Imperial College London library

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Imperial College London library

About the library

Imperial College London is a science-based institution. It is based across a number of campuses and there are libraries at the South Kensington campus and hospital sites. The Central Library on the South Kensington Campus is the largest and provides services for all departments but specialises in materials for taught course and interdisciplinary materials. The other libraries are:

  • Charing Cross Campus Library – covers general medicine, nursing and allied professions
  • Chelsea and Westminster Campus Library – covers general medicine, nursing and allied professions
  • Hammersmith Campus Library – covers medicine
  • Royal Brompton Campus Library – covers cardiorespiratory and critical care medicine and nursing, and some general medicine
  • St Mary’s Fleming Library – covers general medicine, nursing and allied professions
  • Silwood Park Campus Library – supports the Faculty of Natural Sciences, specialising in applied entomology, pest management and ecology

The Imperial College London catalogue on Copac incorporates the catalogue of the Science Museum Library

The local library catalogue is available online.


Imperial College London library

About us

The library is next to the Queen’s lawn. Visitors are asked to report to the Welcome Desk. If you have a question please ask at the Information Hub.

Study zones

We have a range of different study zones to suit you. Each floor is designated as either group, quiet or silent study.

  • Level 1 – group study
  • Level 2 – quiet study
  • Level 3 – silent study
  • Level 4 – quiet study
  • Level 5 – silent study

Please observe the displayed guidance, and encourage your friends and colleagues to follow this too.

Our library attendants regularly patrol all floors and will be pleased to help maintain the study environment.

PCs, laptops and iPads

You’ll find PCs on levels 1, 2, 4 and 5.

Printer-copiers are located on levels 1,2 and 4.

You may plug in your own laptop at any vacant power socket but please do not unplug PCs.

We also have iPads and laptops for students to borrow, see Borrowing a laptop or iPad.

For ICT support visit the Service Desk on level 1.

Eating and drinking

The Library Cafe is the best place for eating and drinking.

Only drinks with a lid and cold food items are allowed beyond the entrance turnstiles.

Phone friendly areas

Please keep your phone on silent wherever you are in the building. You may use the following areas to make and receive calls, and please make use of our acoustic phone hoods to reduce disturbance.

  • Level 1 – café, group study area, main toilet corridor
  • Level 2 – stair landing, outside the toilets
  • Level 4 – far corner beyond the toilets

Books, Journals and DVDs

Our book collection contains material to support both taught courses and research, we also hold a wide range of recreational reading material both fiction and non-fiction. Books are arranged in classmark order:

  • Level 2  0 – 499
  • Level 3  500 – 529
  • Level 4  530 – 619, maps
  • Level 5  620 – 999 and DVDs

For the duration of the Central Library Building Project Phase 2 books in the range 750 – 999, which are not on a reading list, and journals have moved to the Store. A store fetching service is in operation.

To borrow items use the self-service machines on level 1.

The 24 hour loan room on level 1 has books in heavy demand.

Older material, PhD theses and MSc theses are kept in the Store and are fetched, on request, by the Store Service. We also hold a number of special collections of historical interest originating from the College’s department and medical schools.

Group study rooms

The library has 5 rooms which can be booked by students for group study:

  • Room A (Level 1 Wolfson Suite) – maximum 6 people, includes PC, projector and smartboard
  • Room B (Level 1 Wolfson Suite) – maximum 6 people, includes PC, projector and smartboard
  • Room C (Level 1 group study zone) – maximum 6 people, includes PC, projector and smartboard
  • Small group study room (Level 1 Wolfson Suite) – maximum 6 people, includes PC
  • Seminar Room 210 (Level 2) – maximum 16 people, includes PC, projector and whiteboard

You may book 2 sessions in any 7 days (maximum booking of 2 hours allowed per day).

Late arrivals: after 15 minutes we may reassign your time slot to another user.

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