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Surgical Library: discover our online resources

Search full text across our collection of current surgical materials, including books and journals, both online and in print. You can also find links to online resources, including Visible Body, ClinicalKey and Acland's Video Atlas of Anatomy, along with help on accessing them. Use the search form below, or visit the Surgical Library.

Heritage Collections: the Library Special Collections, Archives and Museum catalogue

Visit Heritage Collections to search for older books, journals and other materials held by the Library, materials held by the Archives, and specimens, art, and other objects in the Hunterian Museum. Collections also include the Library's contribution to the UK Medical Heritage Library, Plarr's Lives of the Fellows and the Library's digital exhibitions.

Library services



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    Research Room closure, 13 July

    Please note that for the duration of Wednesday 13 July 2022 the Research Room will be closed for an internal meeting. The Members Library will still be open for the usual hours of 10am - 5pm.
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    Roll up! These historic museum doors are opening on a digital advent-ure

    Our December digital advent calendar will give you a snapshot of our Library, Archive and Museum collections. Our advent door design was inspired by the old Museum doors that were uncovered during recent renovation work at our historic building in Lincolns’ Inn Fields.
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    Welcome back

    We are delighted to announce that the Members’ Library at our Lincoln’s Inn Fields home will reopen on Tuesday 30 November for study and research. Opening times will be 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday to Thursday. No booking required, please speak to Reception on arrival. The Research Room will open to anyone wishing to use the Library and Archive collections on Tuesday 7 December. Booking is essential and please allow enough time to arrange your visit so we can ensure material is available. Opening hours will be 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday to Thursday.


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General library enquiries, including research information: 020 7869 6555

Online journal and resource enquiries: 020 7869 6556

Our lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm


The Library is located on the 1st floor of the College building. Please speak to Reception on arrival.


Library and Archives Department

The Royal College of Surgeons

38-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields

London WC2A 3PE

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