Language & Speech Science Library at Chandler House

Student reading area
View from Library windows

Access to the full range of library services is normally restricted to UCL members. However, the Library also serves as the National Information Centre for Speech-language Therapy (NICeST), and as such we welcome enquiries from visitors, which may be made by post, email or telephone (see below for contact details), and the Library catalogue is available online. In addition, access to the Library is available to the following people:-


Members of the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists

If you are a member of the RCSLT, you are entitled to reference-only access to the NICeST library free of charge. For an annual fee of £50, you may also purchase a borrower's ticket, which entitles you to borrow up to 5 items at a time. Please note that this ticket is not eligible for use in any other UCL library, and does not allow borrowing of short loan books or videos, or access to online databases. Electronic journals can be accessed from a dedicated computer in the Library, but due to licensing restrictions, offsite access cannot be provided for non-UCL members. Articles may be saved to a USB drive free of charge, or printed for 5p per page.

To join the library, bring your RCSLT membership card plus some proof of address and photo ID (e.g. passport or driver's licence), plus a passport-sized photograph if purchasing a borrower's ticket (payment may be made by cash, cheque or card).


UCL Alumni

Former students who have graduated with a degree from UCL are entitled to join UCL Library Services (including LaSS/NICeST); a reference ticket is available free of charge, and a borrowing ticket can be purchased for an annual fee of £50. This entitles you to borrow up to 5 books (but not short loan books or access to online databases), and is valid for use in most UCL libraries.

To join the library, bring some proof of graduation (e.g. a copy of your degree certificate)  and some proof of address and photo ID (e.g. passport or driver's licence). If purchasing a borrower's ticket you will also need to bring a passport-sized photograph, and payment by cash, cheque or card.



Students and staff of other Universities

University of London:

Members of academic staff and research postgraduates from other University of London colleges may apply for a borrowing ticket for UCL Library services, including LaSS/NICeST, free of  charge. Proof of status (such as College ID card),  some proof of address and photo ID (e.g. passport or driver's licence) and a passport-sized photograph are required.

Undergraduates and taught postgraduates (with the exception of SOAS postgraduates for whom special arrangements are in place - see here for details) may not borrow from UCL libraries but are entitled to free reference access on production of a valid college ID card.

Other UK Universities:

UCL participates in Band A of the SCONUL access scheme, whereby academic staff and research postgraduates from participating institutions are entitled to borrow from other member libraries. Applicants for a borrowing ticket for UCL libraries should obtain a SCONUL card stamped by their home institution's library, and bring it along with a passport-sized photograph.

Taught postgraduates and undergraduates may use the library for reference during UCL vacations but should note that UCL vacations may not always coincide with those of other UK universities. (See here for current UCL term dates). During termtime, access may be possible by arrangement with the LaSS Librarian.

Overseas institutions

Visiting academic staff from overseas universities are allowed free reference access to the Library for the duration of their visit. It is necessary to provide proof of academic status (such as a letter of introduction from the home institution) and, if the visit is for more than a few days, a passport-sized photograph. PhD (doctoral) students will also usually be admitted free but should contact the Librarian in advance to arrange this.

National Health Service employees

Professional health workers can obtain borrowing tickets if they are employed by the following NHS trusts:
Camden and Islington Community Health Services

  • Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children
  • Moorfields Eye Hospital
  • Royal Free Hampstead
  • Royal National Throat Nose and Ear
  • Royal National Orthopaedic
  • UCL Hospitals (Middlesex, UCH, National Hospital for Neurology)
  • Whittington Hospital (reading rights only)

Applicants should register at their local medical library site and bring NHS ID, plus some proof of address and a passport-sized photograph


PLS Short Course participants

The Division of Psychology and Language Sciences runs regular short courses and reference use of the Library is free to participants for the duration of the course.


Other non-UCL researchers

UCL Library Services welcomes enquiries from researchers who have a genuine need to consult material held at UCL which is not readily available elsewhere. If, therefore, you can demonstrate such a need regarding the material held at the LaSS/NICeST Library but you do not fit into any of the above categories, please contact the Librarian who will usually be able to arrange reference access for you.

For further details of access to UCL Library services, see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/joining.htm, or contact the Head of Membership.


Other Library services

UCL NICeST Library also offers the following services to non-UCL users:-
Document provision:

If you are unable to visit the Library yourself, photocopies of journal articles held in the Library can be sent by post within the UK for £3 per item.
A photocopy request form must be signed.

Articles that are not held in the Library can be obtained and posted to you for a fee of £6 per item. An interlibrary loan application form must be signed. In addition, Library visitors can access and save or print articles from a range of online journals from a dedicated computer in the Library.

Literature searches:

The Library has access to various online databases and other electronic resources relevant to speech and language therapy, such as Medline, AMED (Allied & Complementary Medicine), PsycInfo, Linguistics Language & Behaviour Abstracts (LLBA), Modern Languages Abstracts (MLA), British Education Index (BEI), Web of Science, etc. Unfortunately it is not possible for us to allow access to these for non-UCL users. However, the Librarian can carry out literature searches on your behalf for a fee of £25 per search. A literature search produces a list of references to published research on your given topic, usually including abstracts, which can be sent by post or email. For further details, please contact the Librarian.


For further information about any of the services outlined above, please contact:

Stevie Russell, Site Librarian
National Information Centre for Speech-Language Therapy (NICeST)
UCL Language & Speech Science Library
Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
University College London
Chandler House
2 Wakefield Street
Tel. +44 (0)20 7679 4207 (internal ext. 24207)

Telephone :
020 7679 4207 (internal ext. 24207)
Fax: 020 7713 0861