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Services for Members and Fellows

Who does this apply to?

  • Royal College of Surgeons of England: MRCS, FRCS
  • Faculty of Dental Surgery: MFDS, FDSRCS, Specialty Member

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.

Online resources

Members can access the Library’s collections of online journals and e-books, as well as other resources by logging in to the College website before visiting the resource website.

As well as e-journals, 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. You can find more e-books in the LWW Health Library Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery Collections.

You can also search across thousands of journals using Ovid MEDLINE, Embase and HMIC, 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. We also offer access to TripPro and OrthoEvidence, both highly-regarded repositories of evidence.

Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy and Visible Body Human Anatomy Atlas (which is also available as a mobile app) provide useful anatomical reference and educational tools.

Specialty Updates

Members can subscribe to any of the Library’s specialty-specific Update emails. Compiled by our Evidence Support Team with assistance from panels of Specialist Advisors, the Updates contain links to new and interesting research in each specialty area.

Document delivery

If the Library does not subscribe to a given journal online, members can request articles for a fee via the Document Delivery service.

Literature searches

Our Information Specialists can help you find the literature you need for research, CPD or clinical practice. Literature searches are carried out on MEDLINE and Embase for you by the team.

Booking an appointment

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. 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.

If you are visiting the College, face-to-face consultations are possible. Please email us at library@rcseng.ac.uk before your visit to arrange an appointment.

Books for exam preparation

The collection of books for exam preparation is available for loan in the Members’ Library. Books that are available for loan can be issued onsite or borrowed and returned by post. This service is only available for Members and Affiliates living in the UK.

Study space

The Members’ Library is open 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Thursday; you can check for changes on the Library calendar on Surgical Library. Please ask for the Library at the ground floor Reception Desk on arrival.

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