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The College provides a number of bespoke services to assist those undertaking research.

Some of our library resources are only available to RCOG Fellows, Members and registered Trainees as a benefit of membership.

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Union Street update: October 2020 - Present

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:
    Telephone: 020 7772 6309
    Post: Library team, 10-18 Union Street, London SE1 1SZ
General information enquiries

The library team are here to help you. If you’d like some additional support for your research then please submit an enquiry to us. We’ll be able to find the resources you need on your behalf, from statistics and images to publication and biographical information.

Access our collection and archive

The RCOG Library holds a unique collection of books, reports and journals covering women’s health from 1478 to the modern day. These resources are available through the College reading room or digitally as eJournals.

As part of our library service offering, the College’s research support team can source material on your behalf, posting or emailing select chapters and articles directly to you. Find out more about the assistance and materials we provide below.

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.

Document delivery service

If the information you need is confined to just one or two articles or book chapters, we can identify the material and send it to you.

Library collections

Access our unparalleled selection of books and journals on obstetrics and gynaecology, midwifery and other aspects of women’s health.

Effective literature searching

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

Research techniques

The RCOG Library team have lots of advice and tips for keeping up-to-date on publications in your area of focus. They’ve shared instructions and guides here, alongside some other helpful research techniques for you to try out and employ.