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Library Services, 2017-2020

The Royal College of Surgeons’ Library in Lincoln’s Inn Fields closed to visitors in May 2017 as part of a major refurbishment project due to be completed in 2020. Access to our online resources and services is unaffected, with members of staff supporting them throughout the project. See our FAQ section below for more information on specific services.

Staff are here to help you Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5:30 pm. For general library enquiries, call 020 7869 6555 or library@rcseng.ac.uk, or for online journal and resource enquiries, call 020 7869 6556 or email library.athens@rcseng.ac.uk.

We opened a dedicated Library Enquiry Point in the Nuffield Lounge in October. Members can make an appointment at any time with a member of the Library team for advice on services, or drop in during opening hours (Tuesday to Friday, 11 am to 3 pm). Books from our short loan collection will be available to borrow. Please contact us at library@rcseng.ac.uk or 020 7869 6555 to book an appointment or if you have a question.

Changes to Library services

The Library space closed to all visitors in May 2017 and will remain closed throughout the three-year redevelopment project. Please be aware that there is no dedicated Library study/research space in the Lincoln’s Inn Fields building during this period.

We are working with Middle Temple Library to provide study space for our Members during the redevelopment project. Please see our FAQ section below for more information on this arrangement or email library@rcseng.ac.uk if you have a question.

We are working with partner institutions to provide managed access to our collections for study and research on an appointment basis. Please see Using the RCS Library collections during the redevelopment for more information and contact us at library@rcseng.ac.uk if you have a question.

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.

Find out more about the “Transforming Surgery for Tomorrow” programme.

FAQs

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 library.athens@rcseng.ac.uk.

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.

Current Awareness Service

The Current Awareness Service will continue as normal. Access to our online resources will be unaffected by the redevelopment project with staff supporting these services throughout.

Document Delivery service

During the redevelopment period our print collections are in off-site storage. This will have an impact on our Document Delivery. We will continue to provide articles from our online holdings as normal. Please see our Document Delivery page for more details on ordering articles.

Journals

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.

During the redevelopment period, our print collections are in off-site storage. Please see our Document Delivery page for more details on ordering articles.

Historical Collections

We are working with partner institutions to provide managed access to our collections for study and research on an appointment basis. Please see Using the RCS Library collections during the redevelopment for more information and contact us at library@rcseng.ac.uk if you have a question.

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.

Borrowing books

The Library closed in May 2017 to allows collections to be moved off-site. Our new arrangements with partner organisations will allow requests to borrow material to be made from late 2017. Please see Using the RCS Library collections during the redevelopment for more information and contact us at library@rcseng.ac.uk if you have a question.

Books for exam preparation

The collection of books for exam preparation will remain onsite. Members will be able to borrow these books from the Library Enquiry Point in the Nuffield Lounge from 10 October 2017. The Enquiry Point will be staffed Tuesday to Thursday, 11 am to 3 pm.

Books and other material available electronically

There are over 1000 textbooks and reference manuals available via our subscription to ClinicalKey which allows book chapters to be saved as PDFs to be read later. Members can access ClinicalKey using their College Login details and illustrated help on accessing the service can be found on Surgicat+.

Library Enquiry Point

The Library Enquiry Point is situated in the Nuffield Lounge on the ground floor of the Nuffield Building. Members can book a 1-to-1 appointment with a member of the Library team for advice on our resources and services, or borrow exam preparation books from our short loan collection. If you are visiting the College, drop-in consultations will be possible when the desk is open.

The Library Enquiry Point will be staffed Tuesday to Thursday, 11 am to 3 pm.

If you would like to book an appointment, please email us at library@rcseng.ac.uk. Appointments can be made for 9 am to 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday.

Please be aware that all on-site College activities may be affected by building works.

Study space

We are working with Middle Temple Library to provide study space for Members, Fellows and Postgraduate Affiliates during the Lincoln’s Inn Fields redevelopment project.

If you would like to use the study space at Middle Temple Library, please email library@rcseng.ac.uk to arrange access before your visit. You will be sent a confirmation email to take (either as a print out, or on your phone) to Middle Temple Library; this email can then be used for all subsequent visits.

Middle Temple is a 10 minute walk from Lincoln’s Inn Fields on Middle Temple Lane, EC4Y 9BT.

The opening hours for the Middle Temple Library are:

  • Monday to Thursday: 9 am to 8 pm
  • Friday: 9 am to 7 pm

Note: opening hours will vary, with occasional early closures for events, Saturday opening once a month and two-week closure during August. Please check the Middle Temple Library webpage before visiting.

Please be aware that there is no dedicated Library study/research space in the Lincoln’s Inn Fields building during this period.

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