Library services

Library facilities

The Library operates at two locations, in Ealing and Reading. Each of these sites is equipped with a range of facilities to support our users. This includes our Help Zones where users can get assistance from Library staff as well as IT support.

All Library sites have a range of IT services on offer including facilities to help with presenting your work,  and are equipped with PCs, printers/copiers, scanners and more.

The Library Catalogue can be accessed from the Library website home page but we also have independent Catalogue PCs throughout the Library to make locating our resources easier for our users.

We are always keen to hear from our users so please give us your feedback.

The Paul Hamlyn Library in Ealing has a range of study areas available to suit our users' needs. This includes group study areas, quiet areas for individual study and PC use, open access PC areas and a room on the third floor reserved for Postgraduate Study. Further information on the set-up on each floor of the library can be found on our page about appropriate noise levels. An interactive 360° tour of the Paul Hamlyn Library floors is also available.

Some rooms in the Paul Hamlyn Library and at Fountain House in Reading may be booked in advance. Further details and the booking procedure may be found on the appropriate page below:

Lockers are available on the second and third floors of the Paul Hamlyn Library. To be fair to all users, lockers are intended to be used daily whilst you are working in the library and emptied and made available for others when you leave. Further information can be found in our Use of Lockers Policy.

We also provide locker facilities for the charging of personal mobile devices on the first floor of the Paul Hamlyn Library.

Our sites also include facilities for users with disabilities.

Lost Property

Personal property brought onto University premises is the responsibility of the owner and the University accepts no liability for loss or damage to personal items. Personal items should not be left unattended on University premises and we advise you to take your possessions with you when leaving the library, or to use one of our lockers.

Should you lose something in our libraries, you should contact the UWL Reception at either St Marys Road or on the 10th Floor at Fountain House. Please note proof of ownership may be required to re-claim lost items.

Our policy is to pass anything found in the library to Reception and to refer anyone who has lost anything to Reception.

  • Shelves in the library
  • Shelves with info desk
  • Information desk
  • Student browsing magazines
  • Exterior of the library from the Heart space

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Call us: 020 8231 2405 (Ealing) or 020 8209 4434 (Reading, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)