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About the Library

The Royal College of Surgeons of England possesses an outstanding library of surgical literature that dates from the late 15th century to the present day. To learn more about its past, please visit our library history page.

The Library provides access to a wide variety of up-to-date surgical literature and textbooks. A large selection of journals is available online to our Affiliates, Members and Fellows, with print copies of more titles available in the Lumley Study Centre. The Library also offers a current awareness service, document delivery and free wi-fi internet access within the building.

The historical material is of national importance in documenting the achievement of British surgery from the 18th century onwards through its printed collections, prints, drawings and archives and in providing a provenance to the collections housed in the Hunterian Museum. In 2013, the collection was awarded Designated status by Arts Council England.

The Library is also working to improve the catalogue information regarding the older materials and regularly exhibits selections of historical material.

For further information about accessing our collections, please see Visiting the Library. For any other queries please contact us.