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Institute of Orthopaedics Library

Based at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust (RNOH) in Stanmore, the Institute of Orthopaedics Library is one of UCL Library Services' smaller site libraries.

The RNOH was founded in 1905 with the amalgamation of London's three specialist orthopaedic hospitals. The Institute of Orthopaedics was later founded at the RNOH in 1946, building on the hospital's long history of pioneering work in orthopaedics; the Institute Library was founded in the same year.

Photograph of readers in the Institute of Orthopaedics Library
Photograph of readers in the Institute of Orthopaedics Library
Nowadays, the RNOH is a national and international centre of excellence; its broad range of neuro-musculoskeletal services is unique within the NHS. It also plays a major role in teaching with one in five orthopaedic surgeons in the UK training at the hospital. The tradition of leading edge and innovative research and development continues through the work of the Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science (UCL).

The Institute Library specialises in material relating to orthopaedic surgery and has one of the most comprehensive collections on that subject in the country. The book collection numbers 3000 volumes, there is a small video collection and the library subscribes to 160 journal titles. The Library also has a small historical book collection.

The Institute Library's key aim is to support fully the library and information needs of the staff and students of the Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Sciences and the staff of the RNOH. However, clinicians, organisations and other libraries from across the UK also regularly approach it for help with specialist queries.

The Institute Library is staffed by Beth Adams (Librarian) and Sandra Ballard (Library Assistant).

As part of the drive to become a centre of excellence for orthopaedic information and knowledge, the Institute Library is in merger discussions with the RNOH Trust Library. It is hoped that the merger will consolidate the Library's position as a key resource for orthopaedic information.

Content by Bethan Adams

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