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

Francine C Wood2 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!


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

Francine C Wood27 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.

New Copyright Support Officer

Francine C Wood16 April 2014

Chris Holland has recently joined UCL Library Services as Copyright Support Officer, and will be posting news and answers to frequently asked questions on the Copyright Queries blog.

Welcome Chris!

The team can be reached by emailing copyright@ucl.ac.uk.

A farewell from me…..

Lisa K Flint22 January 2014

Sadly, this will probably be my last blog entry and I’ll be leaving UCL at the end of this month, crikey thats next week! librarian-cartoon I hope that the blog has been useful and hopefully it will carry on in some shape or form when the new owner is in post.

A big thanks to all the staff in Biosciences and best of luck to all students, I wish you all well!!

Lisa x

Psychology / Biology / Botany / Zoology Reading room

Lisa K Flint6 September 2013

We are currently just rearranging this room in terms of the book collections, so please bear with us whilst things aren’t quite in their usual place! Hopefully all the books will be back on the shelves soon, in a slightly different order, and not so squished as before!!

Zoological Society of London – what’s new?

Lisa K Flint8 March 2013


Zoological Society of London

Wolfson Library 

Newly Acquired Books February 2013

Library opening hours: 9.30am–5.30pm, Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) 

To celebrate the forthcoming opening of the new Tiger Territory, the Library currently has on display historical material relating to big cat enclosures at ZSL London Zoo.

Also, see our Artefact of the month at http://bit.ly/artefact-of-the-month featuring the biogeographical books of Alfred Russel Wallace. 

Zoological gardens and menageries

Old London Zoo : a selection of early postcard scenes and views to recall the days when Regent’s Park Zoo was, for most people, simply THE ZOO : postcards confirming or revealing aspects of zoo history and animal management / selected by Nick Thompson from his own collection for the Bartlett Society A.G.M., held on 25th October, 1997. – [S.l.] : the author, 1997 27AJ/ED

Presented by Sarah-Joy Maddeaux, Bristol Zoo Gardens, February 2013.


Wildlife crime scorecard [electronic resource] : assessing compliance with and enforcement of CITES commitments for tigers, rhinos and elephants. – [Gland, Switzerland : WWF, 2012]

Freely available via the WWF website (3.02 MB)  http://bit.ly/V4OV0a

To the World Heritage Committee and state parties [electronic resource] : Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo : world heritage property in danger. – [Gland, Switzerland : WWF, 2012]

Freely available via the WWF website (374.25 KB) http://bit.ly/WoEm4C

Conservation of wildlife populations : demography, genetics, and management / L. Scott Mills. – 2nd ed. – Chichester : Wiley-Blackwell, 2013

Conservation and the genetics of populations / Fred W. Allendorf, Gordon Luikart, Sally N. Aitken ; with illustrations by Agostinho Antunes. – 2nd ed. – Chichester : Wiley-Blackwell, 2013 


The potential ecology of West Nile virus in the Galápagos Islands / Gillian Eastwood. – Thesis (Ph.D.)–Institute of Zoology ; University of Leeds, 2012

Climate change

Climate change [electronic resource] : biodiversity and people on the front line : conference report / Watts, O. … [et al.] (editors). – [United Kingdom] : RSPB, 2012

Freely available via the WWF website (1.96 MB)  http://bit.ly/YxHzhG

Habitats and faunas

The last rain forests / general editor, Mark Collins ; introduced by David Attenborough. – London : Mitchell Beazley, 1990 Presented by Sandi Bain, 7th January 2013.

Australian tropical rainforests : science, values, meaning / editors, L. J. Webb and J. Kikkawa. – East Melbourne, Vic. : CSIRO, 1990 Presented by Sandi Bain, 7th January 2013.


Arthropod brains : evolution, functional elegance, and historical significance / Nicholas James Strausfeld. – Cambridge, Mass. ; London : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2012

Grasshopper country : the abundant orthopterod insects of Australia / D. C. F. Rentz. – Sydney : University of New South Wales Press, 1996 Presented by Sandi Bain, 7th January 2013. 

Mosquito / Richard Jones. – London : Reaktion Books, 2012


Fish passage at Culverts : a review, with possible solutions for New Zealand indigenous species / Jacques Boubée … [et al.]. – Wellington, N.Z. : Department of Conservation, 1999

Reptiles and amphibians

Encyclopedia of snakes / Peter Brazaitis and Myrna E. Watanabe. – New York : Friedman Group, 1994. Presented by Sandi Bain, 7th January 2013.



British birdsong [sound recording] : Kate Humble’s 100 favourites. – [S.l.] : The Telegraph, [2012] 1 compact disc Presented by Dr M. Sobell, January 2013

Photographing Australia’s birds / Peter Slater, Raoul Slater. – Fortitude Valley, Qld. : Steve Parish, 1995 Presented by Sandi Bain, 7th January 2013.

