The UCL Ear Institute and RNID Libraries are a collaborative venture between UCL, Action on Hearing Loss (RNID) and the NHS. The libraries are based at the Royal National Throat Nose & Ear Hospital (RNTNEH) and together constitute the largest specialist collection for audiology, deaf studies, and ear, nose and throat (ENT) or otorhinolaryngolgic (ORL) medicine in Europe.
As well as providing services to staff and students at UCL, Action on Hearing Loss, and the University College London Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust (UCLH), the libraries are open to the public and provide reference and enquiry services to anybody conducting research connected with ENT medicine, hearing, or deafness.
THURSDAY 18/4 - LIBRARIES OPEN
Happily the restoration of power to the RNTNEH means that the libraries are open as normal today.
The Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital becomes part of the University College London Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust
As of April 1st 2012, the RNTNEH has become a part of the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH). Read about the change, and the plans 'to create a national centre of excellence for mouth, ear, nose and throat services' at UCLH here.
UCL Ear Institute and RNID Libraries Blog and Twitter now available
Our exciting new blog can now be read here. As well as providing information about the libraries, and additions to the collections, our blog also covers interesting snippets about the history of deafness and deaf people in the UK, complete with illustrations taken from our archives. It also covers hearing and ENT medicine in the news, and any other topics of relevance.
Follow us on Twitter, covering all the above topics, and sometimes more, here.
UCL Partners - ENT Programme
ENT is a major programme for the UCL Partners Academic Health Science Centre. Find out more about the programme here, including the exciting plans for the future of RNTNEH.
The UCL Ear Institute and RNID Libraries are located in the Royal National Throat Nose
and Ear [RNTNE] Hospital. The RNTNE Hospital itself is situated at the King's
Cross end of Gray's Inn Road, close to the junction with Euston Road, and to the
Kings Cross and St. Pancras railway stations. The entrance to the Hospital is
on Gray's Inn Road between Britannia Street and Swinton Street. External visitors
should report to the reception desk in the foyer. Once in the Hospital make your
way to the outpatients department; the door leading to the stairs up to the libraries
is opposite the outpatients reception desk. The RNID Library is on the second
floor above the UCL Ear Institute Library.
For a simple guide on how to find us, including local bus routes, click here. For a detailed map of the area click
Nearest Tube: Kings Cross St Pancras
Buses: Bus routes 17, 45, 46 & 63 going northbound stop outside the RNTNE Hospital. Going soutbound the 17, 45 & 46 stop outside the Eastman Dental Hospital, a 5 minute walk away from the RNTNEH.
Parking: Street parking in the immediate area around the RNTNE Hospital is extremely limited. The closest municipal carparks are at the Brunswick Centre or Angel Islington, both a fifteen minute walk from the hospital. The hospital is situated on the boundary of the London Congestion Charging zone.
We regret the libraries are not wheelchair accessible. If wheelchair users contact the library in advance, we can make alternative arrangements. Details about our remote services for researchers and members of the public can be found here, and are available for those unable to visit the library in person.
The RNID Library is open to the public for reference access. There is no need to make an appointment, although anyone travelling from a distance is advised to check with us first that the library will be open as advertised.
The UCL Ear Institute and RNID Libraries are open to everyone - whether you are an academic looking for the latest research paper in your field, a student writing an essay, or someone with a general interest in deaf issues.
You do not have to become a member of the library to use our services - just visit or phone during opening hours, or send us an email or fax.
For non-members books can be borrowed through the national inter-library loan scheme. First check on the catalogue that the library stocks the books you need, then contact your local public, college, or any other library that you are entitled to use. Ask staff there for details of their interlending services, and give them the RNID Library's interlending code, which is: LO/T40. Your library will borrow the books from us and re-lend them to you.
The Libraries are part of the UCL Library Services core photocopying service. Cards can be purchased for £1.00 at the library, and must then be charged with credit in order to copy. Copying costs 5p per A4 copy and 10p for A3 copies. Please click here for full details about the UCL Library Services core photocopying service.
Please bring plenty of change with you if you are planning to copy at the RNID Library as the card charger will only take coins. We regret that change is not available from the issue desk.
Currently there are five UCL Cluster computers available at the UCL Ear Institute Library. UCL Eduroam wireless network access is available in both libraries. Eduroam is a wireless internet service that can be used by students from any participating university - see the Eduroam website for more infomation.
There are also two NHS Trust network PC terminals in the library for the use of NHS Trust staff, and three UCL Library Services Explore terminals for library catalogue and electronic resource searching.
Access to electronic resources
Access is available to the UCL Library Services suite of electronic databases and journals in the Libraries for registered members of University College London Library Services.
Services for NHS staff
Any member of NHS staff working at the RNTNEH can join the library. Please bring your proof of employment and address to either of the issue desks. Full details about access to UCL Library Services for all NHS staff can be found here.
Details about the Library Services available to UCLH NHS staff throughout the Trust can be found here. Please contact us for more information about training provision at the RNTNEH.
Information about access to electronic resources for NHS staff from trusts associated with UCL can be found here.