Earlier this year, we made an agreement with the library at the Institute of Psychoanalysis enabling staff and students at UEL to use the fantastic resources they have available. As the new librarian for the School of Psychology here at UEL, I thought I should head along to the Institute and find out more about the library and the resources that they have available.
The library at the Institute houses an extensive range of psychoanalytic materials, with approximately 20,000 volumes ranging from the mid-18th century to the present day. It also holds approximately 1600 catalogued monographs, around 200 journals (thirty of which are currently in publication) and unpublished materials associated with the British Psychoanalytical Society.
There is also an internet terminal in the library that provides access to PEP-WEB and free wifi is also available for users of the library upon request. You can print and download as many articles as you like from the terminal, with printing (and photocopying) chargeable at 5p per A4 sheet and 10p per A3 sheet. For photocopying, you will be provided with a print card and payment will be taken when you have completed your copying. If printing, you can print directly from the terminal and you will be charged when you pick your sheets from the printer.
As well as electronic, there are also a range of current print journals available to read at the library, including The Psychoanalytic Review amongst many others (you can make copies of articles in line with copyright requirements ie one article from an issue of a journal). Furthermore, the library also houses the New Library of Psychoanalysis collection (published by Routledge Mental Health in association with the Institute of Psychoanalysis). The purpose of this series is to:
“…facilitate a greater and more widespread appreciation of psychoanalysis and to provide a forum for increasing mutual understanding between psychoanalysts and those in other disciplines. The series also aims to make some of the work of continental and other non-English speaking analysts more readily available to English-speaking readers, and to increase the interchange of ideas between British and American analysts.”
A full list of the titles in the series is available here.
The library is reference only for UEL students and staff, but if you are a member or a candidate for membership of the British Psychoanalytical Society you are entitled to borrow up to a maximum of six volumes. The library operates under a strict no food, drink or mobile phones policy. Those wishing to take phonecalls must do so outside of the library itself.
The library itself is a fantastic resource and I certainly recommend taking advantage of the many resources that are made available to visitors. If you want to find out more about the specific materials they hold, you can browse the library catalogue on their website.
If you do wish to visit the library, you must contact myself in the first instance so that I can arrange your visit. Once you have made your initial visit, you will be able to arrange further visits directly with the library (all visits must be pre-arranged). When visiting you must also ensure you have your student ID with you. Opening hours and further details are available on the library website.
Getting to the Institute of Psychoanalysis: the nearest Tube station is Maida Vale (Bakerloo line). From there it’s approximately a ten minute walk from the station to the Institute at Byron House, 112A Shirland Road (see map below).