London Library


We would like to welcome our new and returning students. Protecting our staff and students is our number one priority. This means the library will look a bit different this year, but we are working to make sure your GCU London experience is a great one.

We have listed changes to our current services in relation to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic below. Additionally, please find a series of frequently asked questions (FAQs) at the bottom of this page.

Get in touch

If you would like any help with search strategies, referencing, subject databases or anything else library-related, you can book an online appointment by emailing

Covid-19 services

Book a study space

During the latest lockdown the library will only be open for pre-bookable study spaces and prioritised for those students who are unable or for whom it is extremely difficult to study in the home environment. If you cannot work or study at home, you can book a study space in advance. You must bring your student card to be admitted into the building

GCU London Library study spaces are available from 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm Monday through Friday. GCU London Library will extend opening to include Saturdays during the exam period, from 24 April to 15 May. Saturday hours will be the same as weekdays (10am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm).

Study spaces can be booked with or without a PC. Spaces may be booked up to a week in advance.

Please only book a space on campus if you have no other suitable alternative to study, to minimise non-essential travel and impact on the local community.

Click and collect service

GCU London library is now operating an email click and collect service to access our physical book stock. This also means that you will be unable to browse the physical book stock within the library.

If you want to request a book for click and collect, please email with the title and author of the book (edition if necessary) and your student name and number.

After you have received your email confirming your item is ready for collection, please come to the library with your student card. You will not be able to borrow without your student card. Please do not come to the library to collect any items until you have received an email confirming your book is ready for collection. You will have seven days to collect your books from the date you receive your confirmation email.

Once you arrive on campus, please tell the security guard at the desk that you’re collecting a reserved book.

Your book will be available from the library desk on the second floor. You can collect your book and check it out to yourself using the self-service machine located next to the desk.

Please return all books to the ground floor reception desk in a bag with your name and student number enclosed.

The library is actively looking to provide as many key texts as possible in a digital and online format. We would encourage students to use digital and online copies where possible. We recommend checking Discover for any e-resources before completing a click and collect request as your resource may be available in a digital format.

Freepost service

In response to student requests, we are pleased to be able to offer a Freepost service which can be used in most cases to send your books back to us, free of charge.

FREEPOST is only for returning books borrowed from the London library. Separate arrangements exist for items borrowed from the Glasgow library.

If you would like to use this service to return London library books, please use the address as written below:



The NAME must always appear in uppercase.

Remember to pack your parcel well to minimise the risk of damage and always ask for a (free) certificate of postage at your local Post Office when sending your parcel. 

The service covers UK postage only. If you have left the country please contact and we will discuss the best way to proceed.


How can I access Ebooks?

Check Discover for Ebooks on your topic. You can also use Ebook publisher sites and subject specific collections to find books that are available online.

What online help resources can I use?

Your starting point should be your library subject guide. Our Essential search skills and resources page contains information on improving your search skills and locating quality resources. We also have a specific guide for dissertation students.

The library is located on the 2nd floor in the learning zone. The learning zone provides a range of study environments where you can study alone or in groups. The space is available to students during GCU London opening hours.

The London library staff are here to help you find and fully utilise all the resources available to you. The library staff and resources in Glasgow are also available to GCU London students. We also offer arrangements for students with disabilities, including technology for visually-impaired students.

In addition to the books in the London library, students have access to many online resources via the Glasgow library website using your domain username and password. For help with the online library resources ask the London library staff for help or see  – Using e-resources for more information. 

Library support is available for GCU London students in both London and Glasgow.