Library opening timesCurrently open
Please note that the opening times are for telephone enquiries only. The Library Reading Rooms will remain closed to visitors until further notice.
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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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.
14Jun2021FGDP(UK) will be separating from RCS England on 1 July 2021 and transferring to the new College of General Dentistry (CGDent). Because of this change, and under the terms of our licenses, the Library will be unable to provide access to e-resources from this date for anyone who does not elect to remain a member of the College through The Faculty of Dental Surgery. FGDP(UK) members should be aware that their RCS England OpenAthens accounts will not be transferred to CGDent, and that e-resource personalisations associated with those accounts will be lost. If you have TOC alerts, bookmarks, saved searches or other personalisations that you wish to save, including the workspace in Ovid MEDLINE or Embase, please make sure you make a record of these before the end of June. If you have any questions about this transfer, or your membership, you can contact our Membership Team at email@example.com. You can also find out more about the benefits of FDS membership on our website.
20Nov2020The Library has launched its second digital exhibition, ‘Depicting Anatomy: The hunt for unalloyed reality’. The exhibition draws together images and explanatory information on some of the most extraordinary, artistic and beautifully accurate anatomy books in the Library’s Rare Books collection.
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.
13Oct2021Pamela Ball, a surgeon in Kidderminster and Wordsley in the Midlands, was the first woman from Jamaica to gain the fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. From Plarr's Lives of the Fellows.
1Oct2021Irene Irving recently became the 10,000th fellow to be added to Plarr’s Lives, the College’s online collection of biographies, which records the lives of surgeons going back to the beginning of the fellowship in 1843.
2Jul2021A guide to the Library's second online exhibition, 'Depicting Anatomy: The hunt for unalloyed reality'.
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
Telephone service will continue throughout the redevelopment period
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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