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Library services

The College provides access to a number of information services and resources which will assist you in your research and clinical practice. 

Some of these resources are only available to RCOG Fellows, Members and registered Trainees as a benefit of membership. Please log in to the website to ensure you can access all of our services.


Temporary closure and partial services

From Monday 19 August 2019, the RCOG Reading Room will be closed until it reopens with the rest of the College when we move to our new home in Union Street. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

  • Partial services on offer: The closure enables the staff to retain an online enquiry and research service whilst packing the Archive, Library and Museum collections for removal to Union Street.
  • Contact for all your online enquiries, such as: enquiry handling, access to e-journals and e-books, inter-library loans and literature searches. However, our response times may take a little longer than usual and we will not be able to provide document delivery from our print collections.


Library collections

The RCOG Library holds a unique collection of books, reports and journals covering women’s health from 1478 to the modern day.


General information enquiries

The library team can: search the journal and report literature on your behalf; help with lecture preparation (identifying recent reviews, latest updates, key publications, statistics, images or photographs); find biographical information; and help with historical research.


Document delivery service

We can send RCOG Fellows, Members and registered Trainees articles and book chapters by post, fax or email. We source material from the RCOG collections or, where necessary, from a range of supplying libraries.


Statistics in women’s health

The RCOG Library team has compiled a list of useful sources of data relevant to practitioners and researchers in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology.


Current awareness

The RCOG Library team has produced information on techniques for keeping up to date with the current literature in your particular area of research or practice, and has compiled a list of relevant RSS feeds.


Advice on effective literature searching

The RCOG Library team has produced advice on how to carry out effective literature searches, including links to useful resources and guidance on how to get the most out of them.


Systematic review support

The library and National Guideline Alliance offer services to help you plan and conduct a systematic review.


Archives and heritage

In addition to the College’s up-to-date resources, we also collect historical works on women’s health and maintain an extensive archive.


Elsewhere on the site

eJournals, eBooks and databases
RCOG Fellows, Members and registered Trainees can access the Library's online collections free of charge
Academic O&G
Find out how the College supports and promotes academic work within obstetrics and gynaecology