Opening hours

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

Saturday - Sunday
1st floor closed
Ground floor open 07.00 – midnight (unstaffed study space)

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

Getting here

The library main entrance is on the 1st floor of the Commonwealth Building.
Entry to the Commonwealth Building is restricted and requires an Imperial College London ID card and a door PIN code.

  • NHS library users can get a card allowing access to all Imperial College Libraries. To obtain this card register for library membership online.
  • Imperial staff and students not based at the Hammersmith campus can apply via email to to request Commonwealth Building access and a PIN Code.

On your first visit to the library without an ID card (or with an Imperial ID card but without building access), please visit the Main College Reception desk on the ground floor of the Imperial College Translational and Experimental Medicine (ICTEM) Building. 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.

ICTEM Reception is open:
Monday - Thursday 08.30 - 16.50
Friday 08.30 - 16.20
Outside of these times you will not be able to access the Commonwealth Building without an ID and PIN Code.

Campus maps and information

About us

The Library has PCs and WiFi available on both floors, with a variety of study and collaborative spaces for individuals and groups, including height-adjustable desks.

Bookable spaces include the Zeneca Room for groups, and 4 solo pods suitable for private video calls and meetings. The Library Training Room has 27 PCs and is suitable for teaching.

Our book collection focuses on general medicine and biomedicine, nursing and other healthcare professions and topics. When the main floor is closed you can return books using the book returns box on the ground floor.

Main floor (1st floor) 

  • help desk
  • quiet study
  • book collection
  • printer and binding
  • Zeneca Room
  • Yellow and Red private pods

Ground floor

  • group study area
  • silent study room
  • printer
  • Library Training Room (quiet PC room when not booked for teaching)
  • Green and Pink private pods
  • Water fountain (hot and chilled water)

Room and pod bookings

Library training room

  • Imperial staff must use Celcat to book the room
  • The room can only be booked for teaching
  • Capacity - 27 PCs and 1 presenter PC
  • Large monitor with speakers and microphone

To book, please check availability for "HMCW GS7 - Library Training Room", create a Celcat event, then email requesting to add the event to the room, quoting your Celcat Event ID number.

Zeneca room

The Zeneca room is available for in-person and hybrid meetings. It can also be used for practising presentations, small group teaching and project work.

  • Capacity - 12 people
  • 1 presenter PC and projector
  • Monitor with Soundbar and Camera

Booking instructions and terms of use

Solo pods

The library has 4 pods. These 1 person booths are suitable for activities such as video calls and online meetings.

  • Capacity - 1 person
  • Small seat and table
  • Power and USB socket
  • Red and yellow pods are on the 1st floor by the library main entrance. Pink pod is on the Ground Floor in the Group Study area. Green pod is on the Ground Floor in the printer area.

Booking instructions and terms of use