UCL Library Services Main Library Phase 1A 06

New Library entrance gates

UCL Library Services Main Library Phase 1A 05

The Main Issue Desk after the refurbishment

UCL Library Services Main Library Phase 1A 04

Information Point for UCL

UCL Library Services Main Library Phase 1A 03

The Flaxman Gallery

UCL Library Services Main Library Phase 1A 01

The new lift and wheelchair-friendly gate

UCL Library Services Main Library Phase 1A 02

The staircase towards the end of construction



Installation of a lift from the ground to second floors of the Wilkins Building

Creation of a new, cantilevered stairway, to replace the previous main stair which was substantially a post-war re-construction by Albert Richardson (1880-1964)

Linking of the History and Jewish Studies sections of the Library on the second floor by re-designating existing spaces

Creation of greatly-improved public service areas for book issues/returns, enquiry and photocopying services on the first floor

Construction of improved facilities on the first floor for IT workstations and for film, DVD and video provision

Creation of a dramatic architectural space at the heart of UCL, which will prepares users of the Library and visitors for the setting of the Flaxman Gallery

Provision of a new entrance to Library Services by the Octagon on the ground floor of the building, with membership services; and the creation of a new facilitation and enquiry point for the whole of UCL and external visitors to the university


Camden Building Quality Awards 2007: Highly Commended (Small Commercial)

The Building

The Building

Type of library

Campus/site library


3627 m2




Nicholas Burwell Architects Ltd

Building contractor

MICE Sames

The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Specialist subject collections

External features


Internal features

Design features, Health and safety provision, Security, Staff accommodation/facilities, Structural

Energy efficiency


Accessibility provision

Access between floors, Access within building, Furniture height

Interior designer


Furniture suppliers

Luke Hughes & Company

Services and facilities suppliers


IT provision

Electronic information displays, General, Internet access, WiFi, Number of public computer terminals: 28

Seats/study pPlaces