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UCL Institute of Orthopaedics Library

UCL Institute of Orthopaedics Library
Opening hours
Monday 08:30 - 20:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 20:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 20:00
Thursday 08:30 - 20:00
Friday 08:30 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00-16:00
Sunday Closed
Monday 08:30 - 20:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 20:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 20:00
Thursday 08:30 - 20:00
Friday 08:30 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00-16:00
Sunday Closed

Address and contact details
  • Address: Sir Herbert Seddon Teaching Centre, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, HA7 4LP
  • Email: orthlib@ucl.ac.uk
  • Tel: 020 8909 5351 (for enquiries)
  • Tel: 020 8909 5816 (for staff)
  • Fax: 020 8909 5390
  • Nearest Tube: Stanmore (30 minute walk uphill or taxi journey), Edgware (bus 107 from bay F to hospital gates)
  • Nearest Train: Elstree and Borehamwood Thameslink (bus 107 to hospital gates)
  • Librarian: Julie Noren
Subject coverage and guides

The Institute of Orthopaedics Library houses collections relating to the following subject areas:

  • Orthopaedic Medicine
  • Musculoskeletal Sciences
  • Nursing

For details of all UCL biomedical collections and services, including information about the Service Level Agreement between UCL and associated NHS Trusts, see the Biomedicine & Health pages.


The Library is located on the first floor of the Sir Herbert Seddon Teaching Centre, on the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital site in Stanmore. To locate the teaching centre building take the second turning on the left from the main gate.

For a map of the area and details of the local shuttle bus click here.

Disabled access

The Library is on the first floor of the building and is accessible via a ramp. We also offer a range of other facilities for users with disabilities which are listed separately on the UCL Library Services site.



Our collection consists of around 3,000 books, all of which can be found using Explore. Library staff are always available if you need help with this. Most books can be borrowed for one week, though books which are in high demand may have some overnight loan or reference copies. Dictionaries, directories and other such items are kept in a reference collection. You can renew your books online or by calling us on 020 89095351.


The Library holds around 66 current print journal titles and various older titles, totalling around 5,000 volumes. Journals are arranged alphabetically by title. Journal records are being updated on the online catalogue, but a paper list of our holdings is also available in the Library.

Access to Electronic Journals and Databases

UCL staff and students can access UCL's electronic resources via the UCL Library Services Homepage. NHS staff can access NHS resources on the www.evidence.nhs.uk, though you must first obtain an NHS Athens account. You can self-register for an Athens account on the NHS Evidence website if you are using a NHS networked computer (if not, just visit the library and we will help you). NHS staff and visitors can also access UCL's electronic journals and databases via dedicated Explore Access Point computers in the library.


For RNOH Staff

There is a black and white photocopy machine available for use in the Library. RNOH staff can request a photocopy card from the information desk for work-related photocopying. For personal use or external courses, copies are made through the use of a card £1 (15 copies) £5 (75 copies) and £15 (230 copies) or (7p per page) cards are available from library staff.

For UCL students & staff

The library is part of the Print@UCL service where students and staff need to register at first time with their UCL username and password.

Please note : The photocopy cards for the Institute of Orthopaedics Library differ from the majority of the UCL family of libraries .

IT & Audiovisual Provision

There are various computers available in both the general study area and the computer resource room, and printing can be done from all except the Explore Access Point terminal. Those in the study area are:

  • Three Explore Access Point computers (for all users)
  • Six Desktop@UCL computers (for UCL students & staff)
  • Five hospital trust computers (for RNOH staff)
  • One scanner

The resource room is open for general use except when a training course is in session. It contains:

  • Nine Desktop@UCL & hospital trust computers (for UCL students, staff and RNOH staff)
  • One scanner

Study Skills Training

Library staff are always available to help you with any aspect of using the library, including library catalogues and electronic resources. If you would like further training, you are welcome to book an individual training session with us. These sessions are particularly useful for learning how to make better use of databases. To book, please ask at the issue desk or telephone us on 020 89095351 or email us orthlib@ucl.ac.uk.

Inter Library Loans

The Institute of Orthopaedics Library deals with interlibrary loan request. UCL staff, students and NHS staff can fill an online Interlibrary loan form when they need to borrow books and journal articles which are not available at the UCL Institute of orthopaedics library.

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