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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.

Use of the Library and its services is at the discretion of the Director of Library and Surgical Information Services, and is dependent on compliance with the Library's regulations.

Borrowing books

Members in the UK can borrow up to 10 books at a time (of which 2 may be from the short-loan collection). There are no overdue fines, although we would appreciate books being returned on time.

Overseas members may borrow books while visiting the UK, but would need to return them before leaving the country.

The Library catalogue lists which titles the Library holds. You can also reserve books and renew loans via the catalogue. Please contact the Library +44 (0) 20 7869 6556, library@rcseng.ac.uk) if you do not know your catalogue PIN.

Online resources

Members can access the Library's collection of online journals, as well as Acland's Video Atlas of Human Anatomy and Anatomy.tv. 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 bulletins

Members can subscribe to any of the Library's Current Awareness bulletins. These monthly or bi-monthly newsletters contain links to recent articles that may be of interest.

Reference library

Members may come and use the Reading Rooms during opening hours. Resources include extensive runs of many journals, wireless access to the Internet and onsite access to many of our electronic journals, plus printing and copying facilities.

Document delivery

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

Literature searches

Members are entitled to make use of the Library's Literature Search service to identify articles that may be of interest.

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