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The Royal College of Surgeons of England


Accessing online resources

The website

If you are not already logged into the RCS England website, please log in and then visit Visible Body. This link should log you in to the Visible Body site automatically, and you can find similar direct links on the Surgical Library website, and on the Visible Body section within the Library webpages.

If you arrive by another route, you may need to login to Ovid. Please follow the instructions for logging into Ovid journals.

If you are already within the Ovid system, using either our journals or the databases, you can select Visible Body from the navigation bar at the top of the webpage:

The mobile app

The Visible Body mobile app is available from Google Play (for Android devices) and the Apple App Store. Searching for Visible Body on the two app-stores will produce a number of different apps, but you will need the 2020 Atlas Perpetual, as this is the only one connected to our subscription.

Please note that the mobile app is not currently available for devices running the latest versions of Android. If this applies to your device, it will not show up in searches on the Google Play app on that device.

Once the app is installed, you will be asked for a username and password the first time you start it. You will need to contact us to get the relevant values, which can only be used once. Complete the login form, and you should have access.

Getting help with online resources


If you're having problems, we are here to help. You can get assistance through any of the following means:

  • Email: - we will usually respond with one working day
  • Telephone: 020 7869 6556 - the line is open between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday, excluding UK public holidays and College closure days
  • In person: members are welcome to visit the Library in person for assistance, and appointments can be arranged for in-person enquiries - please see the Library pages on the College website for more information.

It does help us if you can provide your College membership number with your enquiry - this will be on your membership page in the College website and on any personal communications sent by the College.