Changes to Library Services, 2017-2020
In spring/summer 2017, the Royal College of Surgeons’ Library in Lincoln’s Inn Fields will be closing to the public as part of a major refurbishment project due to be completed in 2020.
During the closure we will be working with partner institutions to provide managed access to our collections for study and research. We anticipate this access being in place by autumn 2017.
You can find out more about the ‘Transforming Surgery for Tomorrow’ programme. This page will be updated regularly.
Changes to Library services
In order to prepare and pack our printed collections for this move, research access to the Library’s historical collections will be suspended in March 2017. This will also affect our ability to supply requests from printed material via the Document Delivery service.
The Library Reading Room will close for research visits at 17:30 on Friday 24th March. It will not be possible to provide research appointments to consult the Library’s historical collections or deal with enquiries relating to these collections until autumn 2017. The Library Reading Room will remain open for RCS and FGDP Members to use the space, current books and journals until Friday 19th May.
The Library Reading Room will close to all visitors at 17:30 on Friday 19th May. This will allow essential work on the collections to be completed and for their removal off-site.
For further information on accessing the collections before closure, please contact email@example.com
Access to our online resources and services will be unaffected by the redevelopment project, with staff supporting these services throughout the project. See our FAQ section below for more information on specific services.
We look forward to re-opening the Library in 2020 in refurbished and restored spaces where our collections can be discovered, viewed and studied. You can follow this process through our Library Blog.
Access to online resources
Access to our online resources will be unaffected by the redevelopment project at our Lincoln's Inn Field home. RCS and FGDP members will continue to have full access to e-journals, e-books and databases with support available via our help pages or by contacting staff via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Literature Search service
The Literature Search Service will continue to be available for members. Access to our online resources will be unaffected by the redevelopment project.
Document Delivery service
During the preparation and removal period we will not be able to support a full Document Delivery service from our print collections. We will continue to provide articles from our online holdings as normal. If we are unable to supply an article from our collections, the request can be supplied via the British Library. Please see our Document Delivery page for more details on ordering articles.
From January 2017, access to print journal titles will become more limited as collections are prepared for the move off-site. Please check accessibility before visiting by emailing email@example.com. Articles can be requested via our Document Delivery service if titles are unavailable.
Over 90% of our current journal holdings are available electronically and access to these will be unaffected during the project. Use SurgiCat+ or the Journal Finder to search for titles held by the RCS.
From February 2017, access to historical material will become more limited as collections are prepared for the move off-site. Please check accessibility before visiting by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that the Library Reading Rooms will close for research visits at 17:30 on Friday 24th March. It will not be possible to provide research appointments to consult the Library’s historical collections or deal with enquiries relating to these collections after this date until autumn 2017.
19th Century Tracts & Pamphlets
As part of the UK Medical Heritage Library project, 21,500 nineteenth-century tracts and pamphlets from our collections have been digitised to make them accessible to the public. They are available via JISC and can be viewed online or downloaded as a pdf.