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.

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    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 and different study spaces to suit all needs, the library is the heart of the university.

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    The newly built award-winning Stratford Library provides an inspirational setting for study and research. Situated at our Stratford campus in Water Lane 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.

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    Opening hours Docklands and Stratford Libraries

    Building Opening hours:

    Monday 18 October to Friday 27 May 

    24/7 from 9am

     

    Exceptions:

    Friday 24 December

    Close at 5pm

    Saturday 25 December

    Closed

    Sunday 26 December

    Closed

    Monday 27 December

    Open 9am - 24/7 recommences

    Thursday 14 April 2022

    Close at 9pm

    Friday 15 April 2022

    9am-9pm

    Saturday 16 April 2022

    9am-9pm

    Sunday 17 April 2022

    9am-9pm

    Monday 18 April 2022

    9am-9pm

    Tuesday 19 April 2022

    Open 9am - 24/7 recommences

    Friday 27 May 2022

    Close at 9pm

     

    Helpdesk hours

    Staffed helpdesk services and online chat are available:

     

    Monday - Friday:

    11am-7pm

    Saturday:

    12pm-5pm

    Sunday:

    Closed

     

    Exceptions:

    Saturday 18 - Sunday 19 December

    Closed

    Monday 20 - Thursday 23 December

    11am-5pm

    Friday 24 December

    11am-midday

    Saturday 25 December - Monday 3 January 

    Closed

    Saturday 9 - Sunday 10 April 2022

    Closed

    Monday 11 - Thursday 14 April 2022

    11am-5pm

    Friday 15 - Monday 18 April 2022

    Closed

    Tuesday 19 - Friday 22 April 2022

    11am-5pm

    Saturday 23 -  Sunday 24 April 2022

    Closed

     

     

    Email and online chat are monitored by UEL Library staff:

    Monday - Friday:

    9AM - 5PM

    Saturday / Sunday:

    Closed

     

    Outside these hours a global 24/7 co-op of librarians are available to answer basic questions about finding and using library resources. More complex queries will be referred to UEL staff to answer on their return.

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    Further opening hours in 2022

    Opening hours 28 May - 3 July 2022

    Building Opening hours:

    Monday to Sunday

    9am - 9pm

     

    Helpdesk hours

    Staffed helpdesk services and online chat are available:

     

    Monday - Friday:

    11am-5pm

    Saturday and Sunday:

    Closed

     

    Exceptions:

     

    Thursday 2 June 

    Closed

    Friday 3 June

    Closed

    Opening hours 4 July - 22 July 2022

    Building Opening hours:

    Monday to Sunday

    24/7 from 9am on 4 July to 9pm on 22 July

     

    Helpdesk hours

    Staffed helpdesk services and online chat are available:

     

    Monday - Friday:

    11am-5pm

    Saturday and Sunday:

    Closed

    Opening hours 23 July - 31 Aug 2022

    Building Opening hours:

    Monday to Sunday

    9am-9pm

     

    Helpdesk hours

    Staffed helpdesk services and online chat are available:

     

    Monday - Friday:

    11am-5pm

    Saturday and Sunday:

    Closed

     

    Exceptions:

     

    Monday 29 August

    Closed

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    Library intranet

    UEL has an internal website for all current students. Access the Library site below.

    Current Students: Library login

    Useful Links

    External visitors

    To find out about access to UEL libraries for Sconul, Alumni and other external visitors, see the link below.

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    Archives - UEL's archives and special collections

    Library, Archives and Learning Services hold important archival collections related to academic disciplines including theatre studies, refugee and forced migration studies, and sports science. Our collections include the British Olympic Association Archive, Hackney Empire Theatre Archive and the Refugee Council Archive.

    UEL's Library archive
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    UEL Research Repository

    UEL Research Repository is UEL’s open access repository of research outputs. It provides free access to research and scholarly work created by UEL staff and PhD students.

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    Data.uel - research data repository

    Data.uel is UEL's repository for research data.  It contains data generated by academic research by members of UEL. Data.uel ensures that our research data is preserved, and where possible, is made available to all on an open access basis.

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    General Library Enquiries

    Email: Library@uel.ac.uk
    Your email will be answered within two working days.

    Docklands Campus Library
    Docklands Campus
    University Way
    London E16 2RD
    Tel:  +44 (0)20 8223 3434

    Stratford Campus Library
    Stratford Campus
    Water Lane
    London E15 4LZ
    Tel: +44 (0)20 8223 4646

    Senior Management

    Regina Everitt
    Director of Library and Learning Services, responsible for the strategic development, leadership and management of the high-quality library and learning services required by our diverse learning, teaching and research communities 
    Tel: +44 (0)20 8223 6460 
    Email: R.Everitt@uel.ac.uk

    Rachel Scott Halls
    Head of User Experience and Engagement. Responsible for policy development and operational effectiveness of library services with a focus on customer services and the student experience. 
    Email: R.Scott-Halls@uel.ac.uk

    Krishna Roy-Chowdhury
    Head of Content and Digital Environments. Responsible for providing high-quality, user-focused library and learning services to our diverse learning and research community, both on and off-campus and play a key role in the strategic planning and development of the whole service. Lead Academic Services team, Collections and the digital library team, Archives and Scholarly Communications team. Leads on policy development in these areas and ensure operational effectiveness. 
    Email: K.Roy-Chowdhury@uel.ac.uk

    Alasdair MacLeod
    Docklands Campus Library Manager. Responsible for managing the Docklands Campus Library including staffing, liaising with other departments within the University and maintaining the quality of the library environment. 
    Email: A. MacLeod@uel.ac.uk

    Florence Achen-Owor
    Stratford Library Campus Manager. Responsible for managing the Stratford Campus Library including staffing, liaising with other departments within the University and maintaining the quality of the library environment. 
    Email: F.Achen-owor@uel.ac.uk