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Library opening times

Currently closed
Monday to Friday: 9 am to 5 pm
Weekends & Bank Holidays: Closed


The natural history of Carolina

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SurgiCat+: the Library, Archives and Museum catalogue

Search SurgiCat+ for books, journals and other materials (both online and physical) held by the Library, materials held by the Archives, and specimens, art, and other objects in the Hunterian Museum. You can also find links to online resources, including ClinicalKey and Acland's Video Atlas of Anatomy, along with help on accessing them. Visit SurgiCat+

Library services



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    Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    All 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
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    Library launches first digital exhibition autumn 2019

    The 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.
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    Online archive of Specialty Updates

    All past issues of the Specialty Updates are now archived on SurgiCat+ (the Library catalogue). The Updates are concise summaries of the latest evidence in a particular surgical field, designed to support surgeons in their use of evidence, guidelines and new technology in their practice. produced by the Library’s Current Awareness Team of Information Specialists and overseen by clinical specialist advisors.


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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

35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields

London WC2A 3PE

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