Institute of Laryngology
& RNID Libraries
Royal National Throat Nose and Ear [RNTNE] Hospital
is home to two of UCL Library Services smallest, but
most specialised Libraries: the Institute of Laryngology
and Otology [ILO] Library, and the Royal National Institute
for Deaf People [RNID] Library.
ILO is one of the premier global research and training
centres in Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) medicine, with
chairs in Otorhinolaryngology, Audiology, Auditory Biophysics,
Auditory Cell Biology, and Rhinology. The creation of
an £11m UCL Auditory Hearing Research Centre is due
to start shortly.
ILO Library, founded with the Postgraduate Institute
of Laryngology and Otology in 1946, specialises in material
on ENT medicine. It houses 3,000 books, and 2,500 bound
journals, forming one of the largest specialist collections
of material on ENT medicine in the world. The Library
also has a growing collection of multimedia resources.
The Library is regularly used as a resource in those
fields by clinicians and other medical libraries from
around the country.
ILO Library was completely refurbished by the Institute
in 1999 [see Library News, No.1], resulting in major improvements
to facilities available.
ILO Library is staffed by the Librarian Alex Stagg with
a rota of Library Assistants from UCL Library Services
in Gower Street.
Help in the RNID Library.
Bottom: Reading in the ILO Library
RNID Library, created with the RNID in 1911, was founded to
support the research interests of the RNID. It has an extensive
collection of materials covering all aspects of hearing, speech
and language, and particularly deafness.
by the Librarian Mary Plackett, and her assistant Sally
England, the RNID Library is unique amongst UCL Library
Services in being open to the public for reference and enquiry,
and specialises in providing advice for anyone interested
in research into the issues surrounding deafness in society.
RNID Library is regularly used by students in deaf studies
from around the country, while its collection of historical
material has earned it a reputation as one of the archives
of the English deaf community, making it a vitally important
Stagg and Mary