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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 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 until autumn 2017. Our staff's ability to deal with enquiries relating to these collections is limited; we will advise when responding to any enquiries. The Library will remain open for RCS and FGDP Members to use the space, current books and journals until Friday 19th May.

Changes to opening hours

From Monday 27th March, the Library opening hours will change:

Monday  Closed
Tuesday-Friday 10:00-17:00
Saturday/Sunday Closed

The Library will close to all visitors at 17:00 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 library@rcseng.ac.uk

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.

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.

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.

Journals

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 library@rcseng.ac.uk. 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.

Historical Collections

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 library@rcseng.ac.uk.

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 consult the Library's historical collections and our ability to deal with enquiries relating to these collections will be limited 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.

Borrowing books

The Library will close on Friday 19th May 2017 to prepare collections for the move offsite. It will not be possible to borrow or renew books after Friday 28th April. Members who have books on loan from the Library will be asked to return them by this date. Please email library@rcseng.ac.uk if you have any questions.

While we need to recall all loans in order to move our collections to a new offsite location, we will be able to retrieve these items for loan in future. We anticipate this being possible in autumn 2017.

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 autumn 2017. More details on this new service will be made available later.

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+.

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