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Library Services for Members, 2017-2021
Access to online resources and staff help are unaffected by the College’s major refurbishment project at Lincoln’s Inn Fields. See our FAQ section for information on specific services.
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Surgical Library: discover our online resources
Search full text across our collection of current surgical materials, including books and journals, both online and in print. You can also find links to online resources, including Visible Body, ClinicalKey and Acland's Video Atlas of Anatomy, along with help on accessing them. Use the search form below, or visit the Surgical Library.
Heritage Collections: the Library Special Collections, Archives and Museum catalogue
Visit Heritage Collections to search for older books, journals and other materials held by the Library, materials held by the Archives, and specimens, art, and other objects in the Hunterian Museum. Collections also include the Library's contribution to the UK Medical Heritage Library, Plarr's Lives of the Fellows and the Library's digital exhibitions.
20Nov2020The Library has launched its second digital exhibition, ‘Depicting Anatomy: The hunt for unalloyed reality’. The exhibition draws together images and explanatory information on some of the most extraordinary, artistic and beautifully accurate anatomy books in the Library’s Rare Books collection.
20Mar2020All of our online library services are available as normal. You can continue to access databases, e-journals, e-books and to receive the Specialty Updates. Please contact us with literature search requests we’re here to help. Telephone us on 020 7869 6555 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3Oct2019The Library launches its first digital exhibition, Medicinae Plantae: healing plants, through time in October. The exhibition looks at some of the beautiful, classic and unusual books relating to herbalism in the Library’s collection.
5Mar2021The Australian obstetrician and gynaecologist Catherine Hamlin was twice nominated for the Nobel Peace prize for her and her husband's work in treating fistulae in women in Ethiopia.
27Jan2021A remarkable group of London medical students provided life-saving treatment to survivors of the liberated concentration camp Bergen-Belsen in 1945. Read the story of these compassionate young medics who did so much to help those in need.
“More ruthless than the Destroying Angel.” The London Lock Hospital and Rescue Home collection at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.The records of the London Lock Hospital held in the Archives of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
General library enquiries, including research information: 020 7869 6555
Online journal and resource enquiries: 020 7869 6556
Our lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm
Telephone service will continue throughout the redevelopment period
Please note that the Library Reading Rooms are closed until the redevelopment project is finished in 2021. Members of the College are able to borrow books in person: please contact Library staff.
Library and Archives Department
The Royal College of Surgeons
38-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London WC2A 3PE