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 1L-P in Cupboard 2R-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

Borrowing time

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.

General Rules

  • 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.

En­joy the li­brary.