Opening hours

Monday - Friday
1st Floor 09.00 - 21.00
Ground floor open 07.00 - midnight

Saturday - Sunday
1st Floor Closed
Ground floor open 07.00 - midnight

Building access requires an ID and PIN code

The ground floor will open on days when the Commonwealth Building is open

Opening hours may change at short notice

Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 9943

Hammersmith Campus Library
Imperial College London
Hammersmith Campus
Du Cane Road
W12 0NN

How to find us

The library main entrance is on the 1st floor of the Commonwealth Building.

During regular, staffed library opening hours access to both the main floor and the ground floor is via the library main entrance on the 1st floor. When the 1st floor is closed access to the ground floor is via the ground floor swipe door by the Security Office.

Access to the building

Entry to the Commonwealth Building is restricted and requires an Imperial College London ID card and a door PIN code.

To visit the Library without a college ID card (or with a college ID but without building access), please visit the Main College Reception desk on the ground floor of the Imperial College Translational & Experimental Medicine (ICTEM) Building. Reception is open 08.00 - 17.00. After this time you will not be able to access the Commonwealth Building without an ID and PIN Code.

  • Reception staff will then let you into the ICTEM Building. Go to the 1st floor and then across the glass bridge into the Commonwealth Building.
  • Please visit the Hammersmith Security Office to get an ID card/set up building access. College Staff and students can email in advance to set up a PIN Code on their IDs.
  • The Hammersmith Security Office is located on the ground floor of the Commonwealth Building. The office is open Monday to Friday 10.00 to 12.00 and 14.45 to 16.00. They can provide building access and set up your PIN code to the Commonwealth Building.
  • NHS users can get a College ID card from the Security Office, allowing access the Commonwealth Building, as well as all Imperial College Libraries. They should then come to the Library where we will register them as library members.

Campus maps and information

The College runs a free shuttle bus between the Hammersmith and South Kensington campuses: Shuttle bus details and timetable

About us

The library is on 2 floors:

  • Main floor (1st floor) - help desk, group study, books, print journals, printing and binding
  • Ground floor - quiet and silent study, library training room, PC cluster (when not in use for training), printing

We have around 70 computers across both floors and wireless access is available throughout for College members.


Our collection covers general medicine (including medical textbooks), nursing and professions allied to medicine.

When the main floor is closed you can return books using the book returns box on the ground floor.


Most new journals are online but we also have some print journals on open access on the main floor.

Older medical journals are in the sub-basement stores. We collect items three times a day at 11.00, 13.00 and 16.00 - ask at the issue desk or email Your item will usually be collected at the next available time slot.

Training rooms

Library training room

Library training room

Imperial staff may book the library training room on the ground floor - email 

  • 27 computers
  • Trainer's computer

See training room terms of use before booking

Zeneca room

Zeneca room

Students at the Hammersmith campus may book the Zeneca training room on the main floor for group and project work - ask at the issue desk, email or book online

  • Max 8 people
  • 4 computers
  • Trainer's computer

See Zeneca room terms of use before booking