Collections about the support they can provide.  Working with TLS, we have run information sessions to support new colleagues at UCL East to curate their reading lists, and to understand some of the features of Reading Lists@UCL.

The Library will be having a presence at the induction fair at UCL East on 30th September to meet and greet new students and advise them about the services available to them, so please do come along and say hello if you’re on campus.  Induction sessions have been planned for the first few weeks as well as the start of integrated library skills support, woven into programmes to support students throughout their studies.  We have spent time, as part of the Induction Working Group to ensure webpages have been updated, to incorporate UCL East to help students feel they are fully part of the UCL community.  With so many of the programmes being uniquely multi-disciplinary, this has involved collaboration with other Subject Liaison Librarians and Site Librarians to draw upon their expertise and specialist knowledge.

Craig Martin
Subject Liaison Librarian, UCL East

UCL East Count Down – One Pool Street

June Hedges30 August 2022

A post with many pictures this week. Work to finish One Pool Street is frantically underway and we currently have most things crossed that our Library space will be open on time.


One Pool Street will be mainly student accommodation providing a home for 500+ students, but it will also include research labs and studios, a lecture theatre that doubles as a cinema and bike parking for 300+ bikes! Our main focus, though, is the Library space on the first floor of the building. For the first year (2022/23), this will form the hub of our services to staff and students based at UCL East. We’ve already had an update on what services will be available in the UCL East Library space. Last week we also got some new photos of the site: it looks like there is still a lot to do, but the level 1 lecture theatre/cinema is certainly taking shape.

Once we have access to One Pool Street we will be able to start work making sure that the space, which will include 35 study spaces. A further 42 study spaces will be available in the Social Commons on Levels 1 & 2. In addition there will be space for the 3 library staff that will be running the site. Staff working space within One Pool Street will be limited in the first year.

UCL East Count Down – Special Collections activity

Joanna C Baines22 August 2022

Over the next few weeks we will be posting updates about our steps to prepare for the opening of our service at One Pool Street on the new UCL East Campus. Today we’re taking a look at Special Collections’ presence and projects they’ve been working on.

Photograph of UCL East under construction, Spring 2022. Pool Street is visible on the left of the river with Marshgate on the right.

Photograph of UCL East under construction, Spring 2022. Pool Street is visible on the left of the river with Marshgate on the right.


Initially Special Collections will have two full-time members of staff based at UCL East: myself (Academic Liaison Librarian / Archivist) and Anna Fineman (Outreach Programme Manager). I am leading all academic teaching and related projects at East; Anna is expanding and developing our brilliant Outreach programme, working with communities in the four neighbouring boroughs to campus (Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Waltham Forest). We’re currently recruiting for an additional Conservator and a Teaching and Collections Assistant who will also be based at Stratford.

Special Collections is heavily involved in the new Public History MA which begins at Pool Street this autumn; we’re leading sessions, developing group projects for students to work on and supporting all areas of delivery of this course. It’s a really exciting degree, exploring history in non-academic contexts and we’re ready to learn as much from the students and activities as we can.


A big part of our presence at UCL East will be engaging with our collections in lots of innovative ways, and getting to know the material we hold is crucial. We’re currently identifying items that will likely be used in teaching and outreach and working with our brilliant conservation and digitisation teams to get everything as ready as we can. We’re also meeting staff working in the new spaces at Pool Street (the Urban Room and Memory Workshop) and Marshgate (Culture Lab) to figure out logistics and opening projects.


UCL East is a big melting pot of academic ideas and departments – especially for Special Collections who will be based in spaces led by the new School for Creative and Cultural Industries (SCCI). I am spending a lot of time meeting academics to talk about how Special Collections can support the many new courses starting at East over the next few years – it’s really exciting starting from the ground up, even if it does involve a big spreadsheet to track it all! Anna is also collaborating with our East Bank partners, building on the incredible work the Outreach team has already been doing at East for a while.

