Opening hours

Open 24 hours

Every Friday 23.00 - Saturday 10.00 - Closed

Welcome Desk and Information Hub
Monday - Friday 08.30 – 21.00
Saturday - 10.00 - 18.00
Sunday – 11.00 - 19.00
Summer vacation
Monday - Friday 09.00 – 19.00
Saturday - 10.00 - 18.00
Sunday – Closed

ICT Service Desk
Monday - Friday 08.30 – 18.00

Opening hours may change at short notice

Book a room

Christmas 2018 opening hours

Open with self-service only

Friday 21 December 13.00 - Monday 24 December 17.00 
Thursday 27 December 10.00 - Monday 31 December 17.00
(closed overnight Fridays, as usual)


Monday 24 December 17.00 - Thursday 27 December 10.00
Monday 31 December 17.00 - Wednesday 2 January 08.30

General enquiries

ASK the Library

Renewals and enquiries about your library account

To report noise or for assistance

Text an Attendant on 020 7594 8883

Information Hub, Central Library
Imperial College London
South Kensington Campus

+44 (0)20 7594 8810

Campus maps and information

About us

The library is next to the Queen's lawn. Visitors are asked to report to the Welcome Desk. If you have a question please ask at the Information Hub.

Study zones

We have a range of different study zones to suit you. Each floor is designated as either group, quiet or silent study.

  • Level 1 - group study (PARTIALLY CLOSED FOR REFURBISHMENT) and Wolfson Suite (quiet study)
  • Level 2 - silent study, height adjustable desks available
  • Level 3 - silent study, height adjustable desks available
  • Level 4 - quiet study
  • Level 5 - quiet study

Please observe the displayed guidance, and encourage your friends and colleagues to follow this too.

Our library attendants regularly patrol all floors and will be pleased to help maintain the study environment.

PCs, laptops and iPads

You'll find PCs on levels 1, 2, 4 and 5.

Printer-copiers are located on levels 1, 2, 4 and 5.

We have iPads and laptops for students to borrow, see Borrowing a laptop or iPad.

If you need to charge your phone or tablet, you can borrow a charger from the Information Hub or Library Attendants. 

For ICT support visit the Service Desk on level 1, open 08.30 -18.00

Eating and drinking

The Library Cafe is the best place for eating and drinking.

Only drinks with a lid and cold food items are allowed beyond the entrance turnstiles.

Water fountains are provided on all levels.

Phone friendly areas

Please keep your phone on silent wherever you are in the building. You may use the following areas to make and receive calls, and please make use of our acoustic phone hoods to reduce disturbance.

  • Level 1 - café, group study area, main toilet corridor, phone hoods outside training room 2
  • Level 2 - outside the toilets
  • Level 3 - outside the toilets

Books and other items

Our book collection contains material to support both taught courses and research, we also hold a wide range of recreational reading material both fiction and non-fiction. Books are arranged in classmark order:

During Summer 2018 books and other items will be available on the following floors:

  • Level 2: 0 - 529
  • Level 3: 530 - 539, DVDs
  • Level 4: 54 - 619, flat maps
  • Level 5: 62 - 999
  • Music scores: place a Request on Library Search

To borrow items use the self-service machines on level 1.

The 24 hour loan room on level 1 has books in heavy demand.

Pick up your requested items from the 24 hour loan room and use the self-service machine to borrow them.

Print journals and theses are kept in the Store and are fetched, on request, by the Store Service. We also hold a number of special collections of historical interest originating from the College's department and medical schools.

Group study rooms

The library has 8 rooms which can be booked by students for group study. You may book 2 sessions in any 7 days (maximum booking of 2 hours allowed per day). If you have not arrived after 15 minutes we may reassign your time slot to another user.

Book a room

Help with room bookings

Level 1

Wolfson Suite

Group Study Room 1A - maximum 6 people, includes PC, projector and smartboard
Group Study Room 1B - maximum 6 people, includes PC, projector and smartboard
Group Study Room 1D - maximum 6 people, includes PC

Group Study Area

Group Study Room 1C - maximum 6 people, includes PC, projector and smartboard

Level 2

Group Study Room 2A - maximum 16 people, includes PC, projector and whiteboard
Group Study Room 2B - maximum 10 people, includes PC and projector
Group Study Room 2C - maximum 6 people, includes PC and projector

Level 3

Group Study Room 3A - maximum 16 people, includes PC and projector

Training rooms

Our level 1 training rooms are primarily for use by library staff for training workshops. Occasional bookings from other departments may be considered, see Training rooms terms of use.

Room 204 is the ICT training room - for booking information see ICT training room.