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Library information for the UCL Faculty of Life Sciences, Division of Bioscience


New Subject Librarian contact for Psychology & Biosciences

By Francine C Wood, on 9 January 2015

The new year sees a temporary change of library contact for the Faculty of Biosciences and the Department of Psychology.

I have recently moved to the UCL Language & Speech Science Library as Acting Site Librarian on a temporary basis.  I am pleased to introduce Jacqui Smith, who has joined the UCL Library Biomedical Team as Subject Librarian for Psychology & Biosciences in the interim.

Jacqui may be contacted using the details below and, as always, general queries may be sent to library@ucl.ac.uk.

Please join me in welcoming Jacqui to UCL Library Services!


Mendeley on Desktop@UCL

By Francine C Wood, on 5 January 2015

Are you getting organised for the year ahead?  Did you know that reference management software Mendeley is now available on Desktop@UCL?  For more information about Mendeley, see my colleague’s post on the Cruciform Library iSkills Blog, E-resource of the month: Mendeley“.  A web account and desktop software can be downloaded for use on personal computers, for free. http://www.mendeley.com/

Accessing UCL and IOE libraries for UCL and IOE students

By Francine C Wood, on 2 January 2015

IoE Library

The exciting news that the Institute of Education (IOE) became part of UCL in December, means that UCL and IOE students may use library services of both institutions.

To visit IOE’s Newsam Library and Archives

UCL students will need to present their UCL ID card at IOE Library and register. As announced in our November news bulletin, electronic resources previously provided by IOE are now available through our library catalogue and search tool, Explore.

To visit UCL Libraries

IOE students will first need to collect their UCL ID card.  The card has a barcode on the back that is connected to a UCL Library account. See information and FAQs for IOE students. Students will also need  a UCL computer username and password to access electronic resources including online journals and databases.  (Search Explore for the resource required and click the “view online” or SFX links where available.  For access to material behind subscription, enter your UCL username and password when prompted.) Please contact the UCL ISD helpdesk with queries about UCL userids.  New UCL library members may find our  Getting Started, Subject Guides and Training pages useful.

Please don’t hesitate to email library@ucl.ac.uk with any library related queries.

I hope that everyone finds this change beneficial and I’m looking forward to getting to know IOE library and colleagues myself!


Happy New Year! Opening times on 3rd & 4th Jan 2015

By Francine C Wood, on 2 January 2015


Happy New Year everyone! I hope you’ve had a relaxing vacation.

We’ll be opening the Science Library this weekend for the following times:


Saturday 3rd January Library open 11:00-21:00
(Assistance Desk 11:00-17:45)
Sunday 4th January Library open 11:00-21:00
(Assistance Desk closed)

Opening dates and hours vary for other sites (smaller sites may not be open this weekend), so if you’re hoping to visit other UCL libraries please check www.ucl.ac.uk/library/opening for details first.  Normal opening hours resume on Monday the 5th.

All the best for 2015!


Welcome! Library tour for Biosciences at 14.00 today

By Francine C Wood, on 1 October 2014


Francine's profile pictureI’m the Subject Librarian for Biosciences & Psychology and my colleagues and I are here to help you find information for your studies and research! Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any queries by emailing library@ucl.ac.uk.

If you haven’t yet attended a library orientation, I’m running a Science library tour covering resources and collections for Biosciences at 14.00 today. If you’d like to come along please send me a quick email to confirm at f.wood@ucl.ac.uk.

If you can’t make it today there are plenty of resources available to help.  Our  Getting Started and Subject Guides are good places to start and there are links to a number of guides and an online course on our website.

All the best for the new term and I hope to see you in the library soon!


New resources and trials – summary

By Francine C Wood, on 11 August 2014

For more information and regular updates about new resources and trials, please see our Electronic Resources Blog.

New Resource

  • PsycTESTS. Focuses primarily on unpublished tests, developed by researchers but not made commercially available. Records link to materials describing the test in peer-reviewed literature, technical reports, or dissertations and related peer-reviewed literature describing test development, review, or use.
  • Our PsycBOOKS subscription now includes access to a number of new titles and the full text of all volumes in the APA Handbooks in Psychology Series, including: Addiction, Behavior Analysis, Counseling Psychology, Educational Psychology, Ethics in Psychology, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Multicultural Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology, Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality, Research Methods in Psychology, Sexuality and Psychology, Testing and Assessment in Psychology.  Access will soon be available via www.ucl.ac.uk/library/explore.  Please let me know if you have any problems accessing material.