If there’s anything you’d like to know about or would like to collaborate with Special Collections with, please do get in touch! We’re always happy to hear from you.

Photograph of One Pool Street under construction.

Photograph of One Pool Street under construction

Creating Connections East: spaces available for event on 10th June

Benjamin Meunier24 May 2019

Creating Connections East: UK 2070 Commission on Inequalities

Monday 10 June 2019 15:00 – 17:00

Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green, E2 6HG

Creating Connections is a regular networking event bringing people together from UCL with representatives of community organisations, charities, residents’ groups, social enterprises and statutory organisations. For our next event, we’re teaming up with the UK2070 Commission, an independent inquiry into social and economic inequality in the UK. We warmly invite you to join us.


We’ve still got some spaces available – find out more and sign up at studentsunionucl.org/volunteering/about/creating-connections/creating-connections-east

And if you know anyone else at UCL who might be interested, please do feel free to pass on this invitation.

Topics will include:

Local talent & skills: Come and talk to people interested in: how to nurture local skills, ensuring local talent is part of the economic future, support for vocational training, how universities can support local job markets, how we can help people overcome barriers to entering the workforce.


New technology: Come and talk to people interested in: how new technology can create new jobs, how the Voluntary and Community sector can benefit from new technology, how schools can prepare young people for technological change, how data science can be utilised by communities, what opportunities are there in clean tech?


Local cultural and sporting sectors: Come and talk to people interested in: how to engage under-represented groups in the cultural and sporting activities; what role universities have in the cultural and sporting sectors; the role of culture and sport in economic development.


Supporting projects for the future: Come and talk to people interested in: What types of projects would transform east London for long term success? What services and activities should local decision-makers focus on? What would success look like in east London?


This is a short networking event for people interested in these issues – a starting point for finding like-minded people you might want to collaborate with. It’s intended for experts, beginners and everyone in between. It’s not a conference and there won’t be long plenary speeches or workshops!


Light refreshments will be provided.


Find out more and register at:


If you’ve any questions or comments about the event, contact John Braime at Students’ Union Volunteering Service (j.braime@ucl.ac.uk) , Briony Fleming in UCL’s Public Engagement Unit (b.fleming@ucl.ac.uk) or Lucy Natarajan from UCL / UK 2070 (lucy.natarajan@ucl.ac.uk)


Creating Connections East is organised by UCL’s Public Engagement Unit, Students’ Union UCL’s Volunteering Service and The UK2070 Commission

Estates strategy consultation forum opens to UCL community

Benjamin Meunier5 April 2019

An online consultation forum has been launched by UCL Estates for staff and students to share their ideas and thoughts on UCL’s current estate and their views on opportunities and investment priorities for its future development.

 The consultation will feed into a refreshed strategy for the university’s estate, which UCL Estates is preparing to align the next phase of UCL’s physical development with UCL 2034. The strategy will consider UCL’s buildings and physical estate, the impact of UCL East and other satellite locations and the opportunities for growth.

 Among the comments and discussions posted so far include the need to for the strategy to ensure UCL sites outside of its Bloomsbury campus feel part of the UCL family and a suggestion for innovative bike storage on campus.

Visit the forum and share your views.

NB: After entering your UCL email address you will be sent your individual access link, which you can bookmark. You will be automatically logged in for a period of 30 days after which you will need to revisit the original email link.

UCL East: consultation

Benjamin Meunier11 May 2017

Two consultation exercises relating to UCL East are currently underway, and Library Services colleagues are invited to take part in both:

  • Help shape the website for UCL East

The UCL East programme is currently creating a new website, which will have the majority of the content that you can see on the site now, as well as the latest information about UCL East and an updated look and feel.

To make sure that the new website is relevant and helpful – and has all the information that you would like to know – the team would love to hear your views on our current site, how it can be developed and any suggestions for the future.

