of Orthopaedics Library
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).
at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust
(RNOH) in Stanmore, the Institute of Orthopaedics
Library is one of UCL Library Services' smaller site
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.
of readers in the Institute of Orthopaedics Library
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.
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.
Institute Library is staffed by Beth Adams (Librarian) and
Sandra Ballard (Library Assistant).
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.