Students in Central Library


The Central Library at South Kensington is the primary home for our print collections, and is open 24 hours a day (except Friday 23.00–Saturday 10.00) most of the year. The Library also offers an extensive collection of electronic journals and databases, most of which can be accessed both on and off campus.

Subject librarians for every department are on hand to help you find what you need. There is also a free document delivery service to help you source books and articles from around the UK and the rest of the world.

The Library offers specialist research support for postgraduate students, including copyright guidance, plagiarism awareness and reference management.

In addition, the Library works with the College’s Disability Advisory Service to provide support for disabled students, including additional software and a book fetching service.?

Specialist libraries

There are smaller specialist medical libraries at the Charing Cross, Chelsea and Westminster, Hammersmith, Royal Brompton and St Mary's campusesEach library has books relating to general medicine, as well as its own specialist collection, such as:

  • medical ethics
  • neuroscience
  • psychiatry
  • AIDS
  • emergency medicine
  • plastic surgery
  • paediatrics
  • radiology

Silwood Park Campus has its own life sciences library, specialising in ecology, evolution, biodiversity, conservation, plant and animal biology, and entomology.

Computing facilities

Our students have access to over 3,500 desktop computers across 150 managed computer rooms. You’ll also have access to over 250 multipurpose scanning, photocopying and printing machines.

The College’s computing facilities include Microsoft, Mac and Linux systems. You can use the College’s mobile app to find the nearest available on-campus computer at any time.

If you have your own laptop or mobile device you can use this to tap into the College network through our high-speed internet, with wireless access available in many areas. You can also install Microsoft Office software (including Word, Excel and PowerPoint) for free, as well as antivirus protection and other free and discounted software from our software shop.

IT support

If you have any difficulties using the College’s computing facilities, or using a personal device to access College networks, you can contact our Service Desk for help. There are a number of ways to access support, including online, by phone, in person or via Twitter.

Online resources

Student on her laptopOur online resources make it easy for you to access resources, such as lecture notes and videos of previous lectures, at a time that's convenient for you.

  • Lecture recording: The majority of lecture theatres at imperial are equipped with lecture recording software (Panopto) for recording lectures, talks and tutorial sessions, which means you can revisit these events after the fact as many times as you want.
  • Virtual learning environments: Our virtual learning environments (VLEs) offer 24/7 access to a wide range of learning resources such as lecture notes, reading lists and practice tests. The most commonly used VLE at the College is Blackboard, which includes a range of in-built tools to support your learning, such as lecture notes, assignment, tests and discussion boards.