To give your thoughts and feedback, take a look around the current site and complete this survey – there are nine short questions, and it will only take a few minutes to complete.


  • Find out about the plans for the first building at UCL East

Pool Street West makes up part of the first phase of UCL East and will feature student accommodation, academic, retail, community and engagement uses for UCL students and staff and the public. The building will feature a London Memory Archive, a partnership between Culture Lab and Library Services which will include digitization facilities, an oral history recording booth and exhibition space. There will also be a Library to support the students and staff based on the new campus, which we are working to develop in tandem with ISD Student & Registry Services to provide joined-up services to students on site.

Public consultation meetings have been scheduled for the first UCL East building on Pool Street will take place on 17-20th May. Times, dates and locations are provided below.

Pool Street West – Road Show Exhibition Details

Wednesday 17 May, 11am – 2pm

UCL Bloomsbury | South Quad In front of the Print Room Café

Thursday 18 May, 11am – 2pm

UCL Bloomsbury | Main Quad South Side, in front of the Wilkins Building

Friday 19 May, 11am – 2pm

Stratford Broadway In the public space adjacent to St John’s

Saturday 20 May, 11am – 2pm

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park At Waterworks Place, adjacent to the play fountain

If you are planning to attend the events in Stratford, further information can be found in this leaflet: stage1-roadshow-events-flyer.

Creating Connections East 5 – now open for booking

Benjamin Meunier20 January 2017


Colleagues from Library Services are warmly invited to attend the next Creating Connections event, where a number of topics will be discussed ranging from mental health support to safeguarding vulnerable people and the role of the library and of the university in the wider community. Full details below.

Creating Connections East 5 Wednesday March 8th from 3pm – 5pm.

Stratford Library, The Grove, E15 1EL (10 minute walk from Stratford Underground / Train Station)


Register at uclu.org/creating-connections

Creating Connections East is a networking event that brings together staff and postgraduate students from University College London and the University of East London with representatives from community organisations, charities, residents’ groups, social enterprises and statutory organisations. The afternoon is a mixture of themed discussions in small groups with more informal networking; the aim is to find areas of common interest and encourage collaborative working.

Previous events have had a good turn out and we’re now onto our fifth edition. We are trying out holding the event in the afternoon this time. We hope this will make it more accessible and attract some new people.

If you work or are a postgrad student at UCL and UEL and are interested in making links with community organisations from East London and beyond – please come along.

If you work for a community organisation, or are a member of one, and would like to explore ways you might work with people from UCL and UEL – this event is for you too!


Topics will include:

  • Safeguarding women

The event will be held on International Women’s Day, so come and meet people interested in how we can safeguard women and girls in our communities (forced marriage, domestic abuse, female genital mutilation, amongst other issues)

  • Mental health support

How can we best support people with mental health issues in our communities?  What non-clinical support services are there? What support do charities need to run non-clinical support services? And how can university research on mental health help? What role can social prescribing play in mental health support?

  • Libraries in the community

Come and meet people interested in libraries as community hubs; creative ways in which libraries can be used; university libraries and public engagement; use of libraries for community research.

  • The university in the community

With UCL building a new campus on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and with UEL’s long legacy of working in East London, let’s discuss how we can best work with the local community. What kind of projects would be beneficial? What do you expect from partnership and project working with a university? How can UCL and UEL break down barriers and make ourselves more accessible to the community?

  • Involving men in volunteering and engagement

Women tend to volunteer and get involved in engagement projects more than men. Come and meet people interested in redressing the balance. How can we encourage more men to get involved? What is it that prevents men from volunteering and doing engagement? How can we make it easier for them, break down barriers and challenge perceptions?

  • Refugees and migrants

Come and meet people interested in supporting refugees and migrants. How can we support recent immigrants to access health services? What are the best ways to involve them in local decision making? How can we deal with the need for housing? How can we improve educational provision for young immigrants?

