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Information for Non-UCL 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.

Exam Period Opening hours

Doors Open during the Exam Period

Until Friday 31st May:

  • Monday:                                      Open at 08:30
  • Tuesday - Friday*:                       24 hour opening
  • Saturday:                                     Close at 21:00
  • Sunday:                                       11:00 - 21:00 (holders of UCL Library cards only)


*Friday 31st May: Close at 23:30


From Saturday 1st June:

  • Monday - Friday:                         08:30 - 23:30
  • Saturday:                                    10:00 - 21:00
  • Sunday:                                       11:00 - 21:00 (holders of UCL Library cards only)


Library Welcome Desk (Register for External Membership -

  • Monday - Friday:                         08:30 - 18:45
  • Saturday:                                     10:00 - 17:45
  • Sunday & Bank Holiday:               Closed


Library Help Point

  • Monday - Friday:                         08:30 - 20:45
  • Saturday:                                    10:00 - 17:45
  • Sunday & Bank Holiday:               Closed


Library HelpLine (020 7612 6080 -

  • Monday - Friday:                        10:45 - 16:45
  • Saturday:                                     Closed
  • Sunday & Bank Holiday:               Closed

Library HelpLine handles telephone, email and Twitter enquiries.

Archive & Special Collections Reading Room

  • Tuesday - Thursday:                 08:30 - 16:00 
  • Monday, Friday - Sunday:         Closed

IT Service Desk in the library

  • Monday - Friday:                        09:30 - 18:00
  • Saturday:                                    11:00 - 13:00 & 14:00 - 16:00
  • Sunday & Bank Holiday:              Closed

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.