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Library guide 2016/17


As a student at UAL you can use any of the six College libraries and all our services, including: • Varied and inspirational collections and archives • Study spaces for individuals and groups • Friendly and helpful staff to support you • Evening and weekend opening hours, including some overnight opening • PCs and Macs, printing and photocopying in all our libraries • Learning Zones at our College sites in Elephant & Castle and Kings Cross • The University Archives & Special Collections Centre, at Elephant & Castle For full information about our services visit and search Library Services

We aim to make our library spaces and services accessible to all students. For information on support available for disabled and dyslexic students see

You can borrow books and other resources from any College library. The library catalogue shows you what is available across all the libraries. Books can be reserved (on the library catalogue) and delivered and returned to any College library. You can borrow from the libraries using your college ID card:

• Foundation Diploma and Access courses: 10 items Undergraduate and Foundation degrees: • 15 items Postgraduate study: 20 items •

The Libraries and Learning Zones provide a range of study environments so you can work in a quiet or silent zone or with a group of other students. The Learning Zones also have study rooms and pods available to book. Maps and opening hours for all the libraries: • search library opening hours • Download the MyUAL app, and click on Library



Six Colleges one service

Dalsten Junction

Hackney Central

Camden Town London Fields

Kings Cross

Old Street

Holborn Whitechapel Oxford Circus Southwark Goldhawk Road

Elephant & Castle


New Cross Gate


Denmark Hill

Peckham Rye


Tooting Broadway

Camberwell College of Arts Central Saint Martins Chelsea College of Arts London College of Communication

Wimbledon Chase


London College of Fashion Wimbledon College of Arts

Borrowing and returning books There are self-service kiosks in the libraries where you can borrow and return books.

Printing and photocopying All the libraries provide colour and monochrome printing and copying and support when you need to print or copy. Use your ID card to pay for and release prints or photocopies. You can pay for printing and copying: • Online ( • Using kiosks in each library or learning zone. These take cash and card payments. Computing and IT facilities All the libraries have PCs and Macs, and laptops for loan, access to specialist and assistive software and Wi-Fi access.


Materials and Products Collection, CSM Library. photo: Ana Escobar.

You can see what you have on loan, manage your reservations, renew books and manage your fines by logging on to Library Search (the library catalogue) to see your own account.

Using the Libraries


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In the libraries and learning zones Friendly and knowledgeable staff are available to answer your questions and provide help. You can also phone us (see back cover) or ask a question online using:

Academic Support workshop, photo Sean McSorley

Academic Support (AS) AS is available to help you develop your learning strategies and knowledge through College-based study support teams and UALwide AS events. The Language Centre offers English language support if English is not your first language, and a range of language courses to students and staff across the University. Academic Support Librarians Academic Support Librarians are subject specialists. They work with your course team to understand your needs and deliver group and one-to-one sessions to help with finding and managing information. Contact them via your course Moodle page or come to meet them in the library. Use Academic Support Online for resources and to book onto workshops. 7

The libraries have extensive collections of books, journals, magazines and DVDs in all aspects of art, design, fashion, communication and performance, and many specialist resources that  support research in these areas. The libraries are places of inspiration as well as information; the subject specialisms and special collections in each library are listed in the following pages.

The Library Search page is the starting point for finding these resources, use: • The Library catalogue to find books, e-books, DVDs and other resources in the libraries Articles Plus to find journal articles • • Subject guides to find key resources in your subject Find • e-journals • Databases A–Z Library Search


Library Search, photo: O-SB Design

You can also access many resources online: the library catalogue provides access to thousands of e-books, and e-journals.

Finding information


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Camberwell College of Arts Library Peckham Road, London SE5 8UF T. 020 7514 6349 Main focus: fine art, illustration, graphic design, book art, metalwork, conservation, ceramics and photography.

Special collections, Chelsea Library, photo: Taeyeon Kwon

Special Collections include: artists’ books, designer toys and rare first editions of books. Chelsea College of Arts Library 16 John Islip Street, London SW1P 4JU T. 020 7514 7773 Main focus: contemporary fine art practice and theory, graphic design, architecture, interior design and textiles. Special Collections include: exhibition catalogues, artists’ books and multiples, image and sound archives and ephemera.


Central Saint Martins Library The Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA, T. 020 7514 7310 Main focus: architecture, ceramics, cultural and contextual studies, fashion, fine art, graphic design, industrial and product design, jewellery and textiles, theatre, film and the performing arts. Special Collections include: the Materials and Products Collection. London College of Communication Library Elephant & Castle, London SE1 6SB T. 020 7514 6527

Special Collections include: the Printing Historical Collection, artists’ books and the Zine Collection.


CSM Library, photo: Ana Escobar

Main focus: graphic design, media, photography, printing and publishing.


London College of Fashion Library 20 John Prince’s Street, Oxford Circus, London W1G 0BJ, T. 020 7514 7455 Main focus: all aspects of fashion including design, clothing technology, costume history, styling, media, business management and marketing, psychology, cosmetic science and beauty therapy, performance, footwear and accessories. Special Collections include: rare books, zines and the Materials Collection.

Main focus: fine art theory and practice, drawing, photography, theatre and costume design, hair, make-up and accessories, special effects and performance. Special Collections include: artists’ books and audio-visual materials.


LCF Library, photo: Ana Escobar

Wimbledon College of Arts Library Main Building, Merton Hall Road, London SW19 3QA, T. 020 7514 9690


Learning Zones


Learning Zones King’s Cross: 1st Floor, The Granary Building, London N1C 4AA, T. 020 7514 2223 Elephant & Castle: London SE1 6SB, T. 020 7514 6527

Learning Zone, LCC Library, photo: Ana Escobar

The Learning Zones are dynamic hubs designed to support your creative research, development and making needs. Groups and individuals can work with new and old technology (computers, cut and paste areas, printers/copiers, etc). We have a range of accessible, practical and comfortable furniture that adapts to your needs. Alongside our freely available spaces we have bookable group meeting and presentation spaces, and we offer a number of exciting pop-up events and Academic Support workshops. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are always on hand to support your visit. provides expert online software and technical tuition including Adobe, programming and coding search Lynda 17

Archives and Special Collections Centre


University Archives and Special Collections Centre (ASCC) London College of Communication Elephant & Castle, London SE1 6SB T. by appointment 020 7514 9333

Stanley Kubrick Archive, ASCC, Elephant & Castle, photo: Taeyeon Kwon

Subject focus: film production, graphic design and the history of printing and printing education. Collections include the Stanley Kubrick Archive, Tom Eckersley Collection, Her Noise Archive, Comic Book Collection, David Usborne Tools Collection and many other unique and rare collections. There are many other archive collections across the University. search collections and archives



Please note that all information is correct at time of publication. Published by: Library Services University of the Arts London 272 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EY Tel: 020 7514 8072 Photography by: Ana Escobar, Sean McSorley, Taeyeon Kwon, O-SB Design Designed by Anne Odling-Smee / © University of the Arts London, 2016


Key information Archives and Special Collections Centre

020 7514 9333

Camberwell College of Arts Library

020 7514 6349

Central Saint Martins Library

020 7514 7310

Chelsea College of Arts Library

020 7514 7773

Learning Zone @ KX

020 7514 2223

Learning Zone @ LCC

020 7514 6527

London College of Communication Library 020 7514 6527 London College of Fashion Library

020 7514 7455

Wimbledon College of Arts Library

020 7514 9690

‘ask’ online enquiries Library News blog Library Search Opening hours Academic Support Online Language Centre

UAL app: MyUAL

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