Note that the event is a short networking event for people interested in these issues – a starting point for finding like-minded people you might want to collaborate with. It’s intended for experts, beginners and everyone in between. It’s not a conference and there won’t be long plenary speeches or workshops!

Light refreshments will be provided.


Register at uclu.org/creating-connections

If you’ve any questions or comments about the event, contact Kim Townsend at UCL Public Engagement Unit, Joe Crook at UEL Volunteering, or Jyoti Singh at Newham Council


Creating Connections East  is organised by UCL’s Public Engagement Unit, UCLU’s Volunteering Services Unit, University of East London, and London Borough of Newham.

UCL Special Collections opens new reading room in the Wilkins building

Benjamin Meunier23 November 2016

On Monday 21st November 2016, a group of Library Services staff and supporters including UCL academics and Professional Services staff celebrated the formal opening of a new reading room which will allow wider access to UCL’s rare books, manuscripts and archive materials for research and public engagement, supporting UCL’s distinctive Connected Curriculum.

Dr Paul Ayris said a few words to mark the opening of the reading room, sited at the heart of UCL. Paul highlighted that the project had delivered a high-spec space which UCL could be proud of. The opening marks a new phase in the history of UCL Special Collections, which started largely as a set of collections donated by the widows of early professors at UCL. Developments are afoot to establish permanent new bases for the treasures held in Special Collections, with a collaborative venture in partnership with Senate House Library and members of the federal university, as well as expansion facilities in future phases of UCL East. Paul congratulated all those involved in establishing the new reading room, and the party toasted the future of UCL Special Collections.

UC School pupils

As described in a recent tweet, the site where UCL Special Collections’ new reading room is located was once a playground for University College School pupils…

What’s in our Special Collections?

UCL’s collections of manuscripts, archives and rare books date back as far as the 4th century AD and cover a vast range of subject areas, notably: London, Social History, Latin America, Jewish Collections and the Orwell Archive – which is the most comprehensive body of source material for Orwell studies anywhere in the world.

A selection of Special Collections treasures were on show at the event.

A selection of Special Collections treasures were on show at the event.

Did you know?

  • Some of the earliest donations to the Library include the 4,000 books given by Jeremy Bentham in 1833.
  • We recently discovered the manuscript of a poem by Byron inscribed into Samuel Rogers’ The Pleasures of Memory (London, 1810).
  • The first major manuscript gift, a magnificent 13th-century illuminated Latin Bible, was presented by William Steere in 1859.
  • Sonia Orwell, George Orwell’s widow, chose UCL Library Services to house the precious manuscripts and notebooks of the author of Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm.

The new reading room is located in the South Junction and is open weekdays from 09.00-17.00 with appointments to consult material between 10.00 and 16.00. The room can hold up to 8 readers at any one time.

UCL East Housewarming event

utnvbsc25 May 2016

Last week, I attended a workshop in West Ham hosted by UCL’s public engagement team. The aim was to bring together groups from a range of stakeholders to begin discussing what the museum and engagement space should look like at UCL East. There were lots of people from PACE (Public and Cultural Engagement) – especially from the UCL Museums. I was joined by colleagues Tabitha Tuckett and Peter Field in representing UCL Library Services. The first thing we learnt is that it is imperative that engagement with the local community begins well before the building space itself is constructed – and this demonstrated to me how UCL East is so much more than just a building.

A point of discussion which exercised us for quite some time was how to ensure we create a space which can accommodate a disparate range of users. It was felt that a range of suitable spaces for debate and dialog was important in enabling connections between researchers and residents in Newham Borough to be created. Also, that whilst many specific activities might be catered for on the site (e.g. swimming), people would also want a place to congregate, network, and socialise and find information. What better place than a UCL Library Hub for such a venue?

As the new KPA Outreach representative for UCL Library Services, this was a great opportunity to meet colleagues in PACE and learn more about what UCL is trying to achieve with this project. It was great to be able to contribute ideas which will help place the library at the centre of this.