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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.


Union Street update – October 2020

The new Arulkumaran Reading and Quiet Room and Heritage Collections are closed until further notice during the temporary closure of Union Street due to COVID-19.

The Library continues to support the O&G clinical community with essential information supporting COVID-19 guidelines and by delivering an online and telephone service wherever possible – please see the details below.  Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Library collections for RCOG and Royal College of Midwives (RCM)

  • Online enquiry and research service
  • Access to e-journals and e-books
  • Literature searches
  • Document delivery for online articles only as we do not have access to our print collections - although response times may be extended
  • The Library catalogue is not available online at this time. Please contact the library team to search the print collections on your behalf
  • You can contact the Library Team via:
    • Email:
    • Telephone: 020 7772 6309
    • Post: Library Team, 10-18 Union Street, London SE1 1SZ


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