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Getting Started: Access

Card Access




UCL ID Cards are issued by Security Systems in the Andrew Huxley Building on Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 4.45pm You can phone 0207679 2102 or email

Students will need to bring one form of personal identification and a photograph will be taken for the UCL card.


Each student will need a UCL username and password and a UCL card to access libraries and their library accounts.

If you know your student ID, you can activate your UCL account from here:  If not, please contact the

Library Access

Your UCL Library card is needed for UCL library transactions and entry to UCL libraries. Your library number is below the bar code and your PIN is your 4 digit day and month of birth (April 10th = 1004).

For borrowing, reserving or renewing items from other UCL Libraries, users will use UCL Explore and their UCL library number and PIN.

To refine your searches to education, you can limit to 'IOE' Library in Explore.

Remote Access

If you are using UCL Explore or IOE Library Search off-site, log in with your UCL username and password to ensure you get access to the full range of resources available to you.

Staff Access

Staff should take his/her IOE ID card to collect the UCL ID card issued by UCL Security at the Andrew Huxley Building on the UCL main campus:

Once you have collected your UCL ID Card, you can get your computer account details in person from the ISD Service Desk located a short walk in the DMS Watson Library

If you cannot collect your UCL username and password in person, contact the IOE Computer Helpdesk at 0207612 6696 or

Students Registered as Disabled

For staff, students and visitors who are registered disabled and may not be able to pick up cards, please contact Security Systems at:

  • or
  • 0207679 3373 (ext 33373).

Troubleshooting Contacts

If you don’t have your UCL or IOE username and password, contact the Computer Helpdesk:

If you know your UCL student ID (on UCL card), you can activate your UCL account from here:

Be sure to register your UCL password at: as soon as you can. If you forget your password, you will then be able to re-set it yourself.

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