Welcome to the Self-Access Centre materials database
The DELTA Library
If you are looking for more information on the DELTA courses offered at UCL, please check the DELTA courses website.
The Delta Library is located in the Self-Access Centre (SAC), room LG02 on the Lower Ground Floor of The Centre for Languages and International Education (CLIE). The books are organised alphabetically by category, and are kept in four locked cupboards. There is always a SAC Assistant sat to the right as you enter the SAC, and whoever is on duty will provide you with the keys to the cupboards in return for your UCL identity card. There is a library catalogue on the website that will help you to locate any books that you would like to browse or borrow.
The DELTA Library Database
You can browse the database by selecting a category in the menu on the left. The various categories are arranged alphabetically by cupboard, such that categories A-G are in Cupboard 1, L-P in Cupboard 2, R-S in Cupboard 3 and T-W in Cupboard 4. For example, if you are looking for a book in the Planning category, you will find it in Cupboard 2. If a book is already signed out, the database will indicate this by stating 'borrowed' in the Location column.
- You may borrow up to three books from the Delta Library, and they must be signed out by the SAC Assistant
- If you can’t find a book, one of your colleagues may have it. Please speak to the SAC Assistant if you need it urgently, and they will tell you who to contact
- Some books are reference only and cannot be borrowed. These books have a label that says “Reference Only” covering the barcode. There is often more than one copy of these books, so please check in the cupboards or on the catalogue
- You are welcome to look at the other books in the SAC, but they may not be borrowed
Aim to return a book on the next input day after you borrow it: i.e., if you borrow a book on Monday, bring it back on Wednesday. If you borrow a book on Wednesday, bring it back the following Monday (or Saturday if there is a Saturday session). You can renew a book for a further period, but make sure no-one else needs it first. Obviously, there are times when several people want the same book at the same time. The most important thing is that you communicate and cooperate with each other so that you all have reasonable access to books.
The categories used to organise the books are fairly self-explanatory. Two categories, however, deserve some further explanation:
Resources: miscellaneous practical ideas are generally located in the Resources section, whereas practical ideas obviously related to a particular skill can be found in the section for that skill. For example, you will find Discussions That Work in the “Speaking” section; similarly, Grammar Games is in the “Grammar” section. However, Games for Language Learning is in the Resources section.
Language: this category includes books that are about language in general, and that do not fall obviously into the more specific categories of Grammar, Discourse, Lexis or Pronunciation.
The CLIE subscribes to a number of academic journals that you may find useful such as ELT Journal and Journal of English for Academic Purposes. The SAC keeps back copies of selected titles, but you should be able to access a wider range of materials online via the UCL electronic resources service. Unless you are using a UCL computer, you will need your normal username and password to logon to the website.
- Do not write in the books; this includes writing in pencil.
- Return books promptly so that others can use them.
- The SAC is reserved for quiet study, and gets very busy during term time. Please go outside if you need to talk.
Please speak to the SAC Assistant if you have any further questions. We hope that you enjoy the library.