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LCF Library closure and resources information Summer 2023

Photograph showing the internal concrete staircase
  • Written byLibrary Services
  • Published date 19 May 2023
Photograph showing the internal concrete staircase
Photo credit: LCF Stratford interior Jayne Batch 2023

LCF Library opening hours Summer 2023

In preparation for the move to Stratford this summer, LCF library will close from Friday 14 July and re-open on Monday 11 September, to enable our library collections, fixtures and fittings to be relocated to Stratford. We aim to minimise any inconvenience to our library users.

We have created a padlet with further useful information

Using the Libraries

During our closure, staff and students with valid ID cards can continue to access other UAL college libraries for borrowing and returning library items. Please check their opening hours and locations.

You can use the Library Search to search the catalogue, check your library account, access ebooks, find articles and resources on your subject. Library Search also provides access to:

UAL Digital Collections
UAL Research online
UAL museum and art collections catalogues
The British Library
Library Hub Discover (a database of UK and Irish national academic catalogues)

Returning LCF Library items - borrowed LCF items can be returned at LCF before 14 July. Any items returned by post after this date will be removed from your library account when the library reopens.

Borrowing - the borrowing allowance for LCF Library staff and students will be increased to 40 items from 9 June.

Reservations - whilst the Library is closed, LCF Library will be removed from the college library collection list when you place a reservation, however you can reserve and borrow items from other UAL Libraries. During the closure period, LCF users can reserve 10 items at a time from 9 June to 25 September.

ASK - If you have any questions, please check our FAQs, chat or email us.

Inter Library Loans - Staff and researchers can continue to make requests for British Library book articles from their library accounts through Library Search. Requests for books can be made and you can nominate which UAL library site you collect from.

Using other Libraries

SCONUL Access - is a scheme which enables library users to access other libraries. The scheme covers most of the university libraries in the UK and Ireland. UAL staff, postgraduate researchers, full-time postgraduate students and part time distance learning or placement students can borrow from other member libraries.

Visit the SCONUL Access website to join the scheme and find out which universities libraries you can use.

Other Libraries in London

The Wellcome Library - The collections of the Welcome Library contain historical and contemporary books, artworks, archives and manuscripts exploring personal and cultural relationships with health and medicine. The Wellcome Collection contains books, journals, paintings, drawings, photographs and digital images. A library membership will enable you to use the Collections.

The National Art Library - The National Art Library holds the UK's most comprehensive public reference collection of literature on the fine and decorative arts, including books, journals, exhibition catalogues, auction house sales catalogues, comics, e-resources and much more.

National Archives - is home to millions of iconic national documents, which were created and collected by UK central government departments and major courts of law. They collect and secure the future government’s records from Shakespeare’s will to tweets from Downing Street.

Stuart Hall Library - specialises in art and theory publications from the perspectives of the Global Majority; African, Asian, Caribbean, Polynesian, Latinx and Diaspora. The library is the intellectual and social hub of iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts).

Before visiting any other library check their website for opening hours and membership requirements.