Resource Trials

With thanks to Sarah Gilmore.

Restricted access to Medical Science and Cruciform collections

By Francine C Wood, on 11 August 2014

With apologies for the late notice, please be aware that the following library collections are temporarily unavailable due to building works.

Medical Sciences Reading Room (books) on the 2nd floor of the Science Library, will be unavailable on Monday 11th August to allow for the window replacement works. (This is only expected to be for one day.) More information. A book fetching service will operate at the Assistance Desk on the ground floor.

The Cruciform Library has recently been located on the 2nd  floor of the Science Library, sharing a space with the Medical Science Periodicals. From today, this room will be unavailable while books, periodicals and library staff, relocate to the new Cruciform Hub, which is expected to open on Tuesday 26th August.  This means that;

  • Print copies of Medical Science Periodicals  will be unavailable this week.
  • The Cruciform collections, will now be unavailable until the Cruciform Hub opens.

We are sorry for the inconvenience.  Please email me with any queries at f.wood@ucl.ac.uk or lib-crucienq@ucl.ac.uk for Cruciform Library Enquires.

Induction Course for SLMS PhD students

By Francine C Wood, on 25 July 2014

*Posted on behalf of Dr. Morgana Vianna. Course details are also available via the Doctoral Skills Development Programme course list.* 

PhD Induction Course for School of Life and Medical Sciences (SLMS)

This course is for research students in the School of Life and Medical Sciences. This two and a half day training programme (Mon 06th – Wed 08th October 2014) is intended to introduce the research student to the basic skills and research culture essential for a successful pathway to a PhD. It will also bring together researchers and students from many disciplines. The course includes a variety of sessions including: keeping lab notebooks, Health and Safety, Ethical research, submission of papers for publications, presentation of research, stress and time management, strategies to survive your PhD and a workshop on literature searches and the use of EndNote.

You also will have the opportunity to listen to students who have embarked on the PhD journey and their views from the faculty.

Teas, coffee and sandwich will be provided. There will be two receptions on the Mon 06th – Tue 07th October for participants to interact with speakers in a more informal environment.

For specific information please check the scheduled timetable (PhD Induction Programme 2014)

Course Recommended for

This course is particularly relevant to the following groups:

  • 1st Year Research Students
  • Students in Life Sciences
  • Students in Medical Sciences

Course Organisers

  • Organisers – Dr Morgana Eli Vianna and Dr Adam Roberts (UCL Eastman Dental Institute)
  • Administrator – Ms Kasia Bronk – (Graduate School)


Science Library Windows Replacement Project

By Francine C Wood, on 25 July 2014

This summer sees a major project to replace all the windows on the Darwin Walk and Malet Place elevations of the Science Library with high energy rating double glazed windows. 

Unfortunately, each room having a window replaced in it will be considered a building site and will need to be closed for several days.  This includes staff offices, service desks and various reading rooms.

We will do our best to keep disruption to a minimum and are aiming to offer a book fetching service for inaccessible material.  If you’re planning a trip for a particular title, please consider contacting us in advance to check that it’s available.

The schedule for closing spaces has yet to be confirmed, but work in the reading rooms for Psychology & Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, is expected to take place in early August.  Information will be published on our Science Library Windows Replacement Project  news page, so please look there for updates.

Please accept our apologies for the disruption.  If anyone has any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Library closures – Mon 30th June & Fri 11th July

By Francine C Wood, on 27 June 2014

Monday 30th of June – closed until 12:00 noon

The summer progamme of building works seems to be in full swing!  The eagle-eyed will have noticed that scaffolding is being put up around the Science Library building  – some maintenance work is scheduled to take place on the windows over the summer.   On Monday the 30th of June, the scaffolding will be going up over the entrance of the building, so the Science Library and Cruciform Library will be closed until 12:00 noon for health and safety reasons.  Apologies if this causes any inconvenience!  The Main Library is nearby and will be open as usual.  Updates via library news.

Friday 11th of July

Owing to our annual library staff conference, on Friday 11 July a number of our libraries will be closed or operating a reduced service. Details of  opening hours and closures on 11th July.