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Information for IOE Library visitors: Welcome



New Admission Policy

Registered patrons must have a valid UCL ID card or UCL Library Visitor card (plastic format) to be admitted to UCL IOE Library and the PC Labs - if you forget your card you will be charged £7 to enter the IOE Library or the PC Labs

Applying for UCL Library Visitor card - during busy periods it will take us one working day to make new UCL Library Visitor cards for external visitors. So long as you bring the correct proof of credentials to indicate status & eligibility for library use with you, we will give you a paper ticket on your first visit giving you immediate reference access. If you would like your full UCL Library Visitor card made on your first visit (for example if you need to borrow books immediately) please email giving us one full working day notice and we will pre-prepare your registration when possible to enable you to get your library card on your first visit.

Visiting the UCL Institute of Education Library & Archives

We welcome to our Library all visitors who are interested in education
Anyone can use the library on payment of a fee. Free membership is also available to some categories of users. Please check the Reference Membership and External Borrowing Membership tabs of this guide to find out more about our Membership policy.

UCL Institute of Education Library Term Time Opening Hours


UCL Institute of Education

Library Opening Hours

Advanced Notice: Due to vital maintenance works being carried out in the IOE Library, we will be closing at 6pm on Saturday 29th of September. 

The nearest UCL Libraries Main, Science & Cruciform Hub are open until 9pm on Saturdays. These Libraries are open weekdays 24/7 from 8.45am on Mondays until 9pm on Saturdays & from 11am until 9pm on Sundays


We apologize for any inconvenience caused

Library Doors open

Monday – Friday: 08.30 – 23.30; Saturday: 10.00 – 21.00; Sunday & Bank Holiday: 11.00 – 21.00

Library Welcome Point / Library Help Point / Full Service Hours 

(Register for new via the IOE Library Membership email & renewal of Membership for external users)

Monday – Friday: 08.30 – 18.45; Saturday: 10.00 – 17.45; Sunday & Bank Holiday: Closed

Library Help Point Hours 

Monday – Friday: 08.30 – 20.45; Saturday: 10.00 – 17.45; Sunday & Bank Holiday: Closed

Library Help Line Hours (020 7612 6080 or

Monday – Friday: 10.45 – 16.45; Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holiday: Closed

Library Self Service & Security Hours

Monday – Friday: 21.00 – 23.30; Saturday: 18.00 - 21.00; Sunday & Bank Holiday: 11.00 - 21.00



Contact the Membership Desk Team

This inbox is checked
09.30 - 17.00
Monday to Friday
Please use this address to apply for an IOE Library card in advance or for any other membership queries you may have


If you have a question, why not tweet us @IOELibrary, text us on
+44 (0)20 3322 1810 or

Our online enquiry service, LibAnswers, is available:

Mon to Fri from 10.45 to 19.00 and Sat from 09.30 – 17.00 except during the Summer when it is available Mon to Fri 09:30-18:00.