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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+.
20Mar2020All of our online library services are available as normal. You can continue to access databases, e-journals, e-books and to receive the Specialty Updates. Please contact us with literature search requests we’re here to help. Telephone us on 020 7869 6555 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
2Apr2020Born on this day (2 April) in 1619, Moyse Charas was an apothecary in France during the reign of Louis XIV. Find out about the frontispiece to his Pharmacopée royale, galénique et chymique of 1676.
4Mar2020Phyllis Knocker was the first medically qualified woman to become an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons.
16Jan2020The oldest comprehensive printed book on the natural plant wealth of Asia and of the tropics is Hortus Malabaricus (meaning ‘Garden of Malabar’), published from 1678-1693, regarding the medicinal properties of plants in Kerala, Karnataka and Goa.
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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
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London WC2A 3PE