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Library collections

The RCOG Library has a unique collection of books, reports and journals covering women’s health from 1478 onwards.

Digital materials

Fellows, Members and registered Trainees can access our digital resources (eJournals, eBooks and databases) online (please note you will need to be signed in to the website).

Print collections

Current print material is available to browse in the reading room. We also hold an extensive collection of earlier material, including past editions of major textbooks and complete back runs of core journals. View the list of print journals in our collections.

Our collections also hold historical works on women’s health. The collection amounts to over 2000 books dating from the 15th century, including two incunables, 18 STC and 38 Wing items. We hold major works such as the obstetric atlases of Smellie and Hunter in multiple editions. Other materials of interest are runs of clinical reports from maternity hospitals in Britain and Ireland and overseas. As well as antique obstetric and gynaecological books, the library holds editions of Vesalius’ anatomy and literature on Servetus and his discovery of the circulation of the blood. The historical collection is complemented by a range of secondary literature on the history of the specialty.

Library catalogue

Access our catalogue to browse the full list of library holdings.

The collection is reference only. However, we provide a document delivery service allowing eligible users to request book chapters and journal articles.

Visiting the RCOG Library

From 18 September 2017, the Reading Room will be open from 10am to 4pm Monday-Friday, excluding English Bank Holidays and College Closure Days. Any RCOG and RCM members wishing to access resources outside these hours can email the Library team to arrange their visit.

Other researchers should email the Library team to request an appointment. Where possible, please use the catalogue and inform the Library team in advance of the material to be consulted.

Contact us

To contact the RCOG library, please email us or call +44 20 7772 6309.

Elsewhere on the site

Audit and quality improvement
Information about the RCOG’s work to improve quality in women’s health services
RCOG guidelines
Guidelines designed to inform clinical practice in O&G