Abdus Salam Library
Open 24 hours
Except closed overnight from 23.00 Friday until 10.00 Saturday
Monday - Friday 08.30 - 21.00 (summer vacation - opening 09.00)
Saturday 10.00 - 18.00
Sunday 11.00 - 19.00
Chat with us Monday to Friday 09.30 - 16.30
We answer ASK and email Monday - Friday 09.30 - 21.00 and at weekends
Chat with Library Services
Monday - Friday 09.30 - 16.30
020 7594 8810
07725 159853 - Text and Attendant for urgent help or to report noise
Information Hub, Abdus Salam Library
Imperial College London
South Kensington campus
We respond to ASK, email and phone enquiries Monday to Friday 09.30 - 21.00 and at weekends. We are closed on Sundays during the summer vacation.
The library is next to the Queen's lawn. If you are a visitor please speak to a member of staff at the Welcome Desk.
We provide different types of study space to suit your style of working.
- Silent study - levels 2 and 3
- Quiet study - levels 1, 4 and 5
- Group study - level 1
- Height adjustable desks - levels 2 and 3
- Assistive Technology Room and priority desks for students registered with the Disability Advisory Service
Group study, Silent study and Breakout spaces are also available in GoStudy.
Our Library Attendants regularly patrol all floors and will be pleased to help maintain the study environment.
Borrowing books and other items
Our book collection supports taught courses and research. We also hold a wide range of recreational reading 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
To borrow the items above use the self-service machines on level 1. To return them place them through the slot near the self-issue machines or in the book box outside the library.
Pick up your requested items from the Guest PC access 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 . We also hold a number of special collections of historical interest originating from the College's department and medical schools.
Borrow whiteboard pens, headphones and coloured overlays at the Information Hub during staffed hours.
Printer-copiers are located on levels 1, 2, 4 and 5 - use them to print, scan or photocopy.
All printer-copiers output to black and white (mono) or colour.
Visit ICT for instructions on uploading documents or topping-up print credit online.
PCs, laptops, iPads, phone chargers
You'll find PCs on all levels. You are not able book these PCs. There are a small number of PCs in our Business Zone on level 1 which you can book for using Bloomberg and Moody's only Book a Business PC.
We have iPads and laptops for students to borrow, see Laptops and iPads.
If you need to charge your phone please ask to borrow a charger at the Information Hub. We also lend keyboards and mice.
ICT support is available at the Service Desk on level 1.
Eating and drinking
The Library Cafe is the best place for eating and drinking.
Only drinks with a lid and cold food are allowed beyond the library gates.
Water fountains are provided on all levels.
Phone friendly areas
Please keep your phone on silent wherever you are in the building and only make and receive calls in our phone zones.
- Level 1 - group study area, main entrance
- Level 2 - near stairs
- Level 3 - near stairs
Open 08.30 - 22.00 (Saturdays open from 10.00)
To book a study room visit Library bookings.
Study Room 2C - maximum 6 students
Students may book two sessions in any seven days (maximum booking of two hours allowed per day). Please make sure you arrive on time, 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 without prior permission from Library Services.
Training and meeting rooms
For our training room and meeting room booking policy see Room bookings.