Proceedings of the International Symposium on Black-faced Spoonbill and Coastal Wetlands Conservation / Organizers, Endemic Species Research Institute, COA, Taijiang National Park, Urban and Rural Development Branch, Construction and Planning Agency. – Qigu, Taiwan : Qigu Research Center, 2011 

Recent advances in the study of raptor diseases : proceedings of the International Symposium on Diseases of Birds of Prey, 1st-3rd July 1980, London / edited by J.E. Cooper and A.G. Greenwood. – Keighley : Chiron Publications, 1981 Library copy presented by Professor John E. Cooper, 12th February 2013. 

The dodo and the solitaire : a natural history / Jolyon C. Parish. – Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 2013 

Drawn from paradise : the discovery, art and natural history of the birds of paradise / David Attenborough and Errol Fuller. – London : Collins, 2012 

Bird-keeping : a practical guide for the management of singing and cage birds / by C. E. Dyson. – London : Frederick Warne, 1889 Presented by Nigel Douglas on behalf of his late uncle Arthur Douglas, 11th February 2013.       

Chamber and cage birds : their management, habits, diseases, breeding, and the methods of taking them / translated from the last German edition of Dr. Bechstein’s Chamber Birds by W. E. Shuckard ; a new edition, revised and partly re-written … by Geo. J. Barnesby. – London : Robert Hardwicke, 1871

Presented by Nigel Douglas on behalf of his late uncle Arthur Douglas, 11th February 2013.

Favourite foreign birds for cages and aviaries / by W. T. Greene. – new and rev. ed. – London : L. Upcott Gill, [18–?] Presented by Nigel Douglas on behalf of his late uncle, Arthur Douglas, 11th February 2013.

Cages, aviaries and bird-room requisites / by John Robson. – London : Feathered World, [19–?] Presented by Nigel Douglas on behalf of his late uncle, Arthur Douglas, 11th February 2013.

New-coloured canaries : yellow-ground, white-ground, orange-ground and dilute colour varieties / by A. K. Gill. – London : Cage Birds, [19–?]Presented by Nigel Douglas on behalf of his late uncle, Arthur Douglas, 11th February 2013.


What mammal is that? / by Ronald Strahan with the magnificent illustrations of Neville W. Cayley and additional illustrations of Peter Schouten. – Sydney : Cornstalk, 1991 Presented by Sandi Bain, 7 January 2013

Kangaroo / John Simons. – London : Reaktion Books, 2013

Protecting the harbour porpoise in UK seas [electronic resource] : identifying a network of draft SACs for the harbour porpoise in the UK / A report to WWF UK by P. G. H. Evans and J. S. Prior. – [S.l.] : WWF, 2012

Freely available via the WWF website (3.01 MB) http://bit.ly/Yvzs7p

Biology and conservation of martens, sables, and fishers : a new synthesis / edited by Keith B. Aubry … [et al.]. – Ithaca ; London : Cornell University Press, 2012 

Immunity, life history and conservation in the Galapagos sea lion / Patrick Michael Brock. – Thesis (Ph.D.)–University of Leeds, Faculty of Biological Sciences, 2012

 Squirrels of the world / Richard W. Thorington … [et al.]. – Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012


ISD Survey – Student experience of IT facilities

Lisa K Flint6 January 2011

UCL is keen to provide you with outstanding IT facilities that best support your learning, your research, and your broader experience as a student. We know we are not there yet and we need your help to get there. Information Systems (ISD) would like to hear what works for you, what doesn’t and what you are looking for from IT and technology at UCL.

Therefore we have put together simple survey with 25 questions and we’re asking every student to complete it. Because the survey is so important we are offering some great prizes – two iPads, three Kindles and five £30 book tokens. All students who complete the survey are eligible to participate in the prize draw. The survey should take around 10 minutes of your time. A small investment that will let us know what you want so we can improve the services for you.

The survey can be accessed at https://opinio.ucl.ac.uk/s?s=12117 and will remain open until 5pm on Friday 14th January.

Happy New Year!

Lisa K Flint4 January 2011

Hello and a happy new year to everyone!

Apologies for the lack of updates last term, hopefully this term will see some improvements!

The first news item is about the Medical Sciences periodicals room on the 2nd floor of the Science Library. There are plans to rearrange the room so that there are more reader spaces and a better layout of the collections in that room. This will however mean that some journals may be unaccessible for a time. Work is due to start early 2011, and hopefully will be completed in good time. More news as it happens…

Interested in archives? Darwin and others….

Lisa K Flint5 February 2009

This month the Archives Hub is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of naturalist Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1892) and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of the Species, which explained his theory of natural selection and evolution.

The Hub highlights descriptions of the papers of Charles Darwin and fellow scientists and also links to many other web resources. UCL has its own exhibition in honour of Darwin located on the Main Library staircase. Our Special Collections department also has many items of interest to those interested in Darwin and his fellow scientists. Why not have a look?…

Hello from your new editor..

Lisa K Flint21 January 2009

Hello, its Lisa Flint here, back from maternity leave. Firstly a big thanks to Anna for starting the blog. I hope to continue the good work.

The blog is designed to keep students and staff from the UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences up to date with new library developments. If you have any ideas or suggestions that you would like to be included please let me know, its your blog after all!

More news and information to follow soon…..