Opening hours

Library building

Open 24 hours

Except closed overnight from 23.00 Friday until 10.00 Saturday

Saturday 22 - Sunday 23 June
Due to the Summer Ball, the Library will close early at 15.00 on Saturday 22 June and reopen at 11.00 on Sunday 23 June. The Information Hub will also be closed between these times.

Thursday 4 July
Due to a Library Staff Awayday the library will be self-service only until 17.00.

Find out more about Nobel Prize winning physicist Abdus Salam

Information Hub

Monday - Friday 08.30 - 21.00 (summer vacation - opens 09.00)
Saturday - Sunday 10.00 - 18.00 (summer vacation - closed on Sundays)

Chat with us Monday to Friday 09.30 - 19.00

We answer ASK and email Monday - Friday 09.30 - 21.00 and at weekends

Thursday 4 July
Due to a Library Staff Awayday there will be no enquiry service until 17.00. Chat with Library Services will be closed all day.



GoStudy on levels 4 and 5 of the Chemistry Building is open Monday - Sunday 08.00 - 11.00 except when the Chemistry Building is closed

Saturday 22 June
Due to the Summer Ball, GoStudy will close early at 15.00 on Saturday 22 June.

GoStudy spaces

Contact us

Chat with Library Services
Monday - Friday 09.30 - 19.00

ASK the Library

020 7594 8810

07725 159853 - Text an 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.

Study zones

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 - levels 1 and 4
  • Height adjustable desks - levels 1, 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. We also hold a number of special collections of historical interest originating from the College's department and medical schools.

Borrow whiteboard pens, headphones, keyboards, scientific calculators 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

ICT support is available at the Service Desk on level 1.

Eating and drinking

Hot and/or smelly food must be in a container with a lid and may only be consumed in the group study area on level 4.

Drinks without lids may not be brought into or consumed in the library. Users doing so will be required to either remove their drink from the library or surrender it for disposal. 

Water fountains are provided on all levels. Hot water and vending machines are available in the Group Study area on level 4.

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
  • Level 4 - group study area

Study rooms

Open 08.30 - 22.00 (Saturdays open from 10.00). Available to students only.

To book a study room visit Library bookings (sign in with your College username and password).

Level 1

Study Room 1A - maximum 6 students, PC available
Study Room 1B - maximum 6 students, PC available
Study Room 1C - maximum 6 students, PC available
Study Room 1D - maximum 6 students, PC available

Level 2

Study Room 2A - maximum 16 students, PC available
Study Room 2B - maximum 10 students
Study Room 2C - maximum 6 students

Level 3

Study Room 3A - maximum 16 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 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.