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Library, ARCHIVES and Learning Services

Library, Archives and Learning Services provide access to high-quality academic resources, expert advice, and inspirational study spaces in modern library buildings on both Stratford and Docklands campuses, open 24/7 during term time.

Welcome to UEL Library and Archive Services

    Our library services

    Library, Archives and Learning Services is at the heart of the University. We have an excellent range of resources and facilities to help you with your studies, and are committed to offering you a first-class student experience.

    We have new, modern library facilities on both campuses offering inspirational environments for study and research. Libraries contain resources in print and digital formats, a range of study spaces and expert staff to advise and assist with your learning.



    Our Library services

    Docklands library

    Docklands Library, located at our Docklands Campus, University Way, offers a first-class learning experience. Overlooking Gallions Point Marina, it provides a stimulating space for study and a comprehensive collection of resources. With helpful and friendly staff, 24/7 opening hours during term-time, and different study spaces to suit all needs, the library is the heart of the university. 

    Docklands Library

    Stratford library

    The newly built award-winning Stratford Library provides an inspirational setting for study and research. Situated at our Stratford campus in Water Lane and open 24/7 during term-time, the library has a range of study spaces including group study rooms, quiet study areas and individual silent study carrels. It also offers a high-quality collection of resources and a knowledgeable team of friendly specialist staff who are always happy to help.

    Stratford Library

    FAQs: Library service and COVID-19

    Library's response to the coronavirus

    Library, Archives and Learning Services takes the health and wellbeing of our staff and students in the University community seriously.  We have been supporting remote learning and teaching since the libraries closed in March and will continue to do so.  We are now working towards opening with a limited service in late July.  We will continue to update the FAQs below during this unprecedented time.

    Are the libraries open?

    Libraries are now closed, but library staff are working remotely to support you. You can contact us via email or chat (see below)

    When will the libraries reopen? 

    As government restrictions are lifting, we are preparing the library for phased reopening of buildings and services from late July 2020.  We have some work to do to ensure the safety of our users and staff, so please bear with us during this transition period.  In the meantime, you can still use our e-resources and get help from Library staff (see below).  We'll keep you updated on building re-openings on these pages, through our website, and on social media.  We look forward to welcoming you back into our buildings soon!

    How can I get in touch with Library staff?

    Contact us by email at or through chat with a Librarian

    Online support hours:

    Monday – Friday 9-5

    Monday 13th July: Closed

    Monday 31st August: Closed


    My books are overdue. What should I do?

    We understand this is a worrying time for you and wish to assure you that if you have any books on loan, you can keep hold of them. You don’t need to return them to the library. All books have been automatically renewed until 2 August 2020. 

    If you have received a request for a book you have on loan, you don’t have to return it. There will be no overdue fines for recalled books.

    We will review the new return date as the situation evolves and keep you updated.

    Inter Library Loan (ILL) books

    If you have Inter Library Loan (ILL) books, then please keep them with you until the library desk is open with staff service. Where possible your inter-library loan book will be automatically renewed; where this is not possible, you will not incur any overdue charges.

    Can I use the Inter library Loan service?

    Yes, our Inter-library loan service continues to fulfill requests in digital format, all other requests are put on hold, or electronic alternatives are offered where possible. We will update you if there is any change to this service.

    Online Support

    Can I still access library resources from home?

    Yes. We have a wide range of resources,  available to students remotely, which can be accessed from home via Library search.

    online enquiries

    Please use chat with a Librarian and email at

    Monday to Friday 9 am-5 pm

    You can also join our new Teams site, just go to ‘Add Team’ on the Teams home page, and use this code: en46dkb

    I need to book a 1:1 with an Academic Services Librarian.

    You can still book these. We do have the capability to schedule 1:1’s online if needed. Please email your Academic Services Librarian to book a slot:

    Opening Hours

    Docklands Library

    Docklands library is closed

    Stratford Library

    Stratford library is closed

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    Library access for current students

    Library intranet

    UEL has an internal website for all current students. Click on the link below to access the Library site.

    Contact us

    General Library Enquiries
    Your email will be answered within one working day.

    Docklands Campus Library
    Docklands Campus
    University Way
    London E16 2RD
    Tel: 020 8223 3434

    Stratford Campus Library
    Stratford Campus
    Water Lane
    London E15 4LZ
    Tel: 020 8223 4646