Services for Members and Fellows
Who does this apply to?
- Royal College of Surgeons of England: MRCS, FRCS, Associate
- Faculty of Dental Surgery: MFDS, FDSRCS, Specialty Member, Associate
- Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK): Full membership, Associate membership, Part time/Career break/Maternity leave, Retired, Postgraduate student
- Joint: MJDF, Joint FDS/FGDP membership
Please note that your membership of the Library will cease immediately if your membership of the College ceases for any reason, including the late payment of fees.
The Royal College of Surgeons' Library in Lincoln's Inn Fields closed to all visitors in May 2017 as part of a major refurbishment project due to be complete in 2020. During the redevelopment period, we will be working with partner institutions to provide managed access to our collections for study and research. Find more information on changes to Library Services.
Members can access the Library's collection of online journals, as well as Acland's Video Atlas of Human Anatomy. RCS, FDS and joint members can use their College login, FGDP members will be issued with an Athens account. Overseas Associates of the FGDP do not have access to online resources.
You can also search across thousands of journals using Ovid Medline and EMBASE, setting up search alerts to email you the latest research in your area of interest. Where possible, there are links between search results and the full text of journal articles.
Current awareness Updates
Members can subscribe to any of the Library's Current Awareness Updates. These bi-monthly email newsletters contain links to important and interesting articles in specialty and sub-specialty areas.
If the Library does not subscribe to a given journal online, members can request articles via the Document Delivery service for a fee.
Members are entitled to make use of the Library's Literature Search service to identify articles that may be of interest.
Library Enquiry Point
Members can book a 1-to-1 appointment with a member of the Library team for advice on using our resources and services and with building and running your own literature searches. The new Library Enquiry Point is situated in the Nuffield Lounge on the ground floor of the Nuffield Building. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 work.
The Library closed in May 2017 to allow collections to be moved offsite. Our arrangements with partner institutions allow Members to make requests to borrow books currently stored offsite. Please see Using the RCS Library collections during the redevelopment for more information and contact us at email@example.com 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. 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+.
No Library study space
Please be aware that there is no dedicated Library study/research space in the Lincoln's Inn Fields building during the redevelopment period.