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Library Services for Members, 2017-2021
Access to online resources and staff help are unaffected by the College’s major refurbishment project at Lincoln’s Inn Fields. See our FAQ section for information on specific services.
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SurgiCat+: the Library, Archives and Museum catalogue
Search SurgiCat+ for books, journals and other materials (both online and physical) held by the Library, materials held by the Archives, and specimens, art, and other objects in the Hunterian Museum. You can also find links to online resources, including ClinicalKey and Acland's Video Atlas of Anatomy, along with help on accessing them. Visit SurgiCat+.
3Oct2019The Library launches its first digital exhibition, Medicinae Plantae: healing plants, through time in October. The exhibition looks at some of the beautiful, classic and unusual books relating to herbalism in the Library’s collection.
17Jul2019All past issues of the Specialty Updates are now archived on SurgiCat+ (the Library catalogue). The Updates are concise summaries of the latest evidence in a particular surgical field, designed to support surgeons in their use of evidence, guidelines and new technology in their practice. produced by the Library’s Current Awareness Team of Information Specialists and overseen by clinical specialist advisors.
23Apr2019The Library has invested in a new 3D anatomy resource – Visible Body .
The restoration of a lost nose by operation: exemplified in a series of cases – John Hamilton (1809-1875)In 1864, surgeon John Hamilton published Restoration of a Lost Nose by Operation, sharing his patients’ case histories after his early Indian rhinoplasty operations at the Richmond Hospital in Dublin, Ireland. Read their stories here.
25Oct2019Anatomical flap books were being used to show what’s hidden under our skin as early as the 1500s, taking their name from the layers of movable paper flaps that are lifted to reveal the layers below making the viewer an active participant who ‘dissects’ the body by opening the flaps. These are some examples from our collection.
11Oct2019In 2017, we moved 5 km of books and journals to the British Library in Yorkshire. Read about Jo’s visit to their robot store and discover how much work goes into a journal binding project.
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Please note that the Library Reading Rooms are closed until the redevelopment project is finished in 2021. Members of the College are able to borrow books in person: please contact Library staff.
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The Royal College of Surgeons
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