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
Monday - Friday 09.00 – 19.00
Saturday - 10.00 - 18.00
Sunday – Closed
Thursday 4 July - self service only due to staff training
ICT Service Desk
Monday - Friday 08.30 – 18.00
Opening hours may change at short notice
May Bank Holidays
On Monday 6 May and Monday 27 May:
Central Library Welcome Desk and Information Hub will be closed. The library will be open as usual but self-service only
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
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.
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 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. All our prnters print in black and white, or colour, More about printing and copying.
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, phone hoods in main entrance and 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:
- 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 Central Library has eight group study rooms available for student use only.
Students may book group study rooms via Library bookings.
You may book two sessions in any seven days (maximum booking of two hours allowed per day). If the group has not arrived after 15 minutes Library Services may reassign the time slot to another user.
Non-members of Imperial will not be permitted to enter the library in order to join a group of students who have booked a room.
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
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
Group Study Room 3A - maximum 16 people, includes PC and projector
Training and meeting rooms
For our training room and meeting room booking policy see Room bookings