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The Royal College of Surgeons of England


Welcome to the Library

RCS England LibGuides is the new home for the Library's help pages, guides and other information. Choose a guide from the cards below to get started.


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Discover recently published texts and online resources, including e-journals, e-books and other digital resources. Get support with accessing and using our online materials more effectively.

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Library Services & News

Find out more about the range of face-to-face and online services for members and external visitors.

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Evidence Support

Find out how to access our literature search service, Speciality Updates, training, and support to find the evidence needed for your studies and research.

The Research Room

Visiting the Library and Archives

Your guide to visiting the Library and Archives, including opening times and more. External visitors are welcome, but please book your visit in advance.

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Discover the Heritage Collections

Discover the Library’s special collections, including rare medical and scientific books, historical tracts and fellows’ biographies, along with institutional and deposited collections in the Archives.

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Get help and support with accessing the various resources available through your membership.

Library News


A-Z Database List

Full list of Databases the library subscribes to, including trial access.
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